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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4 Ingredient Basic Flapjacks - Cook Republic

4 Ingredient Basic Flapjacks

Last week I was buried under work deadlines, a weekend project and my once-a-year bout of sickness (a nasty cold this time around which was remedied with essential oils, lots of chamomile tea, bowls of hearty turmeric and veg stew and watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix much to my own surprise). A week later, I felt renewed and thankful that my colds are a once a year occurrence and don't create a big fuss. Today, I am back to sharing a brand new recipe. A simple one this time that I bake quite often for the boys after school in that half-hour window when I know they are on their way back. 4-Ingredient Basic Flapjacks that take about 5 minu... Read More >>
Vegan Miso Glazed Eggplant - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree #healthyrecipe #foodphotography

Vegan Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

  Many years ago when we first moved to Australia from Singapore, I was on a Japanese food bender. I trawled every weekend market for the perfect Okonomiyaki and sat at many sushi trains sampling as many Agedashi Tofus, Sashimis, Inari and Nigiris as I could. But I never tried Nasu Dengaku, until one fine day when Hayden Quinn came over to my (then tiny) kitchen for a cooking and filming session. I cannot remember what I cooked, but the memory of Hayden's Miso Glazed Eggplant that he cooked that day is still fresh in my mind.   It was simply the most divine eggplant dish I had ever had and what affected me the most was ... Read More >>
Gluten Free Lemon And Coconut Cake - Cook Republic

Gluten Free Almond Coconut Cake

A few years ago when I was doing food photography and styling workshops, a gluten free cake I adapted from Belinda Jeffery's Mix & Bake cookbook (one of my favourite baking cookbooks) was a staple at morning tea. A simple almond and coconut cake that I tweaked to be just sweet enough with a generous lashing of lemon. It was so wildly popular at all my workshops that I would get emails requesting the recipe. I always sent everyone a photo of my hand scribbled recipe from my recipe testing diary, hoping they could read what I had written. Over the years, many friends and family scored that phone picture of my hand written recipe and ... Read More >>
Smoked Salmon Kedgeree - Cook Republic #healthyrecipe #dinner #foodphotography

Smoked Salmon Kedgeree

A kedgeree is the love child of an Indian Khichari and the colonial British obsession for all things curry. I grew up eating Khichari (a savoury porridge of rice and lentils often spiked with spices and enjoyed with a vegetable curry on the side) but it was only after I moved overseas that I discovered kedgeree. Loose references in old Indian and British cookbooks seem to suggest that kedgeree was take on Khichari. But with the addition of flaked fish and boiled eggs, it was fashioned into a delicious breakfast dish by the British after their stay in India. We love kedgeree in our home because it is one of the most ingenious ways of us... Read More >>
Date Cashew Milk - Cook Republic #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #foodphotography

Date Cashew Milk

If you would like to reduce or eliminate dairy from your diet and aren't sure about nut milks, cashew milk is the best place to start. It has a rich creaminess and a natural sweetness which is usually missing in other nut milks. I love adding some dates and a touch of salt to my cashew milk. It makes it truly delicious and addictive. In fact, in coffees and teas you won't even be able to tell that it is non-dairy. Cashew milk is the closest to coconut milk or soy milk in terms of thickness and texture, which makes it ideal for thinning curries or making vegan soups creamier. It is also a great base for vegan puddings, mousse or jellies... Read More >>
Rainbow Veggie Coconut Dal - Cook Republic #recipe #healthyrecipe #vegan #glutenfree #vegetarian #foodphotography

Rainbow Veggie Coconut Dal

It is a bloody miracle that I haven't shared a dal recipe on the blog for a while now, considering I am cooking dals every week (much to my boys annoyance!). The last time I shared some delicious wholesome dal recipes, I received so many messages asking for more. Who knew, cheap dal dinners was a regular old thing - and not just in my home! So today, I am sharing another of my this-is-the-dal-i-want-to-eat-everyday obsessions. A Rainbow Veggie Coconut Dal. Mmm I feel nourished just rolling that name off my tongue. The story behind this dal is quite interesting. Since giving up dairy a year ago and basically taking stock of his own food... Read More >>

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