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Quinoa Lentil And Roasted Eggplant Salad
Quinoa Lentil And Roasted Eggplant Salad

This month I am developing bowls of fun, nutritious and modern-day salads for ELLE magazine's mid-year issue. I find the anatomy of a salad utterly fascinating. Just like any other dish, a great salad has a balance of flavours and textures. A slight upset and you...

Red Quinoa, Shaved Brussels Sprouts And Blueberry Salad
Red Quinoa, Shaved Brussels Sprouts And Blueberry Salad

  The past two weeks have been an exercise in trying to get assimilated to a new routine. One that involves a lot of physical activity and clean eating. I suppose when you have been literally surrounded by food for a long period of time and have been cooking in...

Mushroom And Roasted Garlic Risotto
Mushroom And Roasted Garlic Risotto

  A risotto is gratifying and terrifying in the same instance. I never made one until I was thirty. Not sure whether I liked it too. But back in 2008, I had overheard two schoolgirls on the train go on and on about how they had made a risotto in their home...

Chocolate Nutella Pots With Boozy Cream
Chocolate Nutella Pots With Boozy Cream

This planet is a very special place. For a number of reasons. One of them is chocolate. And the other is egg. They both make men weak and women swoon, especially if they are molten and runny. How many brown and yellow things can boast of that? We can't always buy a...

Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Crispy Parmesan Fries
Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Crispy Parmesan Fries

  On a recent trip to the Barossa valley crammed in a car with four other foodies and food writers, I asked everyone what their favourite vegetable was. I resort to questions like that when I spot a lull in conversation and because I am a mum and it is the most...

Caramel Espresso Lassi
Caramel Espresso Lassi

  The smell of coffee is just one of those little things in life that consumes you and gets entwined in your soul. It fills you up with a slow warmth even before your first sip. The anticipation that charges through your conscious state as it registers that dark,...

Grilled Halloumi On Kale And White Beans
Grilled Halloumi On Kale And White Beans

  This is the last thing I cooked on Friday before I went off on an adventure to the Barossa valley for the very first time (and I will talk about that in length very soon). Last week I found some fresh white beans (cannelini beans) at Thomas Dux. I had never...

Lunchbox Colour Salad
Lunchbox Colour Salad

One of the downfalls of running a small test kitchen and recipe development is the easy access to massive amounts of food lying around at all times. Thankfully for me, it is usually light, healthy and almost always savoury. But still. How many times in a day do you...

French Lentil Garlic Patties And I Won Best Australian Blog 2013.
French Lentil Garlic Patties And I Won Best Australian Blog 2013.

    Yesterday was a crazy day. I got a phone call in the weekend. I had one hand wedged upto the elbow down a hole Nick had dug in our lawn. I was trying to break the rock we had hit to make the hole deeper. We were in the middle of moving our clothesline to...

Bombay Sandwich
Bombay Sandwich

  Growing up in Bombay (now known as Mumbai - a Western coastal city of India), one of the more popular street foods was Bombay Sandwich. Layers of fresh veggies and steamed potatoes slathered with all kinds of tangy, spicy and sweet chutneys and condiments....

Citrus Sushi Bowl
Citrus Sushi Bowl

  I don't get asked this very often but whenever I am asked what my favourite food is, the answer is always sushi. I first had sushi seven years ago and things have never been the same. There was a time when I first started enjoying sushi that I would eat it...

Mushroom Zucchini Cream Spaghettini
Mushroom Zucchini Cream Spaghettini

Zucchinis can grow in abundance like a weed if you are privvy to the fact that you may have to umm ... facilitate zucchini sex. Sydney blogger Mel talks about this delicate topic at much length and with much hilarity on her blog. Being a novice gardener, I was...