Rivs Makes A Homemade Cheeseburger For Food Revolution Day 2014

  Kids are stronger and more capable than we give them credit for.  With guidance and repetition, their little minds and eager hands can build Rome - even though it might not be in a day. As parents, one of our fundamental task is to nurture and nourish our babies. Often we take that quite literally and try to keep them healthy by pushing plate after plate of fresh and home cooked meals in front of them. We are then a tiny bit perplexed when they don't want to eat all the time, seem bored and not very excited with all the wonderful variations we present to them.   We are nurturers - yes. But more than that we have to be teachers. The reason why we get so excited about f... Read More >>

Buttermilk Banana Tray Cake And Melbourne Book Tour

  I have a stack full of robust cake recipes that belong to the beautiful brown crumb family and just hit the sweet spot - just! I love a cake that you can take a mouthful of and name at least a handful of ingredients in it as you slowly savour it. A cake that is not weighed down by pretty icing and sugar that masks the beautiful flavours that develop as it sits on your counter waiting to be eaten. A cake that can welcome a generous serving of seasonal fruit with open crumbs or become a blank canvas for that jar of jam you made over the weekend. Jude Blereau and I seem to have similar views on the creation of such staple cakes.  I have followed Jude's recipes for almost ... Read More >>

My Favourites List For May 2014

  Last year amidst bush fires close to where we live, we had  a pair of ducks seek shelter in our pool. It was a wondrous thing. We were absolutely thrilled to wake up every morning to two beautiful wild ducks swimming in our pool. Then they disappeared and we were crestfallen. A week after we last saw them, we woke up to a cacophony of soft excited chirps. And there in our pool were a dozen little fluffy yellow ducklings on their first swim with mama duck. It was a real treat to watch them everyday for a few days before they all disappeared again. And then the same set of events occurred a few months down the line. And again. This time they are back for the fourth time. And the... Read More >>

Roast Garlic Chicken With Chestnuts And Sticky Marsala Sauce

  We are now into week 6 of our renovations and I will be the first to admit - it hasn't been easy. For one, it has been bloody cold in our garage where we eat our meals (our garage is partially open with fancy gaps in brickwork). Cooking and washing up at the lone cold garden tap is hellish when the wind picks up. When we do eat inside the house, we are perched precariously on stools and empty boxes with bowls in our laps doing our very best to not make a mess. On the plus side renovations have spurred me on to be creative with my recipes. I am using the slow cooker a whole lot more and cooking this curry every week. These noodles are becoming a weekly staple t... Read More >>

Mushroom Masala And Fenugreek

  When I was six years old we were studying propagation of plants from seeds in science class at school. I would save up plastic ice cream containers, fill them with dirt and scatter some seeds my mum gave me. I would pack the top loosely with more dirt and water it once in the morning and once in the evening. Between watering the seeds, I would sit and watch the plastic container for hours, wondering when the magic would happen and something green would pop out. But it never did while I watched. Only when I slept. Because every time I woke up in the morning, I would see tiny leaves pushing their way up through the dirt. It was the most exciting thing I ever experienced as a six ye... Read More >>

Renovation Woes, Fun Loom, A Book Launch And April 2014 Favourites

  Last week my Mac died. It gave a loud bang and took out power to a section of the house. This one lasted 5 years and went through three operating systems. RIP dear Mac. A sleek new Macbook Pro replaced it. It is still finding its feet as I slowly set it up amidst email woes, book launches and moving 3 meter long couches on a 1 meter long trolley into the garage. A lot is happening and every night I thankfully pass out on my trusty old pillow.               You remember the kitchen I won at Voices Of Australia last year? That is soon to become a reality thanks to The Good Guys. But before that happens, we have some massive renovat... Read More >>

Milk Chocolate Popcorn With Sprinkles

  When I was growing up, we only had popcorn at the movies. Twice, maybe thrice a year. Life was simple. Yet, that was enough to fuse a strand of thought in my head. One that connected popcorn with movies. One that compels me to make a batch of popcorn when we have family movie afternoons or crave a tub of overly salty, often cold popcorn when we have a movie date at Event Cinemas. Quite honestly, the popcorn in Australia leaves a lot to be desired. When Nick and I lived in Singapore, we discovered caramel popcorn. It was delicious. Crunchy, barely sweet with a kiss of sea salt. But most importantly, always crunchy and always hot. There is just something amazing about popping your... Read More >>

Zucchini Noodles With Thai Pesto Plus Free Tasty Express Recipe Sampler

Tasty Express launched quietly yesterday, without fanfare. I almost missed it. I did share a video on Instagram giving you a quick flip-through the book. Many of you have already bought it (Thank you!) and many of you intend to (Thank you!). Some of you have even cooked from it. If you are sharing pictures on social media, don't forget to tag them with #tastyexpress. I am so excited to see your creations. Thank you for all your comments, emails, messages of love and support. I truly appreciate each and every one of them and am blown away by your incredible love. You are all so amazing! You can now buy my cookbook on Amazon US, Amazon UK and on Bookdepository which offe... Read More >>
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