Eco overwhelm? Start with Food.

Eco Overwhelm? Start with Food.

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You’ve embarked on your eco journey… And holy crap there’s a lot of information to take in! You feel paralysed. You wanna to make changes in your life. You wanna help the environment. Fight climate change, and make the world a better place. But there’s so much to fix you don’t know where to start! Everyday you discover a new piece of information that leads you down a rabbit hole of how we’ve fucked the planet 🙁 And you start to loose hope… I call this eco overwhelm. I’ve been there, fricking hell, I still go there! The good news is …

How to crack open a young coconut.

How to Crack Open a Young Coconut

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During our travels through Cambodia and Sri Lanka we drank a lot of young coconut water. And ate it’s delicious flesh. They made a super healthy snack while travelling through both countries. And were easy to get our paws on when the hangries struck! There are loads of nutritional benefits in coconuts. I found some great articles here  and here that’ll give you the low down. And they’re pretty tasty too! When we first arrived in Australia we notices young coconuts stacked on the shelves in the fresh food markets here in Canberra. At first we were a bit sceptical because we thought they were …

Homemade Granola Recipe.

Homemade Granola Recipe – Quick and Easy Breakfast Option

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The one thing that gives me anxiety more than seeing stuff going to landfills. Is preparing my own meals! Trying to think of food to make is like having to wake up and pee in the middle night in winter. You don’t wanna do it but you have to! Lucky for me my husband Mike does all the cooking and I’ll do all the cleaning. And the best part of this deal is Mike loves to cook and I love to clean! But for 2 weeks Mike’s in Spain coaching his football team who are playing in a tournament.  This means I have to feed myself! LOL! I …

Lonely banana. Homemade frozen yoghurt.

The Lonely Banana – Homemade Frozen Yoghurt

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We’ve been in Seattle for just over a month – YIKES, can’t believe how quickly time is flying by! We are settling in nicely but still need to figure out our monthly grocery budget and have implemented a “no waste” policy for this month to help us get an estimated budget in place. I’m strategically planning our meals before I head out to the shops to ensure that I only purchase items we really need – which, is harder than you think since I loved shopping in SA and happily packed my trolley with treats and a few other unnecessary items.   So far, …

Hearty Vegetable Stew for chilly days.

Hearty Veggie Stew

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Brrrr… It’s a little cold out and there! It definitely doesn’t feel like is spring in Seattle… The plus side to the chilly weather is I’m getting to cook up some delicious and comforting winter dishes 🙂 There are a few veggies in the fridge that were left over from the chunky vegetable soup I made the other day and a bit of extras from other meals from the week.  Not gonna lie but they’re starting to look a little sad and probably need to be cooked before they get turned into compost!  So I decided to make a stew, any …

Chunky Vegetable Soup Recipe for chilly weather.

Chunky Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Over the last month I’ve been preparing for an extended trip to the USA, it was a quick decision and it’s been exciting and scary at the same time. Today I celebrate 1 month in Seattle and it’s still rather surreal. Arriving in spring we’ve been treated to some beautiful sunshine but there is still a sharp chilly wind in the air. This weather definitely calls for some warmth and comfort which can always be found in a big bowl of chunky vegetable soup! It’s quite hard to gauge the quantities as the veggies here are A LOT larger here than the ones I would …

Ingredients for making Basil - Cashew Pesto.

Basil-Cashew Pesto Recipe

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The great thing about growing your own food is you’re never short of fresh produce. Since starting our little urban garden our basil plants have been flourishing. And have produced leaves after leaves after leaves. Needless to say, we have more basil than we know what to do with it! The other day I got home and my husband, Mike had whipped up a batch of pesto with the freshly picked leaves out of the garden but his recipe had a little twist. Instead of the traditional pinenuts he used cashews. The cashews gave the pesto a richer creamier taste …

Rice Paper Scrs Asian Fusion Street Food Melbourne.

Rice Paper Scrs Melbourne

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Rice Paper Scissors is an Asian Fusion Restaurant and is hands down my all time favourite restaurant in Melbourne. The first time I went was with a good friend in early 2015 and every time I’ve gone back since it never disappoints. And of course anybody visiting Melbourne it’s my top recommendation for restaurants to try. The service is brilliant, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, it’s got a great atmosphere and the food… OMG the food! Take a sneak peek at their menu. The restaurant is tucked away in Liverpool street in the CBD. As you walk up the …

Local Press Cafe Kingston Canberra.

