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Thursday, May 30, 2013

raw recipe for stuffed tomato with sunflower pate

If You have  come to have dinner with us in April, this is one of our entree dish.  Simple but effective, great for entertaining too.

Stuffed tomato with sunflower pate

4 round tomatoes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
sunflower pate
1 cup sunflower seeds,
soaked over night (can be
sprouted )
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley,
1 tsp tamari, or coconut
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

slice tops off tomatoes. Reserve tops. Scoop out tomato flesh and seeds, being careful not
to break tomato shells. Marinate the shells in balsamic vinegar (I like coconut vinegar,
balsamic style) for a couple of hours. Dehydrated for about 2 hours until tomatoes just start to soften.

Meanwhile make a stuffing
drain and rinse soaked sunflower seeds. Place the seeds in food processor along with
other ingredients and process until it becomes pate consistency. It should still be chunky.
when the tomatoes are ready, Fill each tomato with the sunflower mixture. Dehydrate for
another 2-3 hours until the stuffing has a little crust on top.
Serve with your favourite salad and maybe a drop of green pesto.

Monday, May 27, 2013

June dinner menu

June dinner menu

first course $12
Mediterranean cheese slice filled with Mt zero olives and semi dried tomatoes
Creamy butternut pumpkin and ginger soup served warm with walnut and pine nut crisps

Second course $20
Two colour ravioli filled with cashew ricotta, served with pear and black pepper sauce
soft butternut pumpkin risotto served with curry spiced vegetable sauce and apple and mustard

Side salad $9
Leafy greens with spirilised vegetables and black sesame ranch dressing
Silverbeet and cabbage salad with sweet and spicy beetroot dressing

Dessert $10
hazelnut and chocolate layer cake with brigadeiro filling
pomegranate and guava cheesecake served with coconut brittle

or $46 for three course meal with a side salad

warm drinks
herbal tea $3.00
tonic tea $3.50
herbal coffee - ask for different flavours $3.50 (.50 c extra for our freshly made almond milk)
these below are warmed in vitamix only $5.00
warm cacao
warm chai
warm latte (with herbal coffee/no caffeine)
warm mocha

the first winter menu. 
Please note that we decided not to take any bookings. Please arrive between 6pm and 8pm.
If you are organising a group and would like to make a booking please contact us and we will see what we can do for you.

delighted to have you at the cafe soon
yoko xxx

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


cupuacu our next top superfood
have you already heard of this fruit?
You are not alone if you have never heard this
incredible superfood. when I discovered this a
while back I was so excited. many superfoods
we have can be quite challenging to our
tastebuds. Many bitter or sour taste that can be
hard to get used to. Cupuacu is NOT one of
them. I would describe it as a mix of pineapple
and banana. this unique fruit can be used in
smoothies and other desserts. I have used this
many times in our cakes, tarts and makes a
beautiful sweet coconut cream and ice cream
It is a tree that grows in south america and
belongs to the cacao family. It has been used by
indigenous peoples for centuries.

Cupuacu is extremely nutrient-dense. It is
often compared to the popular acai berry,
cupuacu has more nutrients per grams than the
berries do.
the primary beneficial ingredient is
“phytonutrient polyphenols”, theograndins
In addition, cupuacu is packed with vitamin B1,
B2, B3, both fatty and amino acids and at least
nine antioxidants. other nutrients including
calcium, selenium is found along with a high
flavanoid content.
one of the health benefit is stimulating the
immune system while simultaneously
supporting the body’s ability to fight disease. It
has an energy boosting effect like coffee but
without any side effect (aka tired feeling
afterward). it does not contain any caffein.
Other effects reported are healthier skin ahd
hair, lowered cholesterol levels and better
I am sure we don’t have to go on about how
anti oxidants are much needed. Cupuacu
contains rich array and concentration of
unique antioxidants. it is associated with
- neutralisation of free radicals
- improvement of circulateion
- lowered blood pressure
- balance cholesterol levels
- improve brain function
- anti ageing
- mental alertness
there was no way to get this amazing
product anywhere in australia. that is why I
had to import it myself. Now You can
include this too in your diet.
our cupacu is raw and wild crafted in
powdered form, which can be easily used in
many recipes
it is available for a purchase at our shop
120 high street, Northcote, VIC 3070.
or email me for your purchase.

