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By jane

On 30, Nov 2014 | In | By jane

Recipe: Lime and Coconut Curry

I watched a fantastic talk on how cooking can change your life the other day. I found it really inspiring—check it out HERE.

There’re so many cooking shows, cookbooks, artisan bakeries and new radical diets to choose from. It seems our culture becomes more and more obsessed with the art of cooking while the rates of cooking in the home steadily decline. Funny, that. Maybe it’s because we’re elevating cooking to an unreachable lofty art form. Maybe the humble joys of wiling a Sunday afternoon away with a stack of great ingredients and sense of adventure have been lost to our fast-paced lifestyle. Whatever the case, we gotta snap out of it. According to Michael Pollan, reintroducing the joy of cooking in our lives will not only shrink our waistlines, line our hip pockets and improve our mental health, but could also save parts of our precious planet. Pretty inspiring stuff. Check out the talk and you’ll see what I mean.

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By jane

On 01, Oct 2014 | In | By jane

20 Weird and Wonderful Uses for Coconut Oil

So I have a whole jar of organic coconut oil here – what can I do with it?

It’s not much of an overstatement to say that it’s probably easier for me to list what you CAN’T do with coconut oil as it has such a plethora of applications for everything from head lice to weight loss. It doesn’t take a genius to know that it feels like heaven when you rub it anywhere on your body. Yes, it’s a brilliant natural moisturiser – safe to use everywhere (and I mean everywhere). You can use it to treat dry, damaged hair or skin and it’s also brilliant for soothing burns and cuts (when in healing stages – not initial stages). It’s naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial as well as being able to wipe out parasites. It is purported to aid digestion, ease arthritis, and support the immune system amongst a host of other things. Mojo Junction presents:

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By jane

On 30, Sep 2014 | In | By jane

Mustered Courage US Tour:
Paddy’s Top 10 Nasty Foods

Now, after sharing a house with the wonderful Aurora Jane for some time, I learned about how serious this gal is about her food—nothing short of a genius and full of brilliant ideas. I was tickled pink when she asked me to do a blog of food nastiness while I was on a three-month tour of North America with my band, Mustered Courage.

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By jane

On 30, Sep 2014 | In | By jane

Dukkah to Die For:
The Heady Egyptian Spice Mix

APHRO CUISINE – OCTOBER ’14 FEATURE

I’m sure most of you Australian readers are already very familiar with dukkah, as well as anyone hailing from Egypt, the home of dukkah. I was lucky enough to run into this intoxicating spice mix in Melbourne where it is dominating plates every which way you look, and rightly so—a crumbling victory that adds huge amounts of nutrients and flavour to almost any dish!

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By jane

On 30, Sep 2014 | In | By jane

Coconuts: Rediscovering Nature’s Perfect Package

There’s a reason why coconuts grow on deserted islands in the middle of the ocean. They are a complete nutritional bundle; nature’s perfect package. The humble coconut is my answer to the food of the Gods.

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By jane

On 31, Jul 2014 | In | By jane

Aphro Cuisine Recipe: Ruby Soup

APHRO CUISINE – AUGUST ’14 FEATURE

I’m unsure that you can even call this a soup. It is more of a heady elixir of slippery caramelised onions and fine shavings of earthy beet, all cradled and brought together by a warming beef broth.

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By jane

On 31, Jul 2014 | In | By jane

Recipe: Spiced Tomato & Red Pepper Chutney

EATERS DIGEST AUGUST ’14 FEATURE

What inspired you to make chutney this month Carla?

So I got jack of spending eight dollars a jar for amazing chutney. Yes it’s incredibly delicious. Yes I’m happy to pay for locally produced, good quality condiments. However the problem is not the price so much as the startling rate at which it disappears in my household. We, (the two of us) get through a 350g jar a week. Read more…

By jane

On 31, Jul 2014 | In | By jane

Aphro Cuisine Recipe: A Psalm for Salmon

APHRO CUISINE – AUGUST ’14 FEATURE

Oh delicate, fatty Salmon

How thy pink flashing flesh marks my cheek

Let my tongue be wrapped in thy silken sheets

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By jane

On 31, May 2014 | In | By jane

The Scorpion’s Sting.
Our Search for the World’s Hottest Chilli.

