Tuesday, 26 April 2016

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 29/4/16


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Good morning all.....
I owe you a blog post later today, but for now, here is this week's menu for Friday's lunch deliveries.
I trust you all had a relaxing long weekend and that you are ready to take on whatever the week has to offer. 




How To Order


To order your Friday Meal, please fill in the order form on the right-hand side of this blog page, selecting whatever takes your fancy, as well as delivery and payment preferences and any special instructions, and then click submit.


***Please note that if you are placing your order on your mobile device, scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog page, click on 'View Web Version' and wait for the new page to load before ordering.***

Please contact me if you have any special requests re: items that perhaps aren't currently on the menu or menu items in larger quantities.

I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.



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Well, that's all from me for now.

I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.


Love and light,

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Just a Reminder.....

Hi folks....

Just a quick reminder that orders from this week's menu close @ midday today, Wednesday 20/4/16.
I'm sorry if I've confused you by switching the days around, but Thursday deliveries are working well on the weeks that I have to prepare for the Farmers Market which is on again this coming Saturday 23/4/16.

I look forward to seeing you soon.....<3

Monday, 18 April 2016

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 21/4/16

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Hello From The Kitchen


I always feel like a broken record as I start every Monday blog post in the same fashion as I marvel yet again at how quickly the weeks go by, but it's true.
I know my audience is a cross section of the community and of varying ages, but as I/we get older, it's a fact that time seems to pass more quickly than it used to.

I've been analysing this and I've come to the conclusion that it's not necessarily passing more quickly, how can it, but it's that we value it more as we begin to come face to face with our own mortality and we start to feel an urgency about fitting in all the things that we have on our 'bucket lists,' or that we have simply left till the last minute in the hope of buying ourselves more time to fit them in.

I've certainly been feeling the urgency, albeit in a gentle way, as I watch my ageing parents 'age,' my 3 beautiful daughters blossom as thriving adults and I see so very clearly that time stands still for none of us. It's a sobering realisation and one that I have been taking action on over the last few weeks in a big way.

Changes have been made and there are more afoot.....

On The Menu This Week


**Please note that due to my attendance at this Saturday's Mount Gambier Farmers Market, meal deliveries will take place on Thursday this week instead of Friday**

With the tomato season all but finished, I still have quite a few rich red, organically grown tomatoes on my vines, and will be making use of them on this week's menu as I re-create for you one of my favourite Mediterranean dishes, Ratatouille. 


A delicious combination of tomato, onion, zucchini and eggplant, cooked in a rich tomato and herb sauce, this dish is perfect with a thick chunk of garlic bread to soak up the last of what's left in the bowl. 
(I'm making my own mouth water!!)

I also have a thick and creamy Sweet Potato Soup topped with crunchy croutons on the menu. Soup is always popular, all year round. 

 Dessert this week will be a choice of either a serving of moist and decadent Chocolate Cake with Chocolate and Walnut Frosting, or something new that I will be introducing to the menu, Salted Caramel Bliss Balls in a pack of 3.
Nut and dried fruit based, this new addition to 'Frank's Bliss Ball Bar' will most definitely be a winner for the healthy, decadent snack lovers among you.

She's Apples


The shelves are stocked up again at She's Apples for my local 'just frank' customers looking for a ready made meal, dessert or any of my granolas or bliss balls.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and feedback as the word spreads and stocks continue to walk out the door. 
I am looking forward to introducing new menu items to the She's Apples fridges as more space becomes available through their renovation process.

How To Order


To order your Friday Meal, please fill in the order form on the right-hand side of this blog page, selecting whatever takes your fancy, as well as delivery and payment preferences and any special instructions, and then click submit.


***Please note that if you are placing your order on your mobile device, scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog page, click on 'View Web Version' and wait for the new page to load before ordering.***

Please contact me if you have any special requests re: items that perhaps aren't currently on the menu or menu items in larger quantities.

I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.



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Well, that's all from me for now.

I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.


Love and light,


Leah <3
 
 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 15/4/16

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Hello From My Heart


Welcome back to another week in the 'just frank' kitchen, although I am going to begin this post by going deep and sharing with you a little bit of what goes on in my heart as I go about the business of cooking and sharing the 'vegan food love' with so many of you.

A little bit of my back story may help.....

In 1987, I met my former husband and together we joined forces and created three beautiful lives in our daughters, now 27, 25 and 20 years of age.
In our 22 years together, I was a full-time wife and mother for 16 of those years, something I revelled in and placed a great deal of importance on. (even if society at large didn't, but that's a whole other blog post!)

Let's be clear here, not every day was sunshine and roses, in fact, there was many a day when I felt as though I was going bat shit crazy, (many of you will understand this, I'm sure!) but the love of my family kept me buoyant.


I had always loved cooking, as I had been witness to my Mum's love for both cooking and gardening at an early age,  and being married to an Italian, and being immersed in the Italian culture fuelled this passion incredibly. I spent many hours a day in my own kitchen, as well as in the kitchen with my mother-in-law, a woman who had a passion for cooking and tending a veggie garden like no one I had ever met before.

She taught me many skills that I still use today, and her strong, traditional roots showed me clearly how we use food as a way to express our love for each other, and as a way to nurture those we care about.

If you think about it, this is so true....

