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5 must have freezer items to help you survive the holidays

(Apologies to new subscribers who have seen this in my welcome email series. I promise this is the only double up!). If you’re anything like me then you have great intentions to be organised and ready for anything over the holidays but then somehow end up frazzled (I see you nodding your head). I have a few tricks to stay on top of things but one is keeping the freezer well-stocked. These are my top 5 must have freezer items to help you survive … [Read More...]

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To my birth city

It started with a text from my friend Miss Sydney saying 'don't worry, I didn't go in to get my chocolates, I'm ok.' I was so confused and had no idea what she was talking about, then she told me the news. A man with a shot gun had taken people hostage in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in my birth city - a city where many members of my family and lots of friends live - a city I have visited so many times in a place I walked past just a few months … [Read More...]

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Paleo gingerbread stars

It's just not Christmas to me unless there is gingerbread. I'm not sure if we actually used to do it but I have memories of making gingerbread with my mum and sister at Christmas. We always made gingerbread men and just the thought of them and I can taste it and I'm right back in the kitchen sitting on a white stool rolling out the golden dough. I can't wait to make memories like that with Ollie when he's a bit bigger and I hope he will have a love … [Read More...]

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Chili jam

Are you sensing a theme yet? I had so many chilis from my garden I didn't know what to do with them. Then, like when you buy a new car and suddenly it seems like everyone has that car, I started seeing chili recipes everywhere - jam, sauce, peanuts, on meat, in chocolate, they were everywhere. I can't really explain why, but I love things in jars. Maybe it's because you can make them all look the same and lots of things that look the same all collected … [Read More...]

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How to make gingerbread presents

I know a lot of the excitement of Christmas crackers is the  pulling of the cracker and the mini explosion but what if it was edible but with no snap? Would the fact that it's delicious make up for the lack of ear-piercing crack? What if you could smash your fist into it to get at your lame Christmas joke, hat and goodies? That was my idea behind gingerbread present boxes. I often have really random thoughts. Like the other day I asked Will where … [Read More...]

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Haloumi mushroom bites with sundried tomato and basil

Usually, I can honestly say that I have no idea where the recipes that I call 'created by Claire' come from. Usually they pop into my head late at night when I'm trying to go to sleep and I have to tell Siri to remember them for me. But this one was inspired by a canapé I had at a party a few weeks ago. It was little piece of halloumi, topped with something I can't quite remember and prosciutto. It was delicious. As soon as I bit into it I was dreaming … [Read More...]

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Chili peanuts – Foodie Secret Santa 2014

I don't know whether I've ever told the story of how I came to be a blogger. A very long story short, I was working in marketing in a regular 9-5 desk job and I was pretty miserable. I didn't quite realise it at the time but I need to be creating things, doing new things and experimenting and being told what to do every day (one day it was write names on certificates!) was not up my alley. Apart from the people, there isn't really anything I miss … [Read More...]

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Snow man Christmas gift tags with glitter

Crafting may not be something I should take up full time, but what I lack in skill I make up for with enthusiasm and that counts for something right? When it comes to Christmas I'm a little bit OCD. Our Christmas tree is decorated with red, white and silver and I like to keep it that way. Just to take it one step further, I theme my gift wrap every year. There's no mismatching paper under my tree. Every year I make my own gift tags to stick with the … [Read More...]

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Grain free peanut butter choc chip cookies

This is really a bonus post. As we're all having the month off for the Secret Recipe Club, the organiser had the genius idea of having a Secret Recipe Club cookie swap day where anyone from any of the four groups could put their hand up and be assigned someone else's blog and bake one of their cookie recipes. Yes there are a whole heap of links to amazing cookies at the bottom of this post. I was assigned to A Kitchen Hoor aka Christie from Kansas in … [Read More...]

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Santa, hilarity and Mr Independent

Mr Smiles was not all that happy visiting Santa last weekend. He didn't lose it which I was certain would happen. He had this 'I'm too cool for this' look on his face the whole time we were lining up and it didn't leave his face until he got back in the pram and I offered him a rice biscuit. It's still a pretty cute photo. Clare from The Life of Clare posted a photo of her dinner on her lap on Sunday night with #thisisreal below it. Apparently … [Read More...]