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Postcards From The Barossa Valley
Postcards From The Barossa Valley

    Dear Diary,   A few weeks ago I boarded a Qantas plane from Sydney for a three day adventure int the Barossa region of South Australia. On the plane I sat next to Peter who authors the visually stunning and fabulously moody Greek-inspired food blog,...

Cook Republic is Two! A Blogiversary & Memories
Cook Republic is Two! A Blogiversary & Memories

  Cook Republic is 2! Holy moly, Guacamole! (In the words of Billy Law of A Table For Two and Masterchef Australia Season 3 fame.) Where has the time flown? A year ago when I sat down and finished writing my 1st anniversary post, I thought to myself; "Gosh!...

38 Confessions Of A Food Blogger And Foodie
38 Confessions Of A Food Blogger And Foodie

  I cannot peel a boiled egg without giving it cellulite. I have panic attacks before icing a cake for a special occasion.  I cannot sleep if I fail at a recipe, making batch after batch till I get it right. My kitchen looks like a catering house for a party...

Cook Republic is One. What A Year It Has Been!
Cook Republic is One. What A Year It Has Been!

  It was five years ago in July that I shared my very first recipe with the world on a blog called Gel's Kitchen. It has now been a year since my food blog changed its identity to Cook Republic. But the heart of my food blog is still the same, mine. I have loved...

Coffee With Cook Republic – April 2019
Coffee With Cook Republic – April 2019

Autumn is here, although not well and truly. We still have the late summer hot and wet spells every week which has made the lawn go berserk but other than that and a billion cobwebs, our gardens aren't growing anything at the moment. When we went away to India and...

Coffee With Cook Republic
Coffee With Cook Republic

I wish I could invite you all into a great big room with rustic white bricks and big old metal windows that streamed in the sun. I wish I could sit across from you around a great big trestle table on cushion-scattered Bentwood chairs and have a conversation while...

11 Years Of Food Blogging, Losing The Joy Of Food And Reconnecting
11 Years Of Food Blogging, Losing The Joy Of Food And Reconnecting

I have now been blogging for over a decade. My blog just turned 11. It is only a few months younger than my oldest boy who is on the cusp of turning 12 and planning high school next year. When I first started blogging, I had no plan or time frame in mind. I wasn’t...

My Favourites List For May 2014
My Favourites List For May 2014

  Last year amidst bush fires close to where we live, we had  a pair of ducks seek shelter in our pool. It was a wondrous thing. We were absolutely thrilled to wake up every morning to two beautiful wild ducks swimming in our pool. Then they disappeared and...

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...

Introducing Tasty Circus – Food Art And Design Bazaar
Introducing Tasty Circus – Food Art And Design Bazaar

  I always like to tell this story. When I was a little girl, for a while I was an only child. We lived in a company complex with two elderly people for neighbours. The company owned cows, our neighbours had chickens and we were free to roam the massive grounds...