Berry cherry smoothie

Berry cherry smoothie

This light, naturally sweet, low cal, yet full of antioxidants smoothie was just the thing after Christmas/new years …

Black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast bowl

Black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast bowl

Remember the black sticky rice pudding I made a while back?  Well lately, due to hot mornings and such, I’ve been cooking black glutinous rice and storing it in the fridge it for breakfasts for the next day or two and serving it with maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and berries.  It’s a really convenient breakfast if you make the[read more…]

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

This classic Italian recipe, which I changed a bit by using cherry tomatoes, is amazingly flavourful.  The trifecta (so unpopular when I was a kid but now I love them) of olives, capers and anchovies make for a delicious dish without being overpowering at all.  I really enjoyed this!

Oven baked crispy spicy onion rings with lime chilli yoghurt dip

Oven baked crispy spicy onion rings with lime chilli yoghurt dip

Sometimes I prefer fried onion rings to chips, sacrilege I know!  I’ve never made them though because the take-away ones are pretty good.  With our milk delivery the other day though, we received the quarterly magazine which had a recipe for onion rings in it so I spontaneously thought I’d give it a go and they were surprisingly easy,[read more…]

Spring spaghetti with zucchini, cherry tomatoes & peas

Spring spaghetti with zucchini, cherry tomatoes & peas

I’m always banging on about spring produce but this time of year always inspires me to cook up huge, steaming bowls of pasta with this season’s fresh and lovely vegies.  There’s something about their sweet, crisp flavour combined with comforting spaghetti;  fresh, lemony and perfect for a weekend lunch.

Spicy maple pecan roast sweet potatoes

Spicy maple pecan roast sweet potatoes

I’m not quite ready to give up sweet potato even though it’s already hot here and turning the oven on is a bit of an effort. This is a side dish but to be honest, I had a bowl of these for lunch on their own; sweet, caramelised, spicy and with a gorgeous, fragrant crunch[read more…]

Lentil, feta & roast carrot salad with garlic croutons

Lentil, feta & roast carrot salad with garlic croutons

I’ve not cooked with lentils for a while.  Recently though, I’ve spotted this salad and this one and their loveliness inspired me to make a late Autumn salad with lentils and carrots.  There’s a few steps to this dish but don’t let that stop you if you’re keen for a hearty and healthy salad (it serves[read more…]

Home made vanilla brown sugar body scrub

Home made vanilla brown sugar body scrub

Years and years ago, I ordered some vanilla brown sugar body scrub from an online fancy cosmetic store for about $40.  Clearly I had more money than sense at the time …. when I used it (and it was lovely) I noted it only had a few ingredients in it and thought how easy it would[read more…]

Jerk chicken with spicy rice

Jerk chicken with spicy rice

This is a spicy and flavourful Jamaican dish which is a combination of a fresh and dry rub over hearty chicken legs.  If you buy chicken with the skin on, you’ll get a crispy skin thing happening however I prefer not to eat chicken skin.  I also roasted it in the oven; I have eaten Jerk[read more…]

Pasta with creamy pumpkin sauce (vegan)

Pasta with creamy pumpkin sauce (vegan)

While making my usual winter pumpkin soup recently, it occurred to me that with a few tweaks, it would make a lovely, healthy sauce for pasta, so I gave it a go. Adding nutmeg, sage and a decent amount of full fat coconut cream, this turned pumpkin soup into a lush, creamy and flavoursome sauce which goes[read more…]

The Nordic diet

The Nordic diet

Finally!  A diet I can get my head around which is basically all my favourite foods.  The (new) Nordic diet is a regional way of eating food which encompasses clean, fresh, natural and local produce such as oily fish, lean meat, whole grains, root vegetables, almonds, greens and berries; studies are saying it decreases your risk of[read more…]

Savoury & spicy pumpkin loaf (vegan)

Savoury & spicy pumpkin loaf (vegan)

I often make sweet baked loaves, in fact, they’re a staple in our freezer for morning teas and things. But the other day I thought about making a savoury loaf, a type of quick bread, something spicy and warm to have on cold mornings with butter or with a bowl of steamy hot soup.  So because[read more…]

Bioglan Superfoods Project

Bioglan Superfoods Project

Oh hi! I entered a competition yesterday called the Bioglan Superfoods Project I thought some people might be interested in. Run by Bioglan, a company specialising in super food products and vitamins (you’ve probably seen the ad on TV), you have until 31 August to submit a superfood recipe or health conscious social media page to be in[read more…]

Broccoli with chilli, garlic, lemon & toasted walnuts

Broccoli with chilli, garlic, lemon & toasted walnuts

I mean I like broccoli; green, crunchy, good for you but it’s not exactly the most exciting food on the planet to prepare or eat, so finding a way to dress up ye olde steamed broccoli is always good.  The classic flavours of chilli, garlic and lemon go brilliantly with this rustic vegie and I’m[read more…]

Happy Friday and a quick calamari salad

Happy Friday and a quick calamari salad

I love these frozen crumbed calamari rings I’ve been buying lately.  If you want a quick and healthy salad, wash and dry some salad leaves, slice some radish, whip up a quick French dressing, toss in a bowl then scatter over some oven baked calamari rings with a drizzle of aioli. Happy Friday!    

