Fig & Cherry Archive

Read all of the Fig & Cherry posts in chronological order from today all the way back to 2008!

A sneak peek inside my fridge (take two!)

Posted on November 1, 2013

fridge

Today I’m joining in with the lovely Sonia from Natural New Age Mum and sharing photos of the inside of my fridge!
Long term readers of this blog may remember me doing a similar post all the way back in 2009, although I’ve enjoyed doing it again to see the changes and constants in my diet. I’m also a bit of a neat-freak when it comes to my fridge and it all comes back to preventing as much waste as possible. If it’s tidy you know what you have and you use it and don’t buy doubles of things! It’s another reason why I put most things in clear containers too. (more…)

In My Kitchen: cookbooks, condiments and more!

Posted on October 26, 2013

ancient-grains

There have been so many yummy things in my kitchen over the past few months and I have been busting to share them with you. However, a certain little cutie pie (and his sister) have been keeping me very busy.

But, here I am finally, showing off the goodies that I’ve been sent, mostly gifted*, since May/June.

First up, my dear friend Catherine Saxelby’s newest book Ancient Grains* which is jam-packed with delicious recipes and beautiful photography. It focuses on healthy meals featuring, you guessed it, ancient grains like quinoa, buckwheat, millet and more. These grains are becoming more and more mainstream (which is great) and are a fantastic way to vary your diet both for reasons of taste and nutrition. With both sweet and savoury treats, it’s definitely a great gift – perhaps a good stocking filler for xmas? Buy it here.

Next, Anathoth Passionfruit and Lemon Curds*. OMG, yum! Curd is an easy thing to make, but it’s just so convenient to have ready-made in the fridge to slather willy nilly on pikelets and toast or dollop onto ice cream or yoghurt. I’m also very partial to eating with whipped cream and crumbled shortbread. Lush! This brand is available at the supermarket too, which is very handy. (more…)

My baby boy and growing spring onions from scraps

Posted on October 23, 2013

maxi

I’m baaaaaack!

Hello there lovely reader, thanks for coming to visit here again after my super-long hiatus. Just in case you forgot, I was away cooking up my gorgeous little cherub of a son. Isn’t he adorable? (Just nod, it’s the best thing you can do for a hormonal, loved up new mum!).  (more…)

Slow down, recharge, refresh

Posted on June 26, 2013

Last week my mobile phone died. It turned itself off and started flashing the apple symbol. Deary me, it was a very sad sight.

It happened the day after my husband left for an overseas trip. He’s gone for three weeks, and I am just under 6 weeks away from giving birth to my second child.

Talk about bad timing.

Instead of getting upset, I’m taking it as a sign from the universe to unplug, slow down and relax. I’m notorious for putting too much on my plate (in life and at the dinner table), so I’m really forcing myself to pay attention to any signs that might indicate I am stretching myself too thin (no pregnancy pun intended!). (more…)

Almond and coffee self-saucing pudding {vegetarian}

Posted on June 12, 2013

Self saucing pudding is one of my signature desserts. I love experimenting with different flavours and textures in both the fluffy topping and the saucy bottom. My usual go-to flavour combo is banana (on top) and caramel (saucy bottom). It is truly divine, and I promise to share that recipe soon.

However, this delicious combination came about when Vitasoy briefed me to make two coffee-flavoured desserts. Tiramisu immediately sprang to mind, but then I remembered I’d already created a chocolate virgin version before for them, so that was out. At that moment it started raining, and for some reason a warm, comforting self saucing pudding popped into my brain.  (more…)

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