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Ramblings & recipes from around the billabong

Our Food Philosophy

We believe that good nutrition is one of the foundations of good health and longevity and that it should not be complicated. We serve wholefoods, as nature produced them, free from artificial pesticides, chemicals and antibiotics. We serve vegetarian food not because... read more

Our Pillars of Health, Wellness, Longevity & Joy

1. Eat Well Eat the right foods. Look after your gut biome. No processed foods – just eat real food and slowly so it can be digested properly. No antibiotics if at all possible. Lots of natural probiotics. Minimise or avoid alcohol and caffeine. Avoid anything with... read more

Life After a Retreat – What Now?

How many of you have been on a retreat, especially a Yoga retreat, experienced breakthroughs, learnt skills and come out revitalised and inspired to learn and practice ‘on the outside’? In reality, this often proves more challenging than that first day you go back... read more

What is Yoga?

By Paul von Bergen Yoga is an ancient guide to bringing joy and contentment to human beings. It originates from the Vedas, one of the earliest sources of human wisdom that is over four thousand years old and was chanted from generation to generation before the written... read more

What Is Mindfulness?

By Paul von Bergen Mindfulness is quite simply the biggest revolution in health and wellness but not because it is new, it is not. The concepts and ideas of mindfulness have been around for thousands of years. It is because the concept of mindfulness has captured the... read more

Archie’s Raspberry & Coconut Cake

This is Archie’s first contribution to the Billabong recipes! Ingredients 3 eggs 3 cups desiccated coconut 1 cup almond meal 100g butter 1 cup rice mil 1/2 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup coconut oil tablespoon vanilla essence table spoon bicarb tablespoon beetroot... read more

Spiced Chai

“This spiced-chai is made out of using the poaching liquid for the spiced-stewed apples I serve on Sunday breakfast. It’s a very warming drink, perfect for the winter season. Doing it this way we don’t waste any of the liquid goodness by throwing the liquid out after... read more

Creamy Sweet Potato Dahl

GF, DF, NF, VEGAN I love this recipe in winter, it’s warming both in spice and heat, nurturing and just tastes wonderful. The sweet potato gives this dish such a lovely texture as well as adding a delicious sweetness. Enjoy! Serves 5-6 Ingredients 1 cup split red... read more

Winter Pumpkin and Chicken soup  

Why not combine our two favourite winter soups to create one delicious soup. Inspired by trying to please everyone at meal times I did just that. This recipe uses a whole chicken and creates a large batch of soup to freeze. Halve the recipe if you only want to feed... read more

Delicious Fudge

A delicious and easy healthy alternative for afternoon tea for the kids or a pick me up for yourself. With the addition of protein rich nuts and energizing coconut oil you don’t have to feel guilty. Ingredients ½ cup of liquid coconut oil, 1 tbsp cacao powder 1 cup of... read more

Raspberry Choc Coconut Spelt Slice

Great for school lunches or an afternoon snack or with tea for you and friends. Ingredients ½ cup dessicated coconut 1 cup spelt flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup melted coconut oil 3 tblsps rice syrup or honey 3 organic eggs ½ cup almond milk or milk of your... read more

Pumpkin Soup

GF, DF, NF, SF, GRF, VEGAN Anti-inflammatory through the addition of ginger and turmeric, this soup is truly warming and satisfying. Serves 5-6 Ingredients 1.2 kg pumpkin (such as Jap), peeled and diced 300 g sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 medium brown onion,... read more

Dear Body

By Charlotte Thaarup-Owen We protect what we fall in love with– fall in love with your dear body. Sometimes I think that the relationship we have with our body is like a veil that stops us from stepping fully into life due to feelings of shame and ‘not good enough’.... read more

Lemon Avocado Pudding

This is such a fresh, light and delicious dessert. It’s quick to make and will delight your guests every time! GF, DF, NF, GRF, VEGAN Serves 3-4 Ingredients 3 large ripe avocados Juice of 1-2 lemons (depending on taste) 1/3 cup raw honey (or to taste) 2 cups coconut... read more

How to Make New Year Intentions Stick

It’s that time of the year where new resolutions and intentions are set, but how do we actually make them stick? Here are some quick and easy tips. Limit how many resolutions you have to three (If you accomplish them early, then add more) Work out how you’ll deal with... read more

