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webshot(copy)1 Welcome to my little corner of the world where I get to share what I'm passionate about with you. One of my biggest passions is real food - growing it, making it and most importantly eating it!

Having been a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine for over 18 years I also love sharing information about our amazing bodies and how to tap into our innate ability to be happy healthy humans on all levels - emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

I hope you find something here that gets you inspired to try new things. It's always great to get your feedback too.  


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grow me well large(copy2)-383 This is the book I wrote together with my mother called Grow Me Well - Nutritional Know-how for Every Body. It's a great book for teaching children of all ages about why choosing and eating healthy food is so important for physical,mental and emotional well being. And on the flip side Grow Me Well also teaches the reader with the help of some really great drawings, why processed and junk food is so detrimental to our long term health. You can have a look inside the book here.
I'll be blogging about many of the topics we cover in Grow Me Well like balancing blood sugars naturally, using our 3 brains for increased intelligence and which of Mother nature's foods boost our energy and concentration. But if you can't wait until then you can always buy your own copy of Grow Me Well and improve your nutritional know-how now. Please let me know if you'd like your copy personally signed :-)


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Review: Two Spoons Café - Whangaparaoa

Written by Tamarin Pignéguy-Davies on June 21st, 2015.      0 comments

Two spoons are definitely better than one when it comes to dishing up the array of great food from Nigel & Trish Middleton’s Two Spoons Café. Recently opened at the top shops on Wade River Road, Two Spoons seamlessly slips into the Whangaparaoa food scene like it’s been there for years. The café is an extension of Trish and Nigel’s philosophy that good food needs to be shared, in this case from Monday to Friday 8am-3.30pm. And there is no middle ground here when it comes to sharing great food and service - real quality speaks for itself. 

Super Chef Nigel and Kitchen Handy Woman Claire

All the food is made from scratch in the café’s cozy commercial kitchen and Trish & Nigel have definitely perfected the art of gluten free baking!  If you’ve given up on ever eating anything enjoyable again that is gluten free do yourself a favour and try one of the berry friands, chocolate brownies or mini carrot cakes. You will not be disappointed and may even question if something that tastes this good really is gluten free.

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Cinnamon Brioche & Mini Carrot Cake
The Two Spoons food cabinet is full of vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dairy free, sugar free and gluten free options – but most importantly NOT flavour free. In fact, since discovering this little slice of nirvana nosh I have frequently found myself quite by accident at the Two Spoons counter trying to eat my way through the food cabinet all in the name of “nutritional research”! (Honestly the things I have to do for this blog!) On top of the food cabinet you will find secret traditional family recipes handed down through the generations in the form of savoury and sweet scones as well as the "world famous" in Whangaparaoa cinnamon brioche (warning: these do contain gluten and are highly addictive!).
Striving to use organic, seasonal and locally sourced produce gives this café a sense of belonging in its new commercial environment. From soups to salads, kombucha tea to coffee (organic Fairtrade of course), and friands to focaccia there is something here to suit all types of discerning taste buds. My personal favourite is the free-range pulled pork focaccia with jerk seasonings and slaw washed down with a chai tea. All hot drinks are served with your choice of organic cows milk, almond, soy, oat or rice milk. And if you're feeling adventurous give the cacao and cashew smoothie a try for an extra energy boost.

Two Spoons Food Cabinet 
Being kind on the environment is also high on Trish and Nigel’s agenda as they offer a discount on takeaway food if you bring in your own container or reusable coffee mug – saving you and the planet. Get along introduce yourself and get to discover your new favourite healthy food fix. Overall, Two spoons gets an enthusiastic two thumbs up from me. My only problem now is how to wait the weekend for a Monday morning cinnamon swirl fix? Any way you can put in a weekend vending machine for the newly addicted Trish & Nigel?

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