My Favourites List For May 2014

by | May 9, 2014 | 13 comments

Ducklings & 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 we were crestfallen. A week after we last saw them, we woke up to a cacophony of soft excited chirps. And there in our pool were a dozen little fluffy yellow ducklings on their first swim with mama duck. It was a real treat to watch them everyday for a few days before they all disappeared again. And then the same set of events occurred a few months down the line. And again. This time they are back for the fourth time. And the novelty of watching the ducklings gingerly step into the pool for their first swim never gets old. 


Ducklings - Photo, Sneh Roy


Ducklings & May 2014 Favourites


Ducklings - Cook Republic


Wild Bush Duck & Ducklings - Cook Republic


It has been an eventful week for me. I made my first (slightly flustered) television appearance on Channel ten's morning show Wake Up where I cooked up a batch of my Zucchini Noodles on air and talked (briefly) about the inspiration behind the book and the recipes that helped me lose weight and regain my energy. If you missed it, you can watch it here. In some other big news, I will be cooking at the Melbourne Good Food And Wine Show on May 31, 2014 (Myer Stand F30) and signing copies of my book. I am very excited and hope to see you there!

Don't forget to check out these two giveaways of my book Tasty Express on 84th&3rd (Australia) and Wholesome Cook (Worldwide). I also answered some fun questions here and here.

Mother's Day is on Sunday and my boys are planning a simple little picnic for me. I think they are putting together some sandwiches and a fruit and cheese box. We hope to spend the day together at one of my favourite parks, soaking up some sun and flying kites. I hope you have a fantastic Mother's Day celebrating the special women in your life, yourselves and your beautiful children.

And here are some favourites for this month.

Much love!




- OMG! How good does this no-bake French Silk Pie look? 

- This post about 29 life lessons.

- Reading these cookbooks right now. (Grain Power, The Smitten Kitchen, Community, Asia Express)

- This would be great for the house. And this.

- Don't know what to do with an artichoke?

- This bit of French country escapism.

- A sweet potato pudding? Why not!

- A week in the life of a vegetarian. Commentary, idealism, reality. 

- Health -(ier) cake options for the weekend. Buckwheat Pear, Amaranth Coffee & Quinoa Banana.



Lead Picture - Mama duck taking her ducklings out for their first swim earlier this year. Such a perfect set of photos for Mother's Day don't you think?



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  1. rosa

    Those ducks are so cute!

    Lovely links. Thanks for sharing.



  2. Eha

    Love the ducklings, thanks for the links, but most of all appreciate you giving us the chance to watch you on 'Wake Up' - my TV only gets turned on at night and methinks there are others in the same position! Lovely opportunity to shine!!

  3. molly yeh

    ohmygoodness i am having a cute attack about those little duckies!!!

  4. Coco in the Kitchen

    Ohhhh, I love ducklings. We used to get them all the time when we lived in a condo where there was a creek running through the complex.
    They are the sweetest things and the reason I refuse to eat duck!
    Happy Mother's Day, Sneh! xoxo

  5. Lail | With A Spin

    How cute! Wonderful list. Loved reading the life lessons.

  6. Lizzy

    Thanks for sharing! Those ducks are adorable - I hope they weren't harmed by the pool chemicals, but heck there are probably so many chemicals in a lake now anyways. I thought you did great in your first television appearance, but I know it can be nerve racking in front of a camera. The first one is always the hardest though, right?!?

    Have a great mother's day!

  7. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Those ducks are too cute!

  8. Annie @ The Random Foodie

    awwwww those cute ducklings!!!

  9. Maureen

    Darling duckies! You're just going from strength to strength in your career. We're all so pleased for you.

  10. Simone

    How cute is that? We used to have ducklings every year at my parents house, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a good idea here with our three cats... 🙂

  11. Krys

    Whoa busy times for you! Love the artichoke recipes. Thanks for the links and those little ducklings are too cute for words!

  12. Karen @ The Lemon Grove Cake Diaries

    Great list - I am a huge fan of Manger blog as well 🙂

  13. Amanda @ Gourmanda

    How gorgeous are those ducks! They're so cute.


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