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Roman Honey Cake

by July 26, 2020

Honey, that sweet golden nectar made by honeybees. Honey has been used by humans for thousands of years. Ancient Romans thought it was a magical substance and used it to treat wounds, to make wine and to eat. Back then the Romans knew to use raw unprocessed honey as this is where the medicinal benefits of honey shine through.

We have access to a local beekeeper who provides us with beautiful raw honey from bees who are local to our district. Its certified organic and raw and only filtered to remove any impurities.

Our favourite thing to do with honey is make Roman Honey Cake. Our recipe comes from the Sacred Cookbook published by The Sacred Science  group via their Facebook page.  We love to add sliced seasonal produce to the top of ours to tart it up a bit!

The Recipe

To make Roman Honey Cake you’ll need: 

1 1/2 cups organic Spelt flour

1/2 cup organic Olive Oil

3/4 cup raw organic Honey

1 tsp fresh Lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt 

3/4 cup plant based milk

1 egg

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C. Beat all liquid ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix dry ingredients separately in a medium mixing bowl. Add the liquid ingredients gradually to the dry ingredients and beat well. If you plan to top with some fruit, add them in thin slices to the top. Place into greased baking tin. Bake for 34 – 40 minutes.  

Serve with a drizzle of honey, a dollop of whipped cream or yoghurt. 

Enjoy!

Support your immune health this winter

by June 15, 2020

Great herbs for immune support include Astralalus, Siberian Ginseng, Reishi Mushroom and Codonopsis. Each herb works to support healthy immune responses and address lowered resistance to minor infections. 

Each of these herbs are included in the FUSION, Astra 8 product available in both tablet and liquid form. You can also pick up a specially formulated Astra 8 for kids. 

Alternatively, you might like to delve into the world of herbal tea. For centuries people have been drinking tea, not only for its taste but because herbal teas provide all kinds of health benefits. 

Switching to an immune boosting brew during the winter months can really help to support your immune system. With a strong immune system your chances of getting sick or becoming ill are less. 

There are a few individual herbs that are well known to help promote a stronger immune system. When they are blended into a tea you get the best of the medicinal properties, plus a great tasting pick me up whenever you need it. 

You might like to try our special blend of immune support tea made with Peppermint, Echinacea, Ginger, Siberian Ginseng, Astragalus and Lemongrass. 

Or come and try out some of our range of 500 medicinal herbs and spices each with different medicinal and health benefits. You’re bound to find one to suit your individual health needs. 

About organic certification

by May 26, 2020

Wherever possible we buy only certified organic produce from farmers and producers who are certified by an independent certifying body. Certifying bodies ensure that claims made about the way a product is raised, grown, or harvested are true and can be validated.

Although we don’t buy any imported fresh produce, we do buy some organic items that are imported. When we do we search for only certified organic products validated by the certifying organic organisation in the country of origin. This ensures that claims about the organic product are valid.

Certification of organic produce in Australia

There is no legal requirement for certification of organic products sold in Australia, so anyone can claim to produce an organic product. However, many organic producers, farmers and businesses voluntarily choose to be certified by a certification body to promote consumer confidence in their product.

Organic standards used in Australia are managed by private organisations. Buying a ‘certified organic’ product in Australian means that the product has been scrutinised by a certifying body.

There are a handful of certifying bodies in Australia, who base their certification on the Australian Standard for Organic and biodynamic products, AS 6000-2009 (Australian Standard).

Each of these certifying bodies has a unique label and generally a certification number which is provided to operators; each number is unique. 

If you want to check a products certified organic status, you can search for organic operators and their products on the certification bodies website.

Trusted labels

To be sure you are buying a certified product, look for labels that include the certifying body logo and the product’s certification number.  The certifying bodies are listed here: 

 

The Australian Certified Organic Standard is one of the most respected and rigorous standards in the world for organic production. It is published by organic industry not-for-profit representative group, Australian Organic. 

NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) is owned by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), and provides certification services to the organic industry, both  in Australia and internationally.

AusMeat and AusQual are Australia and New Zealand’s leading providers of agribusiness auditing, certification and training services. They provide quality assurance certification programs for horticulture, poultry & eggs, food safety, organics, animal welfare and social and ethical compliance. 

Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (Demeter) provide both organic and biodynamic certification for operators who satisfy the requirements of the Standards. Under this scheme operators must show that soil structure development and farm management meets the Australian Demeter bio-dynamic Standard. 

The Organic Food Chain Pty Ltd (OFC) is a certifying organisation committed to the national Standard and other international organic certification standards through regular inspections and sampling.

When you buy certified organic products look for one of these labels so you can be sure that they are produced in line with organic standards. That way you are assured of ethical and sustainable production.  

It’s time for Autumn planting

by March 10, 2020

Thinking about what to plant in your garden this Autumn?  Since Autumn is one of the most productive gardening times, we’ve restocked our Eden Seeds Select Organic range. Now we’re brimming with in season organic seeds for your garden. 

It seems that many people are new to growing their own food. If that is you, welcome to the world of self-sustainability. There are some great online resources to guide your Autumn planting, weeding and gardening tasks.

We use the Eden Seeds planting guide to remind us about what we need to grow and in which season we need to plant it. 

If you’re new to veggie gardening, use a lunar planting calendar to help you pick the best time for popular gardening tasks. It will guide you on the best time to start seeds and which days to plant them out. Lunar calendars also guide you on the best days in the month to prune, harvest, weed and compost. Lunar planting guides use formulas that rely on the phases of the moon. We find the Rhythm of Nature Lunar Calendar a great resource to help guide our gardening tasks. 

Planting and gardening by the moon provides amazing  benefits and will result in a productive and healthy veggie patch. Using the lunar calendar, we can see that there are some fertile planting days coming up. Make sure you get your seeds in time to harness the magic of the moon. 

What to plant now 

Here’s a list of what you might consider planting in your garden now:

  • Quick maturing brassicas – pak choy, rocket, kale, cabbage, broccoli, mizuna and mustard
  • Root veggies – beetroot, turnips, radish, carrot, parsnip
  • Greens – lettuce, shallots, endive, silverbeet
  • Don’t forget all the winter comforts too – spring onions, onions, leeks and chives and loads of garlic (we’ll all be needing that).

We’ve even thrown the sprouting organic Dutch cream potatoes in too!

If you want to have a nice and full winter veggie patch and loads of veggies for amazing healing and immune boosting winter soups, you need to get planting.  

Send us the snaps of your winter garden. 

Happy Planting! 

 

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