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Roasted Pumpkin & Peach Salad + Sydney

In the introduction of our latest book, we have written a sentence about our family feeling most at home when we are not. And as I sit here in our tiny airbnb apartment a bit away from Bondi beach, with Elsa sleeping on the couch next to me and Luise and Isac in a bed that is too small for the three of us, I feel this stronger than ever.

With a few belongings packed in a bag, our apartment in Stockholm rented out and all of us tucked into in a room in a country far far away, we always have our closest and happiest family moments. It’s almost ironic how you become so much more present when you remove all the clutter that you worked half your life to get. We have had just as joyful cooking experiences in this 1 square meter kitchen as we have had in our newly renovated kitchen in Stockholm.

I am trying to grip all these moments that we have together. The hugs, the walks, the talks (Elsa’s one million questions about everything she sees), the simple home cooked meals. I want to physically hold on and not letting the moments slip away. But it doesn’t work. 5 weeks have already passed here in Sydney and today we are off to New Zealand for new adventures. We are packing ourselves into a camper van, which means that our space is going to be even tighter. We are also having two cooking events at Little Bird Organics in Auckland. Unfortunately all the tickets sold out on the first day, so we didn’t have time to put it up here (we are planning to do a similar event in Melbourne in February, keep your eye out here for more info). 

I haven’t used my DSLR camera much on this trip, so here are instead a few snaps from our instagram feeds.


We followed all the Sydney cafe and restaurant recommendations that we got from you guys earlier and wanted to return the favour by listing some of our favourites. We have been living in different places around Bondi, so most our tips are from there. For those of you living in Sydney, these places are probably old news. But they might hopefully come handy for anyone planning a visit. We are coming back to Sydney for a week in March before we fly back to Sweden, so let us know if we have missed any of your favourites and we’ll try to plan in a visit.


Kitchen By Mike. 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Roseberry. We have had a bunch of people recommending us to visit this place and we can easily understand why. It was such a cool place and the food was rustic and very tasty. The salad recipe we serve below was vaguely inspired by our lunch there.

Sadhana Kitchen147 Enmore Road. A small raw food restaurant that serves a whole lot of different raw food dishes with a new twist, not just salads but also lasagna, tacos and vegan BLT.

Earth to Table85 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction. Another creative raw food restaurant. The cakes here are spectacular.

Eveleigh Farmers Market245 Wilson St, Eveleigh. A nice farmer’s market situated inside a huge open warehouse building.

Porch and Parlour. 17/110 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi Beach. One of the hippest places in Bondi. Combines cosmic salads topped with fermented vegetables with good coffee and amazing smoothies and transforms into a wine parlour during the night.

Bread & Circus21 Fountain Street, Alexandria. Colourful cafe and a great brunch place with salads, small sides and DIY bread boxes filled with all kind of good stuff.

Orchard Street Cafe. 2 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. What we love most about raw food cafe is the nice vibe from the huge open windows and kelim covered outdoor bench. They also have very delicious and investing earthy juices and smoothies based on healing herbs that are worth checking out.

Bondi Harvest. Level 4, Westfield, Bondi Junction. We are fans of the Bondi Harvest youtube channel and was excited to hear about their newly opened restaurant. You wish this surfer inspired place would be located right on the beach, but instead they have opened inside the not-so-charming Westfield mall. The food was however really good. Epic salads and tasty sandwiches. Seasonal and good quality produce.

Pressed Juices. 85 Gould Street, Bondi Beach. There are plenty of cold-pressed juice stores in Sydney but we got most our juices and almond mylks from here. So many great combination of flavours. Elsa’s favourite was the Strawberry Mylk.

About Life. 1 Kiaora Ln, Double Bay (and 4 other locations). An all organic supermarket with everything you might be looking for. They also have a huge take-away lunch buffet with everything from hot dishes to raw food.

Earth Food Store. 81a Gould Street, Bondi Beach. The most spectacular thing about this food store is how beautiful the vegetables are displayed and the cozy atmosphere. They also have a cafe with smoothies, salads, frittata and sweet potato patties.

Health Emporium. 263 – 265 Bondi Road, Bondi. This cute health food store sells smoothies, homemade almond butter and organic vegetables. They also had both our books on display, which adds a lot of bonus points!

Gertrude & Alice. 46 Hall st, Bondi Beach. There is always a special vibe at book cafes. We spent a few hours here, reading to Elsa and flipping through Australian cookbooks while having tea and snacks.

M Deli. 32 Fletcher Street, Bondi. This was our local cafe while living in Bondi. We lived very close and went here for coffee and muffins from the always smiling staff in the mornings. They also serve an array of great tasting salad bowls and tarts for lunch.