Local Press Cafe

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Down on the Kingston Foreshore here in Canberra are some great restaurants. One of them is called Local Press Cafe which has become one of our local breakfast spots. I love meeting people here for breakfast. On beautiful sunny days you can sit outside and soak up the sun and when the weather’s a bit wet and cold you can cosy up inside.  The decor of the cafe reminds me of a farmhouse cottage. They use seasonal, locally sourced produce and promote delicious healthy food and cold pressed juices. You can have a look at their Food Menu here and Drinks …

Grub Food Van, Mort Str, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Grub Food Van

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The thing I love most about exploring is you never ever know what you gonna stumble on! Sometimes it’s hit and miss but when you find those hidden gems you just gotta write about them 🙂 Grub Food Van was definitely one of those finds… After a morning of shopping on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy I could feel the hangry starting to emerge. Lucky for Chloe we turned a corner and and saw a very shiney van in the middle of no where. Of course like an ostrich we’re pretty much drawn to anything that sparkles and so made a …

Pop Up Restaurant: Broadsheet, Melbourne.

Pop Up Restaurant Broadsheet

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This Pop Up Restaurant Broadsheet was recommended to us by a sales clerk in one of the thrift stores in Melbourne. Realising it was round the corner from where we were staying in Fiztroy we decided to go for dinner. On arrival we were told that it would be a 2 hour wait, with nothing else planned for the evening we decided to have a seat at the bar and indulge in a few drinks. At this point we discovered that the pop up restaurant brought together some of the finest chefs, bartenders, baristas, artists, designers and makers Melbourne has to …

Pablo & Rusty's Sydney CBD.

Pablo & Rusty’s Sydney CBD

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Every time my husband, heads into Sydney he always raves about the awesome breakfasts he has at Pablo & Rusty’s. Of course being inquisitive about all this hype I wanted to check it out for myself. So the last time we were in Sydney we made a stop in the CBD to grab some breakfast. The place was buzzing and the delicious smell of coffee filled the air. We took a seat in the back corner on a communal table and browsed the menu as the friendly waitress took our drinks order. It was a pretty hard decision but in …

Up and Coming – Linden Joburg

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Linden in Greater Joburg is fast becoming the new hot spot. With great little coffee shops and restaurants, antique shops and boutique it’s the new place to hang out 🙂 When Nicole was visiting last September I wanted to take her to my local (and only) yarn store which is also in Linden. We decided to make a day of it and go for brunch to feed our tummies before we fed our addiction! The Whippet is one of my new favourite cafes it’s on the corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg. The food is fresh, it’s …

Ona on the Lawns Menu.

Ona On The Lawns

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After spending our first festive season in Canberra in 2013 we quickly realised we made a rookie mistake! For everyone who doesn’t know Canberra becomes a ghost town over Christmas and New Year and EVERYTHING closes. So this year after our little road trip around Victoria, we were pleasantly surprised that Ona On The Lawns, in Manuka, was open right through to New Years Eve! I’ve always been a big fan of their coffee and their story but with the renovations this coffee-house has now become our local hang out. I just love what they’ve done with it! It’s now …

How to peel a kiwi fruit in 60secs.

Perfectly Peel Kiwi Fruits

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I really do enjoy the fruit Summer has to offer from raspberries, nectarines and watermelon to strawberries, mangos and kiwis – Toss ’em together and make a fruit salad or eat ’em on their own, either way they’ll make an easy (and healthier) dessert option for all the upcoming dinner parties and shindigs 🙂 Deliciously refreshing on a beautiful Summers day!   Out of all these fruits I have to admit that the fuzzy little kiwi is my favourite! They are sweet yet tangy and the crunchy black seeds give an interesting texture. Speaking to a few of my friends I’ve discovered the one thing they hate about kiwis is …

Summer Rice Salad Recipe.

Zesty Summer Rice Salad Recipe

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Summer time means, fresh flavors, bright colours and delicious salad!   Today I’m going to share one of my favourite salads perfect for Braai (BBQ) season 🙂   This salad is pretty much sunshine in a bowl with all the vibrant colours and is perfect for Summer! It is packed with fresh tasty ingredients and the brown and wild rice gives it a delicious nutty flavour.   Here’s my recipe: Zesty Summer Rice Salad Ingredients 150ml Brown and wild rice (uncooked) 80g Cucumber (deseeded and diced) 80g Celery (diced) 40g Red Onion (finely diced) 100g Cherry tomatoes (cut in half) …

Wheat Free Banana Bread Recipe.

