Honey, pistachio and nougatine semifreddo


Sooooo it’s been way too long between posts and sincere apologies for that! Life got in the way…well actually my kitchen renos did but now I’m back! With some great new recipes and inspiration to share including this semifreddo perfect for the warm summer days. I served this on two Christmas occasions and they were…

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Chicken & Chorizo Paella


Most weeknights I rummage through the fridge and pantry looking for what I can pull together for dinner, often flicking through pinterest or food magazines for easy mid-week dinners. I’ve often admired the colourful seafood and mixed paellas, thinking they would be fairly complex dishes to pull together. Recently I came across this simple Chicken…

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Mushroom Risotto Balls

risotto balls

As we sink into the cooler winter months, my cooking sinks into that of a heavier, heartier kind! Risotto and soups feature frequently and the slow-cooker/multi-cooker makes a regular appearance at dinner. Risotto balls are a great way to re-use leftover risotto or make them fresh using this recipe below. They make a great antipasto…

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Breakfast with a punch! Açaí Berry Smoothie

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My new breakfast routine consists of a short espresso and an Açaí Berry Smoothie. See the recipe below. One night after a boot camp session recently, I was wandering through the supermarket, picking up fruit and vegetables for my next batch of freshly squeezed juices, when I found myself in the health food aisle. Normally I would…

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Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

buttermilk pancakes

Normally I’m more of a crepe fan, however since trying out this buttermilk pancakes recipe, I’m almost a convert! Fluffy and light, buttermilk pancakes make for a delicious breakfast treat or evening dessert. This recipe is easy and straightforward to create. Mix up the fruit to your taste with either strawberries, raspberries or even a…

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Watermelon & Pineapple Smoothie


I’ve been experimenting with a few new smoothie flavours and seasonal fruit and this is a great refreshing thirst quencher. The initial experimentation included pineapple, watermelon and grapefruit, however the grapefruit was extremely overbearing so I have since adapted the recipe. Ingredients ½ pineapple ¼ watermelon 2 bananas 1 tray of icecubes 1 cup of…

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Chicken Breasts stuffed with Spinach and Fetta


After another Pinterest session planning my evening meals I stumbled across the beautiful blog and website of Williams-Sonoma and spied this tantalizing recipe. It turned out to be such a delicious meal, so I had to share the recipe! The chicken came out perfectly, it wasn’t too dry and had great flavour, plus it was so simple…

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Smoked Salmon, Kalamata Olives and Capers Spaghettini


A slight variation on a favourite salmon pasta. Enjoy this easy-to-make mid-week meal with a glass of chardonnay. Smoked Salmon, Kalamata Olives and Capers spaghettini Ingredients  50g Huon Cold Smoked Salmon 300g spaghettini 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained ¼ red onion, diced ¼ cup of Kalamata olives, pitted ½ cup of parsely, chopped 1…

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Summer Panzanella


Inspired by the warm weather streak we have been experiencing in Melbourne along with a desire to get back on the healthy/clean eating bandwagon, tonight’s dinner was panzanella. Panzanella originates in, Italy and is a Tuscan salad of tomatoes, bread, olive oil, basil and red onion. Adapted to suit, my recipe below. Ingredients 6 heirloom…

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A burger adventure at Le Bon Ton


I recently visited this Collingwood institution, Le Bon Ton, which is known for providing an authentic American experience. Complete with a smokehouse, absinthe salon, cocktail bar, oyster room and beer garden, there really is no need to leave! We dined in the main bistro area and ordered the classic Le Bon Ton Wagyu Cheeseburger with fries!…

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Raspberry and white chocolate trifle

Raspberry Trifle

Trifle, is now a quintessential dessert for an Australian Christmas celebration – sweet, summery and fruity. I discovered how popular this dessert was, after searching several homewares stores for a trifle bowl a few days before Christmas, only to find the shelves completely empty. I was so close to throwing in the towel and making…

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Merchant’s Guild – a finger-licking good breakfast!

Merchant's Guild

I recently discovered Merchant’s Guild cafe, thanks to a breakfast date a few weeks ago with my lovely cousin. When I suggested to my hubby a breakfast date was on the cards he was super eager to visit Merchant’s Guild again, in fact he couldn’t stop talking about the soft salted-caramel donuts and poached eggs. It was…

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Smoked Salmon, Dill & Capers Linguini

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I’ve recently acquired a taste for smoked salmon and this recipe is great for a mid-week meal as it can be prepared quite quickly with minimal ingredients. For this recipe I prefer salmon from Huon Aquaculture. serves 2  ingredients 250g linguini pasta splash of olive oil 2 shallots chopped 1/4 cup capers, drained 1 clove garlic…

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