Tag: Food


Easy red velvet cupcakes Dine in

This recipe is from a friend of mine (aren’t the best ones always from people you know?!) and it’s really easy and really good. You can make it in one bowl if you wash the bowl while the cupcakes are in the oven, so that means one less reason not to make them! These cupcakes have a super light crumb with a hint of cocoa – the chemical reactions with the bicarb, vinegar and buttermilk do all the hard work. The cream cheese frosting is decadent and delicious – I don’t really need to say anymore than that! Do yourself a...

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Beetroot leaf and basil pesto pasta Dine in

My grandma grew most of the fruit and vegetables she needed and she always used to say “shame to waste it”. If it didn’t end up on the plate, in a soup or stock then the scraps were turned into compost and used to fertilise her next crop. Unfortunately I have no garden nor compost pile, so I do my best to use as much of produce I buy so I’m not throwing money in the bin. I bought a bunch of beautiful beetroot to use in a recipe later this week (involving roasted beetroot, salmon, sumac and whipped feta –...

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Ode to Amsterdam Travel

The best way to see Amsterdam is on foot or by bicycle, such pleasant ways to pass the time or commute in a city built for both. I have rediscovered the practice of walking in Amsterdam – strolling, thinking, seeing, listening – often with no fixed destination in mind, no map and when my legs are tired relying on my instincts to navigate me home. There is something so peaceful about walking without a purpose and the city of Amsterdam is designed to allow you to wander with pleasure for hours each day. Being observant has allowed me to witness many...

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36 hours in Berlin Travel

A weekend in Berlin was organised on a whim – it was 24 hours between making our bookings and drinking a German beer in Germany. Quite a novelty for 3 Australians when travelling an hour by plane would normally only land us in another state, not another country!  I didn’t have any expectations beyond beer, schnitzel, sausage, pork knuckle and history of WWII and the Cold War so by that measure, the weekend was a success. However, when someone asked the three of us us if we had a great time in Berlin we all stayed silent with tilted heads and brows...

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Secret foodies in a secret garden Dine out

Secret Foodies is a company in Sydney that organises dinners in secret locations – special, exclusive, different events enjoyed with friends or friends you haven’t met. A text message is sent two hours before with the location of the dinner – the mystery really adds to the experience as you are likely to be invited to a place you have never been before (and may not have a chance to visit again). Our location for the evening was a heritage listed home in Millers Point which was built in the 1830s, one of the oldest surviving heritage buildings in Sydney. Walking onto...

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