If you have dived into my Winter Cleanse then you will most likely be well aware of the absolutely stunning images that Jo has brought to the table. Not only can this lady create an excellent recipe, but WOW can she sure photograph it!
Like the rest of my contributors, Jo has a heart of gold and a sweetness to match. I have already tempted myself to visit her up on the Gold Coast!
The Universe sure likes to draw people into my world who reflect my holistic health values. I love Jo’s comment about WHAT you eat not being as important as HOW you eat. I see such wisdom in this. Thank you Jo for being a star XO
What sparked your foodie passion?
I decided from a very early age that cooking must be my “talent” and I have always loved preparing beautiful meals for those I love. Cooking is my love language, but it wasn’t until I worked as an chef on private yachts in the Mediterranean that my love affair with real food truly began.
I fell in love with the way European cultures revere cooking as an art and a ritual and how it is intrinsically interwoven into the culture of societies and bringing people and families together.
I began to see food differently, with a far greater appreciation and a sense of wonder for Mother Nature. From the carrots in the market with the earth still on them to the way the cherries tasted in the hight of summer , it was a completely different experience of food than I had ever had before.
What is your food philosophy?
As much as I love to nourish myself with real, wholefoods, I also think we bring a lot of stress to food. I believe its not so much about what you eat but how you eat it that really matters. After many years of disordered eating this is something I observe in myself every day.
If I am going to eat a piece of chocolate cake I do so mindfully, tasting and savouring every bite, but if I bring guilt to the table or eat it while I distract myself with TV, your iphone or even a book then its not worth it. I also believe we have to choose organic where we can for the sake of our health, the health of the planet and future generations to come.
How do you see the season of Winter reflected in your body + mind + soul?
For me winter is a time of retreat, withdrawal and reflection. You can see that reflected on the streets of Melbourne in mid winter .. people retract right into themselves.
Body – I love to exercise in winter whether it’s a run in the crisp fresh morning air or a yoga class in a cosy heated studio. Mind– Reading inspiring books cuddled up in bed and Soul – I find I’m a lot less social in winter and I have more time to focus on myself.
How do you bring yourself back into Pure Presence?
I find just taking a moment in the day to breathe into my center can be enough to take me out of my head and into my heart and the present moment. I also find that meal times can be one of the best ways to bring yourself back to pure presence.
To be present with a nourishing meal that has been prepared with love and really taste it is sometimes a challenge. It is something that I work on every day because food is so often something we use to escape the present moment and to leave our bodies.
What Winter recipe do you have to share with us?
Thai soup. Because there is nothing better in winter than a warming soup and this soup has a spicy kick that warms you up from deep within.
Thai Soup ( Serves 4)
You Will Need
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 tsp coconut oil
500 ml vegetable stock
½ red chilli, roughly chopped
1 knob ginger, chopped
1 handful coriander
1 can coconut milk
Lightly saute the onion, garlic, celery and carrots.
Add the vegetable stock , chilli and ginger then bring to a simmer.
Once the carrots are soft add the coconut milk
Blend the soup using a blender or stick blender. Add fresh coriander at the end, reserving a little to garnish with. Blend once more and serve.
You can visit beautiful Jo HERE.