• my summer vegetable anti-anxiety soup I was born anxious. I’ve fretted for as long as I remember. I worried for one and all. Some days it cripples me and I have to disappear for a while. Others, I am able to accept it as part of my character. These days, though, I manage it better. I know what works. What more
  • 45 tips for saving $1036 Last week I chaired a food wastage forum – Whatever Happened to Waste Not Want Not – as part of the Sydney Festival. It was a joint initiative of Target100, a beef and lamb industry sustainability program, and EPA’s Love Food Hate Waste program (I’m the ambassador to both). The forum raised so many points, more
  • make your own ginger-ade soda Do you fit one or several of these scenarios? Gone sugar free, but crave a “sweet” soft drink/soda, especially on hot days? Want a healthy drink to give the kids? Got gut issues and need to up the probiotics in your diet? Need more electrolytes? I think I have the answer: homemade ginger-ade. I kind more
  • I love food, hate waste: a recipe with beetroot leaves I love food, hate waste, as you might have learned from reading last week’s post on how to cook your scraps. I’m doing a bit of a series of posts at the moment, showcasing innovative ways to cut unnecessary food wastage as part of Buy Nothing New Month (I’m an ambassador; I’m also an ambassador more
  • finding your life aesthetic A few weeks ago I was in Vienna for a day, as part of a 38-hour haul from Greece to Denmark. And I had a great realisation. When I’m in a new city I get enveloped by the aesthetic – the hair, the shoes, the subtle mannerisms, the turns of phrases – and find myself more
  • Take time: the Ikarian lesson that’s changing my life On my last day in Ikaria Thea took me aside in her kitchen as I was making my morning mountain tea in a little tin pot on her gas stove and she was heating up the goat milk. “Sarah, I need to ask you one thing. When you go back to Australia and you’re busy more
  • why you should eat sardines…and how to avoid mercury in your fish I love sardines. They’re good for cardiovascular health, joints, skin, memory, and energy levels. But also, they’re sustainable and low in mercury. In my I Quit Sugar Cookbook I feature the above recipe – my favourite endive boats. You can buy my cookbook by clicking on the button below. I know a lot of you more
  • look who else rides a bike and doesn’t wear a helmet… How rad. David Byrne from Talking Heads is a big bike banger-on-erer. And he makes a good point. The New York Times just ran a video interview with him. [youtube]http://youtu.be/37IDIUOJA6s[/youtube] I’m a non-helmet wearer (I wear one on big rides or dangerous roads)…ditto Byrne for the same reason. Oh, people get arked up about it…for more
  • I’m a modern-day nomad Lovely Jo sent this quote to me the other day as a sort of “hey, it’s you” alert. It’s from Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman, an American woman who, at 48, took off to discover the world. She sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in more
  • happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens I’m facing a big challenge at the moment. It’s something that’s been building up for a while: finding out what life is like – and what I’m like – when there is no “something next”. When nothing is about to happen. Boy. What would that feel like? I’m always onto something next. Surely I’d be more
  • try this: two commitment weekends Far too many of us get our weekends wrong. We don’t rest. We try to catch up. Catch up on emails, chores, with people. As I’ve said soooo many times before, the biggest challenge we face now is pushing back commitments. Life used to be about chasing and finding and accumulating information and ideas and more
  • how to ferment vegetables So, I ferment my roots. And I activate my nuts. And my guts love me for it. If there is one kooky, “witchy” thing you should try right now, it’s fermenting, or pickling. I’ve been playing around for a few months, making sauerkraut, pickled daikon, and the most lush beetroot relish. I eat a tablespoon or more
  • try this: be innocent, faint and effortless If your life is feeling a little like you’re forcing shit up hill right now (and I think some of us have so far this year),  you might like to reflect on this: Sukshma. In Sanskrit it means “subtle”. Actually, it means more than that…it’s to touch life “innocently, faintly and effortlessly”. It softens. It more
  • cycling in winter It’s not quite winter but it’s already getting chilly. Time to get set up on your bike. We asked Joyce from Cycle Style to give us some tips: The mornings and nights are getting darker, windier and colder – but that’s not a reason to hibernate with your bike. If Dottie can ride through the more
  • why it’s good to give your stuff for free I like this story: Trevor from Youth Lagoon recently told my friend Tim (who told me) that back before he was Somebody he decided to release his first single “July” on Bandcamp for free. Everyone told him he was mad. That he should monetise his efforts. But then the track went viral. And he got fans. more
