Vegetarian

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.

Homemade fig, vanilla and lemon jam

Posted on March 8, 2014

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After yesterday’s heavy post, I thought I’d get back on your sweet side with some homemade jam. Did it work?

My very good friends Robyn and Rocco gifted me with about 3kg of figs from their tree last month. Tiny, sweet, gorgeous things. I was ecstatic until I realised I couldn’t actually eat that many figs before they were going to turn.

What was I to do? That’s right, make jam. But I also stuffed them into biscuits, brownies (so good! Use this recipe and just chuck in a cup of chopped fresh figs with the nuts in step 4), plus I ate them on muesli everyday.

And I STILL had about a kilo left over. Jam, was their destiny. (more…)

No-cook pasta salad sauce

Posted on February 16, 2014

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The weather is still hot here in the northern rivers, even though it’s almost Autumn, so cool dinners are a welcome respite at the end of the day. Even better when they are practically no-cook.

This sauce is designed to be quick and easy but still full of the best flavours of Summer. Stir it into cooked and cooled pasta for an instant salad or stir through hot pasta for dinner in a flash. Mums, it’s a winner. (more…)

Keeping It Real: Chuck everything in salad

Posted on February 4, 2014

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Today is less of a recipe, more of a philosophy. A rough method, if you will.

Long time readers will know of my intense hatred of food wastage. Yes, hate is a strong word, but in this context it is warranted. I absolutely can’t stand allowing food to go bad in the fridge – it’s the reason why I keep my fridge well organised and clean pretty much all the time.

My favourite way to use up bits and bobs from the fridge and pantry is to make a salad. A chuck everything in salad. (more…)

Crunchy baked zucchini chips

Posted on January 20, 2014

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Who says chips can’t be healthy?

Think outside the potato square today and make yourself a crunchy snack that is not only delicious, but a big ol’ serve of green veggies too.

Afterwards, pat yourself on the back and grin like a cheshire cat. OK, maybe you’re not a drama queen like me, but you can certainly feel good about yourself! (more…)

Mango tiramisu

Posted on January 13, 2014

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Happy New Year! I am looking forward to absolutely rocking 2014 and I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff with you so I hope you’ll come along for the ride…

Meanwhile, Australia’s long hot Summer continues and I’ve been busy in the kitchen with the King of Summer fruit – Mangoes.┬áThe sweet, silky flesh of ripe mangoes is the perfect partner in this rich, but fruity dessert. It’s a cracker served after a spicy meal. (more…)

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