Tomato Soup And Fresh Bread Equals Tired Happiness

“In pretty much every country in the world, something hot and brothy cooked in a pot and served in a bowl is viewed as uniquely nourishing. Soup places low demands on the eater. It treats you as a child, who may or may not know how to use a knife and fork. You do not […]

Simple Cheesy Baked Salmon Recipe

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.” Natalie Babbitt Hey, Lovelies! This is a great quick dinner idea if you enjoy salmon. You need just a couple of ingredients, and then a few simple sides. The cream cheese makes a flavourful and rich topping, and the crunch of the almonds gives a great textural contrast. […]

How To Make Vegemite Toast

“Feeling poorly? Vegemite toast and a cup of tea – that’ll set you right!” Nana Cody Hello, Lovelies! I’m at home in my pyjamas right now, recovering from a crashingly bad case of strep throat and all of the complications that come with that from being immuno-compromised. I can tell I’m getting better because I’m […]

Yummy And Simple Stewed Plums Recipe

“What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith There is something deeply comforting about a bowl of warm sweet fruit, and stewed fruit is so simple that it should definitely be a go-to recipe in every household. I love this […]

Stir-Fried Mushroom, Asparagus, Zucchini and Tomato Recipe

“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.” ~ Michael Greger Hello, Lovelies!Last week my husband Ben and I sat at out kitchen table with Trish Lyons, my wonderful PA, and our neighbours, Richard Jones and Jo Immig. We spent the night talking about […]

Pov Pie – A Cheesy Beany Comfort-Food Cheap Eat!

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Saying Hello, Lovelies! Back in my student days, I lived in share-houses. We pooled our money to pay the rent, to buy food, and to pay for expenses. Share houses guaranteed you a social life, and household duties could be shared. Hooray! Or […]

Have you soaked the fruit for your Christmas Cake yet?

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”~ W.T. Ellis Hello, Lovelies! Do you make your own Christmas fruitcake each year? If you do it’s time to soak your fruit, in preparation for a flavoursome and moist cake. If you don’t, why not join us and make your own. I promise […]

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

If we are looking for insurance against want and oppression, we will find it only in our neighbors’ prosperity and goodwill and, beyond that, in the good health of our worldly places, our homelands. If we were sincerely looking for a place of safety, for real security and success, then we would begin to turn […]

Lamington and Strawberry Parfait – Easy No-Bake Recipe

“One should never, but never, pass by an opportunity to celebrate.” ~ j d malouf I received this email the other day, from the daughters of one of my clients, and I present it just as it was written: dear Nicole my sister and me my name is Molly and her name is Sam need your help […]

Easy Oven Baked Whole Potatoes

“Not everyone can be a truffle. Most of us are potatoes. And a potato is a very good thing to be.” ~ Massimo Bottura I love baked potatoes. They go well as a side dish for barbeques and salads, but you can also load them up with toppings and have them as a meal on their own. […]

Easy Stuffed Capsicum Bell Pepper Recipe

I’m crazy for leftovers. There is something completely satisfying about cooking a large batch of something and then being able to make easy meals for days. One of our favourite easy meals is leftovers stuffed into capsicum (bell peppers) and baked, with cheese added near the end for some satisfying melty goodness. When you bake red capsicums they end up so sweet and tender. Yum!

Easy Breakfast Frittata Recipe

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
~ A.A. Milne

Aunty Doff’s Easy Weet-Bix Fruit Cake

“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” ~ Giada De Laurentiis   I was given this recipe by Aunty Doff, who was my Nana’s beloved sister. We stayed at her home on the Central Coast of NSW once when I was in primary school […]

Quick and Easy Bacon and Vegetable Pasta Recipe

“People just adore pasta. It’s a simple fact.”  ~ Marc Vetri I’ve had a girlfriend staying with me for a few days. And for those few days it has been cold here at the farm. Both of us have been unwell, so our days have been napping, reading books in front of the fire, writing, doctor […]

Easy Stewed Pears Recipe

“It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.” ~ Edward Bunyard After the excess of Easter it is a relief to be back to simple food again. One of Autumn’s great pleasures for me is pears. This […]

Fry-Up Bowl – An Easy Meal For Anytime!

