Category Archives: Australia

Coconut Revolution

Have you ever thought about how easy it is to incorporate Coconut Oil into your daily routines?

Coconut Oils can be used for the inside and out side health and wellbeing.
 
I just love the Coconut Revolution range! There are some gorgeous rich, glossy oils that are ideal for cooking and also a range of skin care oil products.
A perfect go-to oil is the Coconut Revolution Thai Jasmine hand cream. Toss this little wonder into your handbag or car glove box and you’re hydrated wherever you are! The Jasmine scent is breezy and I find myself breathing in deeply every time I apply it!

I’m really interested in the benefits of the oil on my skin- I tend to have oily skin but I find it has it’s ups and downs and can also become quite dry.

I made a couple of nourishing face scrubs and masks using Coconut Revolution Oil for Beauty.
This oil is designed to cleanse, moisturise and is perfect for make up removal.
I used a couple of table spoons mixed with organic ground coffee beans as a face scrub.

This was perfect as an end of the day rejuvenation and the Coconut Oil will moisturise and remove dirt, whilst the coffee will help tighten the skin and improve blood circulation. Plus it smells incredible if you’re a coffee fan!!
I created a leave on face mask too. I just added another couple of table spoons of Coconut Revolution Beauty Oil with a teaspoon of organic Manuka honey and a teaspoon of oat meal.

Removing the oil from the face is easy enough with a warm water soaked face washer. Your pores will feel open and clean! Not to mention the sweet breakfast scents from the honey and oats.
The range by Coconut Revolution is huge. Beauty, health, hair, organic, dietary, skin…
Honestly you can find what it is you’re looking for and what suits your needs.
The benefits of these oils are they are organic, cold pressed, natural. It’s a direction most people are aware of and Coconut Revolution makes the pathway easy, simple and vibrant.
Head over to Coconut Revolution and see what I am talking about.
Their range will inspire you to get healthy, make small changes and realise that looking after yourself is easy and simple. 
Click here to find your local retailer.
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Crunchy Polenta Fingers- Chris’ Dips

I love snacking, and I’m always trying to come up with quick and easy foods to create. Especially vegan and vegetarian dishes that are portable and easy to eat on the run.

Polenta is such a versatile food which can be made sweet or savoury.  It can be used to make ‘fries’ or sweetened to make desserts.

For these Polenta snacks I used pre-firmed Polenta which can be purchased in the pasta section of your local supermarket.

You will need:

Half a polenta slab cut into fingers
1/2 container Chris’ Spiced Roasted Carrot and Turmeric Dip
3/4 cup Gluten Free bread crumbs

Slather each finger in the dip- I used a spoon to make this easier and then dunk them in the bread crumbs so they are completely covered.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in a fan forced oven at 180 degrees for 20 mins to half an hour until the fingers are browned.

Leave to cool once cooked and then enjoy them dipped into more of Chris’ Dip or a plain Greek yoghurt. 

I made these gluten free to tie in with the dip and I also had a friend coming over who was gluten intolerant.
These would work well with quinoa instead of the breadcrumbs or even a cheese mixed in with the breadcrumbs.

These can be enjoyed warmed or cold.  For pre-heating do this in an oven as a microwave will leave them soggy.

That Sugar Film

Fads. Fads. Fads.

They’re everywhere.
OMGAtkins, OMGgluten-free, OMGpaleo, blah, blah and blah.
Why not use our common sense (we know not everyone has a suitable dose) when looking at the bigger picture- too much of anything can’t be good, right?

With all this in mind, Damon Gameau has released his documentary- That Sugar Film & I was lucky enough to be sitting in a sold out cinema for the premiere screening.  Crowded, excited and brimming with all types of viewers Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave did a fantastic job hosting the film. 
Damon & his partner, Zoe, held a live question and answer at the film’s finish. 

*Apologies for the terrible photos as I only had my iPhone available to use*

When we think of sugar and health, Sarah Wilson comes to mind with ‘I Quit Sugar’ (detox, plan, programme, whatever) but we dont’t so much think of health foods. 
Yup.
Health foods.
You know the ones: low fat, no fat & diet. We all know that lower fat means higher sugar, but do we know what all that extra sugar does to our body? Do we understand what it does to our complex brain and organs? 
When watching That Sugar Film and seeing how it can affect the body, you kinda start to hate sugar & what it can do.  We have used it to create foods and increase the taste of foods. Take out the fat, but replace that missing fat with sugar to increase that more pleasurable taste in the food.
A good example is High Fructose Corn Syrup. We don’t know why we aren’t supposed to consume it , but we all know it’s a bad ingredient, therefore we avoid it. This is the same with low fat & health foods. Go for the fat free foods to lose weight & become better, healthier people.
That Sugar Film explores a healthy Aussie bloke on a journey from natural, unprocessed, no added sugar foods to sixty days of sugar. Specifically added sugar, 40 teaspoons to be exact.
Would you like a real wake-up call? A teaspoon of sugar is about 4 grams in weight- go grab something and check the sugar content. And no, Damon isn’t talking about chocolate, ice cream or junk food, he’s focused on the processed, actual marketed health foods. So off you go, grab a tub of low fat yoghurt. Check the sugar content. This is what That Sugar Film is about. The effects of that sweet stuff & how easy it is to chalk up a minimum of 40 teaspoons a day- just from standard ‘healthy’ foods.
The change in Damon’s body & health is drastic. Remembering though, that before this experiment he was three years ‘clean’ on sugars & processed foods. The results of Damon’s transformation should be a wake up call not only to consumers & sugar-filled manufacturers but also be addressed in schools, universities & a funded project to scientifically analyse tests & results. 
Just like the dairy industry, the sugar industry hire their own scientists & professionals to encourage the purchase of products. These ‘professionals’ encourage the consumption of these brands & deem them to be safe & full of health benefits.  
Ever heard of the supplement Juice Plus? Pyramid scheme selling? This product was tested & recommended by their own scientists, not by independent researchers & companies. So of course this product is going to be safe & provide you with all your health needs.
That Sugar Film- it’s kinda like a slap in the face. You knew it all along, but now you see the reality of it. This Aussie bloke, with weird orange undies, shows the viewer the harsh, extreme reality of what we are inflicting upon our bodies.  The worst thing is; most people have been eating their low fat/no fat foods for years, & from a young age. Growing bodies are used to high sugar literally from birth- formula, canned baby food. Even my son’s school canteen offers only low fat flavoured milk. Why would a five year old need skim milk?


