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A Picture is Worth a Thousands Words

As much as I love to read and write I firmly believe the saying: A picture is worth a thousands words. I have one very old, very tattered photograph that I carry around with me where ever I travel, half the time I probably forget it’s even in my purse but just a quick glimpse of the faded picture and I get such an overwhelming feeling of emotion that this one tiny picture is worth more to me in sentimental value than if my purse was overflowing with notes. I think we all have that picture, that image of something or someone that is so important and personal to us. Photographs are powerful – each one has a story. There’s something so special about being able to look at a moment that someone has carefully captured in a photograph, it’s right there in front of you offering you an insight to that experience, it doesn’t matter what it is because at that moment it meant something: We take so many photographs all the time, especially when we travel, of the places, the people, the food, …

Lately

Every so often you have one of those Sundays. You know the one… literally the definition of a duvet day. Not helped by the fact we may have been a teeny bit hungover but we spent most the day napping, eating, watching films and snacking on everything in sight. I almost cried at David Attenborough. That type of day. In the spirit of fully embracing our somewhat fragile states we went through some recent rolls of film from the last few weeks. So here is a little photo round up of some of the things we have done recently. A little visual trip down memory lane…

Make your own Garlic Oil

Do you know what you can never ever have enough of in a meal? Garlic. Garlic, Garlic, Garlic. It has got to be the key player in any recipe, the Jay Z of the vegetable world. I’m completely addicted, and I don’t just mean I like a little bit extra, I’m talking 5 cloves more still isn’t enough, it’s a running joke amongst my friends. So in the efforts to maintain this love affair we decided to try and make our own garlic oil, so now everything can be saturated with the stuff at the drop of a hat. It’s like I died and went to garlic heaven (pucker up Jonny?). We picked up some little glass bottles at the local charity store with the intention to first try garlic oil and then progress to a chilli oil. Right little creative ones aren’t we. Now apparently it is dangerous to think you can make a garlic oil by literally chopping up raw cloves and adding them to olive oil, ooops, because that is exactly what …

Strawberry Chia Seeded Pudding

Right now Chia Seeds are the hot new kid on the block. They are the big player right now on the health scene, only problem is I’m slightly afraid of them. When I first saw them in those Chiapods in the supermarket I thought they looked like frogspawn. I mean what do you even do with them? But then the other morning I had possibly the most incredible breakfast ever with them in this gorgeous coconut yoghurt and  fresh fruits, and I figured it was about time to give them a second chance. Only issue is now how to even come close to recreating it, but we gave it a good go and safe to say this is going to be a permanent feature in our fridge. It can be hard to think of breakfast ideas that are gluten free, and I struggle to eat big breakfasts every morning. I always crave something like porridge but the GF versions can be very expensive so this makes for a great and healthy alternative. If I need …

Green Soup

What is it about soup that’s so comforting? It’s not even that I’m feeling sick, just a little bit tired, a little bit jet lagged, but all I want is something homely and soothing and what could be better than a decent bowl of soup? More importantly I’m in need of a big old health boost so earlier I grabbed all the green veg I could think of that would be bursting with vitamins, fibres, and plant proteins and ended up making the most incredibly tasty soup that blows our Roasted Tomato Soup recipe out the park. This is an amazing healthy meal, it’s full of anti-oxidants and anti inflammatories, as well as iron, vitamins and lots of nutrients. So not only does it taste great but it’s so good for you too. Think of it like a soup version of a Green Smoothie… What you’ll need – 1 courgette 1 head of broccoli 1 shallot 2 sticks of celery 4 cloves of garlic bag of spinach tin of cannellini beans tin of asparagus spears …

A night at Queen Victoria Markets

You could say we are a bit behind the times on getting excited about this one considering that there’s only two Queen Victoria Night Markets left until they’re finished for the season, but the way we see it is there’s even more reason to kick up a big fuss now, because you really want to go to these last two nights. I mean they’re good. Real good. We have been pretty rubbish with making the effort to get here, I’d like to say it’s just so far to get to from where we live, its not, it couldn’t be easier unless we lived behind one of the food trucks or that we both have been so busy it’s hard to find the time, again probably a dramatic exaggeration of the truth, we are probably usually found tucked up in bed watching Game of Thrones. So it is long long overdue that we came and checked these out, living through everyone else going here and loving it just isn’t quite the same as going yourself. And lets think …

Smashed Avocado

There are two types of people in this world…those who always pay to add guacamole and then those other ones. Which are you? If you’re even considering this predicament then I suggest you stop reading now and go away and have a long talk with yourself. For everyone else this recipe is going to change your mornings (*lunches, dinners, snacks, we aren’t prejudice). Introducing my new obsession, Smashed Avocado. I stole this idea from the breakfast menu of practically every cafe in Australia, god knows why we’ve never seen it back home. A crime I tell you, this is the stuff brunch dreams are made of. Even more importantly it’s healthy, its fresh and it tastes so unbelievably yummy, I cannot and will not ever find a fault, apart from there can never be enough. It’s a pretty fool proof recipe, we end up with a different version every time depending on what I can find in the fridge but it’s always essentially the same key players: I challenge you to find a better way to start your morning, plus with all the …

Aubergine Parmigiana

Ever have one of those moments where you’ve just been asked what you fancy for dinner and for the first time in your life you actually don’t have an answer, not even a tiny feeling, you just don’t know what you fancy? And this is what I’m good at, I rule this part of the relationship, this is my domain, I am committed to embracing every craving I have – I always have a feeling when it comes to food so when I don’t… pure horror. I mean this is a big question, it carries a lot of responsibility, are you up to making the final decision on what’s on the menu for tonight? If ever I fail on pinning down a decision then this is my go to, my dream dish, Aubergine Parmigana. Or to simply describe it, this big hot mess of melted cheese, layers of grilled Aubergine drowning in rich tomato sauce. Did you ever play that game where you have to list your final death row meal? I’m talking your dream starter, main, side and desert? Well this …

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes

When I was younger eating breakfast was a daily challenge, that and resisting the urge to dropkick anyone who dared lecture me on how it was the most important meal of the day. Now I’m tempted to say it’s probably my favourite. Any excuse for a brunch date and I’m there, eggs, avocado, you name it I’m all over it. Always a savoury craver though, I don’t think sweet things and mornings mix with me, that is until these incredible blueberry pancakes came and converted me. Panic not, we are talking ‘healthy’ pancakes here, scrap all the unnecessary sugar and flour and all the other crap and just keep it real simple. I promise you they taste just as good good and if you really need that sugar hit then use something that gives a natural sweetness but at half the damage, so like dates, or honey. Back home Pancake Day meant a lot of pathetic attempts and failures of something that looked worryingly like a piece of shrivelled skin but here in Australia it’s like the pancake has been on the steroids. They’re huge, like those big waffles …