Cherry Muffins

I love Christmas mornings. It is the one time in the year that I don't detest waking up at the crack of dawn. We are usually awake just before 5:00am, teeth brushed, face scrubbed and curtains about to be drawn open when a note slides under our bedroom door from the boys who we have been hearing whisper quite loudly for the past few minutes. A little impromptu Christmas sketch of a beardless skinny Santa with big teeth and a few lines of scri... Read More >>

Cauliflower Rice Biryani Salad

A few years ago when people discovered that they could do so much more with cauliflower other than bake or roast it, it was like a whole new genre of cooking opened up to discover. Cauliflower was pulsed and crumbed to mimic raw rice and form a pure veggie pizza base amongst other things. It has always been one of my favourite vegetables and a cauliflower curry was my childhood staple. I use it every chance I get right from curries to deep fr... Read More >>

Tara’s Blueberry And Poppy Seed Snacking Cake

More than a decade ago when we moved to Australia from Singapore with a couple of suitcases and a cranky baby, it was on the eve of Nick’s birthday. Hungry and exhausted from the tumultuous flight with our 11 month old, who had just undergone invasive surgery, the only available dinner option near our service apartment was 7/11 sandwiches. And a little bakery that was miraculously open at that time of the night for us to bring back with us th... Read More >>

Late Summer Mozzarella Zucchini Salad And Postcards From The Cook Republic Food Writing And Photography Workshop

Two months ago on the eve of my blog's 10th anniversary, I launched the Cook Republic Workshops. Six sold out workshops and an amazing few months of teaching food photography, food styling, cookbook writing, cooking long table lunches, styling spaces and meeting and working alongside the most amazing people later, I am already in the process of planning more exciting, inspirational and creative hands on workshops for later this year. But ... Read More >>

Puffed Brown Rice And Grape Salad Plus Win A Marble Fruit Bowl From Marble Basics

Over the past few years, I have truly gravitated towards eating seasonal. Which means apart from buying from local farms and small organic co-ops, I also adapt more of a seasonal approach to sourcing an ingredient when its season is coming to a close. I either freeze, bottle or can it to keep it longer in my kitchen. In the past I would buy Australian garlic or grapes during their season here. Once their season finished off, I would often... Read More >>

Supermarket Roast Chicken Tostadas With Yoghurt Coleslaw

  When I first started collecting cookbooks, one of my favourite activities was to keep an eye out for those little teaser cookbooks that came with the Sunday paper or attached to the cover of a glossy as a bonus. These were either a miniature sampler of a much bigger cookbook or a seasonal recipe collection. Either way, the thrill of owning a handy collection of recipes for a much less price than you would for your daily coffee never gre... Read More >>