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Tales From The Road

THE TIES THAT BIND

Myself with (from the left) Jeanie, Belinda and Danella

If you’ve been reading my Facebook page whilst I’ve been travelling around Australia with my new book, you will recognise the many times I’ve noted I’m sitting in bed with a cup of tea…it’s generally been early in the morning, and the only time I’ve had to update things. I’m here again (in bed with a cup of tea) on a bitter cold Melbourne morning, and I am determined to get this post up. I started it back in Perth 2 weeks ago (on a week’s break back home) but just have been so full on, have not had a chance – here we go… fingers crossed… (and will do Melbourne in the next post)….

Here I am back in Perth, in the glorious early winter sunshine. It’s my week back home, after 4 weeks away in Brisbane and Sydney, before I set out again. I am finding it hard to know where to start but I’d like to tell you I have realised this. I am absurdly blessed with an embarrassment of riches. Of family, of friends, of the opportunity to do work I adore and believe in (Kahil Gibrans words ‘work is love made visible’ here ringing in my head), of love, of it all. Of flowers and colours and love and beauty and honour.  I’ve met so many truly very special people, as I’ve been in Brisbane and Sydney teaching classes and launching my new book “Wholefood Baking”, and I have found that they are all been woven into this life I am living. It’s an incredibly honoured position and privilege to know that I am a part of your lives, through my books and in your kitchen – a part of your life. I am enriched beyond words. And I met so many people that said ” oh, I read your blog” and was astonished, as I’ve been so slack with my blog over the past 3 months – just trying to keep on top of organising this big trip.

But alas, I haven’t got a recipe for you here – I promise that soon I will come back from travel and organising (really read keeping it all together/juggling) and get back to recipes to help you in your everyday life, or show you what I’m doing in mine. But for now, I just wanted you to know I’m here, and to thank you, and share with you the highlights of the past few weeks:

