Wild Green Paleo Pie – Foraging the wilderness for food

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Did you know how easy it is to forage for wild greens near where you live? Watch my foraging video to see how much I was able to gather in less than 30 minutes. The video shows you a method that is very popular in the Mediterranean for cooking wild herbs & greens. These bitter herbs benefit greatly from braising in olive oil. The fat soluble nutrients can then be absorbed by our digestive tract and with the increased bio-availability, you get all the benefits without having to force yourself to eat a challenging salad of rough wild greens. Also, I used the braised greens to make a pan-fried wild herb Paleo pie. The recipe for the pie will be found in my upcoming cookbook, Quirkier Cooking (early 2017).


Listen to My New Podcast – A Quirky Journey

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I’ve recently joined Jo Whitton (quirkycooking.com.au) as co-host on A Quirky Journey, our podcast on which we discuss living with food allergies, healthy living, Paleo & GAPS, and many other topics. Jo and I interview many interesting people in the health space, both experts and ordinary people like us who are undergoing a journey of healing. It’s extremely exciting for me to be part of this podcast. It’s an excellent platform to really get into some great discussions with people I would not otherwise have the chance to ask questions of. Have a listen, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

A Quirky Journey is part of The Wellness Couch which has an amazing collection of podcasts and podcasters, all dealing with wellness in different facets. I encourage you to check them all out too.


Home for the Harvest

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In October last year, I had a major article published in Saveur magazine, entitled Home for the Harvest. This is a story of my return to Lebanon in October 2013 to help my family during the olive harvest. I have to say, this is my favourite article yet and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write and share this story. You can read the story on the Saveur website here, or you can download a scanned version of the article  here

Haute Cuisine: 5 Double Passes to Give Away

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I don’t usually do giveaways on the blog, but here’s one I thought The Food Blog’s readers would enjoy. The fine people at TM Publicity have provided our readers the chance to win one of 5 double passes to see what seems to be a beautifully made French foodie film: Haute Cuisine. You can see the trailer for Haute Cuisine here.

Entry to the giveaway is simple. All you need to do is like our facebook page (click here) and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite French dish is. We’d also love it if you could share this page on facebook or Twitter so that you can help spread the word on The Food Blog. It’s that simple. Winners will be picked at random and will be announced on April 21st; each winner will receive a double pass to use after the main release on April 25th. The giveaway is open to Australians only.

Here’s more information on the movie:

Haute Cuisine, (French title, Les Saveurs du Palais)

Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from the Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps…

Haute Cuisine is a delicious drama with a generous pinch of comedy, based on the extraordinary true story of President François Mitterand’s private cook, Daniele Delpeuch.

It’s filmed on location at the Élysée Palace, in regional France and Antartica, and full of mouth watering dishes and incredible foodie imagery.

The film is directed by French film director and screenwriter, Christian Vincent and stars Catherine Frot (nominated for a Cesar Award for Best Actress), Jean D’Ormesson and Hippolyte Girardot.