My Problogger Smack Down


Jo Anderson The Luminous Kitchen

Ok it’s confession time.… I have been living way too much up in my head and not truly leading with my heart. This weekend at Problogger I had a bit of a smack down from  some pretty amazing bloggers.

It can be so easy to get caught up in the online world and thinking that you have to show a certain side of yourself to gain a following, when what you really need is to show all of yourself : the good the bad AND the ugly because thats how we connect …

with REAL.


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Smokey Beetroot Dip

Smokey Beetroot Dip ~ The Luminous Kitchen

I love this smokey beetroot dip. It’s as easy to make as hummus ( just takes a little longer to roast the beetroots) and it’s great to keep in the fridge to have with carrot sticks or crackers in the afternoon when the 3 o’clock munchies hit.


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You Eat The Way You Live

Jo Anderson ~ The Luminous Kitchen


Geneen Roth is an American bestselling author and authority on compulsive eating. She believes that our relationship to food, money and love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain and scarcity we have ( or are allowed to have) in our lives.

She  says “You eat the way you live”

When I first heard her say it, this simple phrase took up residence in my head. It sashayed it’s way around trying to attach to memories of dark places, eating disorders and self hatred. It burrowed its way in deep and still I could not make sense of it.

Until finally I was able to unhook from my stories, detached from myself and take a good hard look under the hood that I had kept so brilliantly closed for so long and finally I understood what it meant for me.

When I live my life fully, follow the good, trust my heart, have faith, but detachment from all outcomes , I eat well. When I express my soul’s desires, I eat well. I eat to nourish and fuel myself because I am sustained by so much more.

I eat badly when I’m not living in alignment with my values and my beliefs, when I hunger for more from life, but allow fear to restrict and confine me, when I listen to the stories and ignore my calling. I eat badly when I don’t value myself.

This good or bad has nothing to do with what I am eating and everything to do with how I eat it.

I used to feel powerless like I was at the effect of life and not attracting the life I desired. Even when I thought I was creating life on my own terms I really wasn’t. I was locked into the WHEN and IF game.

“When I lose 5kg I will feel free, sexy, feminine” and  “I will be so good if I just have 3 green smoothies today”  The more I focussed out there the less in touch within I felt.

I thought the emptiness could be filled with food so I used it, like a drug, to numb the feeling and to dim my light. I used food when I wanted to escape, to leave my body, to be living a different life.

There was no pleasure in eating. I didn’t know how to savor the crisp bite of a tart apple or revel in the silkiness of just one piece of chocolate melting over my tongue. I didn’t taste food because I used it to leave the present moment, to escape for just a nanosecond.

When I wasn’t using food to escape, I devised so many rules around how I was allowed to eat that there was no room left for enjoyment.

I didn’t recognize that what I really hungered for was connection, adventure, freedom, creative release and meaningful work. Once I did I set out discovering how to bring those into my life and the most magical things began to unfold.

Today I make it a conscious, daily effort to savor and enjoy food and to not use it. I eat healthy good food most of the time, but not always …do I get it right every day?  Absolutely not, but I try and that for me is eating well.

I don’t think we take enough time to focus and direct our light within these days. We watch contrived snapshots of peoples lives on Instagram and hunger for more from our own, yet because we are so disconnected and out of touch we can’t distinguish between real hunger and wanting more from life.

So open your heart wide and fully.. listen to that whisper within because it’s gentle tugging is pulling you in the direction of your wildest dreams. Stop the sabotage, stop the numbing. Embrace nourishment of your soul, of your body and of this one precious life.

You eat the way you live… You eat the way you feel about yourself.

It is a way of being first and doing second…. a journey with no destination. This is about living your life now, in this moment and loving it because you choose to.

So tell me, because I would love to connect over this topic,  how does the way you eat reflect in your life?

The Luminous Kitchen Wins an Award Woohoo


The Luminous Kitchen has won it’s first award thanks to Ness from Thank you so much for the nomination darling.

