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classic french onion soup

11 June, 2017

It’s no secret that I am a little obsessed with all things French. Since travelling there a few years ago, it has been an ongoing love affair. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I left a small piece of my heart on the Seine. I love the effortless elegance of French styling and their air of confidence. That’s before mentioning their deep patriotism and love for their culture – understandable, considering the richness of the culture itself. I love that…

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fig and vanilla polenta slice

4 June, 2017

When I think of vanilla slice, I think of the massive pieces of slice, oozing with vanilla, that are freshly made at this amazing bakery in Main Beach at the Gold Coast for as long as I can recall. From the time that I was little, I can remember her getting a fresh loaf of tiger bread to go with prawns and avocado, and a sneaky piece of vanilla slice to share for dessert. To be honest, though, it usually…

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roasted sweet potato and apple soup with rosemary

10 May, 2017

It seems as though I have a bit of a penchant for pushing myself to my limit every so often. Most of the time, I don’t even realise what I am doing until it is far too late, and all of a sudden I have run myself into the ground at a high speed. I take absolutely no pride in being busy anymore. Perhaps a few years ago I would have, but as I have settled into my 20s, I…

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the ultimate chocolate fudge brownies

22 April, 2017

I may have slightly overdone it on the chocolate last weekend. And by slightly, I mean I totally overindulged. With so much chocolate around, I caved to peer pressure (which was actually more peer gentle nudge if I’m being honest) and threw all of my usual control out the window to completely immerse myself the Easter festivities. Some days you eat bowls of steamed broccoli for dinner, other days you eat 3 toasted hot cross buns, 2 big bunnies, and…

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the pav off

27 January, 2017

And the results are in. My sister has officially won this year’s annual Australia Day Pav off.  To say that my family love a competition is an understatement. Scrabble games are treated like grand finals and card games can rival some of the more impressive tennis matches in length. When someone throws down the gauntlet, it’s on.  The family Pav-off started by accident last year, after mum and my sister both sent me photos of their homemade pavlovas to make me…

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rosemary and sea salt shortbread

12 December, 2016

Well, I did it. I got through my Masters degree! Results pending, I am almost a fully qualified therapist. How’s that for daunting?  With no study hanging over my head, I feel a lightness that I have not experienced in a long time. It took less than two hours after finishing my final exam for me to use my new freedom as a springboard to gleefully jump out of the solitary confinement of exam study into the beautiful chaos of Christmas. …

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baked falafels

25 November, 2016

I fell in love with falafels in Paris. Ok, so it sounds a bit odd. But for those of you who have been to the Jewish Quarter in Paris, you will understand.  The Jewish Quarter is a historic district that lies in the heart of the Marais in Paris. Filled with Jewish book and antiquity stores, food vendors, and people dressed in traditional clothing, this incredible area is a fascinating part of a phenomenal city. Although the historical significance and amazing…

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pumpkin, chickpea and quinoa sage loaf

6 November, 2016

Being in the Southern hemisphere, we don’t quite have the same obsession with all things pumpkin at this time of year as our Northern hemisphere counterparts. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, pumpkins seem to dominate food blogs, dining room tables, and even front porches.  Whilst pumpkin is pretty much a staple in my diet all year round, and most of the recipes that are floating around are probably better suited to a colder climate, I am more than happy to jump…

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