Citrusy polenta cake with raspberry swirl

Citrussy polenta cake with raspberry swirl

We have this little tradition in my family of ‘cocktail hour.’ It’s not your traditional round of martinis but every night at around 6pm we have a drink and a few chips. My most favourite combination is tasty cheese CCs and a diet coke or as I like to call it CCs and DC. I […]

Pad See Ew – ‘Thai mac and cheese’

Pad See Ew

My sister bought us tickets to the Brisbane Comedy Festival for Christmas and last Thursday night was our night. I love going to shows during the week but I often face the dinner dilemma. The show was at 7.15pm. To eat before, which would be about 6pm (we normally eat between 7.30 and 8) or […]

Gluten-free bitter lemon and almond cake with stawberry glaze

Bitter lemon and almond cake

I love Twitter. I still find it so cool that I can write a message to anyone anywhere in the world and get a reply. On the day of the baby shower I tweeted Garry Younberry (the channel 9 weather man up here in Queensland) to ask if I should set a table outside. He […]

Mini white chocolate and raspberry no-bake cheesecakes

White chocolate and raspberry cheesecakes

There are only so many series of D-grade celebrities going head-to-head, people starving themselves on deserted islands, racing around the world, dancing their feet off and belting out songs that I can take. I think I have finally reached my reality TV threshold. Big Brother had the idea. They saw that their time was up […]

Five minute focaccia bread – the cure for a bad day

Five minute foccacia bread

Do you ever have those days where time seems to fly and nothing gets done? Ok I know everyone does but today is not my day. First up I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep instead of jumping up and heading out to the gym like I normally do. This does not […]

Warm mushroom and soba noodle salad

Warm mushroom and soba noodle salad

It wasn’t until about two years ago that mushrooms and I were properly introduced. Before then I thought of them as the slightly ugly vegetable that I didn’t really know what to do with. As you know I’ve come a long way in my food exploring and now I love them. They’re one of my […]

Chicken and chickpea pilaf

Chicken and chicpea pilaf

I had a fantastic time in South America but one thing I did miss about home was cooking. I know, some people might think I’m crazy. Don’t get me wrong, having other people cook for you is great but I like to get in the kitchen. I love finding recipes and testing them out and […]

60 calorie spaghetti – yes it’s true!

60 calorie spaghetti

This Friday, I have my first fitting for my wedding dress. It’s starting to all feel very real and so exciting! The dressmaker had two openings for my appointment; 2pm & 3pm. My preference – 3pm so that gives us time to go out to lunch before. He was a little shocked. I don’t think […]

Spinach and feta pastry wands – supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation

Spinach and feta pastry pops

My mum and dad do a lot of good work for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. If you haven’t heard of them, they grant wishes for seriously ill children. It’s a wonderful cause. I’ve been with mum when she’s granted a few wishes and seeing their little faces light up is just priceless. In order to […]

Turkey quesadillas – leftover turkey

Turkey quesadillas

Going to a party hosted by my mother you can be assured of one thing – you will never go home hungry. I have definitely inherited this hostess gene from mum and nearly always over-cater when I entertain. I’d much rather eat leftovers for a week than have people looking at the clock waiting until […]

Spicy sweet potato wedges

Spicy sweet potato wedges

When I don’t have a side dish planned for dinner I nearly always fall back on what I’ve been eating my whole life – plain broccoli, beans, carrot or corn (or a combination) steamed or some sort of potato. I had to spice up my sides, literally, for Thanksgiving on the weekend and decided it […]

Curry puff pies

Curry puff pies

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. As I mentioned on Saturday, I hosted my very first Thanksgiving dinner and successfully cooked my first turkey. I was rather squirmish prepping it for the oven but I braved it out and was very proud of myself. I have lots of leftovers in the […]

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