Making your own mayonnaise is surprisingly easy, incredibly yummy and free from additives. There are so many nasties in condiments these days—right? A batch of fresh, homemade mayonnaise will last up to a week in the fridge. Bring it out when guests are over for lunch and it’s next level impressive. Enjoy.
Sushi: great for lunchboxes, as a gluten-free option for platters but soooo expensive when you buy it out. Once you’ve made it at home a few times you’ll never pay the big bucks again.
How do you use a meal planner?! I used to laugh at people who had one of those cute little meal planners in the kitchen.
There are many ways to tackle the packed lunch. I’m sure you are familiar with them. Whatever your approach is there is a tension of time, cost and the health factor at play.
Fresh hollandaise sauce is delicious. The addition of lime adds another level of freshness making it perfect to accompany poached eggs, blanched asparagus pan fried snapper or whatever else you fancy.
‘Waste not want not.’ ‘Waste not want not’ is a proverbial saying first recorded in 1772. Wilful waste makes woeful want is an even more alliterative version recorded earlier in 1576.
Last year I titled the year ‘Simplify.’ In an effort to simplify life and enjoy more space for the important things I did a big declutter, cut down on afterschool activities, deleted social media accounts (did I really need three?) and tried to live a little more congruently to who I feel I am.
Anyone with kids knows that there are times when you feel like you are asking all the time: What am I going to feed them?! The cycle of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner seems to roll around all too quickly leaving you either feeling like a champion or like you are failing…
Caramelised onion is a favourite for cheese platters, salads, toasties and a myriad of other things. Homemade Christmas gifts are always a nice surprise, caramelised onion works well given in a cute little jar.
This simple topping for toasted bread sings of lazy summer afternoons. Traditional tomato and basil bruschetta is always a hit at any gathering or works wonderfully as a topping for grilled meat.
Bliss balls are a regular favourite in our house. I try to make them using different seeds and nuts each time to get a variety of nutrients in. These are so great you’d never know they are nut free.
Bliss balls keep for weeks in the fridge and are a perfect energy boost for mid-morning or afternoon. I always have a batch of some sort in the fridge and I generally try and mix it up to ensure we are getting a variety of different seeds and nuts. These are a few of my favourites.
Back to school and work always hits me with a ‘what do I feed our family?!’ cry of despair. This recipe for Muesli Bars packed with goodness is just one of the answers. It’s perfect for kids lunch boxes or as an adult snack with a cuppa too.
Pad Thai was served everywhere when we visited Thailand. It’s a favourite dish for many. It’s surprisingly easy to make a great Pad Thai that everyone will love. You’ll impress yourself.
Spaghetti Bolognese is a family favourite. Everyone loves it. It’s easy to cook, freezes well, makes tasty leftovers, and the kids actually eat it- what’s not to love?!
Quite possibly the fastest curry you will ever make. Loaded with fresh veggies, creamy coconut curry sauce and the addition of Peking duck makes it feel very fancy indeed- especially for a homemade meal.
The ultimate crowd pleaser in the warmer months. It’s fresh, full of flavour and a welcome change after winter comfort foods.
This incredibly tasty banana bread was made for me by a friend when I had my second baby. It was so good I felt naughty every time I had a piece. When I asked for the recipe and couldn’t believe how healthy it was. Enjoy!
This recipe for rocket, pear, paremesa & walnut salad is one of my favourite salads in summer. Equally as good with parmesan or blue cheese.
A great Australian staple, great for lunch boxes, afternoon tea or anytime really. This recipe includes adaptations for a sugar (fructose-free) and traditional version of the Aussie fave.
This dressing is a Summer favourite in our home. Quick and easy to make, it brings salads or crunchy veggies to life. Goes well with chicken, steak, prawns fish or tofu.
A simple, old fashioned lemon coconut slice is always a winner. This zesty, no-bake slice keeps well in the fridge for a few days making it perfect for making ahead of time for a gathering.
Muffins are great for an easy lunchbox snack, brekky on the run, morning or afternoon tea, always really. This recipe is quick, easy and easy to adapt to include your favourite ingredients. Blueberry, choc chip, chocolate, banana, mixed berry…
On a recent trip to Melbourne, my husband and I stopped in at Pony Fish Island for a glass of mulled wine. We sat and read our books, looked out at the beautiful city across the river and sipped delicious warming cups of spiced wine. I, of course, took notes on the flavours I was…
This special recipe for Kourabiethes was given to me by a beautiful Greek lady made her cookies often and brought them to church. An absolutely divine, melt in the mouth, crumbly cookie, perfect with a coffee or given as a gift.
Welcome the Christmas season in a healthy and delicious way with this sugar free pumpkin pie.
A list of my five top flavour families that will become your new go-to for cooking. Simply mix and match flavours with your choice of meat, vegetables or salad and you can be confidently creative.
You’ll amaze yourself with this recipe for slow cooked red wine beef cheeks. They are absolutely delicious. Cooked in a slow cooker means you can prepare in advance making it a great recipe for entertaining or as an out of this word mid week meal.
Nothing beats an apple crumble made from scratch. I’ve been known to make a quick apple crumble using tinned apples before, but once you make a crumble using fresh seasonal apples you’ll know it’s totally worth it.
This version of paleo pancakes tastes amazing, and the bonus is they’re good for you too. Paleo pancakes are light, easy to digest and quick to make.
These sugar-free, raw chocolate treats make the perfect healthy alternative to processed chocolate over the Easter period. Raw cacao is full of magnesium and high in antioxidants, while coconut oil improves digestion and immunity.