SEPTEMBER: ’tis the Season to EAT…

It’s September and Spring is definitely here in the Southern Hemisphere and the warm weather is sure to stay. Hopefully your garden was planted last month and if not plant it now!! I’m sure your kitchen is warm and inviting and you may be considering the last few roasts and baking days before the heat hits hard!! Let’s take a look at the September harvest at your local market.

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Stuffed Capsicum - Cooking Pot the iPhone App

Stuffed Capsicum – Cooking Pot the iPhone App

This months harvest has a lot to offer so make good use of it. Cook and freeze meals for when you need them and don’t be afraid to cook double and save on your electricity bills too. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.


Cabbage, Carrots, Avocados, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Asian Greens, Beans, Ginger, Chillies, Garlic, Asparagus, Leeks, Peas, Potatoes, Lettuce, Pumpkin, Silverbeet, Spinach


Strawberries, Lemons, Mandarins, Oranges, Rock-melon, Pawpaw, Pineapple

Hmm… this is huge especially when I’m seeing Ginger, Chillies and Garlic! Foundations of so many meals are based on fresh and good quality ginger, chillies and garlic. Add some Asian greens and cabbage, Boil some rice and you’re almost there!! Other ingredients which spark interest are Avocadoes and Beans. The combine beautifully for a Mexican or Indian inspired salad or meal. One of my favourites is Potato-crusted 3 Cheese Pie, Chicken and Leek Pie, our renowned Roast Vegetable Salad with Curried Sunflower Dressing and heaps and heaps more. At Cooking Pot the iPhone App we focus on Yummy, Healthy, Wholesome, Quick and Easy to follow Recipes. Download it here:

What an inspiring fruit harvest! Let’s see… Strawberries: yummy strawberries! The Strawberry Nut Torte comes to mind which is Gluten-Free and mouth-wateringly Delicious! Then there the Upside-Down Mandarin Bant and it continues with a couple amazing Carrot and Humming Bird cakes. Finish off with our Fantastic Ginger Chilli Mock-Mojito.

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AUGUST: ’tis the Season to Eat…

In the South it’s growing warmer and Spring is almost upon us. The sun is rising just a bit earlier and the seeds and seedlings are in the grown ready to grow. The end of winter brings a delightful harvest with many citrus fruit, berries, and winter vegetables.

Herbs grow well this time of year before the sun comes out hot and strong. It’s the time to grow, harvest and store them. As you and I both know some herbs are just unavailable at certain times of year. Make sure you’ve got your favourites! Storing, fermenting and canning are a few things to explore in the near future. In the meantime let Cooking Pot the iPhone App help you make the most of fresh, crispy, Winter produce.

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Beetroot Crusted Chicken and Leek Pie

Beetroot Crusted Chicken and Leek Pie

August in the Southern hemisphere is abundant with root vegetables, citrus, apples and strawberries. All those tangy or hot and spicy comfort foods that are made Healthy and Wholesome with Cooking Pot the iPhone App. Don’t have the time? You won’t need much with most of these recipes and they are Quick and Easy to follow too. Download it here:

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Custard Apple, Apples, Citrus (Grapefruit, Mandarins, Lemons, Limes, Oranges), Strawberries, Rhubarb, Pineapple, Kiwifruit


Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage (Asian Greens, Cauliflower), Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Spinach, Silverbeet, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Leek, Ginger, Garlic

Ginger and Garlic scream pick me! Pick me! Combine those with Lime and Cabbage and you’ve got most of the Asian flavours. Be it Chicken Green Curry, Kimchee or your Best Ever Stir Fry. Maybe You’d like to use Baked Veggies with a creamy mushroom and Leek sauce or Ordinary Pumpkin Soup which is anything but! One of my favourites is the Potato-crusted Spinach and 3 Cheese Pie!

Fruit this August speaks to me with a tangy and zesty feel. This can be achieved with the Mandarin Upside-Down Cake or go raw with the Raw Lemon Slice featured earlier in this blog. Maybe an Apple and Rhubarb Crumble may take your fancy served warm with cream or ice-cream. So many possibilities abound. Let Cooking Pot the iPhone App give a helping hand in the kitchen this August with Healthy and Easy to follow recipes like the ones mentioned above.

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AUGUST – ’tis the Time to Eat…

The last month of summer is upon us in the North. It’s time to get sorted in the kitchen, plan and maybe adopt some Healthy new eating changes? It’s time to trial meals and menus and see if they work for You and your Family. A Healthy and Wholesome eating change can be daunting and some of us might be anxious about trying new things. 

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 This is a list of the fresh produce in season and available in August. Remember to Cook Out Not Throw Out!! Healthy and Wholesome cooking can go light on your hip pocket too. It just might take a tiny little bit of planning and you’ll soon find that having a Healthy, Wholesome and ready to eat meal on your table in minutes. It takes far less time than driving to the nearest take-out!!  

