indoor plant life

During my recent visit in beautiful, weather confused Melbourne, I stayed with my dear friend Leana-Rose. Lele’s house is beautifully decorated with photos of her loved and adored ones and others from her multiple trips overseas, cute trinkets and glorious bursts of tribal print and colour. But something was different… her home space seemed more…

D is for .. dhal – spiced red lentil dhal with chickpeas and spinach

Dhal is a staple food in Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and Indian cuisines. It is one of the most beautiful global comfort foods known – it’s deliciously spiced and complex but warming, soothing and satisfying all at the same time. Dhal is usually served as a side-dish, but I’ve been known, on more than…

australian natural soap company, melbourne

Have you been to South Melbourne market before? If you have, you would know that it is full of artisan, homemade, hand-crafted goodies of all kinds – ranging from pet foods to super cute clothing. One of the best things about the Sth.Melb Market is the amazing range of Australian businesses showcasing their ranges and…

B is for .. boeuf bourguignon- beef braised in red wine

-There is something really beautiful about traditional classics. I often think that with classic dishes it about simplicity but the appreciation for flavour.. Maybe it’s a chef thing ? But there’s also that intoxicating smell when dishes that have been cooking for hours fill up your home.. it brews anticipation and appreciation for the final…

a is for .. apple pie – spiced apple pie jaffles

Homemade apple pie is an old school dessert favourite. Crispy pastry, with a filling that conjures up feelings of warmth and comfort. Seeings as we don’t have an operational oven at the moment, I am forced to seek other methods of ‘baking’ or making desserts. After much hesitation and doubt, I gathered the courage and…

a cute easter sunday

Today was such a beautiful day; we ate, played, read, laughed, napped. The boys played most of today; laughing, chasing each other with Nerf guns, they watched a few movies and played superhero trivia. Meanwhile I finished and sent off another assignment, recipe developed and scheduled another 3 blog posts, did some last minute groceries…

the A to Z .. of modern classics series

Starting tomorrow, I will be posting every week with an A-Z of modern classics. These are dishes that are either in your repertoire, classics you know and love, or recipes you just know of but haven’t got around to cooking yet! Some of the recipes will have fun, quirky and modern spins on them, others…

ginger-chicken udon soup

Not only is this recipe kid-approved, but it’s also man-approved. A quick an easy mid-week meal using poached chicken and Asian broth! Packed with veggies and the nutritional benefits of homemade stock, this quick and easy weeknight meal is perfect for busy weeks and long days. Plus.. who doesn’t love a noodle? The addition of…

the crisis of a tuesday

Today was the first of many herbal medicine exams. 1hr. Short and extended response. Open book. I hadn’t purchased my texts yet, due to insufficient funds. I was continuously borrowing them from the library on a 7-day loan rotation. I had finally saved enough money to be able to purchase them this morning – the…

asian style white poached chicken

I’ve been mixing things up lately in our kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I go thru phases of cuisines; one week it’s a Mexican vibe, the next week its a Spanish flavour fiesta, this week it’s all about the Asian flavours. Whole free-range chooks were on special this week at my local grocers….