Chocolate Sesame Cookies

This is a great go-to recipe for when a serious cookie is required. The sesame and chocolate combination is just lovely and the texture is solid, which for me is just perfect. GF, DF, VEGAN Makes 10-12 cookies Ingredients 1 cup sesame seeds 1 cup almond meal ½ cup... read more

Parsley Tahini Dressing

Creamy and divine, this dressing has been a crowd pleaser since its creation many years ago. Serve it on roast vegetables, as a dip or as a creamy sauce on dairy-free pizza. GF, DF, NF, SF, GRF, VEGAN Makes approximately 2 cups Ingredients 1 cup hulled tahini Juice of... read more

Top tips for practising mindfulness 

By Paul von Bergen Anchor each day with a meditation, however small Be forgiving with yourself & your mind first Sprinkle your day with short minute meditations Identify stress triggers and watch out for them Notice repetitive patterns of thought Tail each day... read more

Choc-banana Cake

This delicious gluten and dairy free cake is so easy to make and great with strawberries piled on top for any special day. ingredients 3 cups blanched almond meal ½ teaspoon bi carb 3 medium size black bananas 4 organic eggs 2 tspns vanilla tspn of cinnamon ½ cup of... read more

Massaged Kale and Carrot Salad

This delicious kale salad recipe is perfect for first time kale cooks and experienced kale lovers, a simple yet tasty combination we be sure to have yourself and your guests going back for more. Ingredients 1 medium bunch kale – stalks removed and shredded or... read more

Kale and Broccoli Soup  

This soup is delicious, alkalising and ever so simple to make plus, with the addition of the unpastuerised paste at the end, the soup includes beneficial bacteria. Serves 4-5 Ingredients 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 1 tbsp ghee or extra virgin coconut oil 1 clove... read more

Golden Milk

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also known for it’s benefits to liver function, digestion, immune function and even protection from cancer. It’s great to put in curries, soups and fresh juices,... read more

How to do Mantra Meditation

A mantra is a word or sound repeated to help in concentration and meditation. The yogic mantra Soham (Pronounced as So’ Hum) translates to I am that” (so = “I am” and hum = “that”). To practice this begin by bringing your attention to the rhythm of your breath,... read more

Flourless orange and chia seed cake 

So easy and delicious especially with some local or organic oranges. A healthy gluten free version on the old orange and poppyseed cake rich in good fats, fibre and protein. Ingredients: 3 organic eggs ½ cup of cold pressed olive or macadamia oil juice of 2 oranges... read more

Blueberry Chia Porridge

Serves 2 Ingredients 1/3 cup chia seeds 1 ½ cups almond milk or coconut milk (or a mix of coconut rice milk) ½ cup coconut cream (check the label when purchasing) to ensure there are no preservatives) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries Pinch of... read more

Lemon & Spice Carrot Soup

Serves 3-4 This is a wonderfully spiced soup that will definitely raise the temperature of the bodies delighting in it. Ingredients 550g carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 1 brown onion, roughly chopped 1 tbsp ghee or extra virgin coconut oil for cooking 1 ½ tsp... read more

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Gluten free, Nut free, Vegan Blender required (Serves 6) A surprisingly decadent taste and texture, this is a long-standing crowd pleaser. Enjoy it as a simple chocolate mousse or as a soft vegan icing. Ingredients 2 ripe small/medium avocados ¾ cup real maple syrup 1... read more

The New Year: Are we evolving?

For many of us, the start of a new year usually marks the beginning of a new cycle. It is often a time of reflection on the various events that have happened in the prior year, what we have achieved or not, and the setting for new resolutions based on what we would... read more

Celebration Chocolate Beetroot Cake

This is a seriously delicious and earthy chocolate cake. This recipe has been used for many a wedding, engagement party, birthday or baby shower and is a perfect treat for Christmas! it never fails to impress. Ingredients: 3 medium beetroots 2 cups brown rice flour ½... read more

Easy Lemon Curd Cheese Cake

This scrumptious creamy cake is high in healthy fats and virtually fructose free. It is Gluten and grain free too. Its super easy and looks really special too You will need 1 x 12 inch spring form cake tin lined with baking paper Base 2 ½ cups almond meal ¾... read more

