Chickpea Cacciatore with Soft Polenta

Chickpea Cacciatore with Soft Polenta

What a week! I've barely cooked. Renovations are tiring! I didn't realise this for so long but this week I started to 'itch'. I wanted in on my hazard zone of a kitchen! The biggest part of the reno is almost finished so I got into my kitchen this afternoon to whip up this hearty, healthy and oh-so-satisfying chickpea cacciatore with super soft polenta.

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Supergreens Pesto

Supergreens Pesto

This supergreens pesto is so so easy to whip up at a moment's notice to use a pasta sauce, which I actually do all the time because it's a cheap, nutritious and fast meal that is super tasty! Or as a sandwich spread, an awesome addition to quiches, frittatas and scrambled eggs, as a topping for pizza or even a dipping sauce for sweet potato chips! The list goes on!

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Easy Mexican-Inspired Recipes with Just Veg

Easy Mexican-Inspired Recipes with Just Veg

Over the past few weeks I have been bringing you some delicious recipes in partnership with Just Veg. This week we have another two deliciously simple, healthy and fast recipes that are super easy to whip up. I've also got an amazing Mexican-style spice mix that you can make ahead of time and keep with your spice rack for anything from taco seasoning to the base of chilli con carne, or even a nice way to jazz up guacamole for your next BBQ!

 

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Green Smoothie

I reckon I used to cringe big-time whenever I heard the words 'green smoothie'. Ummm no thank you, I do not want to drink a cold, savoury, thick and goopy beverage for breakfast. Breakfast is meant to HELP me get out of bed, not hinder me! I'll give myself credit though, I did persist everytime I went out or to a juice bar.
"I'll get the green smoothie, thanks"

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Dukkah-Crusted Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Flat Bread

Dukkah-Crusted Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Flat Bread

One of my favourite ingredients since studying Ottoman cuisine has been dukkah. It's smoky, slightly spicy, crunchy and fragrant. It teams perfectly with anything from fish to chicken to veggies and I even love rolling boiled eggs into it or sprinkling some onto my hummus for extra flavour.

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Chargrilled Eggplant Soup

Chargrilled Eggplant Soup

Well what a day! Today marks Isaac and mine's 8th anniversary together. We met in high school, year 7 to be exact when I had changed schools and ended up in Isaac's class. I made a great bunch of friends, a lot of whom I still call great friends today but Isaac wasn't one of them right away. His locker was above mine but we never spoke to each because you know - high school. So the silence continued for term after term until one day we had a 'battleships' competition in maths class.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Even though Halloween is not something that is huge in Australia, I love seeing the festivities from overseas - all the dress ups and house decorations! I love watching the Modern Family halloween specials too! I think they are just too funny and love the competitiveness that Claire has for being the scariest house in the neighbourhood while her husband is petrified of everything! 

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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

On the weekend I asked my mum and dad to take me to the snow for my birthday. Even though it's not until next week it was the only day everyone could line up to be free. It's so funny how hard it is to organise 6 people when they all have different lines of work or study. So after I organised what seemed like a military-like operation to get the fam together, and we headed off to Lake Mountain near Marysville in Victoria. It's not very far from the city at all really, barely 2 hours. We got our snow gear and toboggans - the super quick 'carve' toboggans no less and parked the car.

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