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This blog started as a way for me to share my recipes + culinary adventures, tips for vibrant health + happiness, thoughts on the latest developments in nutritional medicine + the low down on the Sydney wholefoods scene and beyond...

Gluten-Free Baked Cakes Workshop

Becca Crawford

I am excited to be running a series of gluten-free baked cakes workshops limited to 10 people each. 

Fewer things delight more than the smell and taste of a freshly baked cake. We eat for pleasure just as much as for nourishment and sustenance. But the key to dessert consumption is maximising quality and minimising quantity! You do this by using only nutrient-dense ingredients and removing all the empty fillers. When you eat real food, your body gets its fix and fill super fast!  

Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, there are certain special occasions in life which require us to provide forth a cake- such as a child’s birthday or a dinner party. I will show you how you can make your own home-made nutritious and delicious version very quickly and simply, without resorting to the store-bought variety (which are often laden with processed and questionable ingredients). 


IN THIS WORKSHOP I WILL … 


…teach you my renowned craft of how to make delicious super-simple fuss-free baked cakes made exclusively with nutrient-dense ingredients, no empty fillers, minimal natural sweeteners and with as few steps and ingredients as possible. I will reveal all my baked cake recipes with you using a basic fail-safe “formula” that I have developed and fine-tuned for over a decade. We will make and bake 2 cakes together using 2 different gluten-free flour substitutes and compare them to 2 other pre-made cakes made with 2 other gluten-free flour substitutes. By the end, you will rest assured that you can have your cake and eat it too ;-) 

I will discuss and showcase raw cakes and tarts in another workshop. 

COST IS $140 PER PERSON AND INCLUDES: 
 

  •  Detailed theory discussion on traditional cake ingredients focusing on my favourite gluten-free flour substitutes, natural sweeteners and traditional fats
  • Detailed workshop booklet including theory & recipes based on my go-to cake “formula”
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Hands-on experience
  • Tasting several different cakes each made with different gluten-free flour substitutes 
  • Opportunity to ask questions and purchase pastured butter, several gluten-free flour substitutes, maple syrup and lots more!! 

THIS WORKSHOP IS IDEAL FOR: 
 

  •  Those who are interested in making their own home-made cakes very simply, quickly and fuss-free using only nutrient-dense ingredients (in other words, a truly healthy cake)
  • Those who are grain-free or gluten-free
  • Those who want to transition off cakes containing processed or other questionable ingredients and want a healthy substitute for themselves or their family members
  • Those who want to take their health and well-being to the next level by understanding the role of sugars, gluten and fats in the body
  • Those who want to try new delicious guilt-free things!
  • Those who attended by cakes workshop in the past as the recipes have been fine-tuned and streamlined


THIS WORKSHOP MAY NOT BE IDEAL FOR: 
 

  • Those with egg allergies or sensitivities. This is because I am a traditional cook and all my baked cake recipes contain eggs, as a nutrient-dense cake riser and binder. If you fall into this category you are more than welcome to attend and not consume any of the cakes and simply experiment with your own egg substitutes at home.
  • Those with butter sensitivities.  A couple of the cakes I will be showcasing will contain butter. If you fall into this category you are more than welcome to attend and not consume any of those cakes and simply substitute another natural fat in your cake recipes at home.


WHEN AND WHERE:

When: Choose from..

MONDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER


Each class runs from 6:30PM – 9pm ish. Please diarise to arrive by 6:20pm at the latest so that we can promptly kick off by 6:30pm. 

Where: BROTH BAR & LARDER, 49 BELGRAVE STREET, BRONTE (FREE STREET PARKING)


TO SECURE A SPOT
 

To secure your spot, CLICK HERE and simply follow the steps to checkout and purchase your place in this workshop. 

Cancellation Policy; Please note that once payment has been made, it is non-refundable and your place can not be moved to a different date. If you can not make it due to last minute unforseen circumstances, feel free to gift your place to a friend and let me know. Thank you for your understanding. 

Asian omelette with wild salmon

Becca Crawford

True wild salmon from cold waters, swimming upstream, are a tremendous source of anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, brain-loving omega 3s. Wild salmon is also a high quality source of protein, tryptophan, vitamin D, B12, B6 (when eaten raw/rare) and powerful anti-oxidants such as selenium. 

Wild salmon is best eaten raw (as in ceviché) or as rare as possible as the delicate omega 3s are particularly heat sensitive and easily damaged by any temperature above low heat. So the key with this recipe is to keep the temperature as low as possible (long slow cooking for this one!). 

