Having just visited Australia again, I raided the supermarkets so my kitchen is once again full of my favourite Aussie goodies – plus a few new foods to try. Theres EVOO, new purple fruits and vegetables, savoury protein powder and Aussie native spices in this months dietitian kitchen.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I’ve previously written about the health benefits of EVOO – otherwise known as Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Last month I participated in a webinar where I learnt about the latest research into EVOO and health run by Cobram Estate. I’ve now got a couple bottles of their lovely Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my cupboard to use in cooking and salads. Because if you didn’t know already, you CAN cook with extra virgin olive oil – you just need to go for high quality EVOO rather than the cheapest options in the supermarket. Read my EVOO post for the details!
Flavours of Australia – Herbies Spices
On my last day in Sydney I went around my old haunts in the Inner West and dropped by Herbies Spices. They have an enormous range of flavoursome herbs and spices and run workshops as well on blending and cooking with flavour. I had hoped to participate in one while I was there, but unfortunately it sold out too quickly. While I was checking out the shop I bought myself some lemon myrtle and wattle seeds to add to my spice collection. Lemon myrtle is one of the ingredients in my favourite dukkah mixture I bought in Australia so I will have to see if I can recreate it myself.
Blend Bro’s High Protein Sauce
I definitely prefer savoury foods to sweet, and find that most protein powders available on the market are really really sweet and not to my liking. So, when I heard that Blend Bros had launched a range of high protein sauces I was keen to give them a try. Thai Jungle Curry, Spanish Tomato and Chorizo and Mexican Pibil Stew are the three flavours available which I’m going to be testing out over the next few weeks.
Pomegranates and purple kale
Now that life has settled down I’ve been able to start buying veggie boxes again. So far I’ve used the kale in a pasta dish and in a salad. I like eating the rainbow, and it’s cool to know there are some other purple coloured fruits/veggies out there.
Until next month!