Something to share: Shetland

Something to share: Shetland

I fell a little bit in love with Scotland when I first visited in 2010 and that was further cemented during a number of holidays there in 2016 (read more here, here and here).  There was just something about the rugged scenery, stone houses and unique accent that really captured my imagination.

As a result I’ve developed a soft soft for books, movies and shows based in Scotland and my current favourite is Shetland…

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Orange and poppyseed muffins

Orange and poppyseed muffins

The other day a colleague of mine brought in a huge bag of freshly picked oranges to the office.  As I opened the bag, I was overcome with that heady, citrus smell and knew I had to use those oranges to make something special.

Winter officially began in Australia over the weekend, and while the dying days of May were cold, foggy and damp, June has started with crisp blue skies and mild temperatures. With the sun shining outside, and those homegrown oranges glistening in my fruit bowl, I decided that orange and poppyseed muffins were the order of the day…

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Something to share: the supermarket rose makeover

Something to share: the supermarket rose makeover

It’s no secret that I love having fresh flowers around the house.  While it’d be dreamy to have a stunning florist designed bouquet sitting on the kitchen table every week, I know my budget just doesn’t quite stretch that far.  Often for me, I’m either picking something out of the garden when it’s in season or treating myself to the occasional purse-friendly bunch from the supermarket.

The other day I stumbled across a video showing how to take one of those $10 bunches of roses you often find while doing your grocery shop and make it something a little more special.  Curious, I decided to give it a go…

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Saag paneer

Saag paneer

I’ve always quite enjoyed Indian food, but it wasn’t until I moved to England that I gained a full appreciation for the cuisine and its myriad of tasty dishes.

Having a ‘curry takeout’ or going for a ‘curry’ is one of the most beloved of meals in the U.K and it’s reflected in the number of Indian restaurants that can be found in any one location.  In the small Worcestershire town that Adam and I lived in, there were at least half a dozen places you could get a curry.  Over the months I quickly developed a deep love for saag or palak paneer – most commonly, a mildly spiced spinach dish served with chunks of cooked paneer cheese.

The versions I’ve had so far here in Australia haven’t quite matched up to what I’d eaten in England, so the other week I decided to have a go at making the dish myself, adapting a recipe from the BBC’s Good Food website

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What’s making me happy: April

What’s making me happy: April

I’ve always loved the month of April for its transitional quality – in Australia it generally means the arrival of cooler mornings and the first signs of autumn.  When we were living in England it meant longer evenings and spring blossoms.  This month though, this has been what’s making me happy…

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