Pumpkin Frittata

Serves: 4 Time to make: 40 mins Ingredients: ½ a pumpkin 1 red capsicum 2 cups chopped spinach 5 eggs 150g cottage cheese salt and pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C. Have a large baking dish ready, lightly greased. Dice pumpkin into little squares. Place... read more

Beetroot Salad

A Super simple salad! Ingredients: 2-3 Beetroots 2 Stocks of Spring onion Dressing: 250 ml Apple Cider Vinegar 250ml Olive Oil 2 table spoons Honey Mix the Apple cider vinegar, olive oil and honey in a 500ml glass bottle. Shake well. Keep in fridge for later use.... read more

Spicy Pumpkin & Apple Cake

Ingredients:     4 eggs (free range)     2/3 cup of olive oil     ½ cup of honey (to taste, can add a little more)     3 cups spelt flour     1tsp bicarbonate     1tsp baking powder     2tsp ginger powder     2tsp cinnamon     ½ nutmeg     1 ½ – 2 cups grated... read more

Big Fat Lies by David Gillespie

By Paul von Bergen There is a lot of confusion out there at the moment about what exactly is causing the high rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes that we are seeing particularly in the Western world. Certainly the trend over the past fifty years of... read more

Apricot, Coconut & Almond Meal Bliss Balls

Makes around 15 Bliss Balls are such a wonderful treat and super-food snack. You can put almost anything in them, nuts seeds, dried fruit, peppermint or orange oils! And it’s so easy too. 2 cups almond meal 200 g of dried apricots (soak over night) 11/2 cups... read more

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

with Coconut, Vanilla, Honey. Dairy, Wheat & Gluten Free.  Recipe: Makes at least 68 mini muffins. Ingredients: 4 Bananas 100grams of Desiccated Coconut 3 table spoons of Honey 1 table spoon of Vanilla Extract ½ cup of Almond Milk (room temperature) 3 Eggs (room... read more

Biology of Belief

By Paul von Bergen We have been fans of Bruce Lipton for a while now and the more we read and absorb, the more obvious and simple his teachings become. His core statement is that our thoughts affect our genes. We think thoughts which create emotional chemicals that... read more

Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

(courtesy of the Merrymaker Sisters ) We have forever been searching for the perfect paleo cookies. Several faileos (too hard, tastes like cardboard, crumbles + falls apart = gross) later, here it is! Our (to date) favourite paleo cookies! We like ours soft + chewy... read more

Raw Gluten free muesli

Ingredients ½ cups sesame seeds  ground ½ cups linseeds ground 1/2cups sunflower seeds not ground ½ cups almonds, raw or baked ½ cups of coconut flakes or shredded.  (optional) ½ cups pepitas ½ bag brown rice puffs 2-3 tblsp  cinnamon Combine all ingredients well,... read more

Black Sticky Rice and Spinach Pie

Serves 4-5 125 gram cup brown rice 75gram black rice 1 x lg cottage cheese 1/8 small block cheddar 1-2 pkts chopped spinach, Seasoning 2 sheets filo Black sesame seeds Veg stock 1 onions 1 cloves garlic Basil 1 teaspoons Dill 1 teaspoons Nutmeg 1 teaspoons Tamari... read more

Billabong Vegetable Curry

Serves four This is a really simple delicious curry, you can use whatever veg you like, I love sweet potato as it thickens and sweetens the curry adding loads of fibre without being too starchy 1 tblspn of ghee or coconut oil 1 large onion 2 garlic cloves 2 tsp of... read more

Gluten Free Buckwheat  Pancakes

(makes about 16 pancakes) Tory has made these pancakes for years with just the buckwheat flour, they are delicious and so easy. The rule of thumb with pancakes is often the first one is not so good, so don’t worry, the rest will be great. The flax seeds add fibre and... read more

Daddy’s Special Eggy Breakfast

(serves two adults and 3 kids) 10-12 organic eggs clump broccoli 1 x cob sweet corn 1 x carrot  any other veg you desire This is so easy and the kids love it with all it’s different and bright colours. Appearance is a big thing when getting kids to eat vegetables! Mix... read more

Billabong Toasted Granola

Makes a medium sized jar or store in a plastic container in the fridge. 3 cups of mixed rolled grains, oats, barley, rye, amaranth, quinoa…or simply just oats. ½ cup chopped almonds 1 cup sesame seeds ½ cup pepitas ½ cup sunflower seeds 1 cup spelt flour 2-4 tbl... read more