Roasted Pumpkin, Fennel & Peach Salad
We made this salad for a picnic that we had with readers in Sydney. The picnic was so wonderful and the salad was simple but great! You want to roast the pumpkins until they are almost a bit burnt on the edges. Keep the pumpkin seeds hanging for the genuine rustic look (like the ones we got at Kitchen By Mike). We bought an organic Kent pumpkin at Eveleigh Farmer’s market, but hokkaido or butternut will work too.

1 Kent/Japanese pumpkin (keep skin and seeds)
2 + 4 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
4 tbsp honey
2 limes, juice
sea salt and black pepper

Salad ingrediens
2 handfuls almonds
4 peaches, stone removed and cut into wedges
2 fennels, finely sliced, fronds reserved
1 large head of lettuce, leaves separated and torn into bite-size pieces

Preheat the oven to 220°C.

Cut the pumpkin into large squares, leaving the skin on and seeds intact. Place skin side down, on a baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tbsp oil, cover evenly and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast the pumpkin in the oven for 30-45 minutes, until the pieces are very soft and the tips  are slightly burned. Combine 4 tbsp oil, honey, lime juice, then season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Taste the dressing and adjust the flavours to your preference. Transfer the roasted pumpkin pieces to a bowl and pour over half of the dressing (save the other half for the salad) and toss gently. While the oven is still warm, toast the almonds on a baking tray until golden, about 10 minutes.

Prepare the salad ingredients. In a large bowl, gently toss peaches, fennels and lettuce. Add the remaining half of the dressing and combine. Arrange everything on a platter. Then tuck in the roasted pumpkin pieces, scatter with almonds and sprinkle with fennel fronds. Serve.


  1. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 02:57 | #

    My goodness I need to get to Sydney! All of these places sounds magnificent. I’ve been following along on Instagram. Looks like you’ve had a marvelous time.

    This salad would make for a fabulous dinner. I imagine a sprinkling of goat cheese would work nicely as well.

  2. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 03:05 | #

    This looks so good! I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for peach season. Love the idea of lime with pumpkin. I wouldn’t have thought of it, but they would be great together!

  3. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 03:14 | #

    There is nothing I can emphasize more than that feeling of belonging somewhere when you’re travelling. I have been travelling for the past two years now and am actually currently in Auckland. I tried to get a ticket a couple days ago but they were already sold out. In case you are planning a picnic or have some spare time I would love to meet you!

    Much Love & Kindness.


  4. Stella
    Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 03:42 | #

    Is this just me? How can you have pumpkin with peaches? They do not ripen at the same time. There is never a time when I have a pumpkin when I have a peach. Course if you buy a ripe peach when you do have a pumpkin – if you import it from a long way away, it would be possible, but for those of us that want to eat -in season – this is not possible. This might be just me….

    • Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 04:59 | #

      Hi Stella, we picked up the peaches and the pumpkin on a farmer’s market here in Australia. They are actually both in season during the summer/autumn in Australia. We realise that this might seem a bit unfair to our readers in Europe and US but it makes most sense to us creating recipes with ingredients that are in season where we are at the moment.
      If peaches aren’t in season where you live, you can sub them with other fruit of choice. I would perhaps try oranges and pomegranate as a winter option.

  5. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 04:24 | #

    Happy to hear you enjoyed Sydney, and sounds like you made it to some of the best places (love Porch and their salads and coffee)! I would also recommend Suzie Q cafe in Surry Hills, if you get a chance on your next visit.

  6. Alli
    Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 04:31 | #

    “It’s almost ironic how you become so much more present when you remove all the clutter that you worked half your life to get.” That sentence stuck with me, hard. I’ve recently moved and it took me days to organise my bedroom alone, and had never realised how anxious all the “stuff” I had was making me – and how I had put that entirely on myself!

    So glad you’ve enjoyed Sydney, and what a gorgeous recipe! Peaches in summer salads are my fave. x

  7. Rebecca
    Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 06:59 | #

    Hi so glad you have had a wonderful time in our gorgeous city but you don’t mention anything on the ‘other’ side of the harbour bridge. The northern beaches of Sydney are so much better than the busy touristy Bondi! When back in Sydney head north it is so much nicer!!

  8. Aleksandra
    Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 07:02 | #

    Wow, I need to go to Sydney now! But Melbourne is the food Capital, it’s true :) . When you come here you must visit Shakahari in Faraday street, the most amazing Vegetarian food, and stroll through Lygon street for the sweetest cafes, including my favourite with a little red door and the best hot chocolates 2 years running, Monsieur truffe!

