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…

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…

Aubergine Involtini

So ever since I made the amazing dish that is Miso-Grilled Eggplant, I’ve been in a state of semi-alert when I rove around the fruit and vegetable aisle and the Asian grocers whilst on my weekly shopping routine. It was a few weeks ago while passing through FruitEzy in Chatswood Westfield that I became terribly excited at seeing…

Miso-Grilled Eggplant

Plans for my upcoming Japan-trip are almost well and truly organised: flights were the first thing to be bought, and I spent about a month afterwards slowly trawling through TripAdvisor and AirBnB for hotel and guesthouse deals – and now everything is booked! Then came the JR rail passes, which were a whopping $355 per…

Green Gourmet

I’ve never attempted any sort of diet before. It’s interesting when I have people ask me what my “approach” or “take” is on cooking – those whom I test my recipes on think I’m a sweets and dessert fiend, while my work colleagues see my neatly prepared and packed lunches with brown rice and salads…

Culinary Tales

It’s too natural to hear people complain and mutter every day about the things around us: the state of Australian politics, how the trains are broken down or behind schedule, how expensive fruit and vegetables are, the price of petrol, increasing housing prices, and our dilemma that we can no longer have berry smoothies for breakfast after a raspberry…

Homemade Baked Beans

And so that time of the year is almost upon us again – Valentine’s Day. I’m probably a little cynical about the date due to the fact that I’ve been single for the last six years, but my cynicism isn’t so much regarding the commercialism of all of it – with flowers being delivered to…

Coconut Cacao Bliss Balls

As every woman knows, there comes a certain time of the month where your appetite sparks up to an uncontrollable degree. The mere thought of slicing into a perfect medium-rare steak has me salivating, and the urge to consume my own weight in chocolate nags and prods at me incessantly. Usually I listen to my…

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin is probably one of the most time-consuming vegetables to prepare but one of the most rewarding when cooked well. I love winter when all the different varieties of pumpkin start to emerge, and immediately my imagination starts to conjure up the aroma of warm roast pumpkin salads and rich pumpkin soups. As this is…

Spinach Gnudi, Sage Burnt Butter

You couldn’t have asked for better weather over this four-day Easter long weekend. I’m delighted to say that I’ve spent the majority of this break in hermitage; sleeping-in until midday, leafing leisurely through cookbooks, pilates at home and pottering around the kitchen. Its been a good opportunity for me to take a break from the hustle…

Vegetable Castellane Parmigiane

I’ve never been a believer in diets. Lactose-free, paleo, no chocolate, no gluten or raw; as I have said before, I’m a supporter of everything in moderation. I believe if you deny yourself something, for example, saying that you will eat no chocolate, all you will think about is chocolate 24/7. Personally, some of the…

Hazelnut Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

Over the Christmas break there was a couple of days where The Sister joined me for dinner at mine. During this time, her fiance was still interstate with his family, and as they had only moved recently to their new place, she was so unfamiliar with the kitchen that she didn’t even know how to…