I’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[read more…]
This is a super easy, fast and delicious recipe for fried rice using a few tinned and frozen things. I love it because I usually have most of the ingredients around and can just throw it together.
Normally my salads are low carb affairs but I do enjoy a sort of retro pasta one. And I really liked this – I mean I love pasta so no surprise there, but the dressing is one of the best things about this – creamy with a hint of lemon, it goes perfectly with the tuna, comforting pasta and crunchy[read more…]
I eat a lot of salmon as is evidenced by the recipes on this blog (it’s so convenient and healthy), so I’m always looking at different ways to cook it. I really love this Asian inspired recipe with spicy/salty flavours. The salmon is best cooked until just rare in the middle and once it’s placed[read more…]
I’m absolutely obsessed with dumplings and buns and grab them from our food trucks when I can. So when I received Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook in the mail recently, I immediately zeroed in on this steamed bun recipe in amongst the other delicious looking dishes in this gorgeous cookery book. You’ll need a bamboo steamer to make[read more…]
This is a lovely, fresh and healthy salad I made recently. Now just to warn, it’s quite onion .. y so if you’re not into raw onion I would (Obv), leave out the red onion. The paper thin slices of vegetables aren’t mandatory but texture wise and as far as flavour goes, they do make this salad[read more…]
I love me a taco! So I whipped some up recently with buttery, spicy salmon – combined with fresh summer vegies and a zesty, spicy sour cream dressing, these were really delicious but also nice and light.
Watercress is one of those elusive things in Australia but I love the fresh little peppery leaves and how well it goes in salads so always grab a bunch when I see it. I remember my mum growing it near a creek at the bottom of our garden when I was little and we’d walk down and pick some[read more…]
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!
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…]
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…]
It’s that time of year when I start getting into clean and healthy salads. This pretty salad might look light but is really substantial with a decent amount of protein and is packed with grainy quinoa, fresh, sweet tomatoes, crisp spicy radish, smoky tuna and salty feta. I also added a creamy lemon dressing which topped off an[read more…]
Although I love fruit (not a fan of the no sugar/fruit trend currently), I’m not overly keen on fruit with savoury meals although certain fruit works really well; apricots, figs and currants in Moroccan cooking, for example and our lovely Queensland mangoes which go perfectly tossed through salsa. So for a lovely warm weather meal today,[read more…]
The omega 6 -v- omega 3 debate is something I’ve been reading about recently, including lots of conflicting, alarming information. One thing seems certain; whether we’re talking about heart health or general well-being and preventative health, most of us need more omega 3 fatty acids in our diet and not only that, we also need to[read more…]
Ok. Just imagine Christmas is over and you need a little relief from the indulgent, fattening days of eating and drinking like it’s the end of the world or something. Today’s recipe is an easy, healthy little brunch which has all deliciousness of what you’d expect from a lazy Sunday morning meal, but guilt free[read more…]
Earlier this week, I posted the first of 3 reviews for Tassal salmon. Today’s recipe uses Tassal’s lovely, rich, thinly sliced smoked salmon inspired by a breakfast trend I spotted recently, the F.A.T. (aka feta, avocado and tomato), the latest breakfast offering in cafes, which is so cool right now, it’s ridiculous. I kid. It’s a really delicious breakfast and[read more…]
Recently I was contacted by Natalie from Keep Left on behalf of Tassal, who very kindly asked if I would review some of their beautiful Tasmanian salmon products. Naturally I was super pleased to do this, as I love salmon and Tassal is a brand I buy regularly. Atlantic salmon is an extremely healthy variety of fish (all[read more…]
Greek yoghurt is so much a part of my daily diet, I don’t know what I’d do without it. I tend to buy unsweetened Greek yoghurt rather than the flavoured kind as it’s far healthier and you can add whatever you like to it. It’s also a wonderfully versatile ingredient for cooking and baking. I loved this version[read more…]
As of September, a Splash of Vanilla is officially a year old! I thought I’d host a giveaway in honour and also to celebrate our Southern Hemisphere Spring. I have two cute pieces of kitchenware from Peters of Kensington I think you’ll love – a Rodriquez Jam Tales Crockery tea towel and a Royal Doulton – Donna Hay[read more…]
Living in a big city where food is so easily accessible, lunch is one of those meals which is often neglected; it seems more convenient to grab fast food sometimes, especially on stressful days. It’s just as easy though, and well worth it to whip up a delicious and healthy meal at home in a matter of[read more…]
A warm, pretty day. Just right for this salad. This is an easy, tasty salad I make often in warmer weather. There’s just something about the fresh rocket, savoury tuna, and creamy beans with a salty hit from the olives that works really well. There’s also no standing over a hot stove which makes it perfect for[read more…]
This tasty pie with savoury Mediterranean flavours would be great to take on a picnic, or to leave in the fridge for a couple of days for go-to lunches or dinners. As with most dishes inspired by these flavours, it tasted better after being in the fridge for a few hours. We served this at room temperature[read more…]