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Bill Granger’s self-saucing chocolate puddings

Bill Granger’s self-saucing chocolate puddings

Try this version of Bill Granger's self-saucing chocolate puddings if you dare! I'm not even going to pretend that they are in any way welcome on a healthy diet. When you want to treat yourself, this is how you do it. An easy-breezy dish to make that packs and...

Midweek chicken and pumpkin tray bake recipe

Midweek chicken and pumpkin tray bake recipe

I really enjoy cooking, but some days I just want something I can throw together and whack in the oven. That's when this chicken pumpkin tray bake is a godsend. It's the quickest way I know to get restaurant-quality flavour. It's the balsamic vinegar, honey and sage...

How to make easy damper on a stick

How to make easy damper on a stick

In the wintertime we love setting friendly fires in our outside fire pit, which we built out of old bricks and creek pebbles. Cooking damper on a stick is a cold month institution at our place. We gather wood from the bush around our house all autumn long, getting...

Clinkers slice – because small things are worth celebrating

Clinkers slice – because small things are worth celebrating

We call this the celebration slice because for years I made this slice for the kids to take into school on their birthday. It was always either this Clinkers slice, or if we were feeling flush, a Mars Bar slice. I could never be arsed fiddling around with cupcakes....

South African rusks – health rusks are your new fave snack

South African rusks – health rusks are your new fave snack

I’m lucky to have many lovely South African friends. They are a generous, fun, good-natured bunch and you get used to the accent. Actually, you never really get used to the accent. But once they introduce you to South African rusks, you won’t mind. When a friend...

Make this one-pot Mediterranean chicken recipe tonight

Make this one-pot Mediterranean chicken recipe tonight

This one-pot Mediterranean chicken recipe from the new book The Feel-Good Family Food Plan makes a great family meal. Throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge. The book is jam-packed full of everything you need to feed your family well, from one of Australia's...

Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

Make ahead lunch: Vegie ricotta muffins

This vegie ricotta muffins recipe is from the new book The Feel-Good Family Food Plan is fantastic to have on hand. Make a double batch and freeze them for complete convenience. The book is jam-packed full of everything you need to feed your family well, from one of...

Quick homemade muesli bars

Quick homemade muesli bars

Can we all just agree that it was a good day when the muesli bar went mainstream? Prior to the eighties, homemade muesli bars were seen as hippy snacks. In fact, the entire muesli/wholegrain thing was dismissed as hippy healthfoods and not the kind of thing that...

A strawberry bliss balls recipe that’s full of goodness

A strawberry bliss balls recipe that’s full of goodness

If there's one thing that is an absolute must for lunchboxes, it's bliss balls. And strawberry bliss balls are like the kings of lunchbox bliss balling. Actually, 'bliss balling' sounds kind of rude, so let's pretend I didn't write that last sentence. Reasons why...

Retro cornflake cookies with a twist

Retro cornflake cookies with a twist

It's very possible that back in the day, your Gran made a version of these cornflake cookies. No doubt she made them petite-sized so you were allowed to eat three, and served them up with a big glass of milk. Some recipes just stand the test of time. Mind you, your...

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The ‘new normal’: it’s okay to not do all the things

The ‘new normal’: it’s okay to not do all the things

I took some time off while lockdown was in place. It wasn't even intentional, it just sort of happened. When the kids' school and activities were all cancelled, life moved into a new normal - a slow, steady rhythm that I loved. I found myself doing less and less of...

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

Making nature mandalas and art for kids

For a long time my girls have created little nature mandalas and art whenever we are in the bush or out for a walk. They gather collections of things as we wander and bring them together to make nature mandalas. They've been doing it since they were small, and it is...

The best advice my mother ever gave me

The best advice my mother ever gave me

Happy mother's day, mums! I'm celebrating my 16th MD this year. My first was the day after my son was born, way back in 2004. I was recovering from a 40-hour labour and Max was already showing signs of being a "non-sleeper" (as the midwives so mildly put it). To say I...

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