Start lowering your carbon footprint on ‘Meatless Mondays’ with these dishes.

It is so important to not only help the planet but to also maintain (or reduce) our waistlines by having at least one meat-free meal a week. I have many more than that and I love sharing them here for your inspiration.

Mini lime custard tarts {vegetarian}

Posted on May 25, 2012

Who would have thought you could make a yummy custard tart with soy milk? Well, using the vanilla flavoured Vitasoy soy milky range, it is not only possible, but delicious too!

I’m telling you, I just love working with Vitasoy who challenge me to come up with four interesting soy milk recipes every month. Sometimes I tear my hair out at the failures (OK, not literally), but wins like this make it all worthwhile. And I do it all for you lovely readers! (more…)

Maggie Beer’s baked red onions {vegetarian}

Posted on May 3, 2012

Onions. My kitchen would be incomplete without them, forming the basis of almost every dish I cook. However, I rarely make them the star of the show.

Enter Maggie Beer. Needing no introduction, she is an awesome gardener and celebrity home cook, and this month in Gardening Australia magazine she tells us all about how to grow and cook with onions. (more…)

Chocolate, Chestnut and Baileys pots

Posted on May 2, 2012

Baileys (Irish liqueur) always reminds me of my friend Sarah who l used to work with in London. She is obsessed with the stuff. It’s not surprising really, who can resist creamy booze? Not many people I know!

I’ve been thinking of Sarah lately as she is getting married soon to her lovely fiance Steve (good luck guys!) and I remembered that I promised her I would feature a dessert with Baileys on my (future) blog for her. That was back in 2006. (Ahem, *coughs nervously*). So, it’s been a long time coming!

Last week I received a picnic basket filled with goodies from Bonne Maman in anticipation of Mother’s Day. It included a pot of their delicious sweetened chestnut puree and the sight of it planted a little seed in my head about a chocolate pot flavoured with chestnut. (more…)

Jaffa macadamia ANZAC biscuits

Posted on April 25, 2012

Every year I make ANZAC biscuits because they are my hubby’s favourite. And each year I think “why don’t I make these more often?”.

This year I was all set to make my usual batch based on hubby’s mum’s recipe (see here) when I saw a delicious adaptation on my friend Lorraine’s blog.

I’m a huge fan of macadamias and stocked up big on them on a recent trip to the Northern Rivers region (where they are grown and best sourced fresh!). When I saw that Lorraine had included them in her recipe I went hunting in the pantry for my stash. (more…)

Mushroom and parsnip soup {slow cooker, vegan}

Posted on April 23, 2012

Chilly autumn days call for a rich and luscious soup, and all the better if it is packed full of vegetables and wholesome soy milk.

What’s that? You didn’t like the last part about soy milk? Well OK then, you can substitute cream, but seriously, the nuttiness of the soy milk really compliments the earthy mushrooms and parsnips. So just give it a try, you can tweak it next time. (more…)

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