This creamy and vibrant dip featured in our Mondays Summer Journal, but it's earthy tones of rich root vegetable, garlic and thyme make it a great comfort in the winter months too. Enjoy alongside seeded sourdough and a glass of wine for a blissful afternoon treat.
Good afternoon! How wonderful would a fruity sparkling beverage be in this hot and sticky weather! There are so many syrups and cordials on the market now, designed to add flavour to sparkling or soda water, but we find it hard to find any that aren't laden with refined sugar! Homemade naturally sweetened cordials are a great alternative. This lovely honey, berry and lavender cordial recipe features in the Mondays Summer Journal, contributed by our friend Greta Kenyon. We love her edible flower ice cubes too! You can get creative and come up with your own flavours and adjust sweetness and strength to suit your palette.
Summer's finally here to stay and with the change of season we farewell our Spring menu. It was such a beautiful menu with so many delicious dishes! So instead of burying all the recipes in the back of the recipe folder, we thought we'd give a few of the favourites a blissful retirement here on the blog, for you to enjoy at home.
THESE INCREDIBLE CHOCOLATE and brazil nut truffles are spiked with orange zest and the sweet crackle of dried figs. They are wonderfully rich and decadent, and have a smooth and crunchy texture making them an absolute pleasure to eat.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free | Refined Sugar Free | Vegan
Making cake has never been easier with this ridiculously simple recipe. These delicately spiced parsnip pear cakes have a light and fluffy texture, perfect topped with pure plain mascarpone and a little seasonal fruit jam or compote if you like.
I made this tomato soup on a chilly day as a special dish here at Mondays. The soup is rustic, aromatic and rich. It's flavour is a beautiful combination of tomatoes and coconut cream, it will warm your body and welcome you in to the new Spring season.
We recently added restorative bone broth to the Mondays menu. What's all the buzz about you may ask? Well, bone broth (or technically, stock), is actually as old as the hills, and it's a wonderfully nourishing health tonic that you can easily add to your family's diet.
Bone broth is made by simmering bones of sustainably raised animals with vegetables, herbs and spices for a long length of time, at least 6-8 hours. Having followed a GAPS diet for some time, my family have been enjoying bone broth at home for a couple of years. Not only does bone broth add fantastic depth and flavour to home made soup and casseroles, it is also an excellent source of minerals and is known to boost the immune system and help to aid digestion. It's a fantastic source of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous making it great for bone and tooth health. It also supports joint health, hair, skin and nails due to its naturally high collagen content.
How to use bone broth
Homemade broth can be used in making soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and reductions. It can also be added to sautéed or roasted vegetables.
When you are feeling under the weather or experiencing digestion issues, drinking bone broth liquid on it's own through out the day can work wonders. It supports the immune system and is very easy to digest so the body's energy can concentrate on healing. In cases of stomach bugs or nausea, bone broth often calms the stomach and can help shorten the duration of the illness.
Making your own bone broth at home
Homemade, nutrient dense bone broth is very easy and inexpensive to make. It can be made from the bones of beef, lamb, poultry or fish, with a selection of vegetables and fragrant herbs for a subtle yet delicious flavour. There is almost no comparison to the store-bought versions, which often contain artificial flavours, additives and poor quality salt, they can also lack natural gelatin and many of the other health-boosting properties of homemade broth.
When selecting your bones, be sure to look for good quality. Pasture feed, free range and organic versions will produce a far more nutrient dense broth. You can source the bones from your local butcher, be sure to ask as they often don't have them on display. We have also seen them available at Nosh, Pak n Save & Farro Fresh. Alternatively, use the left over bones or chicken carcass from a roast dinner.
Here's what you'll need:
1 kilo of bones from a healthy source
1 brown onion, peeled & roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped in to rounds
2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, skins removed
1 bulb of fennel, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
a large handful of fragrant herbs such as thyme, sage, oregano & rosemary
1 teaspoon peppercorns
Fresh Italian Parsley
Lemon, sliced in to rounds
Fresh ginger & fresh turmeric, grated
Add the bones, vegetables, herbs, apple cider vinegar & peppercorns to a large stock pot for slow cooker. Cover with filtered water. Bring to the boil, and then simmer on very low for at least 6 hours.
During the first few hours of simmering, occasionally remove the impurities that float to the surface. A foamy layer will form and it can be easily scooped off with a big spoon. You may need to add filtered water occasionally as it cooks off.
Once your broth has been simmering for at least 6 hours, remove from the heat and strain to remove all the bits of bone and vegetables. By this stage they are so thoroughly cooked that all the flavour and nutrients have gone into the broth liquid anyway. Some feed the bones to their dogs, they should be pretty soft and safe for a pet to eat.
Store the broth in a clean glass jar stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the broth for later use.
We like to serve ours warm with a sprinkle of sea salt, fresh Italian parsley, a slice or two of lemon & a little freshly grated ginger & turmeric.
Have you made bone broth before? Tell us what you think! What do you like to season it with, how do you like to use it?
MILKSHAKE CRAVING coming on? We know, we get them. This simple vanilla, cinnamon and date milkshake never fails to come to the rescue. It's perfectly sweet and creamy, yet free of refined sugar, and dairy free depending on your choice of milk.
Raw | Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Refined Sugar Free | Vegan
Here is a brilliant recipe for the most decadent and delicious gooey chocolate puddings topped with cherries. These gluten and dairy free puddings are wonderfully easy to make, and take less than five minutes to prepare. Perfect for impressing dinner guests.
Thank God it's Monday! This week we are feeling super inspired to feel damn good! and what other way to do so than with this beautiful berry and beetroot love juice.
By Hannah Horton
EATING CLEAN does not mean missing out on the best things in life! This recipe is super easy, and so close to the real thing – but better!
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Refined Sugar Free | Vegan
WOULD YOU LIKE TO get your 5+ a Day done and dusted before you leave the house in the morning? If you are looking to incorporate masses of greens into your diet – look no further! The Green Goodness Smoothie will help you get your glow on. It has you sorted for over 3 cups of leafy greens and vegetables in one giant gulp!
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Refined Sugar Free | Vegan
FENNEL, CUCUMBER, ITALIAN CHERRY tomatoes! This raw salad is so fantastically quick and easy to make and has bright vibrant flavours. The dish is dressed with a creamy avocado, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Perfect on its own as a light meal, or works wonderfully as a side.
Raw | Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Grain Free | Refined Sugar Free | Vegan
A fantastic way to get all the benefits of raw broccoli smothered in a delicious creamy avocado dressing and tossed with smoked salmon, black olives and toasted seeds. The best part is it only takes ten minutes to prepare.
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Grain Free | Refined Sugar Free