Oh Baby! #babyshower

Went to a fabulous baby shower today for my niece …wish I had taken more photos of the fabulous feast and the beautiful tea-cups…but here’s a taste!

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#Spring #Soup with chicken #meatballs, leek and #Parmesan

A spring soup that combines tasty chicken meatballs with the sweetness of carrots, peas and leeks with the sharp saltiness of Parmesan. I used some quartered Brussel sprouts and spinach as well for a great result. It’s a great way to use up vegetables. Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: Meatballs 300g…

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Ten out of 10 William, #Paddington #Sydney

Delicious lunch at the hole in a wall, boutique Italian restaurant at 10 William on the eponymous William St in Paddington, Sydney today. 10 William is a Sydney institution which is well known for favourites such as pretzels with bottarga cheese dip and it’s tiramisu. With leather banquettes, tiny tables and stools, 10 William combines…

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Legendary lunch at Lucio’s

Lucio’s Italian restaurant in Paddington, Sydney is legendary for authentic Italian dining featuring the freshest seasonal produce and is one of Australia’s most awarded restaurants. On a wintry Sydney day, we had a divine family lunch, warmed by Lucio’s renowned hospitality. Here are some of the photos of the delicious dishes we enjoyed. Thanks Lucio!…

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#organic #roast chicken #delicious

Nothing better than lemon, onion and thyme stuffed chicken, with a light gravy made with the heavenly juices from roasting, and roasted vegetables with thyme.

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#Canellini beans with garlic, chilli and olives with pan fried #salmon.

A yummy and quick side to go with easy pan fried salmon. Served in a bed of fresh baby spinach. Healthy, nutritious, using mainly items you probably have in your pantry. Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 boneless salmon fillets with skin on 1 can of canellini or white beans 1…

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#Quick Fish Curry with #Tamarind

This recipe is for my friend Jennifer who especially asked for a fish curry recipe using Tamarind and no fenugreek. The use of tamarind in fish and seafood curries is traditional in South Indian curries and adds a beautiful tangy flavour. Tamarind has all sorts of health benefits and is rich in many nutrients. This…

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#Crepes with fresh #strawberries and strawberry rum sauce #delicious

Cooked a bit of a retro dinner last night starting with Pumpkin Soup, then individual beef Wellington’s and finished with these crepes. I hadn’t made crepes for a long time and had forgotten how easy it is and how perfect they are for entertaining because you can make them ahead and just reheat in the…

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#Loobia #Polow with Indian #meatballs

Loobia or Lubia Polo is a very popular Persian comfort dish. It is a rice dish traditionally layered with green beans, spiced ground meat, tomatoes, herbs, and infused with saffron. I discovered recipes for the traditional version when looking for something interesting to do with the Indian meatballs I had in the freezer and the big…

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Indian #Thali and Sweets at #Maya Indian Sweets, #Sydney

Indian vegetarian Thali at Maya Indian Sweets on Cleveland St, Surry Hills has been a favourite comfort food spot for our family for years. As well as the famous Indian Sweets on offer, Maya offers dhosas and Thalis. A few weeks ago on an unseasonably chilly day, when the “kids” were visiting us from Canberra,…

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Thai style Stir fry pork with zuchinni noodles

Stir fry pork with Thai green chilli paste, fish and oyster sauces, eggplant, bamboo shoots, green beans with zuchinni noodles. Healthy, yummy and carb free! Easy weeknight dinner!

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Ripping good lunch at #Ripponlea Food and Wine, #melbourne

Ripponlea Food and Wine is one of our favourite Sunday lunch restaurants in Melbourne. With its Art Deco inspired style, beautiful emerald green velvet booths and brushed metal fixtures it oozes a classy style without being too formal or fancy. The revitalised menu is similarly inviting featuring a range of small and large sharing plates…

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#Sweet.. #Cannelini Beans and #Peas

A delicious quick braise with garlic, onions, tomato, olive oil, white wine, lots of black pepper, a can of cannelini beans, some peas, a sprinkling of salt and parsley. A tasty side and great as an accompaniment if you are trying to cut down carbs but want something a bit susbstantial! Went well with roasted…

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#Stellar Chicken Marabella, #chicken

Yottam Ottolenghi’s newest cookbook Simple has some great recipes but sometimes not so simple in terms of quickly getting some of the specialist ingredients which might not be in your pantry. However I have found that they are simple enough to understand the flavours being created and to play around with them using ingredients on…

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