From homemade kombucha to the most beautiful locally sourced produce – Magdalena Roze is passionate about all the right things. She’s an Australian meteoreologist, weather presenter and journalist, plus she blogs at magdalenaroze.com and has just released her first cookbook, Happy & Whole, full of seasonal and nourishing recipes! We love her wholesome approach to life and food – cake and cookies made with love for afternoon tea? It’s a yes from us! Read on to find out her delicious Day on a Plate…
I’m a mum to my 16 month old baby Archie, and we made the sea change to Byron Bay about 3 years ago so my partner could realise him dream of opening a restaurant on a farm. I’m also journalist and meteorologist with a massive passion for food! I’ve just released my first cook book Happy & Whole where I share my favourite wholefood recipes and tips for living a more natural life. So much of this has been inspired by my beautiful home and community in Byron Bay. I also have a food podcast “The Pass” where I interview top chefs and food personalities who take me on a journey to their favourite place. So we get their little black book of the best places to eat and find out what makes them tick throughout the food they eat.
I think it’s been a gradual evolution and I’m always learning more every day. Eating wholesome food is something that I grew up with. My parents are eastern European so we ate sourdough bread and fermented foods like kraut and kombucha before they were trendy! I’ve always gravitated towards a simpler, more natural lifestyle but moving to Byron Bay was a game changer. This area renowned for its focus on ethical farming and wellness and I’ve learned so much about food and health from living here. Being surrounded by amazing produce and farms has deepened my connection with the land and food.
My days can be quite different depending on what work commitments I have on but when but when I’m not travelling or doing something like a photo shoot or podcast recording, I wake up when my baby wakes which is usually about 6am. I make a cup of peppermint tea and then breakfast which is usually porridge with almond butter, a little cinnamon and apple or banana. My partner Darren, Archie and I then go to one of our local cafes for a flat white and do the crossword. It’s super nerdy but it’s our morning ritual. We then get back home by 9am to put the baby down for his morning nap and that’s when I get as much work done as I can with emails, phone calls, cooking, photo shoots, whatever it might be. When I was writing my cook book, I did it all during his naps and then at night after he went to sleep.
Home made breakky bowls with local everything! 🙌 Nimbin Valley yoghurt (the best!), @mindfulfoods Cacao Brain Power granola, Tyagarah bee pollen, Blueberry Fields blueberries, @rainforestfoods macadamia spread, Tumbulgum raspberries, my mates passion fruit, my edible flowers 🌸 #byronbay #wholefoods #breakfast #local
When Archie wakes up, we have a snack which might be fruit, cheese, yoghurt or veggies depending in what we feel like that day. Lunch depends on what we’bve picked up at the farmer’s market or what’s in season but it might be spelt pasta with pesto, feta and greens like broccoli and zuchinni and we have it together. Basically, I cook for both of us to save time but I think I put in a bit more effort because I want to give Archie as many nutrients as possible. So I might cook the pasta or veggies in bone broth and then I drink the rest.
Breakfast congee to warm the cockles 🙌 One of the most nourishing breakfasts under the sun! Sarah and Jeremy from @100miletable contributed this delicious recipe to #happyandwhole because, well, you can't improve on perfect! Makes a great dinner too 🍲#linkinbio #wholefoods (styling @emmatknowles, photo @photopalmer, @plumbooks)
In the afternoon, we’ll visit Darren in the restaurant or I’ll meet up with other mums by the river or at the beach while the kids play. We usually bake something together or Archie plays on the kitchen floor with the pots and utensils, while I put on a slow cooked dinner like a wild rice and chicken pilaf or stew. It’s super easy to prepare and I just let it go for a few hours and then it’s ready.
My one-pot chicken and wild rice pilaf as seen in this months @deliciousaus magazine. Lots of comfort food recipes like this in the "Cloudy" chapter of my new cook book #happyandwhole to get you through Autumn! Out in 1 week but you can pre-order online now 🍂 #linkinbio #wholefoods #lifestyle #comfortfood @plumbooks
When Archie goes down for his second afternoon nap around 2pm I pick up on work again. Sometimes, I’ll take five to have a cup of tea and whatever we’ve baked such as a scone or cookie. Most of what I make is wholesome but I don’t mind an old fashioned home made cake now and then, especially if it’s made with beautiful local butter and eggs. It’s good for the soul!
