Garlic Bugs on the Barbeque

My dad does excellent Moreton Bay Bugs on the barbeque and on Saturday night I had to have them. Unfortunately dad wasn’t around so we couldn’t con him into having us over. It was all up to me. It was tricky tracking down raw bugs but we eventually found them at Sammie’s Girl Seafood in…

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Chocolate Eclairs

Chocolate eclairs are yet another thing I hadn’t tried until recently. I thought they were filled with whipped cream (of which I’m not a huge fan) until I requested a taste of Will’s a few weeks ago. Boy did my view change of these little morsels of deliciousness. No whipped cream in sight just soft,…

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Vine Restaurant – New Farm, Brisbane

Last night we dined at another of my Italian favourites in Brisbane – Vine Restaurant at New Farm. This trendy restaurant serves deliciously authentic Italian in a chic modern setting. On arrival, the four of us were warmly welcomed by one of the lovely waitstaff and given our choice of table. They have an extensive…

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Apple and Cinnamon Low calorie Breakfast

This is one of my favourite breakfasts. It’s simple, very inexpensive, delicious, low in calories and after a bit of research I’ve also discovered it has some serious health benefits. It doesn’t get much better than that! Yes, on their own oats can be rather bland but with a little flavour from my favourite spice,…

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The cryovac machine – my favourite kitchen gadget

I have to credit my mum for introducing me to this fantastic little piece of kitchen equipment. My vacuum food saver has revolutionized my life. No I’m not exaggerating, I swear. Seriously, how many other machines can do this…? This machine can seal and vacuum seal just about anything. Here are a few of my…

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Gingerbread Party Bags

I love gingerbread. I remember making them with mum when I was little and the smell of them cooking in the oven. It can be tricky to find just the right balance of ‘gingerness’ but I think this recipe is just about perfect. The first step is to melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup.…

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Super Speedy Budget Stir-Fry

This simple speedy stir-fry is a great mid-week healthy dinner. It’s budget friendly and an easy way to use up random veges in your fridge. I used beef mince for mine but any type of mince would work. It’s the usual first step with a twist for this recipe. Saute one finely chopped onion with…

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everybody! I am writing this one with a slightly sore head but an even sorer stomach after our Halloween Birthday extravaganza last night. Everyone had a freakishly fantastic night and the costumes were brilliant. Of all the costumes we could have chosen though, two girls came as witches and we had two very…

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Low calorie Chocolate Chip Cookies

I still can’t quite describe these cookies. They’re not something to make if you’re craving a nice crunchy biscuit. I would describe them more as flat cakes. They were very tasty though so if you’re looking for something low in calories that tastes a bit naughty this one’s for you. This recipe was adjusted from…

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Speedy Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

Wednesday night and it’s chicken and mushroom casserole time. This recipe came from this month’s Super Food Ideas. I love this magazine for quick healthy weeknight meals. It has some great weekend treats and party menus as well. I must apologise for the pictures of this dish. It’s not very visually appealing but remember –…

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Oprah’s Easy Spaghetti

Tuesday’s new meal was Oprah’s easy spaghetti. I typed this out while watching Oprah ages ago and have never gotten around to actually making it. Seeing as I now have an abundance of cherry tomatoes growing right outside and happened to also be growing marjoram and basil (the other key ingredients), I thought it was…

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Beef Vindaloo

This week, I’ve decided to try a new recipe every night. Nothing fancy, just something different and most of the ingredients have to be in my fridge, freezer or pantry. Monday night’s new dish was Beef Vindaloo from this month’s issue of Recipes Plus magazine. I did a little bit of doctoring as we’re not big spice…

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