9 of the best “Buy Me Once” staples to invest in

Posted on June 14th, 2016

I read about a new site recently – Buy Me Once. It curates gear that’s high quality and you only have to buy once, in your life. Stellar stuff.  Not-so-funnily, I’m writing this sitting in a London Wholefoods. The place is festooned with “eco” messaging. And yet everything comes on disposable plates, with disposable forks and cups. In the past 50 years, we’ve come to seriously regard disposable as cool. It’s honestly insane.

I carry my slow cooker to friends' houses for dinner - meal prepped and ready to go!

I carry my slow cooker to friends’ houses for dinner – meal prepped and ready to go!

But there are murmurings of a push-back. In France the government is fighting disposable business practice in the appliances industry, part of a larger movement against planned obsolescence across the European Union. And a bunch of fashion brands are stepping up in clever ways.

This is part of my own #Simplicious manifesto. Sure, you have to buy things. But don’t buy disposable stuff. And buy it mindfully. Stuff that lasts is generally premium, which – added bonus – makes you think deeply about whether you really need it. Because, end of day, I advocate going without, wherever possible.

Anyway I reached out to Tara and then arranged to meet with her…we were both going to be in London at the same time, miraculously. It was all a beautiful thing. Then we decided to compile a list of our favourite Buy Once stuff.

Tara: A LE CREUSET POT

This is the brand that started it all and inspired me to begin BuyMeOnce. Le Creuset is an heirloom cooking pot that oozes quality and longevity. It comes with a lifetime guarantee and I can just see myself passing it down to my imaginary grandchildren. I want everything in my life to give me this feeling.

Me: Scanlan and Theodore wool and silk

I shop for fashion rarely, about once every six months. For 15 years I’ve invested in pieces by this Australian brand. They’re a premium product, but I have red silk pants that have lasted seven years (I even hand wash them) and a Read more

My Simplicious Kitcheri Recipe

Posted on May 19th, 2016

Yesterday I shared the gist of what kitcheri is all about. Now, here’s the recipe I work to, which keeps it as simple as possible.

Kitcheri, image via Ashley Neese

Kitcheri, image via Ashley Neese

I also have a Nourishing Kitcheri recipe in I Quit Sugar For Life and an Inside-Out Sprouted Kitcheri Loaf inSimplicious. I’ve also shared the whole deal with Ayurveda healing. And written a post detailing my experience at an Indian clinic.

My Simplicious Kitcheri

  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 1 cup of split mung dhal – yellow or green
  • 1 tbls of ghee
  • 1 tbls of Panch Phora spice mix (or mix equal parts fennel seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek and mustard seeds
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1 tbls of grated fresh turmeric or 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • very big grind of black pepper
  • ½ tsp Asafetida
  • 6 cups of water, boiling
  • 3-4 cups of diced vegetables (zucchini, sweet potato, carrot) or silverbeet. But only choose 1-2 varieties, not all four at once.
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
  • juice of half a lemon or lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

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How to make Ayurvedic kitcheri…for beginners

Posted on May 18th, 2016

First, what is this kitcheri (pronounced kich-ah-ree) stuff I speak of rather often. (I have a recipe for Nourishing Kitcheri in I Quit Sugar For Life and an Inside-Out Sprouted Kitcheri Loaf in Simplicious; I also shared how I ate it at the Indian retreat I did some time back.)

Been playing around with kitcheri recipes. Heard of the stuff? According to Ayurveda, it's the most balancing and gut-settling meal possible. to me it's also a vehicle for a generous dollop of ghee, lots of fresh tumeric and coriander.

My kitcheri combo: a vehicle for a generous dollop of ghee, lots of fresh tumeric and coriander.

In Ayurveda this mung and rice curried bowl of sweet, soft, soupy goodness is considered the ultimate digestion-healing and detox food. It’s warming, soft, light and designed to fire up your digestive energy, or “agni”, via a bunch of select spices. Indeed, it’s served in clinics when people are sick and is used for cleansing purposes (where you eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner).

But it’s a whole lotta grains and legumes!

I know, I know. The stuff is made from mung daal and basmati rice.

At first, I was dubious. I bloat up from such foods normally and tend to avoid them. But consumed in this combo, with the spices and ghee that’s added, something mysterious happens and I’ve found that when I do eat it, my digestion is pacified. Almost immediately.

I asked Ayurvedic consultant Nadia Marshall to explain the deal from an Ayurvedic perspective:

“Both mung daal and basmati rice are light in quality with a predominantly sweet taste (mung is also astringent), a cooling digestive effect and a sweet post-digestive effect. It is quite rare to have foods that are sweet/cooling/sweet… but also light. As a result, mung daal and basmati rice have the special quality of being nourishing for the tissues and immune system but also light and easy to digest. Mung and basmati’s sweet quality (both as their taste and post-digestive effect) has a calming, grounding effect on the mind/body but is also Read more