My May Good Morning Recipes

Gouda & Sage Omelette

When thinking about gluten free breakfasts it is easy to forget that many of the foods we eat are naturally gluten free, like eggs, cheese, milk and herbs.  This delicious omelette shows that there need not be a sacrifice for gluten allergies.

2 tsp butter
4 eggs
2 tbsp cream
1 tbsp water
1 tsp dried sage or 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage leaves*
1/4 cup grated gouda (or hard cheese)
mineral salt & pepper to taste

  1. Melt the butter in a small omelette pan.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and add to the pan.  Allow to set for 10-20 seconds before using a spatula to push the egg toward the center of the pan. Allow the unset egg mix to run into the space created. Continue pushing into the middle until almost set.
  3. Fold omelette in half, divide in two and serve.

Makes: enough for two people
Takes: 5 minutes
Costs: $3.45

Tip: If you are not sure of your non-stick pan it can help to leave the cheese out until just before serving.
Fresh sage is available most of the year in New Zealand supermarkets.

Ancient Grain Porridge
This combination of ancient grains and rice flakes will allow you to have a soothing and warm breakfast and give you a ton of energy to march on all day.

1 cup milk* soy, rice or almond milks work well here
1/3 cup rice flakes
1 tbsp quinoa flakes
1 tbsp amaranth flakes
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt

  1. Combine all the ingredients and bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 7-10 minutes stirring regularly. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Makes: enough for two people
Takes: 7-10 minutes
Costs: 45 cents

Tip: When using flaked products check the packaging to ensure they were processed on a gluten free line.

found: 16 May 2010

It seems to be that time of year when people are either coming down with something or just plain looney-tunes (present company excluded). Therefore with little rhyme or reason this weeks "found" is dedicated to online versions of stuff that normally comes in different forms; the magazine, the movie and inspiring lectures. This weeks found keeps you up to date if you need a quiet night in to recover your health (mental or otherwise).

Online Magazine: sweet paul

I love a glossy foreign mag, but for a long time I have struggled to make this sort of luxury buying a priority. Especially as out of guilt the magazines end up condemned to the backshelf for reference or gifted to the nearest Dr's surgery (yes its me that cut that recipe out).  Online magazines are the perfect solution for those of us who live life in little spaces,  like to keep their footprint light or just plain feel like reading a mag at work without the boss watching!  sweet paul is as it says, a sweet retreat with delicious recipes and pretty pictures.

Online Movies: Food Matters
Viewing movies online is a great way to see stuff that you missed or films that haven't managed to fight it out with the blockbusters to our limited NZ screens.  If you care about what you put in your body and are interested at all in health the documentary Food Matters is a must.  A view by our Prime Minister and Health Minister in New Zealand would be 80 minutes well spent (forward this link if you have the right address)!  Copies of this movie can be bought as a more conventional DVD at many health-food stores.  My copy came from Harvest Wholefoods in Grey Lynn, Auckland (they also have an online store).

Online Inspiring Lectures:
Amazing people sharing their stories, from the most talented molecular scientist to the neural specialist who survived a massive stroke and re-wrote the way we deal with neural damage in hospitals. If the key to growth is learning, pain, more learning, is a reassuring reminder that perseverance pays off, that the world holds people who care, who have brains, opinions, stamina and a willingness to share.  I love this site, it cheers me up, makes me feel inspired.  REVS me uP when I need it and soothes me when I'm sick.  Seriously, check it out.  Screw chicken soup, this is like you tube for the soul!

The link will take you to Viktor Frankl speaking on why we should believe in others.  If you haven't read his small but momentous book "Mans Search for Meaning" click on the link below to buy online.

found: 09 May 2010

This weeks "found" is somewhat of a travelers edition as I am currently working in Australia. It seems at the moment that babies and their restrictions on established lives (or not) is an Autumnal (or perhaps just 30 something) topic of conversation. For those of you in trepidation of parenthood this weeks inspirational site is all about a couple who believe babies don't hold you back.  As usual this week is more alternatives, favorites and inspiration.

Communities for foodies abound around the world, this site is especially for New Zealand food and wine lovers. I enjoy this particular site because of its collection of well written food blogs.  The blog by Leanne Kitchen "The Smart Mouth" is a favorite of mine.  Leanne is one of those inspiring food writers who is also a photographer. She is best known for her books "The Dairy" "The Butcher", "The Baker" etc.