  9. Anna
    Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 07:40 | #

    I’m moving to Sydney from London in a couple of days so this is perfect timing – only wish I could’ve been there in time for the picnic! If you do another one in March i’ll be THERE (and I promise i’d bring something super delicious) x

  10. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 07:48 | #

    That looks so gorgeous! Now I long for summer and juicy, ripe peaches :-)

  11. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 08:05 | #

    This looks amazing and the picnic sounds fantastic – especially in gorgeous, sunny Sydney!!

  12. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 09:16 | #

    You guys had a picnic with readers in Sydney?? That has to be one of the coolest things ever.
    Loving this salad btw, it literally has my fave veggies in the world!

  13. Kerry
    Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 09:32 | #

    You seem to have stayed in much the same area, all Bondi or Double Bay. Food is good there but there is loads of other good places to eat around Sydney. The major difference between eating in Sydney & Melbourne is Melbourne’s food places are all close together and one can choose between them easily but Sydney is a much bigger city and the good restaurants range between the eastern suburbs the inner west and then Parramatta and further west. You haven’t eaten well in Sydney if you haven’t eaten at Parramatta. Personally, I love Kitchen by Mike or The Grounds at Alexandria or the Organic Cafe in Surry Hills. Glad you enjoyed Sydney anyway.

  14. Natasha
    Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 10:30 | #

    So glad that you enjoyed my beautiful city! It’s not cheap to live in but I think it’s worth every penny. Also in Bondi you could check out Jed’s Food Store and Bondi Wholefoods which is right near the Orchard Street Cafe. Three Blue Ducks at Bronte is great too.
    But both Cornersmith and Illi Hill in Marrickville (in the Inner West, near Enmore/Newtown) are my favourites for delicious meals with amazing produce. While you’re there check out the Addison Road Organic Markets on a Sunday!

  15. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 10:52 | #

    Hi David,

    Glad you guys had a great time in Sydney. Campervanning in NZ will be amazing – you will love it! How long are you here for? My partner and I were lucky enough to nab a couple of tickets to your demo at Little Bird, so look forward to seeing you there. If you need any tips on NZ travel spots def let us know, we love our little homeland!

    ~ Buffy

  16. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 11:07 | #

    I love how you say you feel most at home when you’re not. What beautiful family memories you’re creating. And this salad is on my list for when peaches roll around in another 6 months. Enjoy New Zealand, guys!

  17. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 12:02 | #

    Thank you for sharing those instants of life. Keep enjoying it to the fullest! With love and health from the kitchen.

  18. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 12:34 | #

    So pleased you enjoyed Sydney, there seems to be new and amazing cafes or restaurants opening everyday. If you are back in north bondi I would recommend Shuk, beautiful modern Israeli food with a great vibe. Of course you can’t go past the Saturday Bondi Farmers Market – lovely fresh food :). Enjoy New Zealand, if you get a chance visit Waiheke Island (my home town) – it’s just lovely.

  19. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 16:11 | #

    You feel home only when you are surrounded with the closest people) And it doesn’t matter on which continent you are. You are so sweet together, guys!

  20. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 16:16 | #

    This sounds so super delicious, and I love the flavour combinations! Next on my list to try

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  21. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 19:14 | #

    Elsa looks so grown up in that top photo! And you’re making me want to go to Australia now!

  22. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 20:10 | #

    It never ceases to amaze me how much space we have to be ourselves and enjoy other people more genuinely once we get rid of all the “stuff”. I moved overseas a year ago and got rid of everything except my most treasured possessions – it was such a liberating experience! Can’t wait to hear what you make of Melbourne, it’s my home city :) oh, and beautiful pics, beautiful family, as always!! :D

  23. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 20:47 | #

    This salad looks delicious! Is there any way the readers from other parts of the world can get access to those wonderful breakfast recipes you have been working on for your breakfast classes? Maybe in the form of an e-book like you did for those that don’t have the Green Kitchen app? Please, let me know because I’m always looking for new breakfast inspiration.

  24. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 20:56 | #

    This salad looks delicious! So does your trip! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 21:36 | #

    This salad looks unreal! love the peaches and pumpkin. mmm

  26. Posted 12 Jan ’15 at 21:56 | #

    OMG! Elsa has changed, she is so pretty!
    My daughters use to have a look in your books almost every day and admire Elsa and her food!
    Roasted pumpkin + honey: love this combination!

