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I promise you can convince a moo-lover, tempeh is the new turkey and cashew cheese is the new camembert.

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Location: Byron Bay
Vocation: Chef & Cellist

Hi! I'm Tara-Lee

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Byron’s Barista Man Buns & Moo-Free Smoothies


Byron Bay is home of the hipster barista with obligatory man-bun, melt-the-knickers-off-a-nun hypnotic aquamarine eyes, sporting surfer shorts resting precariously on his tight buns of steel and chiseled hipbones. I often find myself quietly reciting ten hail Marys for them to drop a further couple of inches revealing “THE V” whilst he mindfully foams my activated almond turmeric latte. Extra hot.

I regularly request it to be extra hot just to hear him repeat it out loud. When my order is ready he yells Activated almond turmeric latte for Tara. Extra hot. I await the day when he says what he really feels either by accident or on purpose …… for Tara who is extra hot.

That’s MEEEEE, I scream dashing like a crazed woman on Supermarket Sweep in the frozen turkey lane to the top of the queue taking out whoever stands between me and man-bun-made-latte. 🧉 Brian O’Driscoll would be proud.

Smoothies in Byron are a religious experience and treated with as much reverence and respect. A little different to chucking together yogurt, a banana, strawberries, and a kiwi like we know ‘smoothies’ to be in many parts of Ireland and elsewhere. They were a revelation to me way too late in life. A meal in a glass suitable for brekkie, lunch, or dinner. Bam. One glass wonder. This is my go-to antioxidant blueberry bomb all year round in either hemisphere.

Tara-Lee’s Tuesday Top Tips

Always use a fat, a sweetener, fresh and frozen fruit, and a special seasoning such as vanilla extract, essential oils, or spices. I always make my own nut/oat/seed milk as the base. Freeze your banana in chunks. Use filtered water for the ice. Don’t forget a pinch of Himalayan pink salt. Trust me. Your secret ingredient is tahini. Always tahini.

Berry Berry Nice Smoothie

You can use any berries here. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or loganberries. As mentioned above I like to use a combination of frozen and fresh fruits. I always use frozen bananas and fresh berries when available and seasonal. Otherwise, I reach for the trusty frozen berries.

Makes 2 glasses. Takes 3 minutes

1 cup frozen/fresh mixed berries

1 frozen organic banana, chunks

3/4 cup of fresh nut milk of your choice (I use almond)

1 Tbsp raw local honey or 2 Medjool dates for vegan

1 tsp Madagascan vanilla extract

1 Tbsp light tahini

a couple of rubs of lemon zested

1 Tbsp organic raw coconut oil, melted

a pinch of Himalayan pink salt

1 Tbsp raw hemp seeds / chia seeds* optional

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until silky smooth. Serve in a glass or small bowl and pimp with toppings. I love to choose from raw cacao nibs, bee pollen, raw hemp seeds, granola, fresh fruit, and toasted seeds. Now Instagram it and tag me.

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