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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A Very Special Birthday Cake…

June 18, 2014

his time last year I was heavily pregnant. Heavy was totally the right word to describe it. Enough people had asked me if I was having twins that even I was beginning to wonder. Anyway, I knew my life was about to change in a major way. But what I didn’t know was just how […]

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My 9 Favourite Healthy Breakfast Ideas

June 12, 2014

nce upon a time I worked for a multinational breakfast cereal company as a young food scientist developing new breakfast and snack products. One of the ‘perks’ of the job was the canteen filled with an amazing array of free cereal and milk. As you can imagine, pretty much everyone had their breakfast at work. […]

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How to Cook Quinoa

June 3, 2014

hese days, if I get asked to describe my diet, the shortest answer is that I’m ‘mostly paleo’. Now if you’re wondering ‘what on earth is Jules talking about?’, allow me to explain… ‘Paleo’ is a way of eating that is loosely based on what our paleolithic ancestors ate. In short that includes meat, poultry, […]

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A Sneak Peek…

May 27, 2014

arlier in the year, we had a family trip to Sydney. Since we were staying with friends, we offered to cook dinner. Our hosts agreed and being the generous souls they are, they insisted on buying all the ingredients for us. I was cooking a Thai-inpsired meal, so there were lots of fresh herbs on […]

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7 Surprising Lessons from Using
my Meal Plans

May 20, 2014

ne of the things I’m super passionate about in my business is making my products as useful and user friendly as possible. Unless my customers get real value in their lives, I really don’t feel like I deserve to keep their money. Which is why last week I decided to have a week of following […]

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5 Easy Ways to Make Fried Food Healthy

May 13, 2014

f all the cooking techniques, deep frying would have to be the one that comes to mind when we think of food that is ‘bad for us’. As Elvis knew, deep fried things can taste super delicious. But here’s the thing… Fried foods don’t have to be super unhealthy. The deep fryer, or at least […]

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Like a FREE Mother’s Day Gift?

May 8, 2014

his year is a very special (and different!) Mother’s Day for me. Yes, it’s my first proper Mother’s Day on the other side… as an actual mother. So to celebrate, my sister Nao and I have pulled together a new eCookbook that we’re giving away for FREE from our new blog, The Yellow Bench. The […]

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2 Most Common Seasoning Mistakes

April 30, 2014

s someone who runs an online cooking school, I often get asked for tips to help people improve their cooking. And you know what I always tell them? No, it’s not to spend hours chopping onions to perfect their knife skills. I always tell them to focus on getting the seasoning right. Yes. Seasoning. It’s […]

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Can You Help Out?
+ a new free ecookbook.

April 22, 2014

ay back in January 2010, I quit my job designing chocolate biscuits (cookies). The plan was to focus on figuring out how to make a living from doing what I love most namely cooking, eating and writing about food. My first project was to pull together a free eCookbook to use as an incentive for […]

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Could you write your shopping list in 2-minutes?

April 15, 2014

n the weekend, Fergal and I had a lovely Saturday morning outing to our local farmers market. It’s been ages since I had the luxury of doing our weekly shop at a real farmers market and I’d forgotten how much fun it is. I love strolling through the stalls, choosing from beautiful displays of produce. […]

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2 Unusual Ideas for Chocolate…

April 8, 2014

his year I’m super excited about Easter, and not only because of the whole extra long weekend thing. This year, for the first time in ages, possibly a decade, my family are getting together for an Easter lunch. And the best bit is that we’re hosting it at our new tiny farm house. Yay! As […]

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A Dream Comes True…

April 1, 2014

rowing up on a farm, I couldn’t wait to leave. As soon as I had saved up some money, I set off to see the big wide world. Backpack in hand. First stop was San Francisco. Then Paris. And on it went. It was so exhilarating. And scary. Meeting new people. Exploring new places and […]

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6 Healthy Ideas for Aubergine (Eggplant)

March 25, 2014

his week I thought I’d pull together another installment of our Stonesoup vegetable spotlight. Last time it was all about kale, today we’re talking aubergine, which in Australia goes by the much less exotic name ‘eggplant’. Before we get to today’s recipe suggestions, I thought we’d better ask the big eggplant question… To salt or […]

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