Australian Adventures – Melbourne

A few weeks after my trip to Adelaide, I flew from Byron Bay down to Melbourne for my next adventure. Lucy Stegley of Raw Events Australia kindly organized a raw dessert demo for me at RMIT University. This was a fun event with 85 people in attendance and an intermission where people could purchase delicious raw food from the Realfoods Cafe. I was a busy bee beforehand, prepping heaps of mini Cacao Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies for samples. Other goodies I demoed were Strawberry Lime Mousse Cake, Raspberry and Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait, Granola Bars, and how to open a young coconut. Lucy demoed a Carob Cake Shake.

Raspberry and vanilla chia pudding parfait with blueberries and figs.
How to open a young coconut. 
Making almond milk for the chia pudding. 

That week I spent time with one of my favorite raw food chefs, Omid Jaffari. We had a great time going out and about in the city, and playing in the kitchen. He made me some spectacular food, and he particularly enjoyed my vanilla moonie pies!

A night out with Omid and Paul.

Omid made me this cinnamon chia porridge with caramelized almonds and apples, one morning. Yummm!

Lucy brought me out to her family's beautiful farm one day. I was in a total state of bliss as we picked two grocery bags of the sweetest, juiciest figs from the tree. I'm sure I ate about 30 figs that afternoon. Then it was time to pull out the dehydrator to turn these juicy gems into chewy fig candies. I want to live in a place where I can grow a fig tree!

Under the fig tree which has to be protected from the birds with this net. They still manage to poke their beaks through and chow down a bit. Smart birdies!

Figgies, prepped and ready for dehydration!

We took a little walk on the beach - not exactly swimming weather, but fabulous none the less. I love these little beachy huts.

Back in Byron Bay, my friend Gordy came over from New Zealand for a 9 day visit. We met 3 years ago while working at the same restaurant in NZ, and our passion for food, spirituality, and nature made us instant friends! By day we enjoyed swimming, lounging on the beach, walking and shopping (eeks, I did too much shopping). By night we took advantage of Byron's restaurants - some great, some not so good. Two chefs will always dissect the food, lol. 
At Surfers Paradise, an hour away from Byron where we took a day trip.
I introduced Gordy to the King of fruits - Durian! The verdict? He thought it was ok, but too rich, so I ended up eating most of it. 
I thought Mister Durian needed his portrait on the beach. 

Can you tell that I love the beach???

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5 Comments
  1. April 17, 2011 at 20:04
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    The infamous strawberry lime mousse cake is definitly a travelling cake is he not, always making his apperance somewhere around the world :) A few months back he was in my shy little kitchen in the north of England.<br /> He almsot didnt make it and ended up looking battered and bruised for it but we were all just glad to see him..Im just sorry he didnt stay around too long O:-)

  2. April 17, 2011 at 23:02
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    I'd love to try durian, but I live in Utah and don't know where to find it. What's it like?

  3. April 18, 2011 at 04:57
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    Way cool--I have an old picture of myself with a durian on the beach at Santa Cruz. Cool memories. Sounds like you're having an awesome time.

  4. April 18, 2011 at 09:34
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    hii... what is this durian? <br />where it is availabale?

  5. April 18, 2011 at 21:25
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    Love the durian portrait! Haha! I have a fig tree, never tried to dehydrate them, definitely going to this year! :)

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