Mother’s Day Recipe: Berry Nice Waffles

Who doesn’t love breaky in bed? Indulge mum with a sensational breakfast-in-bed with these delicious berry waffles. Aimee Clark, food and cooking coach from Primal Influence has shared this favourite waffle recipe with us, and explains: “This is a recipe I came up with when I was gifted a waffle maker and wanted to put my favourite healthy cooking ingredient to the test… green banana flour! Which is now available in supermarkets so it’s easy for the kids to source and use in this recipe to treat mum on this special occasion.

Berry Nice Waffles that are free from grains, gluten, dairy, refined sugars, legumes but full of flavour and deliciousness
 – so everyone can enjoy them!

Ingredients:

  • 3 pastured eggs, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup pure coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, liquefied
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups green banana flour 
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp each baking powder and bicarb soda (look for aluminium/gluten/rice-free)
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen and thawed organic berries of choice
  • Smidge of extra oil for the waffle maker

Optional: extra honey, berries and coconut milk to pour over before serving, slices of banana to garnish, maple syrup to drizzle on, desiccated coconut, thick coconut cream, paleo ice cream to top with…the options are endless!

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Waffle maker
  • Silicon spatula or tongs
  • Mixing bowl and spoon

Method:
1. Follow waffle maker instructions to heat up the plates 
2. Whisk eggs, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, oil and honey together to form a runny mixture
3. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients and blueberries then pour the egg mixture in and stir well
4. Place some mixture onto the waffle iron to make the size you like (you may want to make mini waffles by placing a small amount of batter in the centre, or spread the batter evenly across to make full-size waffles)
5. Cook waffles as per the instruction booklet for your maker, remove each waffle once cooked through and starting to become golden brown with some crisp edges
6. Serve and enjoy!

Aimee Clark is Food + Cooking Coach for Primal Influence


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Raeleen Kaesehagen: “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…”

 “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is it is seriously the hardest and most rewarding job in the world. It is not until you are mum that you truly appreciate and understand this. It’s all emotions elevated a thousand fold. Before kids, you have no clue about how hard it is. I’ve coached kids in sport, founded companies with employees of all ages – nothing compares to being a mum. Hat’s off to all mums. They are truly doing an amazing job.”  Raeleen Kaesehagen


Raeleen Kaesehagen is the founder of mudputty helping you fuel your interests and find your tribe by making it easy to find and book classes and activities in your local area.


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Mother’s Day Recipe: The Perfect Lamb Shoulder Recipe by Vintaged Bar + Grill’s Head Chef, Matthew Wood

Roast lamb is a staple Sunday meal that many people would be familiar with. This version is a tender and fragrant preparation that is best accompanied by something fresh, acidic, and vibrant. 

A classic Greek salad would be ideal, but so would some steamed green beans and baby chat potatoes with lemon and olive oil, so it really is up to you. 

Whole spices are the preference here and everywhere. They keep much longer, so they are less likely to have gone completely stale since the last time you used them. Plus cracked whole spices work particularly well on roast meats, think of the crust on a good pastrami. No need to pre-toast them though, the oven will do that work. 

Cooking time including preparation is roughly seven hours so get started before lunch. 



Roast Lamb Shoulder Serves 4 – 5 

• 1 ½ tablespoons whole coriander seeds 
• 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds 
• 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 
• 1 tablespoon fine sea salt 
• ½ teaspoon paprika 
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme 
• 2 tablespoons olive oil 
• 1 whole bone in lamb shoulder 
• 1 whole head of garlic 
• 2 whole onions 
• 2 bay leaves 
• 3 tablespoon olive oil
• 750ml chicken stock 
• ¼ lemon 

1. Take the lamb out of the fridge at least an hour before you’re going to cook it and score the flesh lightly with a knife by making shallow cuts across the top of the meat, two or three millimetres deep. 

2. To make the spice rub, we need to first crack the whole spices. A mortar and pestle is perfect for this but failing that you can use a high speed blender. Just be sure not to leave it running, instead pulse it on and off until the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and peppercorns are roughly crushed in three quarter sized pieces. 

3. Once you have cracked the whole spices, put them into a small bowl and mix in the salt, paprika, oregano, thyme, and olive oil. Rub this mixture all over the lamb shoulder and set aside at room temperature for one hour to marinate. While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 220°C. 

4. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a deep heavy roasting pan. Cut the two onions in half through the root so that they stay together, remove the skins, and place the four halves cut side down in the roasting pan. Cut the garlic head in half through the middle to expose the cloves and place it cut side down in the pan and group the onions and garlic together to form a platform in the middle of the pan. 

5. Sit the seasoned lamb shoulder on top of the onion-garlic plinth and roast in the oven for thirty minutes. 

6. Take the lamb out of the oven and turn the temperature down to 150°C. 

7. Add the bay leaves and chicken stock to the roasting pan, and then cover the whole thing with a lid of aluminium foil pinched down at the edges to stay attached to the pan. This will keep the shoulder of lamb moist but allow some of the steam to escape so it doesn’t sweat too much. 

8. Place the pan back in the oven for five hours, checking halfway through and toping up with a bit more stock or water if the pan appears dry. 

9. When the time is up, remove the pan from the oven and transfer the lamb to a serving platter. Remove the onions and garlic from the pan and strain the remaining liquid through a sieve into a bowl. 

10. Squeeze the head of garlic gently to remove a few cloves and discard the skin. Place these cloves on a chopping board with the onion halves and roughly chop into a coarse paste. Stir the onion mix through the strained pan juices with a small squeeze of lemon juice to make your sauce. 

