Bacon and Veggie Soup



  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 brown onion, halved
  • 50g duck fat, ghee or coconut oil
  • 150g free range, nitrate free bacon eg Henderson bacon from Pak n Save (weigh after removing bacon rind)
  • 3 cups chicken broth 
  • 4 cups mixed veggies (approx) - eg. sliced carrots, broccoli florets, brussel sprouts halved, sliced zucchini, peas (see variation below for using leftover cooked veggies)
  • 2 cups (600g) leftover cauliflower mash (approx)

Thermomix method

  1. Place garlic into Thermomix bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 7.
  2. Add onion and bacon and chop 2 sec/speed 5. Scrape down sides of bowl with a spatula.
  3. Add fat (or ghee or oil), and broth (or water and paste). Place Varoma on top and add veggies to Varoma.
  4. Cook 20 mins/Varoma/rev/sp 1, or until veges are soft.
  5. Set Varoma aside, and add cauliflower mash to bowl. Cook 5 mins/Varoma/rev/sp 1.
  6. Mix soup and veggies together in large serving bowl and season to taste. (If you don't have a bowl big enough, spoon veggies into bowls, and pour over soup.)

Stovetop method

  1. Mince garlic, chop bacon and onion and place all into a large pot on the stove.
  2. Add fat (or ghee or oil) and broth (or water and stock paste) and cook for about 10 mins, covered, or until meat is cooked and onion is soft.
  3. Add cauliflower mash and veggies, and simmer until heated through, stirring now and then, for about 15 more mins. (If using leftover veggies, simmer for 5-10 mins, or until warmed through.)
  4. Season to taste.


To use leftover veggies, place them in the Varoma after the soup has cooked for 10 mins, so they warm up in the last 10 mins of cooking time.

You can use as many veggies as you like in this soup, whatever fits into the Varoma. Just remember to poke a hole in the middle of the veggies before cooking, so that the steam can get through.

Vegetarian version

Swap the bacon for about 2 cups of sliced mushrooms. After chopping the onion and garlic, add mushrooms with ghee or coconut oil and cook 3 mins /Varoma/reverse/speed 1 (or sauté in pan for stovetop method), then add broth and continue with recipe.

By Quirky Cooking

Baked Chicken with Cracked Pepper and Lemon


This is a super easy recipe.  It is a go to in our house, makes a great family dinner or having guest over? no problem they will love it too, serve cold for a snack the next day or pack for a  picnic (great cold to.)

  • 8 - 10 Chicken drum sticks
  • 1 Large lemon
  • 1 heaped tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Put the chicken in a roast dish.
  2. Put the peppercorns in a mortal and bash into small but chunky pieces (this means the pepper is sweeter than using your pepper grinder). Mix in with olive oil and juice from the lemon.
  3. Pour over chicken and add bay leaves to chicken and sprinkle salt over chicken.
  4. Roast for 40-45 minutes turning once. The chicken should be golden and sticky and the edges slightly dark.

Health Benefits of Black Pepper

A pinch of black pepper added to any recipe works as more than just a flavor enhancer. This king of spices is known to offer a number of health benefits while providing an excellent depth of flavor to a dish.

  • Improves Digestion. Consumption of pepper increases the hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, thereby facilitating digestion. ...
  • Weight Loss
  • Skin Care
  • Provides Respiratory Relief
  • Antibacterial Quality
  • Antioxidant Potential
  • Enhances Bioavailability
  • Improves Cognitive Function


Banana Coconut Cookies

Photo credit Ceres Organics

Photo credit Ceres Organics

Whether you’re trying to eat clean, quit sugar or just find something better to snack on, these are for you. With only two ingredients you have zero excuses. You can have yourself a batch of these banana coconut cookies in 30 minutes.

These cookies are free from refined sugar, nuts, egg, dairy and gluten – so pretty much everyone can eat them! Plus banana and coconut is a winning flavour combo, even kids will love them. Double the recipe and you’re sorted for the gym, the kids, at work, and those late night sugar cravings.