Nut Quinoa Brown Rice

Nut Quinoa Brown Rice


celery, corn, cilantro, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, Asian greens, collard greens, cucumber, herbs 


blackberries, blueberries, mango, grapes, figs 

This month the produce is ripe for Stir-fry! Any Stir-fry! Be it meat, egg, tofu or nut it’s fast and completely Delicious!! Try it with a brown rice, quinoa and nut or lentil mix or if you don’t have the extra time noodles are faster. Rice is a fantastic food to add turmeric to and improve your health at the same time. 

Left over stir-fry can be made into Japanese pancakes called Okonomiyaki. This is a great breakfast eaten regularly in Japan. If this takes your fancy be sure to supply yourself with plenty of Yakitori Sauce. These Healthy and Wholesome, Quick and Easy recipes and others like it are found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App. Download here: 

The choice of seasonal fruit is fantastic! Blueberries, figs and mangoes are among my favourites or should I be more precise and say Are my favourite. Right now, Blueberry Ice-cream is screaming at me and so is a warm Blueberry Crostada served with fresh cream. Then a Raw Mango Pie or a warm Fig and Pumpkin Tart. Hmm Yummy… 

Ok, I think I’ve just inspired myself and must go make something for dessert, after all, all those quick stir-fry dinners might just leave me enough time to make an Awesome Treat!! Remember to Cook Out Not Throw Out so check your pantry first. 

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JULY: tis the SEASON to Eat…

Summer is well upon the North bringing with it lots to harvest. From fresh, green and crisp veggies to sweet and juicy fruit. Make the most of High Summer and reap the benefits of a Healthy, Wholesome and Nutritious harvest and remember to eat what’s in season. It saves money and the produce is far healthier.

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Eggplant Parmigana Stack - recipe found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App

Eggplant Parmigana Stack – recipe found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App

So let take a look at what’s in season in the Northern Hemisphere this July.


Beet, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Peppers


Apricot, Bush Berries, Watermelon, Honeydew Melon, Grapes, Lemons, Nectarines, Valencias, Pears, Peaches, Strawberries, Plums

Wow!! What an amazing harvest! There is just so much to Cook! Where to start?

Hmm … I can definitely taste a a whole heap of Italian dishes with all the tomatoes, eggplant and peppers available. Try Cooking Pot’s Eggplant Parmigana or Vegetarian Lasagne. A Laksa is never the same without grilled Eggplant!

This is definitely the time to start stuffing! Stuff tomatoes with a variety of fillings from Seafood to Vegetarian and Vegan variations. Do the same with Peppers and try a chicken and cheese filling. Taste the difference of your food when the fresh produce you use is in season and better still Organic and the only thing that tops that is Home-grown! I’m salivating already and we haven’t even scratched the surface of the recipes available on Cooking Pot the iPhone App!! Get it here to find more like these, a Shopping List on the Go and if you see those peppers on special don’t be afraid to buy the box because you can take a look at the recipes available to cook them, before you plunge in!! :

Eating Okra raw and crushed every morning is also a folk remedy for diabetes.

Ok! Let take a peek at the fruit before this article gets too long. Hmm… I can taste a whole lot of different cobbles with all the apricots, berries and peaches. Don’t worry about the wheat and sugar when you can substitute oats and a bit of honey and end up with a healthier crumble. On the other hand besides an everyday fruit platter the other things that stand out are the lemons which make yummy Lemon Butter or salad dressing and the berries which make a divine Raw Chocolate Cake.

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JUNE: tis the Season to EAT …

Summer is here in the north. This is the perfect time for fresh fruit and salads, cool drinks by the water or iceblocks by the pool. I’m sure the grill is heating up and it’s time for a BBQ with family and friends. Let’s find out what’s in season this month and what we can cook with a June Harvest.

June Fruit

Blueberries, Cherries, Strawberries, Peaches

June Vegetables

Beetroot, Broccli, Cabbage, Asparagus, Collards, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Snap Peas, Squash, Spinach, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Bell Pepper, Carrots, Corn

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Wow! What a wonderful harvest. Ready to Cook? I simply adore blueberries!! Blueberry sugar-free and dairy-free ice-cream, wheat-free blueberry crostata heated and served with ice-cream. The list just keeps going: Blueberry layered cake, Blueberry Raw Chocolate tarts… hmm yummy!!

Removing the blueberries we have cherries and strawberries where I would add chocolate or vanilla to either of them or make a compote or homemade jar or munch on them on their own. Berries in drinks are a favourite with me and here we can definitely go Naughty or Healthy, cold and refreshing! For something different add peaches to a mild curry and taste the flavour!

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Cherry Coutufi

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The June Vegetable harvest is just packed with all the foods that are Healthy, Colourful and simply delicious. To be honest I don’t know where to start!! There are hundreds of salads here waiting to be put together. Whatever takes your fancy can be combined to make a Wholesome, Healthy and Sustainable salad. Here we use our imagination, creativity and taste-buds. Cooking Pot the iPhone App gives some fantastic recipe ideas.

