All posts tagged: Food

Foraging in the Waitakere Rainforest

I’m taking friends out on a guided hike today, they are keen to explore the Waitakere rainforest and I’m keen to show them how bountiful the bush can be if you know what you’re looking for.  We are hiking the Upper Huia Dam Track It’s been raining heavily the last few days, the track is rougher than usual.  We look like ballerina’s leaping through the bush, or maybe we look like monkeys swinging from branches trying not to get our boots stuck in the mud.   Above us we can hear the Tui singing and a Kereru watching us plot our way through the mud.  The Miromiro ahead of us darts back and forward guiding us along the track. It’s an advanced walk, even if you are fit it can still be challenging.  I met two groups of people turning back warning me that the track is too difficult and muddy.  This is true if you are unfamiliar with the Waitakere Ranges, some of these tracks will put many people off.  It’s not a track for …

Life in the Vidigal Favela – Brazil

 I had butterflies when arriving into the favela but they were butterflies for adventure!  I’m not sure staying in a favela (Slum) is on everyone’s list of places to go, but it was for me and my cousin Amee.  We had no idea what to expect, would we be shot in the cross fire, will we be kidnapped? We questioned our sanity, as did everyone else when we told them of our plans.   We don’t have favela’s in New Zealand, nothing AT ALL compares to a favela!! This is partly the reason why we needed to experience a favela, both of us knew that in order to live life you have to step out of your comfort zone!  The Favela Expeience comes highly recommended by many travellers on Trip Advisor and the statement from their website had us on board! “By allowing meaningful and authentic dialogue between favela residents and guests, we show both the positive and challenging realities of life in these communities and do not glamorize poverty in favelas. Ultimately, we practice sustainable tourism because …

Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake!

After several days on the road scouting for a film location, Shannon sends me a text “shall I make us some dairy-free cheesecake?”….”OK” I hastily replied! My favourite desert EVER, is cheesecake! But because most are made from dairy (cream cheese), I haven’t been eating it… yeah, its been real tough! Sure I could cheat, its not like I’m allergic to dairy.  No, it’s because our body doesn’t need dairy nor do I think cows should go through inhumane conditions for us…. and I’m not going to cheat on my own ethics! This recipe is raw, its dairy and gluten free, its delicious and if you eliminate the honey it’ll be sugar free too!  Stick to Green & Blacks chocolate for this recipe, its so devilishly healthy compared to other sugar loaded brands! Its pretty easy to make… from where I was standing anyway.  It takes about 45 mins to prep and then an hour standing by the fridge waiting for it to set! I felt like my face had been through some tough conditions while on the road, it …

Cacao and Berry Smoothie

This smoothie came about when I was making cacao and pistachio bliss balls.   There is always cacao in my cardboard and berries in the freezer.  Because I don’t eat dairy, almond milk is a must in the fridge at all times. Oh and chia seeds, these tiny little things pack a punch when it comes to sustaining consistent energy.  They should be classed as a super power, maybe they already are!? Cacao and Berry Smoothie – Sugar Free / Dairy Free Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups organic almond milk 1 cup frozen berries 1 banana 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder 1 Tbsp chia seeds Method: Mix it all in a blender and sprinkle with some coconut and nuts  Enjoy! I’m still buzzing from this!