5 minutes with: the lady behind Loose Produce



Merry

1) What does Loose Produce mean to you? My second family, community and a wonderful learning curve

2) Product of the day? It’s too hard as we have so many great products. From a product perspective probably the Pukka Teas. From a food perspective either the new Paleo Zoodle recipe we’re in the process of trailing, Sarah’s sun dried tomato frittata or Ros’s pork and fennel sausage rolls. Although come to think of it Sarah’s Snickers Slice is life changing. So many tasty things, so little time.

3) My perfect day includes Yoga at South Perth Yoga Shala, coffee, sunshine, some form of pork (preferably bacon) and probably a glass of wine and Sarah’s Snickers Slice.

4) Cat or Dog? Well I have a dog but I don’t mind either.

5) Tea or coffee? Silly question – coffee or course!

6) Three words to describe Loose Produce – community, food and information.

7) Sometimes I wish I was a – millionaire so I could move the shop to the beach, live above it and travel the world looking for new products – hmmmm thinking that sounds a bit corny but I guess it’s the truth.

8) My favourite thing to cook is my mum’s lasagna recipe.

9) When I’m at work you can ask me about most things but if it’s a curly one I’ll always suggest talking to Nikki as there isn’t much she doesn’t know about food.

10) If i had a super power it would be to stop time. I just don’t seem to be able to find enough hours in the week to do yoga.

Plastic Free July



PFJ

Did you know that Plastic Free July is nearly here?

For those that don’t know, Plastic Free July is a month long challenge to go plastic free. Sounds easy right? Remember to take your reusable shopping bags right? Wrong. When I first stubbled across the challenge I thought it would be a piece of cake…little did I know. Plastic is all around us. Everywhere! And the more I tried to avoid it, the more I saw it. It’s startling once you begin looking for it.

Here are a couple of tips that helped me on my way:

  • Get organised! The Plastic Free July website has a whole bunch of amazing resources that you can learn from. Read over it. Ponder. Look stuff up.
  • Buy some glass containers. Yes they’re more expensive but they’ll last longer. And they’re glass. These are my faves.
  • Think of July as a social experiment. It is amazing the conversations that come out of it and the things you learn. Trying new products and exploring places in Perth I’d never been to was one of my favourite parts.
  • Can’t do a month? Sign up for a fortnight. Too much? Try a week. Have a go.

This is a great initiative and an awesome eye-opening challenge. We love the idea and during the whole month of July, we’d like to take 10% off your total bill when you bring in your own containers to fill up at Loose Produce. Whilst you’re at it, bring your own coffee cup from the 27th to the 31st of July and we’ll fill it up with our tasty coffee for just 2 bux!

Roasted tomato and bean soup



Soup

This soup is delicious and creamy without the dairy or fat of milk or coconut milk. It’s quite versatile so feel free to change the herbs.  If fresh tomatoes aren’t available you can use tinned. We use a combination of both for the café.

  • 1 kg of tomatoes quartered
  • 2 tins of white beans – you can use chic peas or cannellini – we use one of each
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of extra Virgin olive oil

Place all the ingredients in a baking dish along with 3 cups of water. Bake for 1 hour at 200 deg C. Towards the end you will need to keep an eye on the tomatoes. You want them to blacken on the tips a little. Once the tomatoes look nicely roasted remove from the oven. Blend along with a dash of fresh olive oil – you may need to add a little water.

Devour!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free

DIY Avocado Face Mask



Avocado

Winter is well and truly here but so is the dry skin. We tend to have hotter showers and hide our skin away from the sun in the cooler months so here is a tasty, moisture-filled mask for your face. Beauty and snacks. Multitasking 101.

Avocado Face Mask

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup uncooked oats
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Make yourself a cup of herbal Pukka tea and grab a book. We’re reading Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar at the moment. Set up your space/couch/hammock for a 20 minute “you” time.

Mash your avocado then combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Smear onto your face, taking care around your eyes.

Relax. Ahhhhhhh.
Take it to the next level with cucumber on the eyes lying down completely. Put your timer on for 20 minutes.

Rinse mask off with warm water and moisturise as normal.

Voila! Tasty, easy, cheap ingredient you can find in your pantry – if not, we have them in store!

5 minutes with Diane Cousins



Diane Cousins

1) Why yoga? Why not pilates/horse riding/mountain climbing?

Yoga was a gift given to me as a child, so I always felt most comfortable choosing yoga. Yoga has given me  structure and stability and has supported me through some very challenging times in my life.

2) When did you discover yoga?

My Mother took me along to her yoga when I was young, my Aunt taught yoga too, so when I was 13yrs I began to take yoga seriously and I would even teach my friends yoga.

3) The world seems to be a really fast place to live these days. How do you slow down? What are your 5 tips?

I have learned a lot from two amazing Women, on how to slow down and be more present.  Mary Swan (Yoga Teacher and Healer) and Dr Claudia Welch (Doctor of Oriental Medicine, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life.

5 Tips to Slowing down

-  a daily yoga practice, it grounds me and brings me into a space of presence.

-  a daily practice of breath work (pranayama) and meditation.

- trying to rest everyday, especially between the hours of 1-3pm. Understanding hormones and how they can support us and how they change in our bodies as we get older. I am continually teaching women to rest deeper than they ever thought, I am seeing women heal themselves when they learn to rest and look after themselves. It is a delight to walk this path with my students.

-  aiming to get to sleep around 9pm, tuning in more to nature and understanding the rhythms of the moon cycle, this can become a supportive process.

-  learning to do less, clean less, stress less, breathe less

4) What style of Yoga do you teach at Yoga Shala?

The yoga I teach is greatly influenced by Shadow Yoga which I have practiced and studied  since 1999. I found Shadow Yoga when I was in living in Adelaide.

5) What can people expect if they join your classes at the South Perth Yoga Shala?

When the subtle (energy body) and physical body begin to unblock, the body becomes lighter and internally warmer,  the mind feels that way too, lighter (not heavy and depressed) and the mind becomes still and present. The style of yoga that I teach supports this process, through the correct leg and foot work. Structure and stability is then established to support the body and the mind.

6) Three words that best describe you – Strong, honest and real.

7) How would you describe your perfect day?

Waking up early to do a yoga practice or teaching an early yoga class, chilling with my beautiful family with beautiful food and coffee, finding a great book to read on my bed for the afternoon and teaching a yoga class in the evening.

You can find South Perth Yoga Shala right next to Loose Produce and they’re also on Facebook. Like and share the love.

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