Thursday, November 29, 2012

a giveaway: the unexpected guest

Ah breakfast. How I love you so. And today breakfast is sweeter because I get to give away to one of you lovely readers, a totally delicious organic range of muesli, porridge, and maple roasted almonds that is lovingly made in Byron Bay; which happens to be one of my favorite places in Australia and my home away from home.

Before we get into the oaty details I have to declare that I think blog giveaways are a bit like anchovies - people either love them or loathe them - this is the first giveaway to happen here and while  considering whether to go down this path or not I figured one of my main missions is to encourage people to eat well and if I can send some nutritious, wholefoods your way then I am achieving my mission. So on we go with an exciting wholefood breakfast...

Thanks to Raw Materials and the unexpected guest for making this, the very first Wholefood Mama giveaway possible.

Adam Mander and Juniper Wikinson are the creative, breakfast loving duo behind 'the unexpected guest'. Their story of how it all began is a good one involving world travel, a talented ceramicist (Juniper), a mad keen surfer (Adam), falling in love and a darn fine breakfast.

Adam hails from the United Kingdom and Juniper from Canada. Their paths crossed in London and romance was born. Before meeting Juniper, Adam had travel on his mind and was about to pack up his surfboard and head to Australia in search of waves. "In the UK I was tired of traveling 5 hours to go surfing, we decided to travel together," says Adam. First stop was Sydney's famed Bondi where there are waves aplenty and as it happens cafes aplenty, cafes where unbeknownst to Juniper her homemade granuesli would soon be on the menu.

Adam says, "Juniper is a maker and a giver. The granuesli recipe is an age old Canadian one that Juniper tweaked, and when people would come to stay with us in Bondi they would leave with a bag of her granuesli." It didn't take long before Juniper was selling her gutsy toasted organic muesli mix of oats, nuts, seeds, and sultanas to 20 cafes. Adam who was working in advertising, prompted her to pick up the phone and sell some more. Once 50 cafes were on board it became clear they were in business.

"Pardon the pun but everything has happened very organically. In the beginning Juniper was traveling on the bus to hand deliver to the cafes in Bondi and around Sydney. She would step off the bus and walk around the corner to the cafe as if she had just parked her car. It has always been important to Juniper that what she makes is 100% organic, so the next step was certification which also meant a certified organic kitchen," says Adam. That's when the move to Byron happened. A friend in Byron who works in food had a certified organic kitchen that Juniper could work out of. And importantly, there's great surf in Byron too.

And the name? the unexpected guest, where does that come from? "Juniper is a ceramicist and when she was studying her art teacher said that 'one should always do an extra setting for the unexpected guest'. We liked that, for us food is about sharing and bringing people together, the more the merrier especially when you are traveling its all about making room at the table and meeting people," says Adam.

Go here and scroll down to see one of Juniper's hand made ceramic mugs and for her wicked extraordinarily delicious granuesli bar recipe.

(all of the beautiful photos in this post were styled and taken by Kara Rosenlund )

This delicious breakfast giveaway is open to Australian readers (sorry those reading from lands afar!)

The winner will receive the complete range:

1 x 300g certified organic gluten-free style muesli - sunflower kernals, dried cranberries, pepitas, sun dried Australian sultanas, maple roasted almonds, shredded coconut, cashew pieces, quinoa puffs, popped amaranth, brown rice puffs, buckwheat puffs and cinnamon. $14.95

1 x 400g certified organic freestyle granuesli - Premium rolled oats, wild Australian honey, mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and walnuts), sun dried sultanas, sunflower oil, seeds (sunflower kernals and pepitas) shredded coconut, oat bran, cinnamon and natural vanilla essence. $14.95

1 x 450g certified organic scrumptious porridge - Australian rolled oats, medjool dates, coconut, currants, slivered almonds, rolled quinoa, millet flakes, vanilla bean, ground ginger, cinnamon and sea salt. $14.95

1 x 75g maple roasted almonds - almonds slow roasted in maple syrup. $7.95

Total value: $52.80

You can enter a maximum of four times:
  • first entry - follow The Wholefood Mama (over there on the right)
  • second entry - like The Wholefood Mama on facebook
  • third entry - like the unexpected guest on facebook
  • fourth entry - share this giveaway on your blog/facebook
Once you have done one or all of those, leave a comment for each entry. The winners will be chosen by the random number generator and will be announced in this post on Thursday 6th of December 2012 at 6pm est.

Good luck!

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Thanks everyone for entering.
The winner is #44 Kerry Santillo. Congratulations Kerry I have sent you an email.


