the nature strip

Healthy chocolate crackles
February 27, 2013, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Food


A couple of  weeks ago my son turned one. I wanted to avoid a brightly coloured birthday cake – these cakes actually frighten me and my stomach. Instead I wanted to opt for a cake that I would feel comfortable for my child to eat. For this, I thought a vegan dairy free and sugar free banana cake would do the trick.

To satisfy my own nostalgic childhood memories and for the adults, I planned to make chocolate crackles for his birthday picnic – sugar free, healthy ones.

It ended up that we spent his birthday in hospital – the birthday boy was  fighting off a scary virus. On the plus side I got out of making the cake.

But  with the wee man fighting fit again, today I attempted the healthy alternative chocolate crackles for his dad and I to enjoy. My mother-in-law visiting from Finland enjoyed them too.



  • low salt, low sugar freedom foods rice bubbles
  • raw cacao
  • coconut oil (in place of cophur)
  • agave syrup (in place of icing sugar)
  • coconut flakes

They were tasty to say the least. I’ve already eaten four of them.



Park pleasures
February 23, 2013, 1:35 pm
Filed under: Babies, General thoughts

TheThe Nature Strip Park pleasures

My little family lives in an urban jungle, one way concrete, the other way grass.

As a parent, I want my child to recognise and appreciate the serenity of nature – grass between his toes, the sound of birds tweeting overhead, the sensation of gusty winds blowing off his hat, and the impressiveness and incredible energy of trees.

The Nature Strip Park pleasures

We are lucky (and grateful) to have a park at the end of our street, and next to this, the beautiful and wonderful Centennial Park, Sydney, a refuge from the big smoke with wandering geese, forests of eucalyptus gums, and water lilies bobbing on ponds.

The Nature Strip Park pleasures

The local park is our escape from our four walls – it’s where we bond, my son looks on with bewilderment at dogs chasing balls, where he looks to the sky, and discovers the textures of tress that have been standing there for hundreds of years. He also likes to eat leaves.

The NThe Nature Strip Park pleasures

It’s hard to not get caught up in the city bubble – but it’s reassuring to know that we can wander in to a green oasis, take a deep breath and reconnect.

The Nature Strip Park pleasures

The Nature Strip Park pleasures

Thanks to Bron at Baby Space for taking these ‘special moment’ pics. x

The Nature Strip Park pleasures