Easy Pear Tea Cake

If you’ve been following me on my social networks, you will know that my 10 week challenge has been over for a little while now! But despite having lost almost 4% body fat, and about 4-5 kilograms, I have my engagement party next month and so I want to keep myself on track so that…

Beef Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

What a whirlwind it has been these last couple of weeks! The start of my new job coincided with the start of the transformation challenge at my gym, and of course the first thing my body did was catch a cold. My body took it harder than usual as the week before I had been…

Easy Minestrone

So my body transformation challenge is locked in and ready to go mid-June. I’m somewhat apprehensive but also excited – I usually indulge in too much comfort eating during the cooler months, and so having someone monitor my intake and/or having an element of competitiveness will mean I’m more ready for bikini season towards the…

Dinner with Marley Spoon: Lamb Polpette

I had a bit of a meltdown a couple of months ago. One evening at home – I can’t remember if it was in the kitchen or snuggled up on the sofa watching Netflix – but in any case it was after dinner, I asked Night Owl that age-old question of “What would you like for dinner tomorrow night?”…

Easiest-ever Scones

One of the first recipes that we made in Home Economics in high school was scones. I didn’t see the allure of them back then in my younger years – I enjoyed the heavier, sweeter flavours of chocolate and the like; I had not yet experienced my first high tea, the joy in the ritual…

Mushroom Pâté

Night Owl was telling me about a girl she works with who once was slathering pâté on bread for lunch, but who refused to believe that pâté was made of liver, because “liver is gross” or something along those lines. Night Owl – who loves her offal – viewed her comment with a large dose of incredulity, whereas…

Easy Berry Ricotta Muffins

I was told of my grandmother’s passing yesterday evening while I was recipe-testing these muffins. She made it to the impressive age of 95, thanks to regular walks and a rather lack lustre diet of minimally-processed foods without excess sugars, salts and fats. Saying that she was “a bit” of a hypochondriac might be a severe…

My Bread & Butter Pudding

I’ve always had the biggest crush on custard. As a toddler I loved the stuff so much that my mum used to buy litre cartons of it and I’d eat cups of it. Fresh custard tarts puffy from the local bakery, lightly dusted with spicy nutmeg, perfectly flaky and buttery egg custard tarts at yum…

Coconut Chia Pudding

“Dairy-free, sugar-free; I think some of them are just a new eating disorder. There’s the ‘I Quit Sugar’ program. And so many people quitting carbs, quitting drinking… It’s ‘I quit’, ‘I quit.’ For me, it’s about a lifestyle choice.” These were the words voiced by celebrity chef Donna Hay at the end of last week,…

Coconut & Raspberry Brownie

Are you folks enjoying your long weekend? It was my birthday on Saturday and I had made an epic chocolate mousse cake to celebrate (you can see the photo of it on my Instagram here) but I got struck down with a horrid cold on Friday so have lost my appetite almost entirely 😦 What a…

Chicken Mushroom Pot Pies

Living just on the other side of the train tracks, a mere two minute walk from the main shops in my suburb, makes a last-minute grocery shop an absolute breeze. Forgot to buy milk on the way home? No sweat – the supermarket is open until 11pm. The best thing about visiting the supermarket at…

Blueberry Chia Muffins

I was working as a volunteer at a legal centre for a year between the periods of March 2013 to March this year, and it was quite unusual back then how I didn’t have much of a sense of any sort of financial responsibility – even though I was earning a grand total of zero…