My simple rule of thumb with salads is colour. If it’s colourful and looks fantastic it usually is. For example why do tomatoes go with greens, cucumber and onion? Capsicum adds more texture and colour and slices of orange appear just vibrant against salad greens. Another example would be the warm lentil salad where the deep earthy colour of the lentil is broken by the strong red of tomato. Then we can take a look at a baked vegetable salad on a bed of greens and garnished with pepitas. It not only comes together visually but your taste-buds will love it too.

On a more scientific note the iron in greens needs vitamin c to be better absorbed by our bodies so nature is definitely telling us something. Don’t be fooled, a more colourful and vibrant looking salad is also much better for you.

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JUNE: tis the Season to EAT…

It’s definitely winter south of the equator NOW!! It’s time to rug up and find something piping hot to eat. It’s time for all those comfort foods we like but not in the way you may think. Comfort foods can be made Healthy too and Cooking Pot the iPhone App can help with many Healthy, Wholesome and Sustainable recipes that Tantilise taste buds too!

Let’s take a look at what’s in season and equally what will save you pennies. Then we’ll take a quick peek at what we can cook. Recipes are found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App that are not only good for you but Quick and Easy too.

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Egg Curry

Egg Curry

June is the Season to buy:


Lemons, Oranges, Manderins, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Bananas, Apples


Beanshoots, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Leeks, Potatoes, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Fennel, Silverbeet, Spinach, Rhubarb, Asian Vegetables, Parsley

Gosh! Winter is looking a bit bleak but we do what we can with what we have. Just from the ingredients above I see a Potato and Leek Soup. Chicken and Leek Pies, Potato-crusted Three Cheese Pie, Lentil and Carrot Soup and a huge salad with Spinach, Fennel and Asian Greens. A Mandarin Round or Apple and Rhubarb pie for dessert.

Laksa and numerous Asian stir-fries come to mind next, Raw Carrot Soup and warm Banana Bread. These recipes and more like these are available on Cooking Pot the iPhone App. Our Interactive Shopping List feature makes shopping even easier with the touch of your phone. Download it here:

Citrus fruits, in particular Lemons are a must for a healthy morning detox and alkalising drink. Try a thick slice with warm water and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Parsley, Spinach and Silverbeet are loaded with iron and other vitamins and minerals and for this reason should be consumed raw as often as possible. Try our Warm Baked Vegetable Salad and get those raw green veggies into you! Winter is a great time to get healthy and stay healthy by eating what’s in season.

Don’t forget to visit your local farmers’ market or better still grow your own and get the freshest produce to make your home-cooked meals Delicious!!

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MAY Tis the Season to Cook…

In the Southern Hemisphere May is the last month of Autum. It’s definitely getting cool now. The sun isn’t as warm and it doesn’t appear as high in the sky. There is a lot of red turning to brown in the colour spectrum and the Home-Cooking palette turns to warmer and cosier food.

Green Salad with Orange

Fresh May Produce:


Apples, Figs, Grapes, Bananas, Kiwifruit, Lemons, Watermelon, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Plums, Quinces,


Asparagus, Beans, Beansprouts, Beetroot, Broccli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflour, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Orka, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Zucchini

Wow There’s so many to choose from! What to cook? This is where Cooking Pot the iPhone app proves helpful giving you lots and lots of wholesome meal ideas that are Healthy, Sustainable and downright Delicious. Cooking Pot’s Shopping List makes food shopping a Pleasure and loads of Fun too!

This is definitely the time of year to start dusting off your crock-pot and looking forward to cosy comfort food in front of an open fire. Yes I have used the term “comfort food” but comfort food doesn’t have to be empty of essential nutrients, heaped with unhealthy fats or sugar. Staying healthy through the cooler months is easy. The idea is to eat the most nutritious food at that time of year and the most nutritious is what’s in season! What’s in season is also the cheapest! So have a good look at the list above and cook some amazing curries, ratatouille, stews and anything that fills your space with the most delightful aroma…

Cooking Pot the iPhone App has some great Quick and Easy recipes to help, most of which can be stored in the fridge or frozen to re-heat or remake later. The pies are just favourites of mine, gluten-free and vegetarian to boot. The vegan curries are just to die for or maybe a slow-cooked roast satisfies your palette. Whatever it may be you might find it on Cooking Pot the iPhone App. There is such a great variety of recipes to choose from! All recipes are categorised to help manage allergies, intolerances or simply a lifestyle choice by filtering undesirable meals. There’s recipes for everyone!!

Hot cooked meals are fine and very comforting but it’s also important to eat raw fruit and vegetables everyday. One convenient way to achieve this is by serving a raw entrée, salad or dips with veggie sticks and maybe finishing the meal with some fruit for dessert. As my Mother always said, it is advisable to eat fruit separately and in the morning to promote digestion so a fruit morning tea might be the way to go.

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