  “If you can eat with mates or friends or family, I mean, it’s such a brilliant thing isn’t it? If you feel really rubbish and you have a nice bit of food it makes you feel good, you know?”  ~  Jamie Oliver   Fry-Up Bowls are a favourite easy meal in our house. To be […]

Yummy Sweet Treats for You!

“Love is like a good cake; you never know when it’s coming, but you’d better eat it when it does!” ―  C. JoyBell C.   Hello Lovelies, Nicole is in bed today feeling sick. So I made her take a break and prepared this blog post for you. I hope you enjoy our top 5 […]

Honey Pepper Beef Marinade and Stirfry Recipe

“I just love Chinese food. My favourite dish is number 27.” ~ Clement Attlee   Note: Finally, the recipe I tried to post the other day! This is the one that kept uploading pictures of the beach, instead of my food pictures. How grateful I am now that this post was already written and only […]

Mango-Misu – A Delicious and Easy Dessert!

“Take your pleasure seriously.” ~ Charles Eames   Every New Year’s Eve we have a small party at the farm, to celebrate life, the ending of the old year and the coming of the new AND the birthday of a dear friend. What party of such calibre would be complete without dessert? Mango Misu (or […]

Green Goodness Sauce Recipe

“She pulls on her heavy boots and carries the water bucket past the rose bushes, past the herb garden, and back to the barn behind the house. Her steps kick up the scents of herbs: thyme, mint, and lemon balm. The plants send up new stems each year from the roots that survived the winter […]

Easy Mango Mousse #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegan #yum #paleo

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ~ Susan Polis Schutz   Mangoes are finally in season here in Australia. This is a super-easy and yummy mango mousse that tastes of summer and is something you can make all year round, even if you can’t access fresh mango. I’ve made […]

Green Goji Bliss Balls

“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.” ~ Joss Whedon   I often whip up a batch of these healthy, yummy snacks. Green Goji Bliss Balls are packed full of nutrition, and the lemon gives them a lovely fresh tang. They are incredibly easy to […]

Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding #dairyfree #glutenfree

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” ~ Erma Bombeck   I could call this delicious pudding ‘dessert’. But I have also been known to call it ‘breakfast’… This creamy strawberry pudding is a versatile and healthy option as a snack, a meal or as a […]

Bacon, Egg and Broccoli Slice

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ~ Albert Einstein   I am a big fan of using simple ingredients thrown together to make easy meals. Meals that ANYONE can cook. (Even people with no cooking experience, and people who have rarely ventured into a kitchen or […]

Nana’s Queen of Puddings Recipe

“People don’t realize how easy they have it these days. Most kids have never known what it’s like to go without anything. They want something, they get it. If there isn’t enough money, they charge it. We never wanted anything because we never realized we could have anything. We never missed what we never had. […]

Chocolate Easter Nests

“Hedwig didn’t return until the end of the Easter holidays. Percy’s letter was enclosed in a package of Easter eggs that Mrs. Weasley had sent. Both Harry’s and Ron’s were the size of dragon eggs, and full of home-made toffee. Hermione’s, however, was smaller than a chicken’s egg. Her face fell when she saw it. […]

Ruby Grapefruit and Asparagus Salad

‘Are you casting asparagus on my cooking?’ ~ Curly Howard   This is such a simple salad, and it’s easy to throw together, but it tastes like a celebration! It might seem like a little work to segment the grapefruit, but it makes for a pretty result, and no chewy pith or seeds! Serve this […]

Mango Salsa Recipe

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything […]

Easy Miso Udon Noodle Soup

“An army travels on its stomach. Soup makes the soldier.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte   This quick and easy soup is one of my all-time favourites. It’s healthy, and you can throw it together in a couple of minutes. Perfect for when life is crazy-busy, or when you’re tired and need an easy meal. Ingredients:  1 […]

Festive Christmas Fudge Recipe

“They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you?” ~ Terry Pratchett, Hogfather   I’ve had so […]

Simple Summer Bruschetta Recipe

“Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.” ~ k.d. lang   It’s not quite summer here in Australia yet, but gee it feels like it! The sun is beating down, the sky is wide and blue, the grass is plush and green beneath […]