With our baking hot red centre and searing summer temperatures, it’s not hard to imagine that one of the world’s hottest chillies was birthed right here on Australian soil. Weighing in at a diabolical 1,463, 700 Scoville Heat Units (SCUs), the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T broke all records in 2011 and was officially ranked as the world’s hottest chilli at the time. Read more…

By jane

On 31, May 2014 | In | By jane

Carla’s Outdoor Kitchen: Thai Green Curry (episode 2)

Mojo Junction’s Carla Versitano takes us to the Organic Food Markets, and back to her tranquil Queensland patio to demonstrate a fresh, easy-to-make Thai Green Curry.

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By jane

On 31, May 2014 | In | By jane

Chillies: Pleasure and Pain
And a Recipe: Double Pleasure—Chocolate-Clad Crystallised Chillies

It burns, but we brush aside the warnings. We ignore the Greek-chorus wailing coming from that evolutionary marvel of gustatory discernment—our tongue-scape’s tight huddle of taste buds. Read more…

By jane

On 31, May 2014 | In | By jane

Aphro Cuisine Recipe: Mezcal Chilli Chocolate Cake

APHRO CUISINE – JUNE ’14 FEATURE

Think of a chocolate cake so rich, it’s barely a step away from a Swiss chocolate truffle and with a texture to rival Venetian velvet. Then add the fiery elements of chilli, mezcal, cinnamon, orange zest and a bursting succulent centre of ruby red cherries. Read more…

By jane

On 30, Apr 2014 | In | By jane

Chai Spiced Carrot and Coconut Cake with Lime Coconut Frosting

*Gluten free/lactose free option.

 

EATERS DIGEST MAY ’14 FEATURE

This is a cake that will turn heads. Moist, spicy and decadent with a hint of coconut and lime—it is a sensual treat and will carry you away on a culinary journey to the tropical regions of the subcontinent.  Read more…

By jane

On 30, Apr 2014 | In | By jane

Subtropical Tarts – Mango, Maca, Coco & Lime

APHRO CUISINE – MAY ’14 FEATURE

Today might have been the last day that could scrape in for my extended, denial-ridden ‘it’s still summer’ phase here in Sydney. And at the markets: mango and lime! Really? It was meant to be—my terminal summery kitchen fling (until I skip hemispheres and cheat the system again).  Read more…

By jane

Figs. A biography of seduction.

She’s dark. The colour of bruised midnight. She’s swelled and ripened over three seasons and blushes crimson at her sweet summit—that meeting place for lines tracing up from her full-hipped beauty. Now, in low-angled autumn light under cool leafy canopies, she and her sisters wait in deep purple crowds.  Read more…

By jane

On 31, Mar 2014 | In | By jane

Urban Foraging – Poached Fig & Almond Cake
(a short film)

Explore the back alleys of Brunswick with Mojo Junction’s Carla Versitano, as she goes urban foraging for figs. Watch them transform into a Poached Fig & Almond Cake that will make your taste buds go wild! Sustainability and seasonal cooking up close and personal. Music by Tim Bennett.

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By jane

What’s in your wine? An insider’s guide to winemaking

Winemaking begins with two months of early mornings, late nights, twenty-hour days, bleary eyes, blisters, bruises and splinters, headaches and hangovers. Then there’re dirty socks, wet boots, and aching feet, tired bones, filthy clothes, and foul mouths, day after day without a day off in sight. Read more…

By jane

On 31, Mar 2014 | In | By jane

Fig, Fennel & Gorgonzola Risotto

APHRO CUISINE – APRIL ’14 FEATURE

This androgynous—’Is it savory? Is it sweet?’—risotto, is so carefully light yet lavish, and full of my favorite aphrodisiacs: figs, fennel, cheese, wine. And once they are married in the soft sensuous texture of risotto, there really couldn’t be a more perfect bite to share with a loved one, and I mean that. Read more…

By jane

On 31, Mar 2014 | In | By jane

Fig, Spice & Sounds – Artist Interviews

This month on Mojo Junction we are paying tribute to the humble yet glorious fig. We caught up with a few talented musicians from around Australia and quizzed them about their experiences and associations with figs. Read more…

By jane

On 31, Mar 2014 | In | By jane

Earth to Table – Cafe Review

Earth to Table

85 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia +61 2 9029 1755

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Bohemian sun-kissed well-being seekers breeze in and out of this modestly chic café that teems with all things good. Its bright and friendly ambience welcomes you into the homely and non-pretentious yet happening atmosphere.

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