You don’t make friends with salad, but you become your own friend (vom, but true). My love/hate relationship with salad was previously documented on this blog but to overshare once more – when I moved to Canberra my desire for comfort food went through the roof and my consumption of salad went waaaay way down. Eventually I realised I had to rekindle my relationship with salad. So to help you, help you, I have collated my current fave seasonal salads – also good for the ole’ “you bring salad” to BBQs. 

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If you’ve never been to Hobart, you’re in for a treat. This little city packs a lot of punch – it has old, it has new, it has a tonne of amazing food! The city is very walkable, and should your trip be short there is really no need to leave, spending days meandering around the old streets around Salamanca or trudging up the hill towards Sandy Bay for a little more newness the unique heritage of the city makes it a visual feast.

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It’s pretty cold and les miserable at the moment, you know what that means? SOUP SEASON! Tortilla soup is the perfect spicy, hearty soup to warm your soul this winter!

Growing up in SoCal, I miss the Baja Mexican of my childhood – so this soup is nostalgic and delicious. I tell ya what though, it’s probably not authentic, I mean it’s based on the delicious recipe of a Hawaiian themed restaurant so you know –

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Move over Melbourne and Sydney, Tasmania is the new hip state. It has hikes, it has oceans, it has islands upon islands, a fancy museum, a very rich gambler turned philanthropist pouring money into the state’s coffers and amazing food scene. If you are one of the few hip people that haven’t been to Tasmania yet, I am here to say – believe the hype! There is so much to do in East Coast Tasmania,

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I hate waste. I hate wasting money, wasting food, wasting time is more of a theoretical pet peeve of mine than an actual action. So, when I heard about all the ways I could reduce waste and my impact on the environment I was like a moth to a flame. It started with the challenge of plastic free July (link) and then became somewhat of an obsession. I am by no means a perfect waste warrior,

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Work has been flat out, I am tired, I have no voice and no patience I don’t really have time or resources at the moment to wow people with large dinners. This top shelf gnocchi is perfect for those moods everything is at hand or easily subsituted for things you’ll have just lying around in your pantry.

I’m all about quick and simple… or more quick and even simpler than usual. This recipe for spicy tomato gnocchi was already one of my favourite simple and affordable winter warmers but has been especially helpful over the last two weeks.

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Happy Autumn! OOooooh all that autumnalness – the brown leaves, the cozy fires, the unseasonal heat wave we are having. Luckily tomatoes are still in abundance – extra lucky because I forgot to post the recipe for my roasted tomato pasta sauce earlier in the tomato season.

But let’s jump right in. I used to read a food blog that was all about cooking from scratch “down with the store bought sauce” it said,

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You know what my new obsession is right now. Eating seasonally. I’m about 25 years late to the party, but nothing gets a season party happening quite like having your own vegetable garden – and some Summer Lovin’ Pizza.

Because of this veggie patch I know what’s really poppin’ this summer (and if you follow me on Instagram – you do to!) I’m talking about zucchinis. ZUCCHINI COMING OUTTA MY EYEBALLS.

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Well hello there BBQ Season!

Whether it’s cooking for you and yours at dinner or having a bunch of friends over for a little shindig it’s that time of year! Although I am an all season BBQer including donning a ski jacket in winter, summer BBQs are pretty special as fantastic way to escape the heat of the oven.

I made these wings when we had our first grown up BBQ.

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Happy New Year!

I’ve started the new year by once again visiting the Apple Isle! So while I’m frolicking in Tasmania I thought I’d share a recipe that celebrates apples and the unpredictable weather!

In summer I’m a huge fan of outdoor picnics or bbqs but if you need a quiet moment or the wind pics up this is the recipe you are after. Full of warming spices and summer apples!

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