  1. ROAD TRIP WITH JEANIE: Jeanie is my friend who lives in Northern New South Wales, and joined me in Brisbane to help with the launch there. The conversation went something like this ” We have to drive to Ipswich tonight (for me to do a talk)  come back to Brisbane tomorrow, shop for the launch, drive then to Toowoomba (for me to do a talk), stay the night, wake up at the crack of dawn, and drive back to Brisbane and cook our asses off to get it all ready for the launch which starts at 2.30pm.Because I had not realised how far away Ipswich and particularly Toowoomba was. But I knew we could do it, because I knew Jeanie had my back. We did bake our little asses off, but alas, I still have too much bottom for my jeans right now. As we were driving to Toowoomba, I said to Jeanie ” You know this is a lot like when we drove from Santa Fe to Taos”. ” No, nothing like it ” says Jeanie, ” Yes it is I say, a lot like it”, “No” says Jeanie” really, nothing like it”. But for me it was – a road trip with my friend Jeanie, on open roads and open skies. For all the exhaustion of those few days, it was fabulous. I loved Jeanie.
  2. MEETING THE BLOGGING GIRLS:  There are an amazing group of young women doing some great blogging in Australia right now, many on the East Coast. It was wonderful to finally meet them face to face – The Pinkfarm Girls – Amanda and Tanya, Emma Galloway from My Darling Lemon Thyme, Nicola Garcia from The Yogic Housewife, Vanessa Teklenburg from Slow Heart Sing (love that name), Alisha from The Naughty Naturopath Mum, my good friend Jill Brown introduced me to Sneh Roy from Food Republic (which I was already checking out), and foodie Mel Kettle and I’m so looking forward to meeting Meg Thompson from My Wholefood Romance next week in Melbourne.
  3. NEARLY FORGOT THE NATURAL FOOD STORE VISIT: The amazing WNCTP graduate Bel Pooley (Belly), knowing I was coming to Brisbane, asked me to do a little talk at her local health/wholefood store. Me thinking it was a little traditional health food store, Belly coming to Brisbane to pick me up, a glorious drive to Forest Glen (Sunshine Coast) and realising it was a HUGE, truly brilliant store – was like being in the U.S. I also got to see another WNCTP graduate – the beautiful Danella Martin, and finally get to snuggle and cuddle Pippy Mae…..They made me so welcome, I met so many wonderful people during that morning tea. But what a store… thank you for making me so welcome…
  4. TAKING THERMOMIX ON THE ROAD WITH WHOLEFOOD COOKING: I’ve known Grace Mazur from the moment she bought this amazing machine into Australia and I’m loving the opportunity to talk to a broader audience about what wholesome and healthy food really is, and how they can use their Thermomix to best advantage. I’ve met so, so many lovely, wonderful people. I’ll do a whole separate post on this later as there is so much to talk about !! But can I say to Kylie’s team in Sydney, thank you for my pink Thermomix Apron and bag. Love them.
  5. THE FOOD, LOVE AND BREATHE SEMINAR WITH HOLLY DAVIS and DR ROSALBA COURTNEY. Let me start by saying how amazing Rosalba is, and a wealth of knowledge… I could listen to her forever. But I had missed my dear, dear friend and colleague Holly Davis as she has been in London (nursing her mother as she passed) for over a year…Holly and I created a makeshift whole food kitchen, and discussed the basics and what matters in a good kitchen. I adore working with her, we actually kind of adore each other (in a healthy way). The Sydney Meals for Everyday class were very lucky as Holly came and did the class on the Saturday there with me also – we both have a same body of knowledge, believe the same things but express them very differently. I got to stay over a night at Holly’s place by the ocean, and it was wonderful. I love Hols.
  6. BEING SUPPORTED BY GOOD FRIENDS: I am absolutely aware of how lucky I am to have such good, good friends – I would always start with my bestie Nene, who helped me do the Perth Launch (I love Nenie),  Helen and Davin in Brisbane who always give me a home (and Helen bought me the best ever teacup mug that brews it own tea), Sonja and Brenda who own Mondo Organics and let me cause mayhem whilst I do classes there, Wray Organics who always support my work and moved me around Brisbane to visit each of their stores talking about Wholefood Baking – Deborah Wray is one gorgeous and amazing woman (Qld, you are very lucky to have Wray Organics),  Karen and Matt from Honest to Goodness in Sydney who move hell and high water to do what I ask of them and more (NSW you are very lucky to have HTG), Essential Ingredient in Sydney who again, allow me to cause mayhem whilst there….WNCTP graduate Angie Cowan (Angie Gluten Free who did an amazing, delicious and very capable job doing all the baking for the Sydney launch, and WNCTP graduate Jessica Kenny (Eating Beauty) who styled it. If I’ve missed anyone out, I will catch up in the next post….
  7. BEING SUPPORTED BY YOU: One thing I’ve fully realised during this trip is how much you support my work and how generously you take me into your home and kitchen. Please know how rich this makes the fabric of my life and how much it is treasured.
Julies Rose Pistachio Cupcakes

 

Sweet and Sour Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

 

 

With the lovely Brooke Long and amazing Thermomix ladies in Brisbane (Paddington)
With Alisha (Naughty Naturopath Mum and Mel Kettle at Wray Organics (Cannon Hill
At Wray Organics Cannon Hill
Danella and Pippy Mae
A small part the makeshift Wholefood Kitchen Holly and I put up… beautiful roses from the launch afternoon tea

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In Sydney from the left – Holly Davis, WNCTP graduate Sue Lambert, myself and WNCTP graduate Angie Cowan who did all the baking !!

Fell in love with this certified organic wine – Spring Seed Company – this is the Sweet Pea Moscato – delicious
My sister Kate and niece Pippa came down from Canberra for the launch – here we are exhausted afterwards

So, here I stop or I will never get this out… in all, I’d love to say – here is my new book,

” look what I made !!” but it wouldn’t be true, because everything in my life and the people I have met have been a part of making this. The weave and thread is organic, dyed in the colours of the earth – it’s been made of friendship, loss, hardship, joy and a life lived truly and a huge number of people that love me and are a part of my life –  I’m a very very blessed woman.

x Jude

What’s in the Bag – Repeat Everyday with Wholefood Seminar

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What’s in the bag?