Creamy Breakfast Porridge

Serves 6 Ingredients     1 ½ cups of oats (oat flakes)     400ml can of coconut cream     3 cups of water     Honey     Vanilla pods Instructions: Soak oats overnight. Combine oats, coconut milk and water in a saucepan or pot. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and... read more

Stewed Organic Pears

Serves four 4 organic pears 2 tablespoons honey cinnamon stick star anise ginger cardamom   Peel the pears then add the spices and pears to a pan of water. Cook for about 30-45 minutes.   Remove the pears then reduce the syrup to a thickness of your choosing... read more

Organics at Billabong Retreat

The Billabong Kitchen and recipes were inspired by the personal  health issues of owner Tory, who undertook vigorous research and experimentation to bring herself back to perfect health, as well as understanding that the journey continues as we change and grow, ebb... read more

Red Kidney Bean Stew

Serves 16 5 lrg onions 4 tblsp olive oil 4 sm cans chopped tomato 1kg red kidney beans, black eyed beans and cannelloni beans Season 3 tblsp of tomato paste Paprika 1 teaspoon Barley soaked   2 cups Carrots  1kg Veg stock 11/2 litre Lemon zest and juice of one lemon... read more

Haz’s Coconut Dahl

1 tblsp ghee 2 cups Red lentils soaked over night 1 garlic cloves small Knob ginger grated 500mls veg stock (herbamare is good) ½ can Coconut cream Lemon juice  Fresh coriander leaves In a heavy based pot gentle fry ginger and garlic in ghee until soft.  Add half the... read more

Healing from Cancer

My Understanding During the time I was having chemotherapy, I attended a local movie premiere of Sex In The City. The evening was a fundraiser for breast cancer. Given the nature of the movie, the cinema was naturally full of women with the odd token male. As I looked... read more

Free Guided Meditation

By Paul von Bergen A counting meditation is designed to improve your ability to hold the mind steady, without wandering. Listen to our guided counting meditation here taken from our mindfulness training... read more

Rainbow salad

Serves 4-6 ¼ white cabbage or Chinese cabbage shredded finely Half a purple cabbage shredded finely Half Celery chopped quite finely 1 carrot sliced finely 3 Green apples chopped in small squares Black or white sesame seeds 2 or 3 Red yellow or green capsicum A... read more

Coconut Cacao Brittle WOW!

Ingredients 1/3 cup coconut oil  2-3 heaped tblspns raw cacao powder 50gms cacao butter (loving earth brand) Coconut sugar (it’s like brown sugar but much better for you)  Stevia powder and drops (only a tiny amount is needed, add more if u want a sweeter version)... read more

Lotus Dreaming Poem by Tory

Arriving, perfect timing. Late, fate hesitate Coming here to mediate Quiet night, dream inside others moving different tides. Sitting breathing frogs I’m hearing, listening and learning ancient dreaming Outside stillness inside stirring New ways to be, I am learning... read more

Billabong Supercharged Alkalizing Tonic

…for one person We recommend everyone to regularly drink apple cider vinegar ( the good organic stuff with the mother still intact) Anecdotal evidence indicates that ACV relieves joint pain, headaches, arthritis, headaches, fatigue and more.  It is highly alkaline and... read more

 Back to our roots.  Wise traditions.

With so much conflicting information around about diet and what to eat or not to eat it is best to try to ignore or not take to seriously information in the media. Simply ask yourself. “Would my ancestors have  eaten this food” If not..leave it where you found it, it... read more

Raw cacao and almond meal bliss balls

…makes around 15 Bliss Balls are such a wonderful treat and super-food snack. You can put almost anything in them, nuts seeds, dried fruit, peppermint or orange oils! So so easy too. 2 cups almond meal 2 -3 heaped tblspns raw cacao 1 ½ cups pitted dates 11/2 cups... read more

What is Mindfulness?

