Back to Basics: Wholemeal Bread

Baking bread is not as hard as you think- you just need a bit of patience to mould it into a light fluffy loaf. I have adapted the recipe from Peter Mayle and Gerard Auzet’s book “Confessions of a French Baker” and the great thing is it cost about $1.40 to make.

Dill Pickles

I love dill pickles! They have such a beautifully intense flavour and are fabulous in a sandwich, with a cheese platter or just straight from the jar. Dill really tops off this preserve, and the good news is that it’s easy to grow!

Hiking Fuel: The Ball of Energy

Energy Balls are a  great way to get a healthy shot of protein, carbohydrate and good fats to sustain you during an active day. I love to take these guys hiking  and they’re easy to prepare if you’re short on time, just blend and make into balls.

Protein Power Bars

When you’re active outdoors, sometimes you need a lightweight snack to curb your hunger and give you energy. These protein power bars are great for that. I like these for the savoury edge that the tahini provides: sometimes energy bars can be too sweet. No bake and easy to make!

Hot Cross Buns

I like big buns and I cannot lie…. Hot Cross Buns, that is (although I am partial to a nicely coiffed man bun). These little gems have been injected with some extra fibre by using wholemeal flour as well as the traditional fruit n’ spice and all things nice. A lovely Easter treat! 

Choc Banana Smoothie Bowl

The flavours of banana, chocolate and coconut make this smoothie bowl a perfectly delicious breakfast or snack…or even a healthier dessert!  Preparation Time: 5 mins (if you choose to use frozen banana, you will need to freeze them overnight) ;  Serves 1

‘Cheap and Easy’: Campfire Damper

Damper: such a classic Aussie camping recipe and what better way to do it than on a campfire. It’s so cheap, easy, tasty and versatile. I love having it with some fried eggs, smoky cheddar and relish, but it’s always delightful to pair with golden syrup- a la Primary School camp. 

Spicing things up: ingredients for your gourmet camping feast

I love intense flavours in my food. Give me a strong coffee, a heavy red wine, a spicy curry, a smelly cheese, a smoky sauce or a floral sweet treat and you basically have my heart. Although camping can limit your ability to produce technical meals, the great thing is that you can add some…

‘Cheap and Easy’: Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is so easy to make and you can make it all in one saucepan- fantastic for camping!. I love making mine with mushrooms but you can swap for other delicious vegetables such as beetroot, peas or pumpkin.

‘Cheap and Easy’: Strawberry Pancakes

Pancakes are such an easy recipe and very affordable too- you only need basic ingredients. I’ve used strawberries in this batch (we got these from The Big Strawberry farm when we were on a road trip). The fantastic thing about strawberries in Australia is that you should be able buy them 12 months of the…

Simply smooth: Simple smoothie recipes to start your day

Smoothies are a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast or snack.  By using frozen fruits, you can make into a creamy  and fresh smoothie bowl and tailor to the flavours you like. A good formula for making up smoothies is: 1 .5 cups fruit  (ideally frozen, but you can also include a combination with fresh and dried)…