Strawberry Coconut Muffins With Chia Seeds

    On discovering coconut sugar for the first time at the supermarket, I sent out this instagram asking people what they did with coconut sugar. Some very delectable suggestions later, I realized that baking with it was the way to go. It has been a while since I concocted a dense and wholesome muffin for breakfast. Using coconut sugar as my sweetener, I baked a muffin studded with fresh strawberries and topped with a generous sprinkling of chia seeds and cacao nibs (two of my favourite breakfast sprinkles that work well in my smoothies and adorn my mueslis). Coconut sugar made from coconut palm blossoms is the world's most sustainable form of sugar. It is a low GI alternative ... Read More >>

Win A Vintage Inspired French Cheese Board, Laguiole Knives & French linen worth $200

  Today you can win a set of gorgeous items that are a food stylist and photographer's dream! One of my most favourite shops in the whole wide world is Grosgrain in Wahroonga. It is where a lot of my photography props come from. It is like a treasure trove of quirky and absolutely beautiful items that make food look delicious in photographs. Run with flair, panache and an innate warmth, Lisa and Pru always have the best pieces sourced from within Australia and overseas. They stock vintage cheese boards, French cutlery, soaps, stunning handmade jewellery, industrial home wares and furniture, gorgeous ceramics from Europe, quirky pillows, antique linen, wrought iron and wicker baskets ... Read More >>

A Cabin By The River And Favourites List For January 2014

    Last week we sneaked up to Barrington Tops and spent three adventurous days in a cabin by the river. We explored precarious little paths down to the river, we perched gingerly over moss covered river stones, we slipped and fell in with a splash that frightened tiny birds hiding in the trees, we got industrious and used our wet shoes to catch fish, we chalked out an escape plan if our party was to be shattered by the appearance of a river croc (too many creature movies!), we watched our submerged toes for hours till they became funny little appendages and no longer resembled toes, we swatted pesky flies, we spotted red dragonflies, we shuddered in disgust when tiny leech lat... Read More >>

Hot Turkey Quesadillas

  Turkey is a healthy, low-in-fat and high-in-protein option when weeknights start becoming stagnant with chicken, beef and the occasional fish. Because we live in Australia, we are not required to wait until Thanksgiving to experiment and cook with turkey. Breast fillets and mince are my favourite turkey options. A quick Mexican inspired stir-fry sandwiched between tortillas and pressed on a frying pan gives you delightfully crispy on the outside and melting hot on the inside quesadillas for dinner. If you don't have turkey on hand, any protein works well with the flavours. Think firm tofu, chickpeas or even fish. I have included some process shots to show you how easy it is to pr... Read More >>

Pure Raspberry Pops

  My mind is drawing a blank as I prep this post. All I can think of is the postman. Sigh! One would think I had developed irrational and out-of-character feelings for this human figure shrouded in a flappy fluorescent shirt and flappy navy pants with all of his face and head covered by a helmet and googly sunglasses. Riding a lightweight bike nonetheless, one equipped with a flag of sorts, weaving in and out of driveways expertly sliding in letters and magazines and only sometimes aiming a heavy parcel at the door if it doesn't say "fragile" on top. Today I am waiting for him and it is because an advance copy of Tasty Express (click link to pre-order in Australia, i... Read More >>

Homemade Mocha Puffs And Breakfast In Bed For ELLE Australia

  I remember doing impromptu one pan fry-ups in our pjs and sipping mugs of steaming coffee nestled in between still warm sheets on days when the sun had forgotten to rise and the chill in the air was just right (Quite hard to re-imagine that in the awful hot summer we seem to be having in Australia right now). But then kids happen and you want to set a good example and before long you are lecturing about the demerits of having crumbs in your sheets and the importance of sitting up straight at the table to eat. Boring. Parents make boring adults.     The theme for the food pages of November 2013 issue of ELLE Australia was Breakfast In Bed. And I decided now was as g... Read More >>

Summer Spice Bircher Muesli

  Bircher muesli was a very recent discovery for me. On this trip to the Hunter Valley, I was hovering over the breakfast buffet laid out with a million choices. When there is too much food, I am indecisive and I hover.  Like a kid in the candy store. Not being able to pick. Hovering. Often making the worst possible choice. Like picking up a mini carton of Kelloggs All Bran when there was all this fresh breakfast at my disposal. Blasphemy! The lovely plump woman who had come to replenish the gigantic bowl of soaked cereal nearly had a stroke when she saw me with the mini carton. "Oh no no no!" she exclaimed with a look of utter agony on her pleasant face. "You ... Read More >>

Supermarket Roast Chicken Hoisin Noodles

As a harried working mum, a good old-fashioned roast chicken made from scratch is reserved for a special day - Christmas. For  year round roast chicken hankerings, a good supermarket roast chicken will do just fine. Supermarket roast chickens have collected their share of flak over the years. But there is no denying their versatility in creating a fun meal in a matter of minutes. If you look past the roast chicken stuffed in dinner rolls with some salad and sauce cliché, you will discover a brave new world of sophisticated salads, sizzling noodles, burgeoning sandwiches, hearty soups, tacos and dumplings. You'd probably have to go around with your glass slipper before you find a roast ch... Read More >>
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