By Paul von Bergen Inspired by John Kabat Zinn If you were part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra you would not dream of using your instrument without tuning it first yet. The mind is our instrument of running our life yet most of us don’t spend even a moment of... read more

Practice Makes Perfect

By Paul von Bergen We have all heard this phrase a million times and know it to be true. It is a simple concept that us humans are able to grasp. We know for instance that if we practice a sport we will get better at it, if we practice the piano our skills will... read more

Tory’s Gluten Free Muffins – Yum

Delicious almond, currant and carrot muffins – makes about 10. 3 organic eggs ½ cup olive oil 1/3 cup mapel syrup 1 tspn vanilla 2 tspns cinnamon powder 1tsp baking powder 1tsp baking soda 1 cup of almond meal 1 cup brown rice flour 1/3cup LSA. or any ground... read more

 Billabong Original OMG chocolate sauce

The yummiest healthiest quickest chocolate sauce in the world! Half a can of organic coconut cream (powder can also be used) 1/3 cup of raw organic cocoa or cacao, more can be added for a darker thicker sauce 1/3 cup of maple syrup, rice syrup,  ½ teaspoon of stevia... read more

Magnesium, the Miracle Mineral

Tory has just finished reading ‘Magnesium, the Miracle Mineral, by Sandra Cabot Reading this opened my eyes to the incredible healing powers of magnesium. Most of us are aware of magnesium as a mineral to assist with muscle cramps and heart health. I am surprised to... read more

Nut roast w gravy

Serves 6 2 tomatoes chopped ½ cup spelt bread crumbs 2 onions 2 cups raw unsalted cashew nuts 3 cloves garlic 2 eggs Dried Italian herbs (oregano, basil ) 1 cup any grated veges (kumera, pumpkin, zucchini) Olive oil (cold pressed) ½ cup grated cheese (optional) In a... read more

Reuse Water Bottles

Why yogis should use reusable water bottles. Yoga comes from the root Sanskrit word for yoke, which means to connect. This means connecting the different aspects of your being; your mind, body and spirit and connecting with your own nature, the nature of other people... read more

Miso with Asian veg, Japanese omelette and brown rice 

Serves 6 2 tblspoons of miso paste (fresh or packet) 200gms brown rice (pre cook) 3 tblsp sesame oil 1large bunch Asian greens tamari Splash of Mirin 2 eggs (Tamari roasted) sesame and sunflower seeds Veg stock 1 bunch coriander for garnish 1 small sized root grated... read more

Tory’s Veggie Stack with Nut Mince

For sixteen – divide for less! Baked Seasonal Vegetables  1 whole Pumpkin  3 eggplants Eggplant  3 medium Sweet potato  4-5 Zucchini  2 kgs Rocket  5 large tomato Nut mince for sprinkles 4 Onions 4 cloves Garlic 11/2 cups of any nuts, use at least 2 types like... read more

Tory’s Thai Pumpkin Soup

Serves 6 1 whole med pumpkin…make sure they are ripe (jap, butternut and qld blue can be used also depending on sweetness and availability) 1 sweet potato 1 med onion diced 300mls veg stock (herbamare) maybe need more, add gradually 2 garlic cloves Seasoning Nutmeg... read more

A Beautiful Thing…

What a beautiful gift. From one human to another. The gift of life. Just watched the last ten minutes of a SBS documentary with Caroline Quentin, Passage Through India. It featured an incredible place where babies are brought into this world in a safe and loving... read more

City Life

By Paul von Bergen Why is it that when we have all this space in the world, most of us like to cram in together in cities. Is it just because of work opportunities? Is it because of the arts? Do we think we will miss out on something otherwise? Perhaps we get a buzz... read more

Breathing Meditation Made Easy

By Paul von Bergen Breathing is such an under-rated skill in the West. Our obsession is all about the heart, and exercising to get it to beat fast in the bizarre hope that is all we will need to do to stay healthy. We are so dumb sometimes. Breathing is what gives us... read more

Indigenous Wisdom

By Paul von Bergen If you have read the article on perspective, then you will realize that the amount of time that Europeans have been in Australia is miniscule compared to the time that indigenous people have. About 250 years versus 40,000 years – 0.00625% of the... read more

What is The Meaning of Life?

By Paul von Bergen Many people have many different opinions on this, most of us simply don’t have a clue, some of us don’t think  there is one and too many of us seem to thing that it is to collect as many material possessions as possible. The meaning of life is easy... read more

Great Images

Great images taken as stills of the ABC TV footage – hope it looks this good on TV later in the year (Making Couples Happy – date of airing TBC) read more
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