Damon Gameau & Mad Man have released this fantastic, entertaining & frightening view of our healthy lifestyles.  This is an engaging documentary following in the footsteps of Fed Up. It’s real, honest & definitely worth watching. I guarantee you’ll start thinking about what you’re eating, how your diet is affecting your mood, illnesses, weight loss & overall health. 
Please visit http://www.thatsugarfilm.com to purchase tickets at your local cinema.
That Sugar Book is also available from all good book stores.

Green & Gold Pavlova

Happy Australia Day!

Pavlovas are easy to put together, quick to create & the only wait time is the hour or so it takes to bake. This is also a sugar-free recipe, so perfect if you’re trying to cut back on the sweet stuff!

To make our ‘Pav’ a bit more Aussie we added green & gold food colouring to the whipped egg whites. If you’ve never made a Pavlova before just remember to make your the egg whites are beaten within an inch of their life.  They need to be super thick peaked in that bowl!!
You will need:
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
2 tbsp cornflour
1/4 cup Natvia for Baking
Green & Gold food dye

Preheat a fan forced oven to 120 degrees.
Using an electric mixer beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. This should take at least 6-8 minutes. But by bit sprinkle in the remaining dry ingredients while continuing to beat the mixture. 

Once thoroughly combined, use a spoon to split the egg whites in half. Using a spoon in each add a couple of drops of food dye to each bowl. One green, one gold. The colours will darken one they’re in the oven so don’t add too much dye as it will add too much moisture to the mixture.

Line a baking tray with baking paper and slowly dollop spoonfuls of the coloured mix in a circular pattern. Be creative & alternate the colours too. The egg whites should stay in position & easily sit atop of each other if they have been whipped enough. 

Place your finished Pavlova design into the oven & let it bake for an hour. 

Once baked- it should be hard & crisp to the touch on the outside, fluffy inside, use a skewer to test.
Allow the Pav to cool in the oven with the door ajar for about 20 minutes & then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve with whipped cream & mangos & kiwi fruit for added Green & Gold.

Pumpkin Pie Slice

Just in time for Thanksgiving or for Christmas. This slice is perfect for the health conscious or as a tasty light dessert.
You will need:
1 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup Natvia for Baking
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 mashed banana
1 cup mashed pumpkin
4 eggs
Icing:
1/2 cup silken tofu
200g cream cheese
1/2 cup Natvia for Baking
Cinnamon for decoration
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees- fan forced.
Mix the dry ingredients together and in a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
Once thoroughly combined stir in the dry mix to the wet and beat well.
Line a slice try with baking paper & using a spatula spread the mix firmly around the dish.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm & golden.
While the slice is baking whizz the cream cheese, Natvia & tofu in a food processor until thick & almost like whipped cream.
Once the slice has baked, cooled & been cut into squares, spread the whipped icing over the cake & sprinkle with extra cinnamon.

Du Chocolat Egg White Oats

Have you tried egg whites in your breakfast oats? They help create low calorie fluffy creamy oats.

I made some for breakfast this morning using some Sugar Free Du Chocolat powder. Yummy!!
You will need:
4 tbs oats
1 tbs chia seeds
2 tsp Du Chocolat
2 tbs Unsweetened Almond Breeze 

2 egg whites

Sliced banana and blueberries to garnish

On a low heat mix all the ingredients with a whisk in a small saucepan. Beat well until mixture becomes thick.

Serve in a shallow dish and garnish with fruits.

Duck Duck Mother Goose

Just like Coolstore Fresh, there’s history in small business, or history in the making for some…

Duck Duck Mother Goose

Here’s a rundown on these two beautiful ladies & their exciting idea that has now come to fruition.

Made in Mandurah, Western Australia. We use sustainable, locally grown produce and we create a scrumptious fine foods range of preserves.

From returning back to Western Australia after spending time living on the East Coast, we found ourselves getting frustrated by the limit of fresh, locally produced foods. And when you do come across local products, you pay for it!

So we put our thinking caps on, used our hospitality experience and started many food taste tests, and here we are. We have our own, affordable fine foods range.


We source locally grown produce to Western Australia and we turn that into our gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves) fine food range of jams, chutneys and relish. 

Our mission is to source all our fresh, in season produce direct from the farmer, however that takes time to establish contacts. So in the process, if it’s not from a farmer, our produce comes from your local backyard producer, or farmers market.

The ingredients of our products don’t consist of numbers but of words we can all understand, and the ingredients that we can find from all of our cupboards. 

That means:
No artificial colourings
No artificial flavourings
No added chemicals

And the name?

‘Duck Duck Mother Goose’ is the brain child of two gals. One’s nickname is Rubber Ducky (apparently when you tell her a really funny story she laughs like a quacking duck? hmmm) and the other is Mother Goose, a Chef by trade, when you do something wrong in the kitchen, she goes off like a goose. She’s also the wiser of the two, protective of her pond.]

Our product range is inspired from fond memories of our trips to our grandparents and the tasty treats they used to provide us.


For enquiries please contact us via email at duckduckmothergoose@gmail.com