To encourage me further in my hippy-homemaker-ways a very good friend of mine gave me a little book called "Domestic Goddess on a Budget".  I instantly flicked onto the website and had a surf about, the site has a few lovely recipes for homemade cosmetic and cleaning products that are a bit of a sneak preview of the book and products for sale.  I particularly like the recipe for Rosemary or Lavender Hair Rinse.  The link will take you directly to the shop on the site, filled with great products non commercial cleaning products like Wendyl's Lavender Laundry Powder or blueing powder for refreshing your whites (a great favorite with us messy chefs).  All the recipes for Wendyl's products are available if you feel like making them up yourself. 

On a flight last week from Auckland to Wellington I met an inspiring couple who were on the last 40 minutes of a 30 hour journey back from South America. Traveling with their 16 month old gloriously happy baby Emelia (featured with her latest bunch of Peruvian friends), Bec and David are so convinced that babies are part of your family and traveling doesn't have to be removed from your early childhood plans, that they have started the website:    Although it may not convince everyone to take their baby to Brazilian carnival, it certainly inspired this 30 something to be a little less afraid of the oft mention new mother shut down.  For practical tips on living a little with your young ones visit

Thanks for supporting found!  If you have found something you would like to share, I have finally figured out how to enable comments so please add your faves to the site.



Fresh Face Juice

Fresh Face Juice is something that I have at least once a week.  I started making my own juices at home after meeting the directors of the food film "FoodMatters". They believe strongly in fresh food and fresh juices and it shows -they glow!  This simple recipes is a great way to get 5+ a day and it keeps my skin clear and glowing.

1 small beetroot
2 large carrots
1 medium apple (I prefer pacific rose apples)
4 sticks celery

  1. Scrub all of the ingredients and cut into suitable sizes to fit your juicer.
  2. Feed through the juicer and drink immediately.
If you are not using organic fruit and vegetables make sure you scrub them thoroughly in warm water with a dash of vinegar to help remove the pesticide residues.

found 02 May 2010

It has been a stupidly busy fortnight that has seen me down and back from Wellington for the telly, cooking in various houses with photographers (some new to me), new stylists and assistants and a rollicking from a shop assistant.  Life while invigorating can be a little depleting. All in all it has meant for a very quiet weekend of replenishing, hearty food, calm stretches, yogi tea and bit of Nigel Slater on the telly.  Because of all this busy-ness here are a few things that I have "found"help me to relax including a lovely spiritual book by the Medical, Ayuvedic and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra.

Deepak Chopra:

The two most vital things that I have learned this year have been from Deepak Chopras book "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success".  It seems crazy to paraphrase (but I will anyway)  The first thing I learned was to "keep stepping into the unknown".  The second was to take time to experience silence on a regular bases, experiencing silence: no tv, internet, book reading, talking on the phone, listening to music, writing etc, has allowed me to find the quiet needed to lead me back into regular meditation.  It is a simple form of meditation available to anyone and a great way to rest your brain. I also follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter and find the regular messages inspirational throughout my working day.

Yogi Products:

I love these tea's. To the point that I have been holding on to the empty boxes, this is until I found their website.  Each box has a calming yoga pose relevant to the tea, my current favorite is "Moroccan Orange Spice" (Uplift) and the restorative pose "Yoga for Contentment".  To find the perfect calming pose (and tea), click through to the website and enjoy the poses.  These teas are available in a few local wholefood stores, for Auckland I can say for sure that they are at Harvest Wholefoods in Grey Lynn and on the Shore you can find them at IE Produce.

Nigel Slater:

Whole-food, Real-food, Wellness without even knowing it. Nigel Slater cooks simple delicious food.  He is especially a brilliant writer and is my unwitting inspiration. I find his food soothingly real, his style naturally calming.  I know that us foodies should have glamorous, loud, trumpeting heros but this mans quiet meditative way comes though in his stunning food.  Even the website is beautiful and his book "Tender:v.1:A Cook and His Vegetable Patch" is enough to make a health conscious flavor loving cooks weep.

Laura cooks Feel Good Food on Good Morning TV

Yesterdays vegetarian meal recipes are now available on the Good Morning website or click on the title to view the full show.

click here to go to the recipes on the Good Morning website.

click here to go to the TVNZ On Demand page and watch the show.

Laura is on at 10.05 and 11.05.