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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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French lentil and mushroom stroganoff makes a beautiful evening meal. Older child loved. Younger child cried with disappointment. #gapsdiet #mediterraneanfood #lentils

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Organic and local. Awesome starts for any kind of ferment. @torquayfarmersmarket has some lovely produce to experiment with. Can't wait to join the panel tomorrow @racvtorquayresort for @thetype1foundation screening of @thegutmovie and then off to Melbourne on Tuesday for similar with @suburbansandcastles. Check out our cooking classes via Facebook Mumma Care events for more from myself and my favourite practitioners. #wildfermentation #geelong #torquay #surfcoast #guthealth #gut #microbiome #thealchemycookbook

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This, as a way to start a meal. Use bread to dip or freshly cut slices of cucumber. Olive oil, gifted rosemary, my own apple cider vinegar infusions. One major difference between Americans and Mediterraneans? American have an average of one litre of olive oil per year to 13 by the Mediterraneans. No meal leaves our kitchen without it. On everything in our family cookbook. Ancestral cooking class coming up. Dm or head to Fb for more details. #oliveoil #mediterraneanfood #thealchemycookbook

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Check out my Facebook event page on Mumma Care for details on my latest fermentation class. #surfcoast #geelong #torquay #bellarine

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Getting ready to visit Daylesford's culture club in September and while I will be doing tastings from #thealchemycookbook, I can't help but experiment with the delights of my pantry and garden. Thanks for the invite Meg @artistasfamily who always inspires and delights. #permaculture #retrosuburbia #fermentedfoods #herbalism #foodasmedicine #guthealth #microbiome #gapsdiet #paleo #gardening #beetroot

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Another sunny winter weekend spent with our girls. I love our gardening time together. Delighted to be invited to speak on the q&a panel @thetype1foundation screening of @thegutmovie @racvtorquayresort this Sunday. For more hands on where to from here chatting, gardening and cooking, Check out my ancestral cooking class via my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Mumma-Care-405299626262430/

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Stevie fell over this morning, scraping her knee. "What shall we do?" I asked her. "We'll wash it but are there any herbs you'd like to use?" "Chamomile! Yarrow! Chickweed!" She said. Off she went to gather this wonderful weed to make into her own poultice. My children are often by my side as I garden, cook, photograph and write. Hopefully, these old wives tales will enter their hearts and minds for generations of home herbalism to come. This is her photograph too. #miniherbalist #oldwivestales #wisewoman #littlewisewoman #herbalism #chickweed #permaculture #greensakthi

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Six years ago we never imagined we'd be able to keep chooks. One year into our daughter's Gaps journey saw her eating eggs safely after being seriously allergic. Now, all these years on, these girls help us greet the day. It never gets old. #gapsdiet #guthealth #allergy #eggallergy #thankyou

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Gardening at home with the girls. #greensakthi

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Nettle from our garden boiled along with carrots to bring flavour, nutrition and yogini bliss. My first introduction to nettle came when I lived in a farm house in the English country side. One day, Feeling adventurous, I borrowed a bike and headed down a beautiful innocent-looking country lane. It was lush and green and full of promise and Enid Blyton fairy tale quality. At a point, the lane narrowed and the grasses on either side grew thick and waist height and to my surprise and dismay, felt myself picking up speed. Madly, desperately and involuntarily comically, squeezing the hand brakes of this half working bike, while careening downhill in a short skirt and bare legs, I hit a never-ending nettle patch. Hurtling downwards, ever picking up speed and bumping along on various stones that left me momentarily airborne, I hung on, at the same time reclaiming the seat for my bottom and finding the pedals again that were twirling around maniacally on their own. I squeezed the useless brakes for dear life over and over again as the nettle thrashed my hands and whipped my bare legs. Ow, ow, ow, ow, I bleated and yelled to the lonely track with every shardy, electric shock for what seemed like a good two to three solid minutes. All the while, trying to be half composed in case anyone was actually around, until finally it was over. My nettle initiation was complete. "You fucker!" I turned around and called back to it hoping I would never see it again. Until I met @susunsweed who again initiated me into the wisdom of nettle, making me love it and laugh about our first crazy meeting over and over again. Now abundant in our veggie patch, our very good Tibetan friends shared their love for nettle. They explained to me that the first Tibetan Buddhist yogi, Milarepa is famed to have survived 12 years in a cave eating very little other than nettle. When he was discovered, his skin had turned green from this incredibly sustaining plant. Now, familiar with him as another unseen teacher, i think of him and the unpredictability of that English country lane as I pick our bounty for the family meal and wonder about the many gifts nettle bestows. #nettle #herbalism #greensakthi

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Carrots boiled in fresh calendula flowers, rosemary and bay leaves as a snack for a friend on Stage three Gaps. Finished with salt and olive oil so fresh and delicious. #gapsdiet #caterer #keto #aip #guthealth #paleo #herbalism #calendula

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Because school holidays are for hangin' with the best company in the world. We are officially, thoroughly happy. Not Instagram happy. I mean messy, grumpy, giggly, playful, thoroughly human happy. Thank you God/dess!

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Just picked for dinner.

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Beautiful radishes pickled in apple cider vinegar, honey, water and coriander seeds. We then added dried fig, pistachios, walnuts and goji berries to the platter to welcome our friends.

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@isakstable offering up a beautiful looking snack to inspire us all. I reckon I'll do similar with flax and almonds for a cracker. I have some radishes from @kinfolkfarm which I will pickle with honey and apple cider vinegar. Love seeing what's happening in the other hemisphere. How gorgeous is their little table?

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Now is the time for soups and stews if you're in the Southern Hemisphere. Heavy on the celery and onion, this one feautures chickweed, calendula, nettle and mallow tops from the garden. A squeeze of freshly picked lemon on serving takes it next level. Want a little more Lakshmi in your life? Plant a garden. For more gardening inspiration combined with Vedic practice visit @green.sakthi. For more from me on this topic, head to Facebook Mumma Care.

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Torquay Farmer's Market. I'll be there with three different preservative free, sugarfree dips among other treats. #geelong #torquay #surfcoast #wholefoods #cookfromscratch

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Dinner! Can you see?

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