Good Food/ Good Health/ Good Thoughts

Some thoughts on our attitude towards diet

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When I was a teacher of design, I did a project with my senior students that encouraged them to learn a little bit about design history.  The two significant design eras I focussed on were Modernism and Post-modernism because I just loved to teach them all about the social, political, technological, and ideological changes that worked together to incite whole new ways of living and of experiencing life. No one…

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Good Food

Sourdough pancakes are good for you!

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If you’ve had a go at sourdough or have taken an interest in it already, you will know that a sourdough starter, as a living, growing thing, needs to be used regularly, so that you have a reason to continue feeding it with fresh flour and water daily (or a little less frequently if you keep yours in the fridge).  We keep our sourdough starter out on the kitchen bench,…

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Good Food

Easy-peasy Sourdough Bread

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I’m excited to share with you my recipe for easy-peasy homemade sourdough bread this week.  Just in case you weren’t waiting for it, this post follows on from my last, Why We Switched To Sourdough. Because we’d been baking fresh bread in our bread maker for a few years before I decided to try sourdough, I already knew that unless it was going to be super-simple, we wouldn’t be able…

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Good Food/ Good Health

Why we switched to sourdough

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Before I start writing this post about how much I love baking and eating sourdough bread, I just want to make it really clear that I am not an expert on sourdough, bread making, or baking!  I’m just a really ordinary mum/homemaker who bakes enough bread to feed her family.  I’m new to sourdough, and I’ve actually baked only one kind of sourdough bread because it was the first one…

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Good News/ Good Thoughts

On taking time to make things happen

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Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front lately, as I’ve been busy making preparations for a Mrs Goodness Shop!  I’m very excited at the prospect of being able to make and stock beautiful and practical homeware items that are really focussed on sustainable living and ethical consumerism, without sacrificing style and quality.  I hope that others will be able to embrace these ‘good’ values, and at the…

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Good Food

Coconut oil – why I love it and how I use it

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Coconut oil is fast becoming about as much of a “super-oil” as olive oil did when I was a teen.  I remember when my mum started buying olive oil for cooking, because it was proclaimed to be the healthiest oil you could possibly cook with.  Mum used it for everything: stir-frying, baking, roasting, dressings… Everything. Well, of course, since then we’ve learned about this little catch called “smoke point” which means…

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Good Dog/ Good Health

How Truffle the dog changed my life

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Anyone who knows me well also knows that this little black dog with the white chin may be credited with saving my life.  Perhaps not in a dramatic news-worthy fashion, involving dangerous waters or venomous snakes; but his entrance into my life undoubtedly kickstarted my recovery out of a bad case of depression.  I think all of my friends and family thought I had made a ridiculous decision in buying…

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Good Food

Mummy’s Milo

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Growing up, I guess I always took it for granted that Milo was made in New Zealand. I’m not quite sure why; I suppose it was my own ignorance …or clever advertising by Nestlé helped me to form that wrong assumption. Well anyway, that was my understanding well into adulthood, so that when I left home (after a childhood filled with fond memories of Milo-drinking) and I began my life of flatting…

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Good Thoughts

Why I strive to be Good and not Perfect

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I have a confession to make which may interest those of you who are mums too (and probably won’t interest anyone else!).  I use disposable nappies on Daniel, and I think he’s only worn about 3 cloth nappies in his 16-month-long life.  This is in spite of the fact that I know how bad they are for the environment (possibly for baby’s health too :-/ ) and in spite of the fact…

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Good Home

Why I choose to use glass in my kitchen (over plastic)

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Last week a very good mummy-friend of mine asked me why I choose to use glass to store our food in, over durable, effective plastic storage solutions such as Tupperware.  It was very brave of her to ask me this, as all my friends know I can chew their ears off when I get talking about things I am passionate about; particularly things like plastic, glass, sustainability, and healthy living!…

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