Bacon and Egg Sandwich with Caramelised Onion

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” ~ A.A. Milne   […]

Easy Goat Cheese and Mushroom Canapes

“A good time occurs precisely when we lose track of what time it is.” ~ Robert Farrar Capon     This is a super little recipe – it’s healthy, quick to make, and utterly yummy. You’ll find that it goes perfectly with afternoon tea, as canapes with drinks, or for a plate to share. With the […]

Easy Baked Eggs Recipe

“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.” ~ Pat Conroy   Sometimes I need a warm, easy meal that takes just  a minute or two to throw together, but that is more substantial than toast. If I’m writing, and don’t want to leave what I am doing for too long, or at […]

Simple Stewed Plums Recipe

“What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith There is something deeply comforting about a bowl of warm sweet fruit, and stewed fruit is so simple that it should definitely be a go-to recipe in every household. I love this […]

Easy Fruit Pastry Dessert

“As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn’t work for me. I’d just rather sit at home and read, or go out to dinner with someone, or talk to someone I love, or talk to somebody […]

Easy Christmas Fudge Recipe

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays — let […]

Delicious Strawberry and Kale Green Smoothie Recipe

“Our bodies run on the fresh green fuel of the land.” ~Terri Guillemets   Today’s my birthday, so you’d think I’d be blogging about cake, but no. I’ve decided to post something virtuous instead. We’ll get to the cake later. 🙂 I love a good green smoothie. It’s a tasty, easy way to eat whole […]

Quick Tomato, Bacon and Lentil Soup Recipe

“Lentils are friendly—the Miss Congeniality of the bean world.” ~ Laurie Colwin   Soup is one of those all-time comfort foods for a very good reason. Problem is, so many soup recipes take hours to cook. That’s why I love this one. It’s fast to make, economical, and entirely delicious. It takes less than ten minutes to […]

Easy Mushroom and Walnut Soup Recipe

“Yes,” said Cook. “That is soup that you are smelling. The princess, not that you would know or care, is missing, bless her goodhearted self. And times are terrible. And when times are terrible, soup is the answer. Don’t it smell like the answer?” ~ Kate DiCamillo   Soup is such an easy meal to whip up, […]

Red Dragon Juice Recipe

“But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.”  ~ Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea   A fresh juice is a splendid way to start the morning. This delicious recipe is full of good things to give a lift to your day, and it tastes creamy and earthy, with […]

Mango and Fig Meringue Nests Recipe

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” ~ Mother Teresa This is a VERY easy dessert. Just a little chopping and stirring, but the results are pleasing and the flavours elevate it to a whole other level. There is usually a packet of little meringue nests in my […]

Easy Berry Parfait Recipe

“Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns.” ~ Scottish Proverb   Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved parfaits. They’re so pretty with their layers of deliciousness! What’s even better about this dessert is that it’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast, and fancy enough to be served at Christmas Dinner. […]

Last-Minute Christmas Cake Recipe – Quick and Easy

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”  ~ Charles M. Schulz   Did Christmas sneak up on you too this year? One minute it was 2012, and now it seems a whole year has flashed by and I missed it! Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding is usually an elaborate ritual in our household, but […]

Easy Cheese and Herb Scones

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~ Henry David Thoreau A friend came over for dinner last night. Or rather, I should say that a friend dropped by our little farmhouse at dinner time. These […]

Baked Peaches with Walnut Caramel Crumble Recipe

“One day I would have all the books in the world, shelves and shelves of them. I would live my life in a tower of books. I would read all day long and eat peaches. And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white chargers and plead with me to […]

Tasty Omelette Recipe

“You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.” ~ Anon “You CAN make an omelette without breaking eggs. It’s just a really bad omelette.” ~ Steven Colbert   The humble egg has so many uses in the kitchen, and one of my favourites is a tasty filled omelette. Don’t be put off by ideas that […]

Fairy Bread Recipe – An easy party treat!

“You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.”~ Brad Garrett I try to blog a recipe each week, but being a one-eyed pirate in the remote Outback has certainly proved a challenge on that front. However, I feel […]

Walnut and Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites – Fit for a Prince!