  27. Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 12:41 | #

    For the past few weeks, I’ve been living vicariously through your Instagram feeds. You, Luise, Elsa, and Isac are such a beautiful family! I haven’t been to Australia in years but you’ve inspired my desire to go again. I’m currently in Hong Kong, where peaches and pumpkin are both in season so I might give this a try. Have fun in New Zealand, I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures!

  28. Rima
    Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 13:44 | #

    so glad you have enjoyed tour time back in sSdney and had the chance to visit all toss delicious places! I also recommend’Henselys Wholefoods in Bondi Junction (Soon to open in Alexandria), Bondi Wholefoods in Bondi, Page Cafe in Bondi Junction, Real Food Connection in Camperdown. X

  29. Rima
    Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 13:45 | #

    Paleo Cafe**

  30. Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 14:06 | #

    love this post! can you recommend some great australian cookbooks?

  31. Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 14:07 | #

    I cannot wait to visit Sydney next year now I have all these amazing eateries to visit! Beautiful post – have an excellent time in NZ, pop to Wellington if you have the time! NJ x

  32. Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 14:55 | #

    Agree with others Salad looks Delicious.

  33. Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 16:32 | #

    I feel the same when my husband Scott and I are on our camping adventures! I feel the most at home in a tent with next to nothing in the middle of nowhere. Isn’t it amazing. You feel so full. Escaping the distractions and focusing on each other. Happy for you and your lovely little family to be getting some of that time together. Your blog is one of my greatest inspirations, thanks for another gorgeous and simple recipe celebrating whole foods!


  34. Posted 13 Jan ’15 at 18:59 | #

    I love salads.. thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  35. Clare
    Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 06:13 | #

    Where else are you heading? Would Love to meet you if you do a picnic like you did in Sydney. Am based in Adelaide

  36. Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 08:47 | #

    So pretty and looks very delicious..

  37. Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 10:24 | #

    A beautiful combination of ingredients! I should eat more lentils, this salad would be a great way to add them to my diet.

  38. Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 12:02 | #

    This is great! I’m obsessing over salads lately and this is a true meal in itself! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 14:57 | #

    it looks delicious, I eat lots of salad so I have been looking for a new recipe, I am definitely gonna tried this one out, tahnk you!

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  40. Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 22:57 | #

    This salad looks delicious! I love the idea of pairing pumpkin + fennel. I can’t get enough of winter salad right now + will definitely be adding this to the rotation. Thanks!

  41. Posted 15 Jan ’15 at 01:55 | #

    Looking forward to peaches coming in season here in California to make this salad. You’re making me want to plan a trip to Sydney – to try all of your recommendations and to have peaches right now:)

  42. Posted 16 Jan ’15 at 14:44 | #

    This salad can’t get any better! Love it!
    •The Health Blog for the Lazy Girl•

  43. Posted 20 Jan ’15 at 09:11 | #

    I like the combination of different flavors, the sweet components with the sour ones sound delicious. I just started making my favorite salad (red beet, salad, goat cheese and honey) with roasted almonds instead of plain ones and I must say it was a revelation! Give it a try too and be amazed!

  44. Posted 21 Jan ’15 at 08:13 | #

    Oh Salads are awesome thank you v much for posting this.

  45. Posted 21 Jan ’15 at 12:25 | #

    Perfect pictures, really great.

  46. Posted 21 Jan ’15 at 16:55 | #

    I tried your salad recipe yesterday and it was absolutely delicious!
    However, I had to change it up a bit, because I couldn’t get a pumpkin or peaches. Instead I opted for a few small, cooked potatoes and some kakis. I never would have thought that this combination could work, but it does! :)
    It was also my first time eating fennel and I was pleasantly surprised. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  47. Brittany
    Posted 22 Jan ’15 at 02:58 | #

    This salad looks divine. Can’t wait to try it out. I have been trying to purchase green kitchen travels but not even amazon has it. I was just wondering if you could tell me when I would be able to get my hands on one? Oh and congrats on the second book being such a hit!

  48. Posted 22 Jan ’15 at 22:31 | #

    This looks gorgeous! I’ve never thought to put pumpkin and peach together. Very interesting and festive!

  49. Posted 24 Jan ’15 at 09:58 | #

    Happy travels! Sounds like you’re having a great time. So many delicious places I’ll have to visit in Sydney now! Can’t wait to see what you get up to in NZ, I’m forever wishing I’m over there again. Such a beautiful place.

  50. Posted 24 Jan ’15 at 22:55 | #

    Awwwwwww your food always looks so pefect yummy yummy!

  51. Posted 27 Jan ’15 at 07:30 | #

    I lived in Bondi for a few years – Gertrude & Alice was my home from home. Also if you get back there, worth going to the Organic Bakery in North Bondi (awesome flourless chocolate cake and carrot cake and bread to die for). Also Brown Sugar on Curlewis St is a great restaurant and lovely staff.

