Feeling Fresh: Mum’s Hedgehog Slice and a Summery Lunch

As the days are counting down towards the end of my degree (34 days to go!), it’s beginning to sink in that for the first time in four and a half years, I won’t be juggling the insane stress of work with study. Needless to say, that’s a really exciting thought.

For a moment back there, a miniscule nanosecond of a moment, I thought “Whatever will I do with my free time?”. Then I forehead slapped myself. Oh, silliness is me, what a foolish thought. The more appropriate question is “However will I fit in all of the things I have been holding back from experiencing, learning or doing due to the time, stress and financial constraints that uni has entailed?” You see, I have a bit of a list of things that I’m trying to find time to do at the moment that keep getting put on the back-burner due to my demanding study schedule. But on top of this, I feel that in order to get the most out of every minute of every day, I need to be feeling my best. Continue reading

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Pretty in pink: Strawberry and Plantain Salad

fat free plantain salad

If you’re wondering what on earth a plantain is, don’t worry, so was I when I read about it in Vegan Soul Kitchen. But then I saw them stocked at what is fast becoming my favourite store in the world, Redfern Fruit and Vegetable Market, and decided to branch out into the unknown. I’m so glad I did, it is absolutely delicious! Continue reading

Two cold days, two warming soups

Summer is properly over. These last two days have been freezing (by Sydney standards). Today I wore a jumper and a scarf – all day – even inside the office! What a happy coincidence that this week we’re doing soups.

The first one we had last night, and Ash summed it up in one word, “restorative”. It’s a deep red, richly flavoured, chunky soup, and it had us each going back for seconds. Continue reading

My week with Donna

Last week, by happy accident, all of the recipes I cooked were of a Mediterranean origin. Baked kibbeh on Sunday night (that Ash has been raving about all week – yay!), roast eggplant with za’atar sauce on Tuesday night, and Lebanese gazpacho on Wednesday. Along with a few extras such as za’atar and hummus. As it turned out, that worked so nicely, both in terms of our grocery budget and tastebud bliss, that I’ve decided to start a new¬†thing – themed weekly menu plans. Continue reading