  • 1 banana
  • ¾ cup Organic Coconut, Shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
  2. Pulse the two ingredients in a food processor or blender until combined.
  3. Form balls and press down to create a round cookie shape and bake for 25 minutes or until slightly golden.


// Nourish You snapshot

  • Rolled oats  - boast soluble fibre that can help lower blood cholesterol. They also contain an antioxidant called bilirubin that can help eliminate free radicals, protecting your body from oxidative stress. Free radicals cause ageing… so make a double batch.
  • Bananas - are rich in a mineral called potassium. This mineral is important as it helps maintain fluid levels in the body and regulates the movement of nutrients and waste products in and out of cells.


Banana Breakfast Cookies

Banana breakfast cookies, like oatmeal but more portable. Just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes make time and you can hit snooze the next morning and grab a handful of these before heading out the door instead. We love oats because they’re really good for you, and pretty economical for what tends to be an underrated whole food. Oats might not look or sound as cool as açai but oats are a good source of fibre, specifically beta-glucans that can reduce bad cholesterol – so they’re good for your heart. Oats


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup Organic RAW Pitted Dates (chopped small)
  • 2 cups Organic Rolled Oats, Jumbo Wholegrain
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Ground Cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C, and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl, then add in the chopped dates and oats. Mix well and leave to sit for about 15 minutes in the fridge.
  3. Use a tablespoon to create balls with your mixture, they should be around the size of a golf ball. Place onto your lined baking tray, and press down to form little cookies. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove cookies from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Store your cookies in an air-tight container, they’ll keep for up to a week.


// Nourish You snapshot

  • Rolled oats  - boast soluble fibre that can help lower blood cholesterol. They also contain an antioxidant called bilirubin that can help eliminate free radicals, protecting your body from oxidative stress. Free radicals cause ageing… so make a double batch.
  • Cinnamon - helps control blood sugar and stimulates brain activity




Slow Cooker \\ Pulled Pork


  • 1 - 5 kg pork roast with fat cut off
  • 2 tablespoons paprika (try smoked paprika for more of that smoked flavour)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced chilli (eg organic from spiral foods)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (eg organic from spiral foods)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Mix together all of the dried spices with the garlic and chilli and rub into all sides of the pork
  2. Place vinegar and water in bottom of slow cooker
  3. Carefully add pork, so you don't wash off spices(remember to cut off any large fatty pieces and discard)
  4. Cover and cook on low for about 6-8 hours
  5. Remove pork and shred
  6. Add juices from slow cooker as desired

This is a great recipe, super yummy and easy :). Use to make pulled port burgers on sour dough bread, nachos, add to a roast veggie and kale salad.

Green Smoothie - Simple Goodness


  • a handful of spinach
  • frozen or fresh pineapple or frozen berries about 1/4 to 1/2 cup
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 dates  to sweeten (optional)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened greek yoghurt (optional)
  • Add almond milk - about 1 cup or any milk of your choice, water or cold green tea
  • 1 teaspoon of almond pulp (left over from making almond milk) - optional

Blend till smoothie, tastes so good !



If almond milk is not in the budget, make up a jug or jar of green tea and keep in the fridge, a great way to give your smoothies a nourishment boost !

Enjoy :)

Mexican Chilli Beans

Use instead of mince in taco's, on nacho' s or over a baked Kumera (sweet potato) or baked potato.

Ingredients – Thermomix

1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 clove of garlic, peeled (or 1 teaspoon of minced garlic)
1 red chilli or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
2 large carrots, roughly chopped
1 red capsicum, deseeded and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
20g olive oil
1 tin kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1 tin chopped tomatoes (400g)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste (a few grinds of each)

How to – Thermomix

  1. Add garlic, onion, chilli, carrots and capsicum to TM bowl and chop for 5 seconds on speed 7. 

  2. Scrape down sides of bowl, add oil and saute for 3 minutes at 100C on speed 1.

  3. Add cumin, coriander and paprika, and saute for a further 1 minute at 100C on speed 1.

  4. Add the beans, tomato paste, tin tomatoes, soy sauce, salt and pepper and cook for 17 minutes at 100C on reverse + speed soft.