We try and fit in a beach walk as family in the late afternoon. We have dinner around 5-5.30pm, give Archie a bath and then he’s in bed around 6.30-7pm. That’s when Darren and I will have a glass of red wine and unwind and sometimes we’ll save our dinner for after the baby is asleep. We top it off with a cup of camomile tea. Some nights, I catch up on work for the podcast or other projects as it’s my main opportunity to do things uninterrupted but we try and put the tools down in the evening as much as we can.
Hmmm, this is tough! I absolutely love the coffee, the smell, everything and it’s such an enjoyable part of the morning. I used to do breakfast TV without it but since having a baby, I literally can’t wait for it for it! I have one a day and enjoy herbal teas for the remainder of the day like peppermint, camomile and rosehip. I really enjoy making my own herbal teas and I’ve shared how you can do it in my book.
I love cheese, red wine and good quality sourdough with butter. Oh, and a piece of cake and cup of tea in the afternoon on the deck. But I must admit that I don’t see these as indulgences but a necessary part of being happy and whole!
Last nights m feast closes with the most delicious pandan cake with coconut custard made by @palisaanderson 💚 I'm still blown away by the people, hospitality, generosity, wisdom and produce in Byron Bay. I feel so incredibly grateful to call this place home. You're the ultimate hostess Palisa- thank you for the food and friendship! 🙌 #byronbay #community #pandancake
Cheese, pesto and eggs.
I absolutely love simple food 🍳, especially when everything on the plate is from less than 20km away! Pasture-raised eggies from @thefarmatbyronbay fried with @solgheebyronbay , on @thebreadsocial sourdough with @naked.byron.dips pesto, Nimbin cheese and home made kraut. Even the pepper is local from @piconeexotics who manages to grow everything! Each individual is so bloody good on its own that together it's like 🎵! (I know that's a fair bit of kraut there but I was brought up on the stuff so I could literally eat a jar! Oh, I should add that I have my mums recipe for it in my book) #local #byronbay #breakfast
Bananas are often a saviour and I also make my jumbo breakfast cookies and energy balls (in my book) on the weekend so I have something nourishing on hand when it gets a bit hectic.
Morning tea to help survive the daylight savings early wake ups! 🍪☕️Sometimes nothing else hits the spot like a gold old biccie and cuppa, it's food for the soul 🙌 Most of my cooking is based on whole foods and unrefined sugars like honey and maple, but I'm def not the patron saint of purity and for me there's nothing wrong with a classic treat now and then! It's not good, it's not bad, it's just…sometimes and delicious 😋 (My tip for extra decadent choc chip cookies is to chop your fave chocolate 🍫 rather than using chips) #baking #balance #happy #metime #forfiveminutes
Try and keep it simple. Healthy living is about enjoying real food as close to it’s natural state as possible. So it’s things like eggs from chickens that roam and forage on pasture and vegetables grown without the use of chemicals. Try and cook more and don’t be afraid to make mistakes in the kitchen- this is where the magic happens! Take baby steps and start with one thing like soaking your grains and just do that until it becomes habit. Then you can master roasting pumpkin and move on to making your own kombucha or pesto. If it’s not a major overhaul, you’ll enjoy it and it will be more sustainable. Nourish and nurture yourself and don’t feel guilty. Eating cake doesn’t make you a bad person, and drinking green juice doesn’t make you good! But eating wholesome, real food will make you feel good 🙂
So excited to finally announce that my first cook book HAPPY & WHOLE will be released in April 2017! This has been a labour of love and I'm still pinching myself that @plumbooks @panmacmillan asked me to do it! I'm sharing 75 of my favourite wholefood recipes plus my honest musings and tips on wellness, motherhood, natural beauty, food for babies and nurturing the home, many of which I've learned since moving to Byron Bay. I've never worked harder or been prouder, and I hope you love it! Sneak peaks to come in the next few weeks! 🌿Big love to everyone that helped bring this dream to life…especially Archie! And the dream team @photopalmer (Photography), @oetomonew (Design), @emmatknowles (Styling), @ashleapenfold (HMU) #happyandwhole #cover #cookbook #firstlook #wholefoods #wellness #natural #beauty #motherhood #babies #home #weather #byronbay
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Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
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