Monday, May 20, 2013

grounding / earthing

vibration and natural electric energy might sound too new age for you. But more studies are finding how important this is and some are even claiming that this is The way to heal almost anything.

what is earthing?
Earthing involves coupling your body to the Earth's eternal and gentle surface energy. it means walking outside on a grass, sand on barefoot and /or sitting working or sleeping while connected to a conductive device that delivers this energy into your body.

what happens they say, is that your body becomes suffused with negative charged free electrons abundantly present on the surface of the Earth. Your body equalises to the same electric energy level as the Earth.

the list of benefits from Earthing goes on for a long time but here is a start
- defuses the cause of inflammation, and improves or eliminates the symptoms of many inflammation related disorders.
Reduces or eliminate chronic pain
-improves sleep in most cases
-increases energy
-lowers stress and promotes calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones
-normalises the body' biological rhythms
-Thins blood and improves blood pressure flows
-relieves muscle tension and headaches
-lessens hormonal and menstrual symptons
-Dramatically speeds healing and helps prevent bedsores
-Reduces or eliminate jet lag
-Protects the body against potentially health disturbing environmental electromagnetic field (EMFs) - yes you are conducting this while you ar eon the computer reading this!
-Accelerates recovery from intense athletic activity

When I first hear this idea I was quite skeptical. Then I started hearing many scientific researchers and medical practitioners are talking as if this is the greatest health breakthrough

One pilot study conducted by Dr. Maurice Ghaly, measured the secretion of cortisol (stress hormone) in people before and after grounding. The study found that Earthing during the sleep "resynchronises cortisol secretion in alignment with its natural, normal rhythms.
Conditions related to chronic inflammation can be extreme, such as MS, arthritis, fibromyalagia, intestinal disorders, headaches, kidney failure, chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, allergies, and cardiovascular diseases. Earthing is said to be helpful because of the electric energy of the Earth. The energy on the surface of the planet takes the form of free and limitless supply of sub atomic particles called electrons. These electrons are negatively charged. So when you have direct contact with the Earth, they are absorbed into the body and negate any positively charged area of inflammation
Infra red images showing the reduction of inflammation that occurs from before (left) and after (right)

cortisol levels during sleep

It does make sense and testimonials from people around globe are quite amazing. We have increasingly disconnecting from nature by our lifestyle. Our plastic shoes, electronic devices, wireless connections and stressful lifestyle can all contribute to decreasing our ability to connect the healing power of the Earth. 

It is not hard thing to do or expensive. Just walk outside barefoot on grass, sand, swim in the ocean. And for those who don't have time to go outside to do this there are many reasonably priced products available. 
I now have a grounding mat (which I use while using a computer and while driving a car) as well as grounding sheet, that I sleep on. 

resources and websites, products

Thursday, May 16, 2013

more blog articles coming!

When I was having a look thorough this blog the other day I thought myself thinking "wow, I haven't posted one for so long" I used to love doing my blog but I recently shifted focusing on sending private newsletters to people who have registered for my newsletters and updates.
I now decided to post the contents in the newsletters on this blog for everyone to see. This way I can reach more people plus we can look back to previous articles on the web as well.

I feel like a reborn blogger! I am so excited to restart this journey with you. If you still would like to register for updates from shokuiku I highly recommend you to do so. I would still be sending updates, specials, and more recipes this way.
I would also love to use this place for people to connect and encourage and inspire each other. that would be so much fun ;-)

If you follow me on Facebook, I posted this…

I just wanted to share this with you. I am not sure what sort of responses I get and maybe I shouldn't voice this out because there are many opinions out there. I was on "melbourne vegan Facebook group " and I was describing my cafe. as you may know all our dishes, drinks, and desserts are vegan but we do carry bee pollen and honey for people to have if they choose to. firstly I was mistaken for saying honey is vegan (which I know it is is not) and secondly I felt like being attacked because to some carrying bee products are unethical and it is not what I say I try to do. Our honey and bee pollen come from sustainable, organic and small bee keepers or wild crafted to make sure they are not given antibiotics and pesticides etc. Also I respect that the bees are an important component of organic and sustainable agriculture and is a powerful food to us. I do not like labelling my self as anything. if I start to call myself one thing it is hard to evolve and grow. I would feel so stuck in the box. I am just ME. we all try to be compassionate and to respect others's opinions and where they are at. Who are we to judge others anyway? we have so much to learn from each other and I am just grateful to have people around me to support and inspire me continuously. thank you for letting me who I am 
I received so many beautiful encouraging comments after this, moving to discuss who we are and believing in ourselves and not letting anyone or anything cloud up your forces. I don't mean that you shouldn't listen to other people's opinion. However if you feel judged or attacked I feel it is important to stop and check what you are doing in a compassionate way.

I do love what I do and I don't cut corners. I am so grateful the opportunity to express myself and my belief in this way and have so much support from you. But I am human after all.. I get insecure and start to doubt myself sometimes. It used to be harder to pull myself out this in the past. Now I have tools to find myself again. One of the tools i have is to reach out to people, who inspire me so much to keep going.
thank you.
Hay House World Summit
if you are interested in learning more about your inner strength Hay House is doing FREE global on line world summit in June. Amazing speakers such as : Louise HayWayne DyerEsther HicksSuze OrmanCheryl Richardson, and Doreen Virtue. and many more are involved in this. I cannot wait!

Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart" - RUMII

I love this quote.

so I would love to hear your thoughts. have you ever felt judged by others? if so what did you do to pull yourself out of the cloudiness? comment below to let me know.

look forward to the next blog already