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Bircher – photo James Wheeler.

One for the ladies!  I have permission to say this as James has a longterm parter and beautiful son plus as everyone knows I’m a married woman with two beautiful daughters!

The man himself with his (madster assistant?)

Introducing James

The exceptionally talented James is from Auckland New Zealand.  He is head chef of Crave Cafe (a very busy but cool cafe and bistro – full of his female fans – you can imagine how stressful this mans life is lol!)

With a commitment to using fresh seasonal ingredients he cooks with a lot of herbs and anything plant-based.   He also enjoys the challenge of cooking for people with dietary requirements eg Vegan, GF, DF, and vegetarian.  Keep an eye on this man!

Bircher Recipe:

Bircher is a soaked oat muesli that is super healthy and simple to prepare at home (night before).

(courtesy of James Wheeler)

2 cups rolled oats

2tbsp chia seeds

4 x green eating apples peeled and diced

250 ml coconut cream

500ml almond milk

500ml apple juice

2tbsp lemon juice

100g dried goji berries

100g dried cranberries

1/4 tbsp cinnamon


Wow! Talented Man!


  1. Mix together all wet ingredients with peeled diced apple, oats and chia seeds. Allow the mixture to soak for 4 hours.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients together and let sit in refrigerator for 6 hours or uptown 24 hours before serving.

Thank you James for sharing.

Emma xxx