Over the last few days it’s really felt like spring. The air is just that little bit warmer, the afternoons just that little bit brighter and there are blossom covered trees on just about every street in town. After such a quiet autumn and winter, where staying in was pretty much mandatory, spring feels like a season of optimism .
I’m envisaging small, but exceptionally jovial socially distant gatherings, outside in the fresh air – underneath trees with brand new leaves. Those sorts of get-togethers deserve a treat – something colourful, crunchy and creamy. Something like lemon and blueberry squares…
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Now that I’m back working again, I’ll be bringing a packed lunch from home most days I’m in the office. I find (especially since I’m still breastfeeding in the mornings, evenings and sometimes overnight) that I need something substantial to eat in the middle of the day and a few smaller snacks for mid morning and mid afternoon.
Lunch itself is normally pretty easy to get together – leftovers from dinner the night before, a salad using whatever’s in the fridge, or soup and toast on cold days. However, I always struggle a little bit with finding different types of snacks, especially ones that can be eaten both at my desk or out and about.
Enter Parmesan and rosemary biscuits. They’re delightfully savoury, have a wonderful cheesy flavour and pair beautifully with fruit…
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The grey clouds rolled in this weekend past bringing with them rain, fog and thunder – rather apt given the southern hemisphere saw in the winter solstice on Saturday night. As it often does when the weather is moody, I got a craving to bake. Whilst something dark and decadent would’ve probably suited the conditions best, I felt the need for something bright and light. So with a little inspiration from my fruit bowl, I whipped up an easy loaf cake, which filled the house with the heady scent of summer…
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I love a homemade biscuit. There’s something so deliciously moreish about biscuits that are slightly misshapen, crunchy on the outside and a little soft on inside. While chocolate chip ones are always welcome, sometimes you crave something more savoury and dense. I whipped up a batch of granola biscuits the other week and they’ve proven to be a rather satisfying snack….
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Hello February! The first month of the year seems to have passed ever-so-quickly. That last week of January though… it was hot and dusty and all around pretty ordinary to be honest – but in between there were a few sweet moments.
Here’s a look at what the last seven days has looked like for me…
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January is a busy month for birthdays in our family and with that comes a lot of cake. While sponges and chocolate cakes are always favourites for special occasions, sometimes it’s nice to celebrate with something a little different. So for Adam’s birthday this year he decided he wanted to bake his own cake, and an apple one at that…
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One of my favourite things about living in ‘Australia’s foodbowl’ is being able to access so much locally grown produce. It also means lots of average backyards often have vegetable patches and fruit trees, which deliver a bounty of goodies at certain times of the year. Friends, Sophie and Tim, have a particularly healthy orange tree in their yard and last year we used a big bucket of oranges to make marmalade (there’s actually still a few jars sitting in the pantry!) When they kindly gifted us another load of oranges a few weeks ago, I started browsing recipes to see what I could whip up with this year’s bounty.
My favourite use so far: orange and cranberry granola…
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The other day my brother and I were reminiscing about some of the food we used to eat after school to keep us going until dinner was served. It was always a meal I looked forward to, ravenous after a day of learning, and usually consisted of toast or savoury biscuits with cheese, some fruit and maybe something a little sweet. It got me thinking about other childhood favourites and immediately chocolate slice sprang to mind…
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Adam’s been working interstate this week, so I’ve been using his absence as an opportunity to cook meals that’s he’s not so fond of. One of those is pasta melanzana – a favourite solo supper of mine for many years. It’s an easy mid-week meal, that’s vegetarian, quick to assemble and generally provides enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. Its star ingredient is eggplants – a vegetable I love, but that Adam’s rather ambivalent about….
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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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