Do you struggle to find great gifts?

November 27, 2012

ell if you do struggle to find great gifts, welcome to the club! Like my grandmother, I’ve never been very good at coming up with thoughtful gift ideas. But over the years I’ve developed a fail-safe system for choosing gifts for my family and friends. And it really couldn’t be easier. I do one of […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Keeping Leftovers Safe

November 21, 2012

ay back in April I inadvertently sparked some controversy here on Stonesoup. It all started when I suggested that some roast butternut pumpkin would keep in the fridge for ‘a few weeks.’ One reader commented “No way would any food be safe to eat after a few weeks in the fridge. Yuck!” Which sparked much […]

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16 Ideas for ‘Pot Lucking’ this Thanksgiving

November 14, 2012

hen I was living in California, back in my wine-making days, I was introduced to the concept of ‘pot lucking’. If you’re in Australia you may know it as ‘bringing a plate.’ The idea is everyone brings something to eat to the party and you make a meal of whatever turns up. Personally I think […]

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Could you make dinner in 5 minutes?

November 7, 2012

hen was the last time you got caught up at work and ended up getting home later than you’d like? If you’re like most people I was probably yesterday or at least within the last week or so. One of the most common answers I hear when I ask people about their cooking problems is… […]

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My kitchen disaster + 4 steps to help you avoid my mistake…

October 31, 2012

ast week I decided to make a soufflé for dinner. We had some eggs and a really lovely Saint Agur blue cheese that needed eating up. We both felt like something light. So a soufflé seemed like a good idea. I know these wonders of kitchen magic tend to have a reputation for being difficult […]

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Henry’s golden rule of stress-free entertaining

October 24, 2012

n Saturday night we were treated to dinner at the amazing house of one of our friends, Henry. Now neither my Irishman nor I had sampled Henry’s hospitality before, but we had heard phrases such as ‘Henry does the best BBQ beef in the Monaro’ often enough to know that we were in for a […]

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The 2 easiest ways to avoid getting stuck in a food rut

October 17, 2012

o you find yourself struggling to come up with new ideas for quick and healthy dinners? Especially ideas for those life-saving weeknight meal ideas that you turn to time and time again when you come home and you’re tired and hungry. Well you’re definitely not alone. Most of us struggle to keep things fresh and […]

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4 surprising lessons for home cooks from the best restaurant in the world

October 10, 2012

s much as I love simplicity and comfort of home cooking, I also love eating out. Mostly I prefer casual places. Bistros and wine bars where the food is straightforward and delicious and there’s no pretense or snobbery. But every now and then I like to treat myself to some world class fine dining. If […]

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A food lovers guide to Paris, Copenhagen, Limerick and Rome.

October 3, 2012

ver since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with travel. Part of it comes from being Australian. Have you ever noticed that wherever you go in the world, no matter how remote, an Aussie or two will pop up? But most of my travel inspiration came from my Mum. One of my favourite […]

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The easiest way to make your baking healthier + ‘paleo’ banana bread

September 26, 2012

few months ago I wrote about my adventures in guilt-free baking and shared the recipe for my ‘paleo’ brownies. Since then I’ve had plenty of opportunity to explore the world of sugar-free baking. While there have been a few typical baking experimentation disasters, I’ve been super excited about the results. What is the easiest way […]

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31 healthy 15 minute meals

September 18, 2012

‘m still on the road this week. In not-so-sunny Ireland and about to head to the beautiful city of Paris. I’ll write more about my travels in the next few weeks. But today we have… 31 healthy 15 minute meals Looking for more quick, healthy meal ideas? To see if ‘How to Love Your Waistline’ […]

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How to avoid chemicals in your food without spending a fortune

September 14, 2012

ast year I wrote a blog post about my experience of comparing the flavour of organic vs conventionally farmed vegetables. It generated some great discussion in the comments and a few people made reference to the ‘dirty dozen’. At the time I wasn’t really sure what they were talking about. Then recently the ‘dirty dozen’ […]

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An unusual and insanely delicious Birthday cake

September 5, 2012

ou know when you’re really excited about something and it’s hard to sit still and focus? Well that’s how I’m feeling today. So I’ll keep it short and sweet. What’s all the excitement about? First of all it’s my Birthday this week! To continue the Stonesoup tradition I started last year, I have some treats […]

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The number 1 way to eat leaner & healthier

August 29, 2012

he other day, I was thinking I’ve never heard anyone say that eating vegetables is bad for you. Or that we really should be trying to eat less veg. Which is pretty remarkable. When you think about how much debate and differing-of-opinion there is around healthy eating, it’s a relief to know that there’s one […]

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Is this the best low GI gluten-free flour? (+ paleo bread recipe)

August 21, 2012

bout 6 months ago, I was exploring the interwebs when I came across an intriguing ebook. With the irresistible title of ‘Guilt-Free Desserts‘, I found myself hitting the ‘Add to Cart’ button in record time. I’m super happy I did. As expected, I’ve added some really delicious, healthy sweet treats to my repertoire. Like these […]

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5 things you should know about sprouting at home (step-by-step guide)

August 14, 2012

ost of my major life decisions have been based on something to do with food or wine. For example, when it came time to choose a thesis topic for my food science degree, I decided to look at the bacterial populations in Blue Vein and Camembert cheese. Why cheese? Part of the study happened to […]

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The truth about FAT (are you making this mistake?)

August 8, 2012

ecently I read an interesting book. It’s called ‘Real Food’ and no prizes for guessing it’s all about the benefits of eating real, whole food and avoiding the usual suspects of anything processed and packaged. One of the things I enjoyed most was hearing about the author, Nina Planck’s journey to finding a balance between […]

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Is this the worlds easiest shopping list?

August 1, 2012

o you struggle with the whole planning and shopping part of getting healthy dinners on the table? Well today you’re in luck! Last year I came up with the idea of creating a 10 ingredient shopping list and combining it with 5 recipes to make the shopping and cooking thing as easy and fun as […]

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the 5 most common dinner mistakes (and how to avoid them)

July 24, 2012

Do you struggle sometimes with getting dinner on the table? You’re not alone! Recently, I did a survey of Stonesoup readers. One of the biggest problems that kept coming up was finding the time, motivation and energy to prepare dinner. Especially after a long day of work, when you’re tired and hungry. So today I […]

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are you making the most of your pantry?

July 17, 2012

I grew up on a farm with the closest supermarket a 40 minute drive away. As you can imagine, it was a matter of survival that my Mum kept her huge walk-in pantry well stocked. So I’ve always understood just how helpful a good pantry can be. These days, even though I’ve lived in cities […]

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