The Liebster Blog Award recognizes bloggers that have a growing audience and winning it requires me to do the following




// Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated me

Vanessa (Ness) Vickery from is a Nutritionist and soon to be Life and Wellness Coach. I am so inspired by Ness’s story and the gentle reminder that what we choose to fill our plates and bodies with has such a profound impact on our entire lives. I just love Ness’s healthy, down to earth recipes so make sure you check out her site for real food inspiration and get her gorgeous new free ebook, Healthy Dinner Eats. Thank you so much again Ness for nominating The Luminous Kitchen.//Answer 10 questions given to me by my nominator


//Nominate another 10 bloggers for the award

My nominees are

1. Vienda from

2. Meg from

3. Tegan from

4. Em from

5. Karla from

6. Renee from

7. Tara from

8. Carly from

9. Bec from

10. Claire from

//Create 10 questions for them to answer:

1. If you were to have a band what would you call it?

2. If you could learn any language instantly what would it be?

3. If you could pick another career other than the one you are pursuing what would it be?

4. What is one little known, strange fact about you?

5. If you could visit any country which one would it be?

6. If you could donate $10 000 to charity which charity would you pick?

7. If you could create one thing what would it be?

8. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?

9. What does your ideal day look like?

10. What is one piece of advice you can offer to someone wanting to start a blog?

//Notify my nominees

//Get an award button and display it proudly

Here are the questions Ness asked me:

1. What inspired you to start your blog?

I worked as a self taught cook on yacht for most of my 20′s, but when we moved to Australia I knew I didn’t want to work in a restaurant kitchen. I had always drooled over beautifully styled foodie pics on Pinterest, but I let that voice in my head tell me I could never do that. When Corey and I started our health food biz, FoodActually, I wanted to take some photos of our products. A local in the coffee shop I was working in gave me a dslr camera and started to play and have fun with it, learning as I went. When I started taking a decent photo I wanted to find a way to share my recipes and photos with people. I also wanted to inspire people to take back their kitchens and showcase that cooking real food doesn’t have to be boring, tedious or tasteless.

2. Do you prefer beach or snow?

Coming from South Africa I haven’t spent much time in the snow besides a trip to Austria in 2012. I thought I would be so much better at snowboarding than I actually was. Picture it… me holding onto the face of a very icy, steep slope that Corey had convinced me to go down.. clinging to it face on like a crab and crying because I was convinced I would be stuck there forever all the while mini euro kiddies are flying passed me on skies. So I think its safe to say I’m more of a beach girl.

3. What is your favorite band/artist?

Ben Howard. LOVE

4. What skill would you like to learn?

I love that we live in a world where you can teach yourself how to do just about anything with the help of the internet and Youtube tutorials. Although it’s not my style of cooking I would love to learn some Heston techniques in the kitchen.

5. Where was the last place you travelled to?

The past year and a half have been all about grounding for me. Moving to Australia after years traveling on yachts I have needed to be in one place and embrace being all here even when my itchy feet have made me want to fly. So it was a while ago now but the last place I travelled to was the Maldives on honeymoon. Pure paradise.

6. What do you do to pamper yourself?

I love to exfoliate and dry brush and then smother my entire body in coconut oil

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Early bird all the way. I wake up at 5.30 on Sundays … who does that? Its not on purpose by the way.

8. Who is your idol?

Hmm I have a few in different areas. Food Photography.. Katie Quinn Davies. I ADORE her work. Jamie Oliver… for his passion and the work he does in educating people about real food. I love me some Tony Robbins… the man is made of passion and purpose. Turia Pitt… for her fighting spirit.

9. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Camping all over Africa with my mom, dad and 3 sisters. African sunsets, close encounters with wildlife, endless fights in the back of the combi, the vile taste of malaria tablets and the sweet smell of campfires.

10. What is your favorite quote or affirmation?

“Everyone has oceans to fly if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries.” ~ Amelia Earhart.

Italian Buckwheat Salad


Italian Buckwheat Salad

If you follow me on Instgram you’ll know that about two weeks ago I attempted Katie Quinn Davies’s Apple, Ginger and Blueberry Pie. Now hers looks like a pie you want eat with your hands and by the fistful, my gosh it is beautiful and mine… well … have you seen those Pinterest Fails?… that’s how mine turned out.

Pastry is just not my strong suit.

