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Well Christmas and New Years may be over but the summer festivities are still going strong! My new years resolution this year is to get fit, which I’m loving but it sure is time consuming. I’ve joined the gym (it’s getting pretty serious) and have tried all the classes. Monday night touch football has also just started back up and last night we had perfect weather (if not a wee bit too hot)!  The reason for all this fitness activity is because I’ve got a wedding to attend at the

I love the lead up to Christmas. It’s always so manic and busy but I love it all the same. This week, to add to all the Christmas fanfare, we were invited to our very first Pickle Club. We had heard about this famous gathering of pickles before we moved up to Melbourne and were both looking forward to our first event. So here’s the deal. You make 6 jars of delicious homemade pickles (or chutney, relish, jams, cordials, pesto…. anything that keeps) and then swap them for 6 other

Awww… Christmas isn’t Christmas until you bake a batch of gingerbread men. My cute little niece loves baking gingerbread men (even when it’s not Christmas) but I think she loves making it so she can eat the dough. She must get that from our side of the family! Seb doesn’t like to eat cookie dough (which I think is abnormal). I think I prefer it to the end cooked result! Is that abnormal? I baked these and brought them to work last week (my colleagues love me) and out of all

Awwwww me gawd… I know I probably say this about everything but this recipe is sensational! Last year I decided to treat myself and buy (a rather extravagant) Christmas present – an amazing Kitchen Aid. It’s the pride and joy of my kitchen and I don’t regret buying it one bit. (I got a sexy black one!) At the time when I bought this lovely specimen I was working with a lady who was a certified domestic goddess. She had a Kitchen Aid and would whip up all sorts of lovely treats

Mince Pies

I never quite understood why Mince pies were called mince pies? There’s no beef in it? When I read up on the matter I discovered that I had good reason to be confused. Phew. The original mince pies, way way way back when, they were often filled with minced meat, a range of fruits and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. What we now know as Mince Pies didn’t eventuate until Victorian times when they sweetened them and reduced their size (thank god)! I love a good mince pie

O-M-G! It’s the first of December! Where has this year gone? Someone told me the other day that the older you get, the faster each year goes because it’s a smaller percentage of life – *gasp*. So anyway, 24 days until Christmas day – my favourite day of the year where I spend the day with everyone I love. This time last year I was making all sorts of lovely goodies in the kitchen for Christmas and this year is no different, although this year I have learnt from my

Another week, another trip to the Vic markets!  This week we were craving a good fix of fish so we bought a few fresh fillets of flathead.  Flathead is without a doubt my favourite fish.  It may be a little more expensive than certain other types of fish (I’m guessing because the fillets are small & there are so many little bones to get out) but it has such a lovely flavour, I can’t go past it. All in all, it was another successful trip to the market.  Our fridge

Last week I popped down to the Vic Markets to buy our weekly meat & veg. After every visit I always wonder why I bother with supermarkets when there are such amazing markets right on the doorstep. Everything is so cheap and the produce is far fresher than anything you’d find in the shops.  Not only that, but there’s so much choice – I always seem to find different varieties of vegetables that you’d never find in conventional supermarkets.     No trip down to the Vic markets would be

Kourabiedes

Ooo ahh! How good is this warm weather at the moment!?  Last night was the first time I had played touch football (or had done any reasonable exercise) in a long loooong time and boy was it good to get moving! Our game finished up just as the sun was setting over the Melbourne skyline.  All those beautiful colours, augh… it was truly one of those moments where you think ‘dagnammit this is amazing! Could it get any better than this?’ It was such a good feeling to get out

Sophie’s Salmon

A couple of weeks ago my good friend Sophie asked me to help photograph some food for one of her uni assignments.  She’s in her second year at RMIT, doing what sounds like the most amazing degree ever (a little bit jealous here).  I’m sure it’s helped by the fact that she’s extremely good at what she does! Anyway, her class were given the task of creating a recipe book based on the classic colour wheel.  Each student was asked to choose one of their favourite recipes based on a

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