Chi Kiosk in Glenaire, Victoria is Closed for Winter but our B&B is OPEN… BOOK NOW!
We wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
From All of Us at Chi Medicinal Farm. #findyourchi #chimedicinalfarm #happyholidays
CHI KIOSK is OPEN for SUMMER from Dec 2nd, 2017- April 2, 2018. We have been busy planting plenty of organic veggies and herbs for you to enjoy in our New Summer Menu! So...if you are traveling the #greatoceanroad in December drop in for a tea, coffee, juice or tasty handmade treat. Locally grown x crafted with love. #findyourchi #foodismedicine #chimedicinalfarm
See you then!
It seemed like a normal Sunday afternoon. I was in the kitchen preparing dinner for our B&B guests who were soon to arrive when I noticed a grey, furry shadow schlumping across our deck. I walked over to the window to see what it was and low and behold there stood a beautiful Koala bear staring straight up at me. I begged him not to go anywhere, praying he would listen, as I ran to get my camera. To my surprise, when I returned, the Koala was waiting patiently... ready for our photo shoot.
Surreal, Magical, Spiritual. A blissful experience I will never forget. Thank you Koala Bear ... you little poser. xo Jo Eden Law
Chi Medicinal Farm | Chi Kiosk | Chi B&B
The Heart of the Great Ocean Walk ... Glenaire, Victoria
"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906
These Chickpea Burgers are a favourite of anyone who tries them ... even the most staunch carnivores have eaten these and actually said, "THESE CAN'T BE VEGGIE! Can I have another one please?!" So I ALWAYS make a double batch. ;)
Minted Chickpea Burger with Golden Yogurt Sauce
Sweet Golden Yogurt Sauce
- 1 cup greek yoghurt (or vegan yoghurt)
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- 1 TB honey (optional)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Minted Chickpea Patties
- 1 (400mg) can chickpeas, well-drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup shallots, minced
- 2 TB bread crumbs (or gluten free crumbs)
- 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 TB tahini
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 2 TB coconut oil, for oiling the pan
- 6 buns or wraps (or gluten free buns)
- To make the yogurt sauce, place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix through until combined.
- To make the patties, place half of the chickpeas in a medium bowl and lightly mash. Add the mint, shallots, bread crumbs, and lemon juice and mix well.
- In a food processor, combine the remaining chickpeas, tahini, salt, pepper and cumin until smooth. Add to the mashed chickpeas, mix well, and form into six patties.
- Place 2 TB of Coconut Oil in a fry pan over medium heat and cook the patties until dark golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. (The trick is to flip them just once allowing a tasty, crispy bark to form on the surface. Drain on paper towels on a wire rack.)
- Stack a patty (or two) on a Gluten Free Bun or Wrap and drizzle with yogurt sauce and fixings (lettuce, tabbouleh, tzatziki, carmalized onions, roasted veggies...). Whatever takes your fancy.
- Serve with a gourmet mixed salad or baked sweet potatoes fries.
I hope you take this recipe and make adjustments or flavour additions where your tastebuds (and your tum) see fit. I eat primarily gluten free
but my husband doesn't so we make mine gluten free and his with gluten. To each their own. In the end it's all about health and jammed packed flavour.
“Two people have been living in you all of your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to.” [Sogyal Rinpoche in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.]
I have been revisiting Veganism on and off for years. Dabbling a bit here and there and integrating some of the principles into "My Cup of Chi", both for the health benefits of plant based living in addition to eating more consciously and respectfully. Through this journey I have struggled with some of the harsh attitudes and snide remarks that surround this "social movement". Why is Veganism such a passionate topic creating a great divide? Why must we ridicule or chastise others in order to stand up for what we what we believe in. Then I realized, perhaps there is a little vegan and non vegan in all of us. Perhaps we are fighting with the mirror?
“The voice that speaks with truth, wisdom and clarity is the one that remains silent.” – Jo Eden Law
Nettle, Stinging Nettle or urtica dioica is one of our most treasured "weeds" in our garden. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant that has a wide range of medicinal uses that has been used for thousands of years . The "sting" comes from the fine hairs on the plant which act as fine needles that release irritating chemicals such as serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine. Our skin reacts through symptoms of pain, redness, itching, swelling and numbness. Once nettle is cooked, soaked in hot water or dehydrated, the stinging quality is eradicated.
Nettle is super delicious and highly nutritious when cooked or used in a variety of recipes such as teas, pestos, soups, stews, stirfries or smoothies. It is also a common treatment in our herbal apothecary which we use medicinally to alleviate a variety of ailments. The most common uses are for urinary issues, allergies, hayfever and arthritis. It is also available in tablet or capsule form from most health food stores and pharmacies.
Nettle is a safe medicinal herb when used appropriately however as with any medicinal treatments precautions must be taken before use. If you are pregnant or diabetic, you should avoid taking stinging nettle. If you are taking prescription medications, have a medical history or have further questions we recommend speaking to your healthcare provider to determine whether stinging nettle is right for you.
My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2017 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.
"This B&B is run by the nicest couple, Jodie and Shane! They are helpfull, very friendly and the best hosts! We sujest you have dinner with them! Not only are you far away from everything, Jane is an excellent Coock! The B&B is quietly situated in a natural environment between the hills! Just at the other side of the hill is the ocean! You will wake up in the moring with a concert from the birds! Fantastic!" - Nico V.
"Our stay at Jodie and Shane was wonderful, they were so caring and sweet. The bedroom was small but charming with a comfortable bed in it. The bathroom was just outside the bedroom and was roomy and very clean. Their place is located in a idyllic and quite place surrounded by grassy hills, which provided us a beautiful sunset that evening. Jodie made us a very yummi breakfast the next morning. Thanks for making us feel so welcome, Jodie & Shane!" - Angela
"My sister and I stayed at Shane and Jodie's place on our road trip through Great Ocean Road . The cottage was amidst green and quiet . Shane and Jodie were very amicable and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Our little space was well equipped with super comfortable bed , tea / coffee, games , tv , movies and was clean . Stay's 3 main highlights definitely were the ambrosial food , friendly ever smiling hosts and the celestial night sky . We highly recommend Chi medicinal farm." - Priyanka
"What a stay at the Chi Farm. Jodie and Shane are great hosts. It was very easy to communicate with them before our stay, they provided great recommendation on the activities on the GOR! They welcomed us warmly and the room service/dinner was excellent. The products were from the local area and Jodie is a very good cooker. We definitely recommend a stay here." - Laure H.
"Jodie and Shane are great and lovely hosts! We really enjoyed our stay and recommend it to everyone who enjoys nature and amazing spots without many tourists! You really have to try Jodie's and Shane's cooking! We were surprised. It was one of the best meals in our 3 week visit in Australia. We hope they will open a restaurant too :-)" - Hille