Spring in a Bowl

After what seems to have been one of the longest and coldest winters, it’s such a relief to see evidence of what looks like spring. Birds are once again singing, rose gardens are blooming and, best of all, my greengrocer has started stocking fresh spring vegetables -YES! Now don’t get me wrong, I love winter…

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Luscious Gooey Chocolate Minicakes

Are you are a lover of chocolate desserts? If you are, then I guarantee you will love these luscious gooey centred chocolate minicakes because they are quick to make and so delicious to eat. The only catch is that they must be eaten straight out of the oven. They are great for a dinner party…

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Eat Fish – your heart will love you for it

Hi Reader With heart disease on the rise, I thought I’d share some good heart health information with you today. Did you know the Australian Heart Foundation recommends that people should eat fish and seafood 2-3 times per week to maintain good heart health? How often do you eat fish and do you have a…

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How to enhance the flavour of your soup 

“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavour.” 6 ways to enhance your soup

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Good Food for Little People – Veggie Fritters

Getting children – big and small – to eat more vegetables is a never-ending challenge for parents. And like many parents, I spent a lot to time and effort trying to encourage my sons to eat vegetables by serving them in creative ways and as a result, they grew up to love most greens and…

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Everyone Loves a Little Chocolate Sometimes

Chocolate should be a ‘sometimes food’ and not eaten all the time. If you are going to eat chocolate then opt for dark chocolate instead of the sugary ones like milk and white chocolate, because dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree and is one of the best sources of antioxidants…

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Mussels – a sustainable food that boosts the immune system

Not only are mussels delicious, they are inexpensive and sustainable and, most importantly, they are very good for you. The vitamins and minerals contained in mussels help to boost your immune system, your brain function and overall wellbeing. Farming methods for mussels have very little impact on surrounding ecosystems – which is great news for…

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Spanakopita with a twist

Greek ‘pita’ (or ‘pie’) is a popular savoury dish made with filo (phyllo) pastry, feta cheese and eggs (as the base ingredients) and baked until golden and crispy. It makes a healthy addition to any lunch box, a delicious anytime snack or served as finger food with drinks when family or friends gather. Although Spanakopita…

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Too many is never enough

Sunday is the one day of the week that everyone in my family indulges in ‘sometimes food’ and this week I made banana and chocolate muffins. When it comes to these BANANA & CHOCOLATE MUFFINS, my family say that “too many is never enough” especially when they are topped with cream cheese frosting. This is one…

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Tip for Busy Parents: Waste not, want not!

For years, I would discard the stalks from leafy greens such as silverbeet, spinach, chicory, broccoli and even parsley, until I saw my mum use the stalks of spinach to make a simple but very delicious salad. My mum would cut off the spinach leaves and use them to make ‘spanakopita’ (a Greek spinach and…

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“This wasn’t your best work mum!”

Like most home cooks, I’ve had my share of failures in the kitchen over the years and, whilst it is disappointing when a recipe doesn’t turn out like I hope, to me it’s just part of learning. A few months ago, I found a recipe in a food magazine that I had been looking for…

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Nuts, dates, coconut and cocoa

With nuts, dates, coconut and cocoa as the basic ingredients in this delicious slice, you don’t have to feel so bad about eating it. However, this CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SLICE will test your willpower, because stopping at one slice is almost impossible – just ask Cath and Bree – haha! What you need For the Base…

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Rainbow Coleslaw – tastes great, packed with goodness

Growing up, coleslaw was never a favourite of mine. I found the traditional way of making coleslaw using only cabbage and carrots was boring so, over the years, I’ve experimented by adding other ingredients including sweetcorn, capsicum, spring onion and apple, which lifts the flavour to a whole new level. No matter which way you…

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Tip for Busy Parents – storing & using fresh food

Storing and using fresh food correctly is important for your health and your wallet. Most fresh foods have a short shelf life and by not storing correctly you risk it being spoilt by bacteria and having to throw it out. Minced meat is one of those foods I’ve always worried about buying pre-minced and storing,…

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Summer means green beans!

With Winter behind us, I”m thinking about the great vegetables that will soon be in season and all the dishes I will be able cook for Sunday dinner. A summer vegetable that is always a family favourite are green beans, which is great because green beans are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and…

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“How do you make roast chicken so tasty?”

The other night, while we were cleaning up after Sunday dinner, Bree asked me “How do you make roast chicken so tasty?” My reply was “It must be what I put on it”. Later that night I started thinking about this question, so I decided to share how I prepare and cook a roast chicken…

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Is pumpkin a vegetable or fruit?

Although pumpkin is often referred to as a vegetable, technically, it is a fruit. Pumpkins belong to a family of plants known as the Curcurbita, which includes zucchini, squash and cucumber. Pumpkin is an incredibly healthy addition to anyone’s diet, rich in all kinds of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Not only is Pumpkin good for…

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Tip for Busy Parents – Homemade Tomato Sauce

Home made tomato sauce is great to make and have in the fridge or freezer ready to use for a multitude of dishes. It’s particularly good with spaghetti – a dish that Pedro loves to eat (with his hands)! Just boil spaghetti according the instructions on the pack. Once cooked, strain and add to warm…

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What makes a Greek Salad great?