Nourishing lunches for children at school and adults at work and play!

Thursday 16th June from 7pm to 10pm   ****  SOLD OUT – NO DOOR SALES *****

with Jude Blereau & Julie Eady
Due to popular demand we are repeating the Autumn 2011 Seminar! During the seminar we will attempt to answer one of the eternal questions we ask daily. What can I eat for lunch??  Lunch is an often overlooked meal, and it’s very easy to be seduced by a quick sandwich.  We’ll look at feeding children and adults and also take a look at menu planning!

I’m very excited to say that Julie Eady from Additive Alert will once again join me as a guest speaker. If you’ve not had the opportunity to hear Julie, I would highly recommend it. Julie is a full time Mum to three young children who developed her interest in food additives and their effects on health after the birth of her first child. She was shocked to discover what was actually in much of the food commercially available. Many of the additives she found are banned in most other countries. Julie is a well informed and inspirational speaker, and will give you up to date information on food additives, their dangers and what you can do to avoid them. Jude will then go on to give you ideas for wholesome and delicious lunchboxes, with recipes.

Booking Details ***** SOLD OUT ******
 

Date: Thursday 16th June, 2011
 

Time: 7pm – 10pm (Doors open from 6.15pm)
 

Venue: FJ Clarke Lecture Theatre, P Block, QEII Medical Centre,
Nedlands. Access off Caladenia Ave (via Monash Ave)*

Price: ******** SOLD OUT ***************

Books and other merchandise will be on display and sale.

* please note that parking is available in carparks off Monash Ave and in other carparks around the uni and hospital. Please leave time to find parking in the event that the immediate carpark is full
 

If you are not already a subscriber I recommend you join my newsletter mailing list for information about this and future seminars and events:www.wholefoodcooking.com.au

Everyday with Wholefood – Autumn 2011 Seasonal Seminar

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What’s in the bag?

Nourishing lunches for children at school and adults at work and play!

Saturday 26th February 2011 – 1pm to 4.30pm  **** FULLY BOOKED ****

Wholefood Cooking Seasonal Seminars are designed to give you information on what foods are in season, idea’s on how to use them and to introduce you to the many growers and people in Perth doing amazing things with whole and real food. Each seminar has a central them as it’s focus, and for our Autumn Seminar on Saturday 26th February, we will attempt to answer one of the eternal questions we ask daily. What can I eat for lunch?? For children heading back to school and for ourselves. Lunch is an often overlooked meal, and it’s very easy to be seduced by a quick sandwich.

I’m very excited to say that Julie Eady from Additive Alert will be our guest speaker, and if you’ve not had the opportunity to hear Julie, I would highly recommend it. Julie is a full time Mum to three young children who  developed her interest in food additives and their effects on health after the birth of her first child and was shocked to discover what was actually in much of the food commercially available. Many of the additives she found are banned in most other countries. Julie is a well informed and inspirational speaker, and will give you up to date information on food additives, their dangers and what you can do to avoid them. Jude will then go on to give you ideas for wholesome and delicious lunchboxes, with recipes.

Booking Details ****** FULLY BOOKED ****
 

Date: Saturday 26 February, 2011
 

Time: 1pm – 4.30pm (Doors open from 12.15pm)
 

Venue: FJ Clarke Lecture Theatre, P Block, QEII Medical Centre,
Nedlands. Access off Caladenia Ave (via Monash Ave)*

* please note that parking is available in carparks off Monash Ave and in other carparks around the uni and hospital. Please leave time to find parking in the event that the immediate carpark is full
 

Repeat seminar – we may try and repeat this seminat in June please register your interest in attending a second seminar by leaving your details at: events@wholefoodcooking.com.au

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If you are not already a subscriber I recommend you join my newsletter mailing list for information about this and future seminars and events:www.wholefoodcooking.com.au

Everyday with Wholefood – Autumn 2010

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Saturday 6th March

The Season of Harvest  

This quarter ‘Everyday with Wholefoods’ brings you a look at Autumn and the season of Harvest. We’ll look at what’s coming into season over the next few months, where to get it and how to use it to create delicious meals that heal, nourish and delight!