  • how to make your own (gut-friendly!) cream cheese This could possibly go down as one of my favourite recipe shares ever. It involves one ingredient. It’s satisfyingly wholesome and River Cottage-y to make. It produces no wastage AND results in two invaluable edibles. And it’s super superfood-y and gut-goodish. I could go on…  I’m talking about homemade cream cheese. The stuff from the more
  • a kid in the 70s? then you probably have this photo of yourself… I tweeted recently about how funny it was that family photos for anyone who was a young kid in the ’70s are identical – same props, same setting, same clothes. Let’s see what I mean… Any of these so very random captures familiar to you? * you and sibling(s) in a wheelbarrow * first day more
  • how to make chicken stock (and my mum’s chicken soup) If there’s one thing anyone serious about their health should learn to do, after learning how to poach eggs, it’s to make chicken or beef stock. It’s wonderfully weekend-evocative for me (was that a very Nigella line right there?). In winter Mum would always put a big pot on the stove on Saturday and it more
  • Do what you love and do it often Have you seen this? A call to action by The Holstee Manifesto, originally a side project selling shirts, that’s since turned into a “message” (can you become a message? I reckon you can) that’s been viewed over 60 million times online. I like this: When they quit their jobs to form Holstee, the three founders more
  • I love this idea: the plentitude economy This video from the Center for the New American Dream paints a picture of how I think we all want to live. Everyone talks about green economies, decluttering, recycling…which are good. To a point. But they’re still focused on consuming and growth. Right? The. Only. Way. To. Be. Sustainable. Which at the same time is more
  • sometimes things can be simple and real Three reasons why I’m sharing this.   1. My friend Johnny Abegg made the film, which won Best Food Film with The Chef’s Directory. Johnny is widely regarded as one of the best surfers in Byron. Just as an FYI. And he’s cosy with my friend Lizzy at Spell. Again, background. 2. The film is more
  • the art of actively doing less (+ a Women’s Weekly shoot) Shall I share some sweet irony with you? Or perhaps you’ll call it muddled, unfocused hypocrisy? Recently I flew to Sydney to appear in this Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas shoot below. Myself and a bunch of other (too?) oft-photographed ladies were asked “what’s the perfect gift that money can’t buy”. I said: “rest”. As usual, more
  • get your stuff sorted You’ve heard of The Story of Stuff Project? I’ve mentioned it a bit here, especially in regards to the story of stuff in cosmetics. It’s a movement helping us all to consume less stuff. Because we don’t need it, it makes us unhappy and, frankly, it’s killing us. I grew up with these messages from more
  • Is your lifestyle “terminally jangled”? here! some Hunter S Thompson advice… I could stare at that photo below for an inappropriately long time. It’s evocative and in-someone-else’s-moment-ish and makes me want to meet a man in trunks. Mornings. Spent writing. Calmly. Alone. In sun. Yep. I came across this rundown by Hunter S Thompson of his morning routine. Morning routine’s are key to life, I’ve come more
  • Tuesday eats: breakfast…sans grains and sugar! As readers of this blog might know, I can’t do gluten or sugar, which makes breakfast tricky. If not toast or porridge or muesli or fruit, then what? Eggs. And more eggs. zucchini ricotta cheesecake, via 101cookbooks Not a sad predicament, but variety is required. Lately I’ve also been experimenting with cutting back on grains more
  • 24 top tips for inner-city bike buying + riding My philosophy is this: when more people ride bikes in cities, the safer that city is for cyclists. Actually, it’s not my philosophy. It’s a fact. And the raison d’etre of my Campaign To Ride a Bike. via meetup.com But I know many of you get stuck on how to start out riding – how more
  • Tuesday eats: some healthy mish-mash meals One of my favourite things to do is to come up with a meal from… nothing. It’s a sport. And I find myself competing in it often because I travel almost weekly and have to empty my fridge of random ingredients. Oh the thrill of it!?! So I always have a few staples on hand more
  • Brene Brown’s tips for getting real with yourself As I shared a few post back, I met Brene Brown face-to-face during her Australian visit (Sunday Life column on the matter to come). Her big thing, the thing that resonated for me when I read The Gifts of Imperfection was that making a change in your life is about getting serious, deliberate. You can more
  • some bike thoughts for a Friday Last week I met with Lord Mayor Clover Moore and some of her team to chat bikes. via chicksandbikes I have to hand it to Cr Moore. She simply wanted to get feedback from me (bikes lanes? Has to be done; the world will adjust and get over their issues with them), and pick my more
  • I’m moving…for now. always “for now”. As regular readers of this blog probably know, I recently decamped from Sydney to the Byron Bay hinterland. It was a temporary thing. An experiment. To see how it felt. In the interim I lived out of a suitcase and left my stuff in Sydney. But this week I’m actually moving my stuff up north. more
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