Maple spice walnut butter

Maple spice walnut butter

Walnuts are the untapped resource of the nut world; a lot of people find them bitter and perhaps not as enjoyable as other nuts which is a shame, because they’re a good source of omega 3 and heaps of other nutrients, and we should eat them a few times a week ultimately.  I’ve come to appreciate the slightly bitter[read more…]

Teriyaki salmon rice bowl with kale and avocado

Teriyaki salmon rice bowl with kale and avocado

I’m really getting into rice bowls lately, they’re such a perfect meal with all their little bits and pieces of crunchy vegies, luscious seafood and comforting rice.  Also, this marinade!  Teriyaki sauce is a perfect mixture of fragrant, spicy, sweet and salty and it goes brilliantly with salmon. This healthy, fresh dish goes well equally with earthy,[read more…]

Vegan breakfast bars

Vegan breakfast bars

I’ve heard a lot of negative remarks about the humble little muesli bar lately … too much sugar!  Additives!  You may as well drink a can of coke!  etc etc.  Poor muesli bars, being a child of the 80s I’ve always liked them and if you buy a brand which is quite healthy and lower[read more…]

Brown rice bowl with tuna, avocado & fried egg

Brown rice bowl with tuna, avocado & fried egg

Phew, I needed something to reset my body after a couple of days of eating basically empty (yet delicious) carbs.  This very tasty, healthy rice bowl full of protein and good fat was just the thing!  Nutty brown and wild rice, creamy avocado and fried egg, savoury tuna and some salty Tamari to top it off (and a little[read more…]

Smashed berry smoothie

Smashed berry smoothie

Summer to me is smoothie weather and since I posted a lovely green one recently, I thought I’d post this one before the weather gets too cool to really get into them.  I love this thick and creamy smoothie full of fresh flavour and good things which I whipped up a while back on a[read more…]

Swedish meatballs

Swedish meatballs

I don’t know how Swedish these actually are so if anybody from Sweden is reading, apologies!  They are, though, creamy and flavourful and pretty easy to make however I will say, you need to use a non-stick pan to sauté meatballs (I always forget and they stick like crazy).  You could use any type of[read more…]

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

I had grand ideas of making a chocolate Guinness cake for St Patrick’s Day but ran out of time.  Instead, I thought I’d go off the beaten track and offer this green smoothie I made recently which is such a lovely green colour, it seemed serendipitous, despite being devoid of butter, cream, potatoes or Guinness I’ve[read more…]

Walnut, parsley & lemon penne

Walnut, parsley & lemon penne

I made this lovely fresh pasta dish on a recent weekend.  It only requires a few ingredients which most people would have on hand and the flavours pack a punch; lemony, fragrant garlic, fresh herbs, crunchy walnuts, salty parmesan and a bit of heat.

Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

Blackberry lime muffins (vegan)

I make muffins quite often to freeze for morning teas and such, so thought I’d use some blackberries I had in the freezer and a few limes left over from gin and tonics on a recent weekend to bake some summer inspired, vegan little cakes. There really isn’t any difference between these and muffins using eggs and dairy; they[read more…]

Australian made – Organic Road

Australian made – Organic Road

I’ve been buying from Organic Road, an online company based in Rosebank, northern NSW (down the road from where I grew up incidentally), for a couple of years now. I really like this company; they have quite speedy customer service (although I don’t recommend using Fastway Couriers when choosing the delivery method FYI), offer all number of delicious, healthy[read more…]

Potato, bean and tomato salad

Potato, bean and tomato salad

I’m really fond of this tasty salad with only a few ingredients.  Simple, fresh and seasonal, with a lot of lemon, just how I like it.  

Jamaican style chicken skewers with lime chilli black bean rice

Jamaican style chicken skewers with lime chilli black bean rice

Along with the lovely cinnamon sugar and vanilla cinnamon shakes I received a couple of weeks ago, Jonathan also sent me the Red Ape Organic Rasta Shake which is a delicious Jamaican spice mix perfect for chicken and rice dishes.  This spice mix includes garlic, onion, thyme, ginger, allspice, red chili pepper, black pepper, salt,[read more…]

Fig, apple and watercress salad for one

Fig, apple and watercress salad for one

I’ve always said I love salads with fruit in them, not actual fruit salads so much, they remind me of school, but salads with slightly bitter greens and luscious, sweet fruit. So it’s fig season here in Australia and as I always do, I ran out and picked up a whole heap of juicy, plump figs. [read more…]