A Raw Food Portrait

When my friend Brendan, who is an art student, asked me to create a portrait of him, he was pretty loose on the details. He must have sensed my nerves and apprehension because he quickly told me that it could be words, or something abstract, or anything I felt comfortable with. The thing is… I consider myself creative, but I’m certainly not an artist by any stretch of the imagination. I did, however, accept the challenge.

Raisins, silverbeet, celery, zucchini, mushroom, red capsicum, strawberries, carrot & apple.

I decided on a food portrait for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Brendan and I met via our mutual interest in raw foods. He constantly works towards a happier, healthier existence, so it felt fitting to portray him with a variety of items I found in my organic food delivery! Secondly, food is a medium I’m obviously pretty comfortable with – I’d say most of us are fairly well versed in making faces out of our food from a young age (am I right?).

These days I just eat… And sometimes talk. I’m starting to re-think my strategy – afterall, what’s wrong with a bit of re-arranging and day dreaming? Life is so fast paced sometimes. A couple of pea-eyes in my mash could transform a horrible, exhausting day at work into a happy, relaxed evening of silliness and laughter.

House Toast
“House Toast”. Not because I have kids, but because I AM a kid. And yes, I realise the chimney is crooked and that’s a horrible photo. Whatevs! I’m in it for a smile today, lack of perfection isn’t going to bother me.

Giveaway: 40 Days of Green Smoothies

I just wanted to direct you all to Ally’s blog for an e-book giveaway/competition. Ally is a vegan mum and fellow Aussie blogger based in NSW – please show your support by visiting her blog, she posts some wonderful food & recipes. All you need to do to enter the competition is leave a comment 🙂

In relation to Ally’s latest post, I want to also send my thoughts out to everyone affected by the bush fires. I live in a risky area and evacuated with my two dogs and two rabbits last week. It’s a stressful time of year, I hope you all manage to stay safe.

For anyone wanting to make monetary donations, you can contact various State Emergency Services (VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD, SA, WA, NT), and/or donate to various wildlife rescue organisations across the country (here is my local one).

Random Dinner Photo

Crumbed Tofu & Chilli Rice

From top to bottom…

  • Topping: snow pea sprouts, sesame seeds, fresh lime, tamari & chilli sauce.
  • Crumbed & fried tofu. The crumbs were a mixture of my creole seasoning, panko crumbs, salt & pepper. To make this gluten free, use rice crumbs or polenta instead of panko crumbs.
  • Blanched broccoli & green string beans.
  • Basmati rice with tumeric & sambal oelek (chilli paste) stirred through.

Betty Le Bonbon – Autism Awareness Australia Skirts

This year, I’ve been juggling a few projects. One of them has involved helping out my friend Jasmine with starting up her business, Betty Le Bonbon. We’ve been working hard to earn a place in the online market as the bespectacled, quirky, fabulous sister of the more predictable bombshell pinup.

Betty Le Bonbon - Autism Awareness Skirt

Our plan all along has been to devote a percentage of our profits to charity. As our first act of good karma, we’re selling these red circle skirts with pockets – $20 from each sale will go to Autism Awareness Australia. It’s a cause close to the Betty Le Bonbon business, as Jasmine, the founder, is the sole parent of an autistic child.

Betty Le Bonbon - Autism Awareness Skir

For those of you who may be concerned about how the charity’s money is spent, I can assure you it’s not for medical research or animal testing. The money is used to help struggling families with autistic children to cope a little better. This includes paying medical bills, buying learning aids and other such things.

Betty Le Bonbon - Autism Awareness Skir

Please show your support by sharing this post/information and or buying one of the skirts here at the Betty Le Bonbon web store!

Betty Le Bonbon - Autism Awareness Skirt

Again, here is the link to purchase a skirt. And in case you’re wondering… Those are photos of me!

Coming Soon…

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week; I promise I’ve been working on some really special things for you.

Very shortly, you’ll be seeing some more gluten free goodies on here, including a cheesecake recipe that’s *almost* finished, a cashew bechamel sauce and a light substitute for mashed potatoes (and no, it’s not the obvious, flavourless crap that people on diets eat).

In the meantime, sit tight and munch on some raw snow peas. They’re pretty good at the moment!

❤ Nachos