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Beach, Markets and Quinoa Granola

Eggshell blue skies and a bright yolk sun made for a perfect Saturday morning wake-up. After a whole week of rain, I was eager to smother my feet in sand…


 And the market adventure begins… Walking from the school oval, I could already see signs prefixed ‘organic’, ‘raw’ and ‘local’ – welcome to the Burleigh Markets. Settled in Burleigh Heads State School  (intersection between lower Gold Coast Highway and West Burleigh Rd), this market boasts Gold Coast’s prime location being so close to fertile hinterland farms, wineries and cheese factories; the raw and organic influences of Byron Bay; and of course the seafood bearing ocean.

Generous in size, price and variety, the fresh produce was beautiful.



These cakes were absolutely gorgeous – delicately topped with juicy berries, decadent chocolate and cloudlike swirls of frosting :)


And of course, the raw desserts, breakfasts and snacks.  There was also hot food available – Gozleme, Gyoza, french crepes, coffee and bacon and egg rolls; pot plants; handcrafts and fashion.


My piglets were pleased with their two giant heads of cos lettuce ($2 each), and I was pleased with the custard apples ($3.5/kg), sweet cherry tomatoes ($3 bag), blush pink radishes ($3) and freshly picked strawberries ($4 a punnet) !


Yay for strawberry season :P


Also picked up this Black Velvet Bliss Ball – beetroot, dates, inca berries, pepita seeds all coated with black sesame seeds.


Sweet, soft with crunchy bits and delicious.


Was also eager to try my Quinoa Granola I’d made yesterday thanks to Hungry Hungry Hippie’s recipe . It’s a very forgiving recipe, as I was able to improvise with oats, quinoa, pine nuts, cranberries, hemp seeds, brazil nuts and walnuts, which all came together nicely with coconut oil and honey.


Even better with yoghurt :)


Happy days :)


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