Raisin Chutney

I lived in Vancouver in 2010.  In the last two weeks before I left I stumbled across Gorilla Food on Richards Street, a restaurant providing organic,vegan and raw living foods.  I returned a number of times before I left, desperately trying to get my fix before I had to leave. It was a cool place to hang out and the food was delicious, in particular their raisin chutney.

After a search on the web I was glad to see they have now opened a second restaurant and continue to feed the hungry mouths of Vancouverites on Richards.  I was even happier to find out the chef, Aaron Ash has released a raw cookbook which includes their Raisin Chutney – five ingredients and two simple steps. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated but totally delicious. Enjoy.


Step 1: Soak raisins in water and apple cider vinegar for 1 to 4 hours.
Step 2: In the food processor, with the s-blade, process all ingredients into a puree.

Source: Gorilla Food (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012) by Aaron Ash


Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies have got me through a lot…bad hangovers, illnesses, bad moods and good moods!  They’re super easy to make and you know from the look and taste that your body is going to thank you for it. So to help my skin through the cold weather, green smoothies are back on the breakfast menu.

Green Smoothies 

One banana
Handful of spinach
Half a cup of water

Step 1: Throw all ingredients into your blender *
Step 2: Blend until a smooth consistency
Step 3:  If you want, throw on some flax seeds.  I know you absorb more if they are ground but I happen to like the crunch they give 😉

* I invested in a Nutribullet a couple of months back and I love it.  It’s a pretty powerful little machine and blends everything down really quickly. Super easy to clean too!

Ingrid Michaelson | You and I

My niece recently got a ukulele for her birthday. She’s ten and pretty darn awesome.  She lives in Haines, Alaska and is everything beautiful about this world. I’m sure I’ll tell you more about her later.
Ingrid Michaelson’s You and I, is the first song she has learnt to play and sing and I know all aunties might say this but I reckon in a few years time, I’m going to be posting her version from You Tube.

Go Matilda, keep shining bright.

Purchase it here: You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

Inka Williams & Cactus Rose | Spell Designs

Source: Spell Designs

Kudos to:
Photographer Ali Mitton @alimitton
Muse Inka Williams at @lovebalistarz agency
Art Direction & Styling Spell Pennefather | Styling Assistant Innika Choo @innika
Production Michaela MacDonnell @michaelamacdonnell
Hair & Makeup Rosario Belmonte
All outfits by Spell.

We were a little in awe of Spell’s recent ‘non- lookbook’ with the beautiful Inka. The images have a childlike innocence about them and Inka is pure magic.  Her angelic features are mesmerizing and she makes us revisit the images again and again, making sure we haven’t missed anything.

Inka Williams is a name and face we’ll be talking a lot more about in the future.  We can’t wait.

Cactus Rose Collection
from Spell Designs
at The Native State