Monthly Archives: March 2014

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

For some reason, probably because they were gone in two shakes, I don’t have a single photo of these yummy gluten free sugar cookies. These are an occasional treat and were part of my Valentine’s Day baking extravaganza this year. ___________ 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup caster sugar (superfine sugar) 1/2 cup raw cane sugar 1sp vanilla extract 1 egg 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 cup sorghum flour 3/4 cup almond meal 3/4 Red Mill Gluten free all purpose flour Cream butter and sugar. Continue reading →

Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup

This is a gluten and dairy free recipe. If you want to have dairy, add a little greek yoghurt or sour cream to the finished product. I don’t and it tastes amazing anyway. This is a beautiful soup with a wonderful colour! __________________ Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Crushed Ginger 1 Tablespoon Crushed Garlic. Tsp Crushed red Pepper Pinch of Kosher Salt Goodly amount of freshly cracked pepper 1 large Spanish Onion (diced) 1 tsp Paprika 2 tsp Garam Continue reading →

Healing Silence

The quiet of the early morning is broken by a trilling sound. Is it a native bird or some kind of rooster? It begins to find its voice about 0530h. I’m usually awake before then. I find calm in the darkness of the early morning hours. I write. More now than for a while. I’m cliched in the way that my writing is affected by my emotional state. For a while there I felt like I was writing about in circles; so engrossed was I Continue reading →

Cheap and Tasty Hummus

Hummos (also: Hummus (Arabic: حُمُّص‎)) is a dip or spread made with chickpeas. It is delicious. Chickpeas are called Garbanzo beans in the US – I’ve tried to use both terms here, but being bilingual never hurt anybody! RM likes hummos so much that I realised I needed to make it from scratch so he doesn’t break my food budget with how much he loves it! This is especially good with fresh corn tortilla chips. Really, really, really good. It’s naturally gluten and dairy free Continue reading →

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

One of RM’s favourite things is Peanut Butter. In fact he loves Celery, but only because it is the perfect vehicle for peanut butter, one of his go-to post run snacks. These are an occasional treat. _________________________ RM’s Peanut Butter Cookies 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 4 oz (125g) Butter 1/2 cup peanut butter. 1 egg 1 cup baking flour (gluten free Red Mill) Throwing it together! Use good quality dark brown sugar – moscovado tastes good in this. Use a peanut butter without any additives. Continue reading →

When books aren’t the best teachers

I’ve read more of the “how can you be a godly Christian woman” in today’s world books than I care to admit. I acknowledged approaching this book with cynicism blooming. I admitted then that i’ve pretty much given up reading the “Christian woman self-help” kinds of books in light of realising that the women around me who love their communities, their churches, and their families have offered me far healthier and theologically complex models. I am fortunate to have woman around me I can look Continue reading →

To the Girls We Once Were: On feeling like you are too much

This is to the girls we once were….to the Girls that we are: To a community of women seeking to create, make, explore, love, hope, dream, inspire, teach, worship, prayer and nurture. _________________________ This is an open letter of sorts, an impassioned plea if you were, to any woman, or man, who has been told that they were or have felt that they are, too much. My dear sweet one! I know sometimes you wonder. In the quiet moments; in the dark; in the tear Continue reading →

To the Australian Church on International Women’s Day #IWD

I’ve not heard of any church based events exploring, reflecting on, or in any way marking international women’s day. I could be wrong – there could be hundreds of them I don’t know about. This piece is a reflection following a discussion where a group of (largely male) evangelical Christians were discussing International Women’s day. The general consensus was that it was unnecessary to mark it, and perhaps unhealthy. It was a UN event, not a church one. Moreover, it risks being an exercise in Continue reading →

Gluten Free Banana Bread

You know how they say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach — well, this newlywed is pretty sure that her husband fell in love with all over again when he discovered this recipe. I based this banana bread on a recipe of my grandmother’s that i’ve made for years. It’s full of fibre, and with added fruit and coconut as good as this kind of treat can be. This is the first time I’ve made this gluten free and believe me Continue reading →

The perfect shade of grey

If you were to ask my favourite colour, which you haven’t — but i’m going to volunteer the information anyway — most people around you would tell you it is purple. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I wear it copiously or have all sorts of purple decor – it is because it is a colour that means a great deal to me. In my world, there are purple days. But, I draw the line at painting my walls purple. I certainly don’t Continue reading →