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Nicole Azzopardi

Journalist, cook, mum and author of The Alchemy Cookbook. Foreword by GAPS author Dr NCM. Foundational food with heart and soul.

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Sign up to stay in touch with this very inspiring family. They are exiting social media but are well worth reading their words and attending their events. Wishing you all the best @artistasfamily. I will miss you but I understand. #permaculture #sustainability #fermentation #slowliving #gardening

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Thank you luscious garden of ours. This Sunday, Gut Health For Every Day People is sold out. I will be doing another online 30 Days of Alchemy very soo. So stay tuned. #gapsdiet #thealchemycookbook #guthealth #microbiome #gut #cookfromscratch #jerf #caterer

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Thai style French lentils in the slow cooker. #refinedsugarfree #glutenfree #grainfree #gapsdiet #guthealth #microbiome #slowfood

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Some lovely feedback from a guest at a dinner I catered for this week. Pictured is a recipe we Europeans from Egypt call Harissa. It was my maternal grandmother's speciality and a requirement for all family gatherings. I'm proud that her ways are coming forth in my cooking, reminding me of the eternal bloodlines we share. A gluten, grain and sugar free adaptation features in #thealchemycookbook and is a cracker. "Nicole Thankyou so much for the beautiful meal you prepared for the staff - it was amazing, and enjoyed and exclaimed over by Everyone! Really special, thankyou. xxx Leanne" #surfcoast #caterer #greatoceanroad #torquay #permaculture #biodynamics #herbs #ancestors #gapsdiet #glutenfree #grainfree #refinedsugarfree

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Reconnecting to the past with a beautiful friend as we prepare our beautiful little workshop space. Remembering the old ways and dreaming up new ways to tell their stories. #surfcoast #permaculture #greatoceanroad #caterer #torquay #fermentedfoods #foodasmedicine #makefromscratch

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French lentil salad with beetroot and pomegranate from James' mum's tree. Served at a recent function that I catered for on the Surfcoast. Looking forward to providing some beautiful food for @awakentothemagic silent yoga retreat this weekend. Many years ago, i spent 10 days in silence and the effects were profound and long lasting. (Admittedly, I can still talk the leg right off a chair.) No doubt the people giving themselves that time this weekend will feel the benefits of a spell of inner quiet. #yoga #caterer #surfcoast #geelong #torquay #greatoceanroad #personalcook #glutenfree #wholefoods #gapsdiet

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This cake last night as part of a dinner I catered for 25 special people. #alchemy #thealchemycookbook #foodasmedicine #caterer #permaculture #biodynamic #glutenfree #grainfree

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Saturday morning hang outs. Stay tuned for some fun activities at our new space in Torquay. #greensakthi #plantidentification #herbalism #plantsasmedicine #gardening #kidsactivities

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This beautiful note taking and photo comes from @brenna_quinlan, a wonderful illustrator who came out to hear me speak in Daylesford at the community's monthly culture club meeting. Thank you again to Meg and Patrick of @artistasfamily who help put on such an awesome gathering, having us over for dinner and putting us up in their amazing accomodation. Also, thank you to the beautiful souls who came out in force to hear how a food as medicine approach made such a difference to our daughter and, in turn, our whole family. Hepburn, I love you. Thank you! Come and join me for the next culture club meeting in a month's time. I'm thinking we can create a chapter on the #surfcoast. Who is with me? #guthealth #permaculture #fermentation #biodynamic #gapsdiet #gardening #foodasmedicine #cookfromscratch #daylesford #microbiome #herbalism #allergy #foodintolerance

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Looking forward to doing some wholefood catering for this luscious yoga retreat at Bells Beach. Thank you for the invitation @awakentothemagic and @kristincosgrovecooks for generously passing the work on. Details here. https://animoto.com/play/seV7vkTJEjL8TWqBiDhdiQ #yoga #catering #wholefoods #foodasmedicine

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Greek style veggie stew. Thinking this might be a goer after our hook up and talk with some very savvy fermenters in Daylesford this Saturday. Every month, Meg and Patrick of @artistasfamily help to host their community's culture club gathering. Each month, people from Daylesford and all around are invited to a talk on the subject of fermentation. The group swaps and shares creating what Meg calls community immunity. I am so excited to have been invited by Meg to give a talk and share some learnings from #thealchemycookbook. I have visited Meg and Patrick's amazing quarter acre block which is full of genius and delight. We'll be staying as a family over the weekend. Woohoo! Check them out to find out about their permaculture residential programs or their clever little shack. #fermentation #guthealth #permaculture #biodynamic #daylesford #roadtrips #weekendswithkids #community #gardening #backtobasics

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Savoury pre dinner snacks with quick pickled radishes from @torquayfarmersmarket. Add some honey, lemon and apple cider vinegar. Teamed with The last of the oranges from my mum's tree. Green beans from our co-op veg box started by my genius friend @cassandrathieme and her 10-year-old son. #thealchemycookbook dilly carrots make the ultimate fast food. Devoured by both children. Not pictured were a jar of mixed nuts and a nut cracker with shells flying everywhere. Add some nori. #fermentation #gapsdiet #guthealth #glutenfree #dairyfree #refinedsugarfree

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A barrow full of compost. Made from all our food scraps. Now being used for our spring and summer planting. It all starts with soil health. #fermentation #gardening #permaculture #biodynamic #guthealth #

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#thealchemycookbook fermented salsa recipe on mascarpone on home made sourdough. Sub this cheese for home made yoghurt cheese or labne made using our cookbook's 24 hour yoghurt. Serve on pumpkin and seed bread if needing a wheat free or gluten option.

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Waldorf salad with radish. Using up the last of our celery. #caterer #wholefoods #jerf #surfcoast #yoga #torquay #guthealth #bellsbeach #greatoceanroad #anglesea

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That very first home made sourdough loaf that works. Made with our own wild strain mother that we nursed into existence. Feeling pretty chuffed to have learned this beautiful traditional skill. I followed the instructions found in the fab book @grownandgathered and here we are today. Using biodynamic flour which is said not to be fortified. Much of our bread and wheat flour, unless organic, is fortified. Those with gut issues may find this synthetic fortification detrimental to their health. After two years on Gaps, I never lost sight of the fact that our daughter could heal and move on. She has. Reintroduced foods took time and care. It is another slow and skilful transition to learn. First buckwheat, oats, rice and so on. All traditionally prepared which most westerners have no clue about. For me, these skills first came to me via the wonderful book #nourishingtraditions. Two books, including #thealchemycookbook worth getting your hands on if you want to learn about foundational foods. #hope #allergy #gapsdiet #paleo #keto #microbiome #fermentation #sourdough #guthealth #slowfood #bread #wildfermentation #permaculture #jerf #wapf #organic #biodynamic #lostskills

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Delighted to be invited to cook for a series of women's wellness retreats on our beautiful Surfcoast. This one features #thealchemycookbook fermented Spanish onions with lemon thyme, my elderberry infused vinegar and calendula from our garden. Choice of brown rice or cauli rice, tamari or coconut aminos. #gapsdiet #paleo #keto #microbiome #fermentation #yoga #caterer #wellness #spirituality #community #guthealth #cookfromscratch #geelong #bellsbeach #anglesea #torquay #greatoceanroad

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