11. Serve the lamb in the middle of the table with a small bowl of the onion gravy and the salad or vegetables on the side.

Since becoming a chef, Matt has worked in some top-flight kitchens including stints at ARIA and Stokehouse Q. Now Matt has taken on the role of executive chef at Hilton Brisbane, which includes overseeing the menu at Vintaged Bar + Grill

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Sveti Williams: “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…”

“The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is how quickly everything else can disappear, how fast you learn fears that didn’t exist, your strength that you didn’t see, 
and unconditional love that you knew nothing about.” 
– Sveti Williams 

Sveti Williams is a sleep scientist and sleep coach. She practices natural medicine to assist with insomnia for children and adults. Schedule your free sleep assessment consultation here.  


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Sarah Walkerden: “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…”

Nothing prepares you for being a parent. You can read all the books, and get advice from who ever you like, but the reality of parenthood is always quite different from your expectation. 

In the lead-up to Mother’s Day, we caught up with some friends on the biggest lessons they have learnt since becoming a mum. I’m sure their answers will fascinate and inspire you as much as they have me. We hope you enjoy the first post in our series, “The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is…” 


“The biggest thing I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is the importance of looking after yourself and taking time out to pursue your own passions, away from your children that allows you time to reconnect with yourself (for me it’s horse riding!). When you prioritise yourself (without guilt) you end up being a much happier, healthier mother!”


Sarah Walkerden is a professional copywriter and editor, has published a book, run multiple businesses and is a keen horse enthusiast who loves nothing more than getting covered in horse hair and mud! Learn more about Sarah at www.horseymumscollective.com


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ANZAC Day 2019

Reflecting on the sacrifice of those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. 
Lest we forget. 


Gifts for Magic Mums

Mother's Day Gifts
Gifts for Magic Mums

Mums are magic. Otherwise how would they’ve known when we were playing up behind their back? Or when we were lying? My mum used to claim that she had eyes in the back of her head…but I never saw an extra pair of eyes, so I concluded that she was just magic. As we get older, mums become magic in other ways, even if it’s just knowing when we (or their grandchildren) need a cuddle.

To celebrate the magical mums in our lives, we have put together ten of our favourite Mother’s Day Gift ideas below, with plenty more ideas on our website, www.mrgift.com.au

We’re also offering a $20 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Sunday 12/5/19.  
Use Discount Code MUM in the Discount Code field when you place your order.

This offer can’t be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:-)

Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day 2019,
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team

Mums are Magic mug
1. Mums Are Magic mug $24.95
Because they really are.
Prosecco Bath Bombs
2. Prosecco Bath Bombs $19.95 or 2 for $35
Everyone loves bubbles – especially in a drink or in a bath.
Prosecco Bath Bombs combine the best of both – Prosecco scented bath bombs that create beautiful bubbles in your bath. These gold glitter bath bombs combine a dynamic mix of sodium bicarbonate and a delightful fragrance for a magical bathing experience.
Fitkick Folding Cap
3. Fitkick Folding Cap $29.95
This genius cap features a peak that folds into thirds so the cap folds down to nothing and can be stashed in small spaces. Just imagine a cap that will fit into your pocket, handbag, backpack or suitcase!
Bell Art Boronia Berry Bloq
4. Bell Art Boronia Berry Bloq $12.95
If you love the smell of ripe berries and flowers, you’ll love the Boronia Berry Bloq. Whilst this scent is floral and sweet, it is by no means overpowering. The aroma is still fresh and delicate, and is made of all-Australian ingredients. Tuck it anywhere in your house – wardrobes, cupboards, draws, or even under your bin liner to freshen your surroundings.

Sunnylife Cooler Bottle Tote
5. Sunny Life Cooler Bottle Tote $24.95
No picnic is complete without a cold drink, and there’s no better way to keep your drink cold than with a Sunnylife Cooler Bottle Tote. This is also the perfect way to gift mum her favourite bottle of wine.
Sow-n-sow Seeds
6. Sow-n-sow Seeds $9.95
Seasoned gardeners and novice garden enthusiasts will love these gorgeous packs of seeds. There’s also a variety to suit every garden and every taste.
Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella
7. Suck UK Colour Changing Umbrella $69.95
Rainy days don’t need to be grey and dreary. This Colour Changing Umbrella from Suck UK is guaranteed to help brighten mum’s day! Suck UK have printed this umbrella with special ink: it’s white when dry, but comes to life when it gets wet and transforms into a colourful rainbow of raindrops. A boring black umbrella will never cut it again once you’ve experienced this fun, vibrant umbrella!
Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit
8. Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit $12.95
Crafty mums will love the Sunprint Photographic Paper Kit, which allows you to capture silhouettes on this cool light sensitive photographic paper using just the sun and water. The resulting images make incredible framed artworks, or can be used for greeting cards, scrapbooks, and more. 
Mother's Day Mug
9. Life Doesn’t Come with Manual if Comes with a Mother mug $24.95
Ain’t that the truth!
Bell Art Olive Oil Soap Set
10. Bell Art Olive Oil Soap Set $24.95
This beautifully illustrated box features a luxurious collection of handmade olive oil soaps, fragranced with four different essential oil blends: Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Mint & Myrtle, Aniseed & Cinnamon and Rose Geranium. Soaps are all natural and palm oil free.

TIP: This set would also present beautifully as a special gift for overseas friends and family.

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