  52. Posted 27 Jan ’15 at 08:29 | #

    Delicious and nutritious … instead of pumpkin seedes, I added several pinches of high-quality blue cheese and drizzled a couple of drops of pomegranate balsamic vinegar as an extra layer of flavor.

  53. Posted 27 Jan ’15 at 19:01 | #

    wow seems very tasty and healthy. I will try at home

  54. Posted 27 Jan ’15 at 22:08 | #

    Very nice Blog, so delicious, healthy Food!!

    Greetings from Germany :)


  55. Posted 28 Jan ’15 at 09:21 | #

    This was absolutely delicious! I used macadamias instead of almonds which worked really well. The whole family loved it. Thank you! Enjoy your time in Australia.

  56. Mel
    Posted 28 Jan ’15 at 16:56 | #

    Excited to hear that you guys have been to Sydney! I have lived there for the past few months and I got to know a few nice vegetarian/vegan restaurants! One of them is called “Lentil as anything” and is in Newtown (with the motto “pay as you feel” and completely vegan).
    The other one is called “Govinda’s” and is a vegetarian buffet sort of thing (all you can eat) in Darlinghurst. Have fun!

  57. Posted 28 Jan ’15 at 23:56 | #

    What a marvelous blog! Great ideas, beautiful pictures. Appealing recipes. You want to try them all. Keep it up!
    best regards

  58. Posted 29 Jan ’15 at 03:27 | #

    The pictures are beautiful and the salad looks wonderful.

  59. Posted 30 Jan ’15 at 13:43 | #

    Probably the most delicious recipe I’ve ever tried to cook.

  60. Julia
    Posted 1 Feb ’15 at 03:08 | #

    This looks delicious! The peaches add a hint of summer (that I am missing) and the pumpkin gives it that heart winter taste. I think I will try to add the superfood radicchio as even more of a nutritional powerhouse, and I am looking forward to serving it to my family. Thank you again for the great recipe!

  61. Kate
    Posted 4 Feb ’15 at 02:31 | #

    Very lovely! I also grilled the peaches and put them with the pumpkin in a frying pan with some of the dressing to caramelise slightly. I also substituted half of the lettuce for quinoa to make it a bit more substantial dinner. Yum-o!

  62. Posted 4 Feb ’15 at 06:48 | #

    A really great insight into your travels. I love the recipe shared and your insightful feedback into the eateries that you have visited. Enjoy the rest of your travels to New Zealand

  63. Posted 5 Feb ’15 at 09:06 | #

    Yes, winner!!

  64. Posted 5 Feb ’15 at 09:37 | #

    This salad has wonderful colours!


  65. Posted 7 Feb ’15 at 20:29 | #

    You are absolutely correct how quickly these precious moments with family pass. I am happy that you realize this and are grasping and enjoying each moment.
    Stay safe and happy in your travels.
    The salad of course looks delicious; healthy and colorful.
    xo Catherine

  66. Posted 8 Feb ’15 at 12:29 | #

    LOVE it!!! Love your blog, your style and your YouTube videos <3<3 Can't wait to see more!!!


  67. Posted 12 Feb ’15 at 08:07 | #

    I would recommend Shuk, beautiful modern Israeli food with a great vibe.

  68. susan
    Posted 22 Feb ’15 at 21:51 | #

    Hi guys,

    Love your blog and recipes……I cant believe you are in Australia and are not going to Bryon Bay……you would love it. If you get time on your way back shoot up to this amazing place, you wont regret it!

  69. shyer wern
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 16:02 | #

    I’ll be in Sydney in March!! Are yall having any events ??

  70. Posted 25 Mar ’15 at 07:34 | #

    This is a great recipe especially for people who are watching out for their health. It does not only looks delicious but it is also very healthy. Yes for pumpkin and peaches. Good one!

  71. Posted 2 Jul ’15 at 09:48 | #

    Wow……In this salad have so many colours and also this pumpkin peach sald is good for health.

  72. Posted 30 Jul ’15 at 21:43 | #

    this salad is looking very good!
    try out mine …


  73. isao oishi
    Posted 27 Sep ’16 at 05:33 | #

    was going to try this until i read “kent/Jap pumpkin” Please us Japanese or Jpn.
    Think i’ll pass on trying this now.

    • Posted 28 Sep ’16 at 09:24 | #

      Oh no, I am very sorry!
      We actually weren’t aware that the name was short for Japanese Pumpkin. We of course never meant to insult and have changed it now.

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