Chicken white bean soup with ginger & chilli

July 9 2016
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Chicken whte bean soup with ginger & chilli l a splash of vanillaIt’s the time of year for chicken soup!

Here in Queensland we’ve gone from the longest, hottest summer to sudden and very icy cold temperatures and this soup cheered me right up recently.

It’s said that chicken soup has magical healing properties and I do feel that’s true, however in order for this to happen you need to poach the chicken breasts in some stock then use the chicken enhanced stock as the base for the soup.  It makes all the difference flavour-wise.

This soup is packed full of vegies and has just a hint of ginger and chilli; perfect for a cold day.

Chicken whte bean soup with ginger & chilli l a splash of vanilla
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Happy Friday

July 8 2016

Have a lovely weekend all!

(I’ve discovered this pomegranate green tea which I’m addicted to now)

a splash of vanilla


It Follows (2015)

May 27 2016
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Eeep.  Saw this brilliant low budget, indie horror flick a while back and loved it’s dreamlike quality and creepiness while paying homage to a bunch of 80s horror movies (spotted some subtle Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween and Carrie in there).

Have a great weekend!

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All images from the movie: It Follows, USA, 2015

Oatmeal raisin cookies

May 14 2016

On needing to use up oats, peanut butter chips and raisins and looking for the perfect oatmeal raisin cookies one night, I decided to go directly to a good source and found this great recipe (is anybody else so confused by the over abundance of recipes online now?  I know I know, I’m part of the problem).

Anyway, I tweaked things a bit, as you do, and found these chewy, spicy and soft and well, just awesome really.  Great with a cuppa.

oatmeal raisin cookies

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Swedish sandwich cake

April 23 2016

Swedish sandwich cake l a splash of vanillaI’ve always wanted to make one of these as I’m a huge sandwich fan and I love all things Swedish and Scandinavian.  I haven’t made it exactly as you would a traditional smörgåstårta, as I wanted to use ingredients I had already.  However, I tried to think of traditional Swedish things while putting it together; making one layer with a fish filling and using sour cream, greens and rye bread.

It’s very easy to whip up, is delicious and is a fun take on sandwiches for lunch for your family or for a BBQ or party.  One important thing though – make sure your fillings don’t have too much liquid as the cake will end up on the soggy side.

Nourish atelier is where I adapted mine from, with information on traditional ingredients and a recipe video.

Swedish sandwich cake l a splash of vanilla

Swedish sandwich cake l a splash of vanilla

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Sticky date raw muesli

April 10 2016

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I know toasted muesli is super popular and I really like it myself, but there’s just something so wholesome about raw muesli.  Combined with dates, spices and golden syrup, this muesli has a nutty, chewy texture and is reminiscent of sticky date pudding.

Because of the dates, this is quite high in sugar, so you could think of it as one serve of fruit if you like.

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