The 2 Biggest Entertaining Mistakes
(How to Avoid)

November 5, 2014

love this time of year. Here in Oz, Summer is just around the corner and the lure of long lazy days on the horizon. Yay for holidays. Even though we don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving here, I love the concept of this holiday. When I lived in California, I really embraced it. Taking the time to […]

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Like to Win a FREE Copy of my New eCookbook?

October 28, 2014

oday I have a bit of a favour to ask… In a few weeks I’m going to be releasing my new eCookbook called ‘Healthy & Tasty Meals Made Easy‘. I’m super excited about it because it’s been almost 2 years since my last new book. But before I put my latest ‘baby’ out into the […]

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Could Simplifying Your Life Make a Difference?

October 21, 2014

his time 5 years ago I was at a big crossroads. I loved my job designing Tim Tams (chocolate cookies) for Australia’s largest biscuit manufacturer. I mean who wouldn’t love working with chocolate? However, earlier in the year I’d had a glimpse of another life. Writing my first cook book was an experience that I’d […]

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How to Make it Easier to Cook When You’re Tired at the End of a Long Day

October 14, 2014

o you ever feel ‘too tired to cook’ after a long busy day? Well you’re certainly not alone! A few years ago I surveyed Stonesoup readers for their biggest cooking challenges. The number 1 response was being ‘tired at the end of a long day’. We all know what that feels like. But how do […]

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My 3 Favourite Spice Blends
(and their substitutes)

October 7, 2014

hen I was getting into cooking, one of the few things I found really intimidating was working with spices. I’m not sure what caused my ‘spice phobia’ but I do remember only using spices if the recipe called for them. I’d always use exactly the types and amounts listed. Talk about restrictive. Over the years, […]

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Should You Be Eating MindLESSly?

September 30, 2014

f I mention the words ‘mindless eating’, what thoughts pop into your head? Probably nothing healthy, right? For me ‘mindless eating’ normally evokes thoughts of chowing down on junk in front of the TV or computer. Big bags of chips or pop corn at the cinema. Or shoveling ice cream straight from the tub. While […]

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My 3 Worst Cooking Habits

September 23, 2014

‘m a huge believer in the power of habits for helping to put everyday decisions on autopilot, making it much easier to live a healthy life. One of the things I’ve learned in my study of habit formation over the years is the power of public commitment. Earlier in the year, I joined Febfast and […]

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How I Keep My Family Healthy

September 16, 2014

few weeks ago, my Irishman was in a lift with a family with a sick baby. He mentioned that he has a one-year-old and the other parents were like, ‘Oh you must be used to him being sick’. My Irishman was a little taken back by this. Over dinner he told me about his encounter […]

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Is Dieting Making You Weigh More?

September 9, 2014

ou know when you come across someone who is a kindred spirit? Someone who has similar philosophies to your own? I love when that happens. Like when I discovered Darya Rose from the fab little blog summertomato.com. Darya and I share a lot in common including a love of vegetables and legumes, a background in […]

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Red Velvet Birthday Brownies

September 3, 2014

an you believe it’s September already? I know! I really love this time of year. Spring is just beginning to make an appearance both in the weather and the produce available at the farmers market. The days are getting longer. And it’s my birthday(!) This year, I’m continuing my birthday traditions of sharing a new […]

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Simple Sauerkraut Recipe

August 27, 2014

o I was very pleasantly surprised with the response to my previous post on fermenting vegetables. It made me super happy to hear that so many of you are interested in fermentation and put in a request for my sauerkraut recipe. So today that’s exactly what I have for you. But before we get to […]

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What Would June Do?

August 20, 2014

ithout a doubt, the saddest day of the year for me is the 20th August. You see it’s the day that nine years ago my family huddled in a little hospital room and watched my Mum breathe her last breath. I still really miss her. This year I’m feeling it even more than usual. I […]

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The Number 1. Way to Improve
Your Gut Health

August 13, 2014

few months ago took an online course called ‘Debunking PCOS‘ which is all about improving fertility and conquering Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome which I was diagnosed with over 10 years ago. The thing that really surprised me about the course was that the number 1 action we were encouraged to take was to heal your […]

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How to Rescue a Burnt Disaster

August 5, 2014

ot long after we moved into our little farm house earlier in the year, I was beginning to question my ability to cook without burning something. It started one night when I was making a bolognese sauce… Somehow I got side tracked and forgot I had the pot on the highest setting. The next thing […]

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A New Take on Pesto

July 29, 2014

love Winter. The frosty mornings. The crisp clear days. Snuggling up by the fire with a good book and a glass of red. And then there’s the food. Soups and slow cooked delights. Self saucing ginger puddings with ice cream. If I was forced to choose my favourite season it would be a toss up […]

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Debunked: The 3 Biggest Myths about Being an Organized Cook

July 23, 2014

esterday morning I decided to do something a little differently. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of waking up early. I used to think I wasn’t a ‘morning person’ but when I make the effort, I love having that extra quite time to meditate and get a little work done. So what did […]

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The 3 Golden Rules of Do Ahead Meals

July 15, 2014

t may surprise you to learn that we actually eat lots of do ahead meals in our house. Even though I love cooking. And would be happy to cook every day, I’ve found that when I’m taking photographs for my blog, or a book or a new online cooking class, it’s much easier to batch […]

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My Secret to Being an Organised Cook

July 8, 2014

ince becoming a Mum just over a year ago, there have been many changes in my life. Easily the biggest one, from a food perspective, is that I just don’t have as much time to spend in the kitchen as I used to… So meanwhile I’ve been relying on the quicker recipes in my repertoire […]

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3 Quick Questions With…

July 1, 2014

hen I decided to quit my corporate job designing chocolate biscuits (cookies) over 4 years ago, there was one thing I knew I was going to miss… working as part of a team. I’ve absolutely loved the transition to full time blogger and entrepreneur. And these days with social media, I never have to worry […]

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The BEST Stonesoup Recipes?

June 24, 2014

ou might remember a few months back, I mentioned that I was planning to pull together a new FREE eCookbook for Stonesoup email subscribers. And my lovely assistant Caroline had the brilliant idea to make it a ‘best of Stonesoup’ compilation and to get you to vote for your favourite Stonesoup recipes. Well today that […]

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