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Nourishing Crispy Chickpeas Eggplant And Kale Salad - Cook Republic

Nourishing Crispy Chickpeas Eggplant And Kale Salad – A Day At Billabong Retreat

Nestled in the gorgeous bushland of the Hawkesbury region north of Sydney amongst the gum trees is Billabong Retreat – an all-inclusive wellness haven created to envelope you in self-love, a sense of wonder, natural beauty and the joy of birdsong lilting through the gentle breeze. Designed and created by Paul and Tory von Bergen, their story of how they built it on dreams and passion is truly inspiring. With 30 beds in cabins perched amongst the treetops and natural rock formations, this eco yoga retreat offers daily yoga, mindfulness, meditation sessions. A lush tranquil setting overlooking a true blue Aussie Billabong dotted by a... Read More >>
5 Ingredient Vegan Tahini And Almond Cookies - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree #tahini #cookies

5 Ingredient Vegan Almond And Tahini Cookies

Tahini is not only wonderful in savoury sauces and dips but absolutely divine in baking. There is something truly more-ish about a sweet, baked, sesame treat. It is chewy (due to the fluid stretchy nature of tahini) and crumbly (due to almond meal) all at once. An almond and tahini cookie that requires only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to make. And one you need to make weekly if you want to snack better at 3pm and reap the health benefits of tahini. Did you know that tahini (sesame paste) is super dense in essential vitamins and minerals? With a good dose of magnesium, potassium, iron, protein and healthy fats, it assists in providing ... Read More >>
Instant Vegan Mango Ice Cream - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

Instant Vegan Mango Ice Cream

Do you often wonder why when you make mango ice cream or smoothies at home, do they taste like bland sweetness whereas that mango ice cream from that gelato place tastes like sheer pleasure in a cone? There are two main reasons. The first being the type of mango. The key to a good mango ice cream is the variety of the mango used. I do not trust recipes that call for any mango to make an ice cream. Because all mangoes were not created equal! All mangoes will add sweetness to your dessert but only some mangoes will add that complexity and depth of flavour to create a dessert worthy of culinary nirvana. And the second reason is salt. Yes, yo... Read More >>
Roasted Cauliflower Nasi Goreng - Cook Republic #glutenfree #vegetarian

Roasted Cauliflower Nasi Goreng – Indonesian Fried Rice

About eight months ago, Nick welcomed the 40s and life served up a reflux and elevated cholesterol problem. It was like a switch being flipped. One minute everything was fine and the next minute, it felt like a heart attack. We later found out that it was just reflux but it was scary and prompted us to investigate the factors causing both issues. Now Nick has always been quite fit and lean, he plays soccer throughout the year and is on the go perpetually .. coaching, gardening, building things etc... We realised that a lot of his symptoms (both reflux and high cholesterol) were caused by eating out while at work (mostly Asian - the stale ... Read More >>
Market Veggie Broth - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree

Market Veggie Broth

Every Thursday when I walk into my home with my baskets and jute bags full of fresh market produce, I make this broth. Like clockwork. I set my bags down, grab the Kilner jam pan (who knew it would be just perfect for big batches of stock and sauces) and fill it with 6 litres of filtered water. And because I have now been doing this every single week for the past two years, I chop veggies on automaton, toss them in the water and get the heat going. By the time I make myself a cup of coffee and finish putting away the veggies and other produce from my market bags, I have 6 litres of delicious nutrient-rich veggie broth ready to be bottled for ... Read More >>
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus - Cook Republic

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus

About four years ago, our local market got a new stall. A lovely Persian man selling the most divine Middle-Eastern dips. They became the talk of our then-active book club and the star of many of our monthly brunches. All were vegetarian, gluten and dairy free and brimming with delicious flavours of exotic spices. Out of all the ones I would bring back home with me every week, the cauliflower dip was my absolute favourite. And that is what it was called. Cauliflower Dip. After a year or so, I decided it was time to save a bit of money and try making it at home since we had graduated to polishing off not one but two tubs of this dip every ... Read More >>