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:: Comfort Food. Ten Percent Delicious.

  I was reading this article on Monday. It was all about comfort food. As I sat in the comfort of my lounge room, sipping a large cup of (comforting) tea and absently smoothing the discarded foil wrap of my (comforting) Easter egg, I got to thinking about what comfort food means to me. The article said that comfort food was more about attachments or connections than calories, that we are comforted by the links various foods have to people and places, rather than simply the taste or carb-laden #faileo ranking. I’m inclined to agree. For me, comfort food is

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:: 10 Things I Realised About Creativity When I Went On The Radio (& A Recipe for Corn Chowder)

Yesterday, Rachel Power (author/editor of Motherhood & Creativity), Clare Bowditch and myself were on the radio to talk about juggling parenting and creativity, with a bit of a focus on Rachel’s (great) new book. I love doing radio. There is none of the stress of looking nice and all of the opportunity to talk about things that are important to you. Jon Faine’s program, The Conversation Hour is a bit of a Melbourne institution and I felt very lucky to get a chance to be part of it. We all got to speak about our own creative lives and the

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:: Birthday (and other days) Mee Goreng

  I love Mee Goreng. Granted it’s not a simple dish, but it is super delicious and all those elements ensure it’s packed with flavour and a total crowd pleaser. If you are a vegetarian you can omit the chicken and fish cake and it will STILL be amazingly good. If you are gluten intolerant, you can switch out to some fat rice based noodles. If you are allergic to prawns (like Ari) don’t add the prawns – and if you are on a budget you can omit the prawns too. It’ll STILL be yum. We made this dish a

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:: 52 Hellos: Week 08 (+ Bonus Soup!)

Hello! Hi! Hope you are well! I am running a little bit late with #52hellos this week, so sorry for that. I’ve been keeping myself a bit too busy and doing a bit too much this week. I’m slowing down over the weekend, cancelling plans and resting and trying to recharge and feel restored. Today’s agenda has pretty much been watching Brothers & Sisters, listening to Burial Rites via Audible, drinking tea and making pumpkin soup and muffins. I had a little debate with myself over whether I should make roasted pumpkin soup or regular pumpkin soup. I decided to make

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:: Win A My Abuelo’s Mexican Feast Prize Pack

  Some people know how to make really beautiful books and Daniella Germain is one of those kinds of people. You might remember that she wrote a book called My Abuela’s Mexican Feast a couple of years ago? Well this book is the follow-up. Her first book (a tribute to her grandmother) was super great, so I was excited to get my hands on this new release (in honour of her grandfather). Of course, because DG is the goods, it’s equally wonderful. I’m excited about cooking some things from it. I’m also excited that Menudo is a kind of spicy tripe soup because…

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:: How I Made Gluten-Free Berry Afternoon Tea Loaf

  On Saturday Cam (boyfriend aka King Of The Kitchen) went surfing for most of the day, so I got to have some kitchen time without anyone else buzzing around me. Granted it was 35 degrees, but our oven is outside so it was actually really nice to whip up a couple of things and I didn’t even melt. Phew! At our house, Max’s cute girlfriend Rebecca AND Cam are both on the gluten-free path. I thought it would be nice for Becca and Max and Ari to have something nice to eat when they (finally) woke up, because it had been

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:: Sunday Lunch: Salmon Patties, Leafy Panzanella & Guacamole

Jeepers it’s been rainy in Melbourne. We had planned to go camping this weekend, but the rain was stretching from Victoria through to NSW and sitting in a drippy tent, trying not to be blow away seemed like a silly idea. Instead, we stayed home, ate delicious things and watched Gilmore Girls.  We also put our Christmas tree up, I finished online shopping for the kids’ prezzies and we drank QUITE a lot of coffee. Rin came over to hang out today, so we fixed a nice lunch and planned our Christmas Day menu as we ate it. We’ve decided

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:: The One About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever made these cookies? They are really yum. This is a recipe I have been using for 20 zillion years. It’s the one that I had published in the Frankie Afternoon Tea book (and it’s also in my book Sew La Tea Do!) They are tried and true and here for you. *titter* I made a bunch of these yesterday and they went down a treat with the gang of moi. I hope your gang likes them too! Pip’s Best Ever Choc Chip Cookies You will need: 125g salted butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar

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:: Yum! Potato, Pea and Pasta Soup

Blue bowl from Kevala in Ubud, Bali : Napkin from the Salvation Army : Wooden plate from a garage sale : spoon from wherever you get spoons… Here is what I made for lunch today. Maybe you’d like to make it for lunch too? It’s good for dinner, even. Also, kids love it, if you know any kids you could make them have some too? You can put pancetta or bacon in this soup, but I wanted to make a simpler vegetarian bowl of deliciousness instead. Consider that if you think it’d suit you, though. Here’s how to make this soup…

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:: Wolfing. The Reason For Sausage Rolls

  My kids really like sausage rolls. Well. One does in particular. He wolfs them down crazily fast. Sometimes his friends wolf them too. Because of this wolfing, I have been making them a lot. I think it’s good to mix these things up and make your own secret family recipe, so use this as a guide and get fancy with your own flavourings! I know that eating a lot of sausage rolls will make me plumper, but I really do like them and I like eating them and I do eat them. Yum. I love them with tomato sauce and Sriracha mixed

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:: A Really Simple Yummy Soup

  Sometimes when I’m feeling tired, I like to make this soup. It’s an improvised version of a soup we used to have when I was a kid. It’s not my mum’s PROPER version, but it’s a red hot go at it! And it’s really yum. You can totally leave out the bacon if you are not bacon-y! It’d still be yum. Simple Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder Serves six 800g corn kernels (fresh, canned or frozen!) 420g can of creamed corn 1.5 litres of low fat or full fat milk 250 grams of diced bacon 1 brown onion, diced 500g

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:: The Overnight Oats

  I made overnight oats last week and a lot of people knew ALL ABOUT nice ways to make them and a lot of people did not know what overnight oats were all about.  I am sure there are lots of names for this idea. Someone said ‘cold oatmeal’ and someone else said ‘a bit like Bircher’. I don’t know because I am not very oat-y. But I like these oats. I do.   How I Made My Oats (via Food52 ) Take a jar – not because you are a hipster, but because a jar is nice and clean

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:: Seeds & Sweets & The Queen

Aw hai! Look! Cam took this photo of me today. I had a bit of a weird morning, so we headed to Port Melbourne beach via Noisette (a really great bakery!) for a bit of a cheer up. We had a little coffee and sweet things picnic in the back of the car, watching some dogs play and the waves lap. Nice, huh? Then we saw my friend Jo which was the best surprise. Then we got some fish and chips and took them home for the kids. It all turned out pretty nicely.  (One fun thing about kids growing

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:: Pip’s Really Very Best Cauliflower Salad

  You have to make this. It’s all of the deliciousness. SUPER addictive and super healthy! Win!   Pips’s Really Very Best Cauliflower Salad, OMG YUM. Serves 4 people or 2 really hungry people you need: 1 small cauliflower, cut into small pieces 1 handful of snow pea sprouts 1 cups of cooked brown rice  (warmed up so it’s soft!) 1 cup of corn kernels (cooked fresh ones or canned) 1 tps coriander 1/2 tsp cumin a tiny bit of chilli powder (not too much!) salt and pepper a good slosh of olive oil 1 lemon some fresh herbs (parsley

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