I tried another recipe from her gorgeous cookbook, the Fregola Salad and it was so delicious, but fregola is a type of pasta, much like Israeli couscous and made with wheat flour so in order to make it a gluten free dish I thought I would try it with buckwheat and it worked beautifully.

A little while back I did a post on How To Make Preserved Lemons and I have had loads of emails from you wanting to know how to use them. I guess I totally took it for granted  because I eat them with everything from salads to smoked salmon to straight out the jar…. is your face twisted up right now thinking about the sourness? I just love them and this salad is a perfect way to enjoy preserved lemons. Another way is in a beautiful risotto.

If you don’t have preserved lemons on hand you can add some lemon zest and a bit more lemon juice to bump up the lemon flavor.

Corey and I ended up eating it for lunch, dinner and then lunch again just adding in some ingredients to change it up. We added sun dried tomatoes for one meal and sautéed butternut for another.

Italian Buckwheat Salad ~ The Luminous Kitchen

Italian Buckwheat Salad
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • 1.5 cups buckwheat
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • olive oil
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup almond slivers, toasted
  • 5 rashers streaky bacon or pancetta
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 preserved lemon
  • ½ cucumber de-seeded and finely diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • 1 handful Italian flatleaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1 handful mint leaves torn
  • 80g feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oven to 190C
  2. Saute the onions in a little bit of olive oil in large, deep frying pan until tender, then add the buckwheat and allow to toast slightly in the pan for 1-2 minutes, all the while giving it a good stir.
  3. Add the stock, cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stiring now and again.
  4. Meanwhile line a baking dish with foil and lay out the bacon on one side and the cherry tomatoes on the other. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. The cherry tomatoes may need to be removed before the bacon and set aside. You want the bacon to be nice and crispy.
  5. Once the bacon is done, remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly and chop into small pieces.
  6. Check on the buckwheat, you may need to add a little more water while it cooks for another 8 minutes. You want it to be slightly undercooked because buckwheat tends to become mushy when over cooked. Once all the liquid is absorbed and the buckwheat still has a very slight crunch to it, it is ready. Set aside to cool.
  7. While the buckwheat is cooling bring a small pot of water to the boil. Add the peas and allow to cook for 3 minutes then remove them from the heat, strain the hot water and place some ice cubes over them so the cooking process is stopped. (The peas retain their vibrant green color this way.
  8. When the buckwheat is cooler drizzle some olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon over and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix .
  10. Serve along side a summer BBQ as a fresh and flavor packed side or enjoy on its own.


Want to start blogging? Here’s How


In March this year I did a blogging course called Bright Eyed and Blog Hearted created by Rachel MacDonald, a big hearted blogging coach with a stellar blog and a background in PR.

I had followed Rachel’s work for a while and knew I was in for something spectacular. Little did I know just how incredibly valuable the course would be. In true Rachel style she massively over delivered, far exceeding expectations. Think a step by step guide of how to become a successful blogger.

Want to do something you love, connect with people all over the world, be location independent and make money from blogging? The dream? Well Bright Eyed and Blog Hearted is just the ticket.

My traffic has increased exponentially since doing the course despite posting less frequently and I have a community now of people who not only read my blog, but engage with my work. After all why do we blog in the first place?…. to connect. I have also had agencies contacting me to advertise on my site ( something I am not doing at this stage yet) Since creating my work with me page I have been flat out with lifestyle shoots and food styling jobs – all recommendations from Bloghearted girls.

If you have a business in 2014 you cannot afford not to have a blog – a place where potential customers can engage with you and get to know you a bit more.. what you stand for, what’s important to you, learn how much they are valued.

Besides the mind blowing content what I found to be of such incredible value was the Bloghearted facebook group. Think 300+ ( more now) likeminded, positive people ready to support and cheer each other on. I have made so many friends online and in person through our regular local meet ups.

It is priceless.

Some of the Gold Coast Bloghearts catching up over spelt pizzas and ginger kombucha

Some of the Gold Coast Bloghearts catching up over spelt pizzas and ginger kombucha










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The course in 8 weeks long and it is all done  online. You can go at your own pace and because you gain access for life, you can go back and do it over and over again. ( I am doing it again this time around)
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I can’t wait to start this journey again with you.