Welcome to my cooking blog about eating a simple life where I have journaled over 600 easy, delicious and nourishing recipes over the course of 14 years. My collection of weekly fresh and easy recipes are mostly vegetarian (a lot of them gluten free and vegan) and always family friendly!

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Warm Vegan Taco Rice Salad - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree #taco #foodphotography

Warm Vegan Taco Rice Salad

What if I told you that you could have a bowl of piping hot, fluffy, perfectly steamed Basmati rice ready in just 2 minutes? You wouldn't believe me! But it's true. No rice cooker? No rice cooking training? NO PROBLEM!! Tilda's ready-to-heat steamed rice packs cook in the microwave in 2 minutes!! And then, you can use the perfectly cooked Basmati rice t... Read More >>
Sparkling Cherry Jelly - Cook Republic #sodastream #christmas #foodphotography

Sparkling Cherry Jelly

You know that Christmas is not too far away when the first batch of cherries start appearing at the markets in mid-November.  Cherries are just beautiful. Their delicate flavour and intense juicy red flesh make for excellent desserts. But the most magical thing about cherries is that if you cook with the bright red flesh and incorporate it in say, a mou... Read More >>
Vegan Beetroot Carpaccio With Zesty Broccoli Crumb - Cook Republic #vegan #easyrecipe #heathyrecipe #glutenfree #beetroot

Vegan Beetroot Carpaccio With Zesty Broccoli Crumb

A Beetroot Carpaccio is an excellent vegan appetizer or side dish for a plant-based feast. And it requires little to no effort and can be made a day ahead! Perfectly roasted beetroot slices topped with an instant zesty broccoli crumb, a tangy mustard sauce and toasted nuts. Pretty as a picture and super healthy! This gorgeous Vegan Beetroot Carpaccio ... Read More >>
Papaya Barramundi Ceviche Cups - Cook Republic #glutenfree #seafood #papaya #foodphotography

Papaya Barramundi Ceviche Cups

Papaya Barramundi Ceviche Cups should become the poster recipe for all your summer gatherings this year. There is no fish fresher than a Barra and Papayas are bringing people together with their golden-tangerine hued goodness, inside and out! A match made in summer heaven! Golden Australian Papayas I am very excited to be working with Ruby Rise Papaya ... Read More >>
Fresh Mulberry Bramble Cocktail - Cook Republic #cocktail #vegan #foodphotography

Fresh Mulberry Bramble

A mulberry bramble is a fruity gin-based spring cocktail made with gin, lemon juice and mulberry liqueur. But when you have access to fresh mulberries, why not make it with that big juicy gorgeous fruit? When I was a little girl, we had two big mulberry shrubs that trailed up a wrought iron garden arch. I have very fond memories of spending hot summer... Read More >>
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice - Cook Republic

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Plus Free Printable Gift Tags

We don't get Pumpkin Pie Spice in Australia. Or canned pumpkin purée. At least, not very easily. You might find these items at a specialty online grocer but not in everyday supermarkets and stores. I suppose it is a very American thing? Just like the American obsession with pumpkins around Halloween and Thanksgiving. Although in Australia, we are pumpkin obs... Read More >>
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup - Cook Republic

Bean Free Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

A solid classic Vegetarian Minestrone Soup recipe is the best thing to have in your weekly cooking schedule because it is not only cheap and super nourishing but full of fresh vibrant seasonal veggies. A delicious way to get a big serving of veggies into your diet. And this vegetarian minestrone soup might be the best meal prep recipe ever. You will definite... Read More >>
Pink Italian Cream Soda - Cook Republic

Pink Italian Cream Soda

I was a child of the 80s – big hair and scrunchies, colourful plastic hoops, baggy jeans rolled up at the cuffs, Backstreet Boys (and later NSYNC), Archie comics and Italian cream sodas. In fact, the last two go pretty much hand in hand, something I realized after watching Riverdale on Netflix. Oh, it brought back so many memories of growing up! Watch... Read More >>
Chilli Garlic Prawn Risotto In Napoli Sauce - Cook Republic #glutenfree #italianrecipe #foodphotography

Chilli Garlic Prawn Risotto In Napoli Sauce

I am super excited to share a tried and tested, family favourite recipe today – Chilli Garlic Prawn Risotto In Napoli Sauce. After getting really addicted to a seafood risotto that kept popping up at my local café’s special winter menu a few years ago, I decided to try recreating that at home. But with my own twist of course – lighter, dairy-free and packed ... Read More >>