Northern Tasmania Instameet January 2020

Northern Tasmania Instameet January 2020

WOW! What a great way to start the year, you would not believe how excited I was for this day and it turned out to be even more spectacular than I imagined. I had never been to any of our destinations but they had been on my to do list, so it was just perfect in every way including the weather.

It takes about 2 hours to drive from Hobart to Launceston and thankfully I was able to get a lift with my wonderful Hubby who had a day planned up that way anyway and we gave my friend Natalie a lift too. We met her just after 6am!! The drive went quickly as we hadn’t caught up for ages so chatted (mainly about food) non stop all the way, this helped us to work up an appetite.

We met at the Harvest Market in Launceston at 8.30 for breakfast which we had pre ordered along with coffees. The market was great and especially as we had such perfect weather. It started to get quite busy too.

Seven Springs Farm – beautiful organic produce
This was one of our delicious breakfast options
I had ordered the Reuben Sandwich from Meat Bread Cheese

We headed off to our next destination Bridestowe Lavender Estate. It was so wonderful, I have never seen so much lavender all together. Our day only got better, with the most wonderful Tasmanian spread for us in the lavender fields, including King Island Dairy cheeses, lavender cake and Jansz sparkling wine. Music from an old vintage French record player added to the atmosphere. It was like being in a wonderful lavender dream. After we finished our feast we walked through the fields for our VIP helicopter ride over the farm. It was so spectacular.

Our next stop was Clover Hill Wines. We were given some beautiful sparkling wine and a gorgeous platter to share (because of course we needed more food!!) It was such a relaxing time sitting outside looking at the beautiful view of the vineyard while sipping on the wine and tasting all the delicious food on the platter. Such a wonderful place to visit.

The last stop was Architects of Air installation as part of the MONA FOMA summer festival. It’s hard to explain but it was 20 mins of fun exploring inside this magical, surprising place – a maze of colours, patterns and sounds. A feast for the senses and for us photographers!! I feel truly grate for this wonderful day seeing things I have never seen and I will definitely be visiting these places again very soon.

Healthy Me in 2020

Healthy Me in 2020

Since the 1st of this year I have been on a health kick – yes I have had to have a few meals off in that time, but choose to keep coming back to nourishing foods with lots of veggies. Healthy is different to everyone and I love to indulge with delicious food all the time but healthy food is also delicious. So I will share with you some of my favourite healthy creations along the way. It’s all about the green smoothies, salads, stir frys, fruits that are not too high in sugar and herbal teas. Already I have been feeling much better for it and my hubby has even been having green smoothies too!!

Spicy Beef Soup with Cauliflower “Rice”
Fiona Hoskin’s Green Smoothie Recipe
I made this for my hubby – Healthy Banana Bread – recipe from cookidoo
Healthy Chicken Larb

Healthy Chicken Larb

It’s January 2020!! So I’m having a healthy start to the year with green smoothies, soups, salads and stir frys. This is how I created this delicious recipe – it not traditional but it is tasty, quick and easy.

Ingredients

1 Bunch Fresh Coriander

1 Clove Garlic

1 Chilli

10g Fresh Ginger

10g Fresh Turmeric

400g Chicken Breast and or Thighs cut into cubes

1tbs Fish Sauce – optional

Salt and Pepper to taste

20g Coconut Oil

Juice of 1 Lime

Baby Cos Lettuce Leaves

1 Cucumber, thinly sliced

Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint and/or Thai Basil

Method

Place coriander roots, garlic, chilli, ginger and turmeric into the TM bowl and chop for 3 secs speed 7.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the chicken, fish sauce, salt and pepper. Use the turbo button 1 sec intervals (up to 3 times) until the chicken is minced.

Heat a frypan to medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once it is melted, add the chicken mince mixture and stir fry until the chicken is cooked and slightly caramelised. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and stir.

Serve the chicken on baby cos leaves with cucumber slices and fresh coriander and mint/thai basil leaves. Enjoy!