The Spirit of Australia: My Favourite Aussie Cookbooks

Living in Australia, we are blessed with such an abundance of wonderful produce. Here are my favourite five cookbooks by Australians which take represent the essence of living simply through using seasonal produce, using basic ingredients and avoiding food wastage. I have also added the links to each if you’re keen to purchase!

Market Special: My Top 5 London Markets

Being a lover of local produce, street food and community vibe, one of my favourite things to do when I am travelling to a new place is to check out the markets. I went to London a few weeks ago, prior to heading to Iceland on a hiking trip (more on that later) and went…

Market Special: Marrickville Organic Food Market, Sydney

One of my favourite ways to spend a relaxed Sunday morning is to head to a local farmers market and immerse myself a beautiful community vibe along with good coffee, cheap eats and free music. Marrickville Organic Food Market provides just that.

The Apple (Isle) of My Eye: Musings from a trek in Tasmania

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met”  William Butler Yeats I feel pretty lucky to live in Australia. It really is an amazing place of diversity in culture, natural environment, produce and people. Last year, I was fortunate to see a lot more of my country, travelling through seven of the…

Wild and Free

“All good things are wild and free.” Those are the words of one of my favourite writers, Henry David Thoreau, in his essay titled ‘Walking’, which he delivered many times during the mid 19th Century. My connection with Thoreau’s writing is underpinned by his struggle between the love of nature’s simplicity and it parallels with a sense…

A Glass Half Full

As a wine lover, Hemingway once wrote of wine exactly how I see it: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly,…

Kiama Coastal Walk and the Case of the $7 Banana Bread

Earlier this year on Australia Day, I completed the Kiama Coastal Walk with a couple of my European friends, Susanne and Anna. While potentially a little ‘un-Australian’ to hike on this annual celebration (I have spent many previous Australia Day’s at pubs watching cockroach races, drinking XXXX Gold and counting down Triple JJJ’s Hottest 100),…

Cheap Thrills in the Sunshine State

With the cost of living rising, it is getting increasingly difficult for most to go on holidays or have weekends without spending a lot of money. I went to Brisbane last weekend to spend the long weekend with my friend Kylie, who had recently moved back to the Sunshine State after a few years in…

You don’t need dough, to knead dough

There is  some serious scaremongering going on when it comes to carbohydrate foods. With the popularity of restrictive diets that eliminate entire food groups, the public is becoming scared of eating nutritious foods such as wholegrain breads and cereals. The recent release of the 2014 Australian Grains & Legumes Consumption & Attitudinal Study by the Grains & Legumes…