Food is so comforting isn't it, and I know myself, if someone I love is unwell or sad, the first thing I want to do is to cook them something.

Food is also very bonding and unites people either privately around the kitchen table in a family setting, or publicly through the sharing of food at social events and gatherings.  

Whilst raising my family, and caring for my husband, cooking was never a chore for me,  I simply loved it and always cooked more than was ever able to be consumed by those in my household. 

There were always goodies to be given away and the girls friends loved coming to our house to see what had been cooking in the oven while they were at school. The house always smelt liked freshly baked cookies or cake.

As the girls grew up, and with 2 of them now having left the nest, my cooking was in less demand and I missed cooking for a family of 5, to the point where I began cooking for many of my elderly gardening clients who I realise now, became substitutes for my children, a fact that they seemed to relish with great delight.


Fast forward to today, and I now have another family that I am able to provide nourishment for, my 'just frank' family. I derive an incredible amount of joy from providing meals to those who love to eat healthy, home cooked food and I see this clearly as an extension of my need to nurture others, and why I call it 'spreading the vegan food love.'

I feel so incredibly blessed to have this opportunity and have met so many beautiful people in the last 18 months of this journey through either my meal deliveries, via social media or at the recently held library workshop.

Thank you all for being a part of my 'just frank' family.....

On The Menu This Week


In between cooking commitments, I have still managed to find the time to create some new recipes, two of which are on the 'Serene Cuisine' menu this week.

I love brown rice and use it in any recipe that calls for rice, be it white or brown. I have created a delicious Sweet Potato and Asparagus Brown Rice Risotto for you, which has a slightly nutty texture but still retains the creaminess of a regular risotto too.


There is also a delicious Italian Minestrone on the menu for those of you preferring a soup.
Bread options for both meals are on the menu as well.

I have been playing a lot with raw food recipes, and this week I am introducing a Raw Cashew Nut Bar to the sweets menu, which has just enough sweetness from the dried fruit that it contains to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.

If something a little sweeter is needed, I am sure the Orange and Poppyseed Cake will do the trick.

She's Apples


Stocks are moving quickly through She's Apples as I work closely with the management and staff there to keep stock levels up. 

This will take a little bit of experimenting with as we find just the right balance to ensure there is still stock in the fridges at the end of the week.

I/we thank you for your patience during this introductory period and I welcome any feedback or comments that you may like to offer.

I take this opportunity yet again to thank you for your ongoing support of local small business and I look forward to continuing to serve you.....

 How To Order


To order your Friday Meal, please fill in the order form on the right-hand side of this blog page, selecting whatever takes your fancy, as well as delivery and payment preferences and any special instructions, and then click submit.


***Please note that if you are placing your order on your mobile device, scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog page, click on 'View Web Version' and wait for the new page to load before ordering.***

Please contact me if you have any special requests re: items that perhaps aren't currently on the menu or menu items in larger quantities.

I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.



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Well, that's all from me for now.

I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.


Love and light,


Leah <3

Monday, 4 April 2016

'Serene Cuisine' Menu 7/4/16

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Hello From The 'just frank' Kitchen


Here we are again with another week behind us......
It's been quite a week here in the kitchen and I literally feel as though I've worn a track on my floor between the stove and my kitchen bench as I track back and forth with saucepans, frying pans and bowls, continuing on with my quest to spread the vegan food love far and wide.

Sharing The Vegan Food Love @ She's Apples


As I enter week 3 of my She's Apple's presence, I'm super stoked at the response and the support from both the 'just frank' community, and the community at large, and I feel so blessed to have been given such an opportunity to showcase my vegan cuisine even further. 
If you have any requests for goodies you would like to see from my range in store @ She's Apples, please don't hesitate to speak to one of the friendly staff, or contact me here via the contact form at the top of the page, and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Thank you all so much for supporting both myself and She's Apples, who are extremely supportive of local 'artisan' foodies like me. 


The Mount Gambier Farmers Market Is On Again


Tomorrow morning I will deliver another selection of goodies to the store, and I will then turn my attention to planning for this coming Saturday's Mount Gambier Farmers Market which will take place in the Cave Gardens precinct between 9am and 12pm on April 9th.
This week's lunch menu is a condensed version of the regular menu, and deliveries will take place on Thursday instead of Friday, to allow me the time needed to prepare for the farmers market.
At this stage, I will be at the Mount Gambier Farmers Market every Saturday fortnight, but I will keep you posted of definite dates either here or on my fb page.

I am super excited as things here at 'just frank' evolve on so many levels, and I look forward to sharing so much more than food love with you, my 'just frank' family.

Check out this week's menu to the right of the page.....


How To Order


To order your Friday Meal, please fill in the order form on the right-hand side of this blog page, selecting whatever takes your fancy, as well as delivery and payment preferences and any special instructions, and then click submit.


***Please note that if you are placing your order on your mobile device, scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog page, click on 'View Web Version' and wait for the new page to load before ordering.***

Please contact me if you have any special requests re: items that perhaps aren't currently on the menu or menu items in larger quantities.

I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback, any of which may be submitted via email @ serenityleah13@gmail.com.



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Your email address will not be shared and will only be used for the express purpose of sharing news from 'just frank.'

Well, that's all from me for now.

I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing those of you who will be on my delivery list this week.


Love and light,

Leah <3