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Posted on March 7, 2014

me n pop

You are going to learn a few new things about me today. I suggest you go and grab a cup of tea, cos this might take a few minutes.

As you know, I don’t often share deeply personal things on this blog, it is mostly just pretty food and occasional baby pics. But that is going to change, and I hope you are OK with that.

My life has changed dramatically in the last 12 months and I haven’t shared any of it here. For my blog friends and readers all over the globe, I’m sorry for that – because after all, that’s what blogging is all about. Sharing.

I have just been conscious about keeping this a ‘food blog’, but it’s now going to evolve into more of blog about my family and life on the northern rivers. Don’t worry, there will still be food, lots of it, so don’t click away just yet. (more…)

Poppy’s 3rd b’day watermelon ‘cake’

Posted on November 15, 2013

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I’m not going to get all sentimental about how my baby girl is 3, but really, I can’t believe it! 3 years went really fast.

Poppy’s favourite things to eat recently are watermelon and icing (from cupcakes or donuts). So when I saw this amazing idea on my amazing friend Viola’s blog¬†(go check it out) I was all set for her birthday cake.

You see, this isn’t a cake at all….

It’s a big square of watermelon covering icing.

Pretty cool, huh?! (more…)

No knead homemade bread from scratch tutorial with step by step photos! #ggbreadrevolution

Posted on May 29, 2013

Do you avoid making your own bread because you don’t have the time OR don’t have the energy-slash-hands free (I’m looking at you mamas!)?

That used to be me. But that all changed when I came across a photo on instagram with the hashtag #ggbreadrevolution. I can’t remember who it was that actually posted the photo, but it was a beautiful loaf of bread, so I immediately clicked the hashtag and delved deeper.

What I found was a Melbourne Mum of five boys with a blog called Gourmet Girlfriend and her revolutionary adaptation of a NY Times no knead bread recipe. She promised it was easy peasy and every loaf would turn out perfectly. It made me curious, to say the least. OK, I’ll admit, I was damn right excited!

I followed her instructions that night and the next morning, voila!, a beautiful loaf sat on my kitchen bench. I was super impressed with myself, and I was hooked! No more supermarket bread for this family.

Today I’d like to show you my slightly adapted method in all its step by step glory and I strongly urge you to give it a try. It’s really sooo easy – even for a Mum of a 2.5 year old toddler and I’m also 30 weeks pregnant!

I’m so committed to this cause that I even went out and purchased a big 20kg sack of flour and a barrel to store it in last weekend. Without further ado – let’s get easy homemade bread making! (more…)

In My Kitchen: finger limes, vegetarian gelatine and more!

Posted on March 26, 2013

This post is meant to go up at the beginning of each month so I am running horrendously late – better late than never, right? Right?!! Good, I thought so.

Let’s take a peek in my kitchen then…

Above, glorious native Australian finger limes, purchased from the Lennox Head lakeside market.  Have you tried these little beauties? They have a delicious sweet/sour taste and very cool texture.

You rip the pods open to reveal little lime balls about the same size as caviar that can be used in all manner of things, but are best served as a garnish or without heat (like in a dressing) so that the delicate flavour is preserved. One of my favourite native Aussie bush foods! (more…)

This week I’m craving… {vegemite & jarlsberg}

Posted on March 22, 2013

Before I dive into this week’s craving I’ll just give you an update on last week’s soup dumplings craving…

I didn’t get them during my trip to Sydney (boo hoo), but I did get a whole host of other dumplings at a quick yum cha session down south in Blakehurst. All my favourite dumpling flavours were there; har gow (prawn), prawn and spinach, mixed veggie with peanuts, scallop, prawn and pork and of course the delicious flat rice noodles filled with king prawns. Heavenly. And just what the baby ordered!

But back to this week’s craving; vegemite and jarlsberg cheese on toast. (more…)

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