The only true wild salmon fillets available in Australia are those from The Canadian Way. The laboratory results should that this salmon has an unmatched omega 3 to 6 ratio of around 10:1 making it powerfully anti-inflammatory. In contrast, farmed salmon has higher amounts of omega 6 to 3, making it inflammatory. This is unsurprising as farmed salmon are fed a very unnatural diet (including antibiotics, soy pellets and colour dyes to give it that pink colour). They also live in very cramped crowded conditions (often dubbed the battery hens of the ocean) which breed illness and disease. I’ve blogged about farmed versus wild fish here

I often make this recipe the day after I have made Vietnamese Pho as it is a great way to use up those Pho leftover ingredients (which is actually my inspiration for this recipe)!  It is dairy-free and my kids absolutely love it for either breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

3 fillets of wild salmon fillets
6 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon coconut oil
40g spring onions, thinly sliced
40g red onion, thinly sliced
40g red capsicum, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons tamari
2 teaspoons activated sesame seeds
handful of Thai basil
handful of coriander
handful of Vietnamese mint
fresh chilli, thinly sliced (to garnish if desired) 

Directions:

Turn on the grill element in the oven. 

Melt coconut oil in a large frying pan on low heat on the stove top. Add spring onions, red onion and red capsicum and sauté for a few minutes until soft. 

Add in the salmon fillets skin side down and cook for approxiamtely 2 minutes until the skin is cooked. Add tamari and sesame seeds to coat the top of the fillets. Turn the salmon fillets over and cook for approx 3 mintues. Break the fish up into smaller pieces of about 1 inch in length with a stainless steel spatula. The fish should still be pink in the centre. 

Add in the herbs and the beaten eggs. Cook for at least 5-8 minutes to cook the underside of the omelette. Transfer the frying pan to the oven under the heated grill element to cook the top side of the omelette until it is golden brown. If the egg mixture hasn’t set and is still runny, return the pan to the stove top and gently cook on low heat until the egg mixture is set. 

Garnish with fresh chillies, and serve with avocado and sliced cucumber if desired. 

Essential Oils Workshop 2017

Becca Crawford

Due to popular demand, I am excited to be running more essential oils workshops this year with colleague Lisa Wood. 

This workshop will focus on how to incorporate essential oils into your daily life and includes a “make and take” of 4 products!

From my last round of essential oil workshops I have an efolder full of testimonials on how essential oils have made radical changes in people’s lives:

Soulla, you are amazing....your fast pace of innovative and quality goods and recommendations is overwhelming...we are loving it...and loving essential oils...have done away with soap and moisturiser...I just use body scrub we made at your place now ....I absolutely love it....many thanx. PS love the diffuser too..
— Maria
I LOVED Saturday’s workshop. I feel like I have been opened to a new world. Have already used most of the oils in the kit. And thank you for having me in your beautiful home
— Melissa

I will never hang my hat on any one thing (as there never is one panacea), but since I started using Young Living essential oils daily over the past 2 years I have felt so much calmer, happier, and healthier. My emotions are more on an even keel with fewer lows. My skin is glowing like never before and my kids are so much more chilled out. There’s less fighting, yelling and screaming in my house. I have saved a heap of money on personal care products and household cleaning products that are now redundant. Good stuff, right?



COST IS $90 PER PERSON AND INCLUDES: 

1. Detailed discussion on:

  • What is an essential oil 
  • The difference between a therapeutic vs pure essential oil
  • 12 important questions to ask when choosing an essential oil
  • The difference between diffusing versus burning
  • The 3 basic methods of application
  • How essential oils can be effortlessly incorporated into the 8 foundations of health to turbo-charge your health and well-being
  • An overview of 11 specific essential oils and what they can be used for 
  • How to replace toxic substances in your life with essential oils (household cleaning, personal care products and perfumes)
  • How to care for children with essential oils 
  • How to incorporate food-grade essential oils into your food and drinks

2. Hands-on experience in making four products containing essential oils to take home with you:

  • Facial spray mist or room spray
  • Household cleaner
  • Epsom salt body scrub
  • Mouth wash

3. Organic afternoon tea of Star Anise Organic Wholefoods orange oil infused chocolate coconut balls, peppermint oil herbal tea, activated nuts and filtered water infused with lemon essential oil. 

4. Opportunity to purchase at wholesale prices Young Living essential oils which are reputed to be the most pure, potent, and therapeutic on the planet. 

5. Opportunity to ask questions about essential oils especially how Lisa and I have incorporated them into our day to day life as mothers on a quest to raise happy, healthy and well-adjusted children. 


THIS WORKSHOP IS IDEAL FOR: 

  • Those who are interested in replacing their personal care products, air fresheners, perfumes and household cleaners with essential oil based natural alternatives.
  • Those who wish to use essential oils to support themselves and their children suffering various aliments
  • Those who want to take their health and well-being to the next level with the inclusion of essential oils
  • Those who want to learn and make new things and meet new people!

When and where

Choose from the following two dates:

Saturday 22nd July 2:30- 5pm
Wednesday 26th July 6:30-9pm

Where: 23 Kent Street Waverley  


TO SECURE a SPOT

To secure your spot, CLICK HERE and simply follow the steps to checkout and purchase your place in this workshop. I will then email you further details closer to the date.

Please note that once payment has been made, it is non-refundable.


PLACES WILL BOOK UP QUICKLY!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD TO ANY FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS