Welcome to my cooking blog about eating a simple life where I have journaled over 550 easy, delicious and nourishing recipes over the course of 12 years. My collection of weekly fresh recipes are mostly vegetarian (a lot of them gluten free and vegan) and always family friendly!

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Festive Gin Smash

Red, white and green with a bit of gold is an absolute representation of a truly festive thing. And so, my glorious Christmas cocktail which has fresh fruit layers of white lychees, red strawberries and green mint is aptly called – Festive Gin Smash! A clever use of ingredients and presentation makes this an instantly spectacular holiday offering. Not to mention, so delicious! This generous cocktail is made in tall glasses to be enjoyed over equally delicious canapes, curled up on the sofa, listening to Christmas carols and chatting about all things naughty and nice. There are three quick steps to making and assembling this fabulo... Read More >>
Crispy Cabbage Fritter With Chilli And Curry Leaf Oil - Cook Republic #glutenfree #vegan #foodphotography #healthyrecipe

Crispy Cabbage Fritter With Chilli And Curry Leaf Oil

Fritters make such excellent light meals. In the western world, there is a common misconception that fritters need eggs and or milk to bind. This is not true. Just flour and water is enough to make the perfect fritter batter. Or pancake batter. Depending on what you want to call it. Coming from a culture where vegetables are celebrated and meat and eggs are scarce, you learn to create fabulously delicious recipes using just plant based goodness. The fact that they are gentler on your gut, lighter and healthier; is just an added bonus.  This cabbage fritter is a perfect example. Heavily influenced by the Okonomiyaki - Japan's famous cab... Read More >>
Turmeric Mushroom Pickle - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree #healthyrecipe #foodphotography

Turmeric Mushroom Pickle

Lately, during my Sunday meal prep sessions; this fresh Turmeric Mushroom pickle has been in heavy rotation. It takes a total of 10 minutes to make and is so incredibly packed with flavour that I can't believe how simple a recipe it is to yield that kind of result. I got the idea for making this gorgeous pickle after I had made this mushroom broth for the hundredth time. I always buy my mushrooms from the weekly farmer's markets and they are fresh enough to eat raw (something I learned from my friend Esther!). While I was prepping the broth and simultaneously popping the tiny mushrooms in my mouth (because, c'mon only the big ones go i... Read More >>
Strawberry Gin Fizz - Cook Republic #cocktailrecipe

Strawberry Gin Fizz

This strawberry gin cocktail recipe couldn't be simpler if it tried. It is essentially a gin and tonic without the tonic of course but with added fresh fruitiness of strawberry and lime. Gin is my favourite liqueur for mixing cocktails followed by rum and maybe tequila. I love fruit and coconut flavours. I know that is a wildly fluctuating flavour spectrum, especially while making cocktails. From the refined sophistication of delicate botanicals in gin drinks to the wildly loud and tropical flavours of rum cocktails. Both so delicious. I mentioned recently on social media that Nick and I were shaking up date night (previously kn... Read More >>
Coffee Citrus Salmon Poke Bowl - Cook Republic #poke #healthyrecipe #seafood

Coffee And Citrus Salmon Poke Bowl

When I first set out to create a simple coffee infused salmon poke bowl, I had no idea that the end result would be a gorgeous starter dish full of delicious sophistication that would end up being a fixture at every one of our recent date night cooking sessions.   If you are looking to master a supremely simple but elegant entrée or salad, whether it is for a group of friends or your partner, look no further. This salmon poke bowl comes together in merely 30 minutes with barely 12 ingredients and will never fail to impress. The concept is simple – marinate the cubed salmon in a rich coffee dressing, prepare the salad and plate ... Read More >>
Gluten Free Whole Orange Cake - Cook Republic #glutenfree #foodphotography #healthyrecipe #cake

Gluten Free Whole Orange Cake

There is a very thin line between a perfectly baked whole orange cake and a soggy citrus mess. And there are two very distinct sets of people on both sides of that line. The ones who enjoy a good pudding like cake that can only be scooped up with a dessert fork or those who like a moist cake with a delicate crumb (like me!). Whole orange cakes are usually baked in slabs, because there is no way you could un mould one of these from a bundt pan. Being baked in slabs or shallow rectangular tins also makes a whole orange cake a perfect dessert. You could cut it up in squares or rounds (using cookie cutters), top with ice cream, a sprinkling ... Read More >>

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