Wheat Free Banana Bread Recipe

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Gee Wiz! Is it just me or are these days just flying by? As we head well into the end of the year things always tend to speed up. Work  has been mental crazy it feels like I’m running a million miles an hour and don’t have a split second to breathe it’s like we’re trying to cram a years worth of work into 3 weeks before Christmas!   And when you’ve finally do get a chance to take a breath you look at your fruit bowl and your bananas are waaaaay past their delicious date and have a few extra brown …

Heart Shaped Biscuits.

❤ Heart Shaped Biscuits ❤

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Ryan and I recently celebrated our 3 year anniversary and I decided to make these cute heart shaped biscuits as a little anniversary present.  I went with a coffee and dark chocolate flavour combination which goes down really well with a cuppa tea or coffee. I had loads of fun making these! There’s just something nostalgic about cutting biscuits out with a cookie cutter – it makes my heart happy and these will definitely make your taste buds happy too 😉 As a finishing touch I put them in a jar with a chalk label and wrote my personal message. …

Peanut Butter Cookie.

Peanut Butter Cookie! Peanut Butter Cookie!

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As I was packing up my bag to head back to Canberra, I found a zip lock bag filled with Peanut Butter Cookies. Yes, my amazing sister packed some snacks for my 16-hour flight home to Australia 🙂 I’m not sure about you but I’m not a fan of aeroplane food so I was ever so grateful this little surprise was hiding amongst my clothes. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take food off the plane so I HAD to eat them all before I landed in Australia! And yes they are YUM! I’m salivating as I type this up…. These …

How to make chocolate sauce.

Making Chocolate Sauce got my Knickers in a Twist

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My last week in Joburg and as usual I’m trying to squeeze in last-minute catch ups. So I decided the easiest thing was to have everyone round at someone’s house and to get QT with the family. My uncle offered to host and everyone decided to make a dish. Chloe of course was nominated to make dessert. Knowing that chocolate is my favourite, the night before the last supper, Chloe baked a chocolate cake and left me to add the finishing touches while she was at work. My task was to make the chocolate sauce to cover the cake and add …

Ice Cream Recipe.

Make Ice-Cream Without an Ice-Cream Maker

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It’s been super hot in Johannesburg lately  – we seem to have skipped Spring and jumped straight into Summer! I’m definitely not complaining but with the sun blazing down and clear blue skies it’s been perfect weather to indulge in some homemade ice-cream. More specifically I’m gonna share a recipe to make no churn ice-cream which means you don’t need any fancy equipment like an ice-cream maker just good old fashioned muscles! With Nicole in South Africa it was fun to brainstorm flavours and then shop for ingredients together 🙂   This was the first time I made ice-cream and …

On-The-Go Morning Smoothie Recipe.

On-The-Go Morning Smoothie Recipe

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With Spring just around the corner I’ve been craving some fresh flavours (instead of the same old toast) for breakfast. Although we believe that having cake for breakfast is the best way to start your day we also don’t recommend that you do this everyday! So as a healthier alternative here’s one of my delish smoothie recipes made especially for our readers 🙂   I love this smoothie recipe because it’s really quick and easy to make! I made my smoothie the night before, popped it in the fridge, grabbed it on my way out the door and sipped on it …


Momo Sushi Shack

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When my sister and I were traveling through Atlanta Georgia, we had a hankering for sushi but didn’t get a chance to indulge in any. So when we arrived in New York and received a suggestion for a sushi restaurant, we were super keen to try it out and were SO glad we did! The restaurant is called Momo Sushi Shack (43 Bogart street in Brooklyn). After some tough decision making, we decided to order: Tempura rock strip with Ouzo Mayo (this was one of their specials for the night) – an absolute goodie! On this plate (from left to …

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookie Recipe.

Recipe for Flourless Cookies

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies – Flourless Baking When I returned from my travels to America I found some inspiration to bake cookies – I’ve baked a couple different ones before but this time I really wanted to try some flourless cookies! I did some searching to find the “best” recipe or just the recipe that had the yummiest ingredients 😉 and I came across this one from Epicurious, Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe contained two of my favorite things – peanut butter and chocolate – IN A COOKIE 😀 – who could resist! The …

Strownie Smoothie.