You haven’t had a great Greek salad until you’ve eaten a Greek salad in Greece. And you haven’t had an amazing Greek salad until you eaten one made from tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grown in the garden of a house in a village in Greece. Once you eaten a tomato in Greece (or Italy for…

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Cheese on spaghetti and seafood – really?

Picture this…You’re sitting on the balcony of a funky seaside cafe on a perfect summer’s day on the Greek island of Lefkada. The sky is the bluest of blues, the water below is an array of spectacular shades of blue and the seashore is a milky white. Instead of sand, beautiful white pebbles of varying…

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Come on guys, I’m ready to go!

With suitcases packed and ready to go, last night was our last Sunday dinner before my family start to head off to Greece for the big day.  The next time we’ll see each other will be on Mykonos where we’ll have a few days to relax, get some sun and  ‘prepare ourselves’ for Michael and…

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Only 2 more Sunday family dinners to go!

It’s been almost 2 years since Michael and Cath came to Sunday family dinner after being away overseas, and announced they were planning to get married on the Greek Island of Naxos. Back then two years seemed so far away, but now it’s hard to believe it’s only 1 month to the wedding day –…

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Brussel Sprouts – a new favourite

Brussel sprouts have become a new favourite for my family which is great, because it’s one of those vegetables that have many health benefits (like cabbage), but are hated by most people – including me. That is until recently, when I saw them at my green grocer.

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Food Creates Memories

I have fond memories of my mum coming home after a long day at work to cook a delicious meal for us for dinner. I would watch how she would go about preparing a chicken and vegetable casserole – cutting up the chicken and chopping the vegetables – I would always love to help. When…

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Tip for Busy Parents: Homemade stock

Stock is a must for busy mums to have ready in small containers in the freezer to make healthy soups for little ones (and big ones too).  Just defrost the stock, place in a pot and bring to the boil.  Add some diced vegies, small pasta or diced chicken breast (or all three for a hearty…

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Hummus is good for the heart, mind and soul.

Emerging research suggests that chickpeas may play a beneficial role in weight management and glucose and insulin regulation, as well as have a positive impact on some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Hummus, which is made primarily of chickpeas (which is a legume) and tahini, oil, lemon juice and garlic, is a great tasting dip…

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Simple but delicious!

A healthy lunch does not have to be difficult to make or expensive, but it must taste great, so here’s what it could look like! A crisp green salad made with fresh lettuce, baby rainbow silverbeet leaves, rocket and mint (picked from my vegie garden) dressed simply with a little sea salt, extra virgin olive…

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Who says poaching eggs is difficult?

  Most people go out to a café to have poached eggs for Sunday breakfast because they think it’s the hardest thing to cook but, actually, it’s not as long as you know one very important secret – the eggs MUST be very fresh and preferably organic or free range. You can tell if your eggs are fresh…

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Our first Sunday dinner for 2017

With the craziness of Christmas and New Year done and dusted, life is quickly returning back to normal with our first Sunday dinner for 2017. It was the perfect day to have our first family dinner for the year on our balcony – our favourite place to eat – and it was great to have my family back…

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My challenge to cook gluten free meals!

Gluten free cooking is relatively new to me and something I’ve had to learn to do in recent times because my daughter-in-law was diagnosed with intolerance to gluten. For years we watched her suffer from stomach pains so severe that she often ended up in hospital. So when she got the diagnosis, we were relieved…

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Cabbage – hate it or love it…

Hate it or love it, the fact is that cabbage is a vegetable everyone should eat to stay healthy! Cabbage is one of the few vegetables that I hated as a kid, but have learned to love as an adult. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it, but it may have something to do…

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Silverbeet (chard) – nutritious, delicious and easy!

Silverbeet (or chard) like many leafy green vegetables, is rich in an array of minerals and vitamins essential for good health for all ages. Silverbeet comes in a green and rainbow variety and has a slightly bitter flavour.  It’s very a versatile vegetable and popular in Mediterranean cooking. It can be used in salads, pies, soups, risotto or casseroles.…

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Food tastes better when you eat it with family!

For most people Sunday night signals the end of the weekend but for me, Sunday is the day I look forward to the most. It’s the day my husband and I get to spend time with the most important people in our lives; our amazing 3 sons, their beautiful ladies and our gorgeous little grandson.

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What makes a Greek Salad great?

You haven’t had a great Greek salad until you’ve eaten a Greek salad in Greece. And you haven’t had an amazing Greek salad until you eaten one made from tomatoes grown in the garden of a house in a village in Greece. Once you eaten a tomato in Greece (or Italy for that matter) you…

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