 

With the new school year underway, our focus this seminar will be on children. We’ll take a closer look at lunches for both children and adults. We will be also celebrating Jude’s harvest – the publication of her new book “Wholefood for Children – Nourishing Young Children with Whole and Organic Foods”. This beautiful new edition will be available on the day or for pre-purchase.

 

You’ll also hear from two local food producers – Bee Winfield from Merri Bee Organic Farm, who grows a wide range of organic food including delicious eggs (what makes a good egg?) and meat (Merri Bee is the only source of certified organic, nitrate free bacon in Perth) and Gotthard Bauer from Yallingup Woodfired Bread (Demeter certified & biodynamic) who will share what makes a bread good! 

We’ll also have a wonderful range of suppliers for you to meet and shop with on the day.

Event Program

Guest Speakers 

Gotthard Bauer – Yallingup Woodfired Bread 

WA’s only Demeter certified bakery 

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Bee Winfield – Merri Bee Organic Farm 

NASAA certified Free Range Pork, Eggs, Vegetables & Gourmet foods

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Jude Blereau – Natural Food Chef, Whole Food Cooking 

Welcoming the Harvest 

Booking Details 

Date: Saturday 6th March 2010 

Time: 1pm – 4.30pm (Doors open from 12.15pm) 

Venue: FJ Clarke Lecture Theatre P Block, QEII Medical Centre, Nedlands Access off Caladenia Ave (via Monash Ave)* 

Price: $35 (seating is unallocated, tiered theatre-style) Books, local produce and other merchandise will be on display and sale from 12.15pm

* please note that parking is available in carparks off Monash Ave and in other carparks around the uni and hospital. Please leave time to find parking in the event that the immediate carpark is full

Bookings

Online bookings have now closed. There will be ticket sales at the door – $35 cash only (sorry we have no credit facilities on the door)

Please send an email to events@wholefoodcooking.com.au to add your name to the booking list. If you have any questions please call Lee-Anne 0419 903 646.

Wholefood for Children – On Sale!

The underlying philosophy behind “Wholefood for Children” is the importance of feeding young, growing children nutrient-dense, whole and real food, preferably organic. Not only does a child require fuel to live, they also require it to build every part of their body and future pathways, and to learn. Nature has designed an exceptionally nutrient-dense, human-compatible food in breast milk, and it’s important to that we continue to feed our young truly good food.

Books will be available on the day and are $45. There will be credit card payments available for books only.

 

Introducing the new baby

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I had the most wonderful surprise late last week – I came home to find a parcel against my front door – it looked like….., it was!!!!! My new baby. My new book. My books are like my children – really they grow inside of you, under your heart, though my first born – Nessie, my wholly human child (!) is my favorite. I tell Nessie, who is an only child, she has books for siblings – she just rolls her eyes, as 27 year olds are prone to do. She does think her Mum is a bit of a dill. But, dilly and all, I love them. Though challenging, I absolutely love the process of writing and creating something beautiful.

Enough of me rambling – here it is, it’s BEAUTIFUL (I am a bit biased) but I am so very, very pleased with it. It is out 1st March 2010, and I would love to introduce you to it on SATURDAY 6TH MARCH, at our Harvest Seminar. The emails are going out in the next couple of days, and you will be able to buy tickets also in the next couple of days. We’ll focus on Nourishing Young Children, good lunches (for adults and children) and welcome Bee Winfield from Merri Bee Farm to talk about growing good food, and good eggs, and Gotthard Bauer from Yallingup Wood Fired Bread. It will rock. We will celebrate the harvest and my new baby. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

x Jude