74 comments:

  1. What a yummy giveaway!
    I'm overseas at the moment, but can I enter and give the prize (if I win!) to my lovely sister who lives in Brisbane? She's pregnant, and she's a big muesli-eater :)
    Love the story of how their business started up, and love the pelican pic!
    x Rhi

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    1. Absolutely Rhi consider your sister in the running to win. Enjoy your travels! x

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  2. ...and I like you on Facebook :)

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  3. Ohhhh great giveaway! I think a giveaway here and there is ok it's when I read blogs where they're weekly I tend to shy away!

    This is my entry for following you blog! Luna x

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  4. And I like you on facebook!

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  5. And I like the unexpected guest on FB. I love their story so much. Even if I don't win I am going to try out their stuff!

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  6. Annnnd, I've tweeted/FBed your giveaway too! Thanks again and good luck to all entries!!!

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  7. Ooooooo yum. Off to "like" FB etc etc....gotta be in it to win it, right!

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  8. Oh yes please Nikki. They sound divine.

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  9. Already following you on FB.

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  10. I'd be happy with the almonds alone! xx

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  11. Awesome giveaway! Following via GFC :)

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  12. Liked The wholefood mama on facebook.

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  13. Liked the unexpected guest on facebook!

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  14. Kim m galwayst@hotmail.com29 November 2012 23:00

    I follow wholefood mama

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  15. Kim m galwayst@hotmail.com29 November 2012 23:03

    I like you on facebook

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  16. Kim m galwayst@hotmail.com29 November 2012 23:08

    I like the unexpected guest on facebook

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  17. Kim m galwayst@hotmail.com29 November 2012 23:10

    Shared on facebook

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  18. oh look at all those comments, how delicious. ok, so i guess here is my blog entry

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  19. and i already follow you, because you are wonderful and awesome

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  20. and scott likes you on facebook

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  21. by the way, those photos are indeed gorgeous and so wonderfully styled

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  22. and shared in post on my blog today x

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  23. Hi Nikki, I love anchovies but I'm careful to only enter giveaways where I think I will treasure the thing I win.

    I follow you here.

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    1. Good thinking Imogen. I love anchovies too!

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  24. And I love the name Juniper – it was on my list for Nora.

    Just liked you on fb (Imogen Rowe)

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    1. When I interviewed Adam the first thing I commented on was what a beautiful name Juniper is, he joked that he was going to change his name to a beautiful berry name too because Juniper gets all the compliments about her name and he doesn't get any about Adam. Good luck with your entries!! x

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  25. I'm so hoping I win this. I'm a complete breakfast fanatic and muesli and porridge are two of my favourite things.


    Just liked the unexpected guest on fb.

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  26. this sounds and looks delicious ... thank you x

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  27. I bought those almonds once just to have a few as a snack and I ended up gobbling up the whole bag, they're delicious. xx

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  28. Thanks for the great giveaway :) I'm following via GFC as Di from Max The Unicorn

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  29. I liked Wholefood Mama on FB (Dianne Childs)

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  30. Liked the unexpected guest on FB (Dianne Childs is FB name)

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  31. Facebook share (Dianne Childs) Here's the share http://www.facebook.com/dianne.childs.39/posts/181553721984582

    djchilds@hotmail.com

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  32. Following Wholefood Mama on FB

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  33. Following Unexpected Guest on FB

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  34. thankyou, follow The Wholefood Mama :)

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  35. like The Wholefood Mama on facebook

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  36. like the unexpected guest on facebook

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  37. shared this giveaway on your facebook and twitter

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  38. Liked The Wholefood Mama on Facebook!

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  39. liked the unexpected guest on Facebook

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  40. Shared on my facebookpage (Virginia)

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  41. Liked whole food mama

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  42. Liked the unexpected guest on facebook (ps the Samantha above was me too,forgot the surname)

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  43. Shared on facebook

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  44. Following on Google Friend Connect.

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  45. Like The Wholefood Mama on FB.

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  46. Like the unexpected guest on facebook too!

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  47. And finally, shared on FB. Thank you for your blog!

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  48. Following on GFC, thanks for the yummy giveaway!

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  49. Liked The Wholefood Mama on facebook.

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  50. Liked the unexpected guest on facebook.

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  51. I like The Wholefood Mama on facebook :)

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  52. Also like the unexpected guest on facebook :)

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  53. Julia Robertson6 December 2012 06:55

    I like The Wholefood Mama on FB!

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  54. Julia Robertson6 December 2012 06:56

    I Like The Unexpected Guest on FB!

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  55. Yay, gluten free muesli! :)

    I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485

    kate1485 at hotmail dot com

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  56. I'm a fan of the Unexpected Guest on FB as Kate Ryan

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  57. I shared it on FB here:

    https://www.facebook.com/Kate1485/posts/135251709962508

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