Strawberry and Brownie Smoothie Recipe

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It’s the weekend before I start writing exams and I had this great idea to bake in my study breaks. That way I would have a supply of snacks to get me through the weekend 😀 On Friday night I made a batch of fudgey gluten free chocolate brownies but didn’t grease the baking dish really well so they stuck to the bottom :-S Needless to say, the little crumbly bits still taste delish! This morning I really felt like a strawberry smoothie for breakfast and had this awesome idea of adding the crumbly brownie bits to it 😀 and …

Cola Cupcake Recipe

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With being really busy at work, I was desperate to escape with some baking! Especially because I received an awesome piping decorating set for my birthday – 24 different piping tips (EXCITEMENT)!! I found a Cola Cupcake recipe in my Humming Bird Cake Days Recipe Book (I can always count on this for some inspiration). In my excitement I must have over worked my batter because my cupcakes didn’t rise properly and unfortunately sunk in the centre. It could have also been that my oven temperature was too high :-/ Needless to say I wasn’t defeated – I was determined to …

Birthday Cupcakes

Cupcakes by Heather’s House of Cake

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Ok so I can’t take any credit for making these delicious cupcakes… These cupcakes by Heather’s House of Cake can be found right here in Canberra. You can usually find Heather at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston and sometimes at The Handmade Market. These are seriously the most delicious cupcakes I’ve had in awhile… And quite creative with their flavours not only that, they are beautiful to look at as well! What’s more is they have an option to “Pimp Your Cupcake” You can choose a plain vanilla or chocolate cupcake and decorate it with your choice of toppings! This is lots …

Palm Sugar Tree

Palm Sugar Tree – You will be my Candy…and a few other things :-)

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Palm Sugar Trees are quite the resource here in Cambodia. There’s not a single part of the tree that goes to waste! Leaving Banteay Srei temple we stopped on the side of the road which was lined with lovely ladies making palm sugar treats 🙂 The male part of the tree produces the sap or “juice”. The stems are slit in various places and the sap is drained into bamboo containers. The containers are collected every morning by climbing up a rickety bamboo ladder. This is then boiled down till it thickens and then can be made into sugar and/or 100% pure sugar “tablet” …

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Local Eats Cambodian BBQ

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I think the best way to really experience a new country whilst traveling is to taste the local cuisine like a local! And this weekend we had our first Cambodian BBQ! These restaurants are often tucked away in the streets of the main tourist track but not too far away that they’re impossible to find. You could say they’re hidden in plain sight 🙂 and can usually be recognised by their big signs like the one here. The restaurants are usually family run businesses and a lot of the staff don’t often speak english. Each table gets one or two …

Making Macarons – YUM!

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Macarons are the latest craze at the moment and it’s easy to understand why! Everything about a macaron is amazing – the texture, the flavour and how it just melts / crumbles in your mouth! Yes drooling 🙂 About 2 weekends ago while I was in South Africa, Chloe decided to make macarons. She had purchased a silicone macaron baking sheet from Yuppie Chef and had two very keen guinea pigs to sample the merchandise. While Chloe and Mike baked away I documented the process 🙂 Making Macarons: And Now for the Filling: After much deliberation we decided on a dark chocolate filling. …

Cinnamon trees

How To Make Organic Cinnamon

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Today we took a boat trip round Bird Island and met Sarath who taught us all about organic cinnamon! And I managed to document the process 🙂 How To Make Organic Cinnamon: Frist: The branches of the cinnamon tree are cut and bark of the branch is grated off Then the bark is dicarded and used for compost The exposed branch is now green, this is then rubbed with a copper rob which turns it brown in colour The branch is now sliced – once down the middle and around the top and bottom This is then peeled off And finally …

Amsterdam 2011

Disneyland for Adults – Amsterdam

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Amsterdam – What a fascinating place where all the forbidden fruits are completely legal, well for now anyway, it’s a roller coaster of excitement and wandering through this animated land will not disappoint! In the 5.5years we’ve lived in London I only managed to get Amsterdam once, October 2011. It was literally a quick stop from Barcelona on our way back to London. I do wish we were there for longer! A quirky little place packed with beautiful scenery, good food, chilled locals and its the only place in the world where there are more bicycles than people, even the …

My First Stab at Baking for a Coffee Shop

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It all started when I met a friend for our weekly jog… I arrived with some of my red velvet cupcakes in hand as a little treat. She was so excited when she saw them and immediately took a bite into one while maneuvering her foot into her running shoe! – It was quite ironic 😉 A few weeks later I received a call from a lady who was about to open a coffee shop, and was looking for a supplier of baked goods. She asked if I was interested in supplying some tasters! I was so excited to get …


A Walk Along the River – Thames River Path

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We don’t often hit 31˚C  in London but last weekend we were lucky enough to have two glorious days of sunshine and yes we took full advantage of it! Woke up early on Saturday and decided to go for a walk along the Thames River Path. We strolled through Battersea Park and stumbled across a great spot for breakfast – The River Quarter Kitchen. Great service and food, just what we needed to refuel and carry on along the river. We walked all the way to WWT London Wetland Centre which is just across Putney Bridge and through Barnes Common. …