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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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Stuff on bread Dine in

I have (unfortunately) settled back into Sydney and returned to work after our wonderful trip to Amsterdam and I have fallen into my normal summer breakfast routine of muesli, natural yoghurt and fresh fruit. Our daily breakfast while we were in Amsterdam was rye bread topped with a slice of cheddar cheese (there were seemingly hundreds of varieties in the supermarket!) and a slice of cured meat, either smoked ham or ontbijtspek (a delicious smoked speck-ish product) and it was delicious and kept me full until well past lunch. Open sandwiches, or really any type of sandwich, are a very Dutch way...

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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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Day trips from Amsterdam Travel

There is plenty to see in Amsterdam, but there are other parts of the Netherlands which are also worth a visit and can be visited on a day trip from Central station. However, while the trains, trams and buses within Amsterdam are easy to navigate and it’s simple to catch a train to other major centres, rural bus services are slightly more complicated and infrequent. It makes for a more scenic journey, but a longer and more expensive day so be prepared. Kinderdijk Kinderdijk is the best place to see windmills and only 15km east from Rotterdam so one would think it...

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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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