Who doesn’t like to eat? And to eat with your eyes, simply makes the experience even more intriguing. Feast your eyes on our latest Insta #foodcrush, Ashley Alexander, as she takes us on a journey through the cookbooks of her food blog.
Living life in beautiful Melbourne, down under, with her husband, Ashley enjoys exploring new places and spaces and what their hometown has to offer. After much encouragement from family and friends, her fantastic food blog, Gather & Feast was born. Here, she cooks, bakes and documents each and every experience, styling the end results to perfection.
“I am very thankful for all the valuable time spent and the lessons we learnt. Mum always taught us to cook using natural and healthy ingredients and instilled in us the value of whole and organic foods.”
Here’s to those mornings we find ourselves Facebooking before breakfast, the lunchtime DIY pinning and last but not least, the late night ‘gramming. Immersing yourself in the best of the best, whether travelling, food, art, weddings or fashion, the inspiration simply has no end on Instagram. After stumbling upon Ashley’s Gather & Feast‘s Instagram account, there was excessive scrolling involved, completely mesmerised by her food art.
She is not only an excellent cook (and baker), but documenting her ‘gathers’ and ‘feasts’ through creative direction and style perfection, Ashley’s creativeness has no end. She explains her brand’s name pairing and her favourite ingredient.
gather – verb \gath·er \ˈga-thər also ˈge-\
To bring things or people together into a group. To choose and collect (things). To get or take (things) from different people or places and bring them together.
feast – noun \ˈfēst\
A special meal with large amounts of food and drink. An elaborate and usually abundant meal often accompanied by a ceremony or entertainment. Something that gives unusual or abundant enjoyment, a visual feast. A periodic observance commemorating an event or honouring a person, or thing.
It’s a cold winter’s day, what do you crave?
Your favourite ingredient to cook with?
“I love fresh. I love local. I love simple. I love natural. I love white. I love grey. I love trees. I love moss. I love icecream. I really love icecream. I love clouds. I love the sky, always, all the time, its a problem. I love mint tea. I love love. I love people. I love laughing. I love homewares. I love spoons. I love linen. I love markets. I love coconut, everything coconut. I love greens. I love apples. I love breakfast. I love beautiful cookbooks. I love fresh air. I love travel. I love roadtrips. I love exploring. I love kindness. I love learning new things. I love people’s stories.”
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Coconut & Lime Avocado
Recipe as on Gather & Feast
- 1.8kg sweet potatoes, peeled & sliced into 1cm thick lengths
- 2 tbs coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbs smokey paprika
- ½ tsp chili flakes
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 3 large avocados
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 1 small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
- Juice of 2 small limes
- Olive oil
- Freshly cracked pepper
- Flaked sea salt
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the coconut oil, smokey paprika, chili flakes, turmeric and a generous pinch of sea salt.
- Add the sliced sweet potatoes to the bowl and mix together with your hands, coating the chips with the coconut oil mixture.
- Place the chips onto three-four paper lined baking trays, ensuring they are evenly spaced and no chip is touching another (this helps the chips become nice and crispy).
- Place the trays into the pre-heated oven and bake at 180 degrees celsius for roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Then turn the oven up to 220 degrees celsius and cook for a further 20 minutes. I find this step ensures the chips are nice and crispy (depending on the strength of your oven, the chips may crisp up faster than mine did, so be sure to keep a close eye on them).
- Once the chips are cooked and are looking crispy, remove the trays from the oven and sprinkle with flaked sea salt.
Coconut & Lime Avocado
- Scoop the avocado into a medium sized mixing bowl and squash with a fork.
- Mix through the coconut cream, lime, half of the coriander, a generous pinch of sea salt and some freshly cracked black pepper.
- Scoop the avocado mixture into a serving bowl, top with fresh coriander, a sprinkling of chili flakes and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
- Serve the sweet potato fries and the coconut and lime avocado together for a delicious snack, light lunch or as a side. Enjoy!