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”  ~ Charles M. Schulz   While the world is abuzz with excitement at the birth of the Kate and William’s new baby boy, here we are celebrating by eating macaroons and drinking tea.  Welcome, Little Prince.  We shall blog about you tomorrow… […]

Easy Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroons Recipe

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”  ~ Elsa Schiaparelli   I love these simple little macaroons. So quick to make, so easy and they taste like heaven – all toasty and chewy on the outside and still soft and moist in the middle. These ones are gluten-free, and can easily be made […]

Easy soft boiled eggs and toast soldiers recipe

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” ~ Bernard Meltzer You know the feeling. You need something to eat, but you’re not famished.  Or perhaps you’re tired or a bit poorly and you want a meal that’s quick and no-fuss, […]

Easy Baked Cheesecake Recipe – Gluten Free, Sugar Free

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!”  ~ Author Unknown One of the not-fun parts of being unwell, or being on a restricted diet, is that treats seem to be harder to come by. So many desserts are crammed full of sugar, grains and fats. Or they have twenty steps, weird ingredients and […]

French Toast with Banana and Bacon Recipe

“Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert French Toast is such weekend food! The sort of breakfast where you don’t have to rush, […]

Tasty Asian Flavours Quinoa – Virtual Vegan Potluck 2013

“Eating superfoods won’t turn you into a superhero, but it might help you look better in Lycra.” ~ Nicole Cody Quinoa (pronounced keen- wah) is touted as one of the latest ‘superfoods’ and apparently all the cool and beautiful people have recently discovered it. As you well know, I’m not in the ‘cool and beautiful’ […]

Stir Fried Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Broccoli Recipe

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  ~ Virginia Woolf   Food isn’t just food.  Food is also a healing tool.  A spiritual tool. A way to give love and care to self and others. If you want to think about this recipe as just food then this is what […]

Speedy Lamb Ragu Recipe

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” ~ Calvin Trillin Roast dinners are popular on the farm, especially when I have a crowd to feed. And if I’m lucky, we’ll end up with leftovers. This is a speedy […]

Nana’s Gingernut Log Recipe

A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend. ~ Unknown I have been blessed to have grown up, and grown older, with two amazing women as my grandmothers. Now both of them are gone, although I feel them around me often, and I frequently draw on […]

Easy Barbecued Corn on the Cob Recipe

We came home to our now flood-free farm last night. Of course I didn’t think to plan dinner, and there were slim pickings when we got here.  Luckily it’s sweet corn season right now in Australia and some had survived the rain and the critters to become a simple meal. Simple is highly under-rated, in […]

Easy Apple and Cinnamon Bundt Cake Recipe

I love this easy cake.  It takes five minutes to make, and is a favourite for morning or afternoon tea, or as a simple warm dessert. It’s a moist, light vanilla cake with a caramel-ly soft apple topping and a mouth-watering crust of cinnamon sugar. Even if you’re not a cake maker I encourage you […]

Quick Prawn and Miso Soup Recipe

What can be better than comfort in a bowl? Miso soup variations are one of my favourite go-to’s when I am tired, sick, time poor, or stumped for inspiration. Feel free to play around with this simple recipe, using whatever you have to hand. This is a very nurturing, easy-to-make soup and it is packed […]

Tasty Fried Rice Recipe – Easy!

It’s that time of year. Lots of Christmas leftovers, or maybe you just don’t feel like going to any trouble in the kitchen but you still want something tasty. Fried rice is one of my go-to comfort foods – endlessly able to be varied, and can be made to suit vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. Eat […]

Rhubarb Cream Puff Recipe

When you’re in a hurry, but still want something fabulous for dessert, this is it! There is no particular skill required, and the beauty of this recipe is that you can use any seasonal stewed fruit if you can’t get rhubarb! Ingredients to Serve Four: one bunch of rhubarb, 2 apples, sugar, one cup or 300ml […]

Simple Baked Camenbert Recipe

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” ~ C. S. Lewis Our little farmhouse is as popular as any Byron Bay bed and breakfast come weekends,especially on Market Weekends! I’m returning home this morning, after a very big […]

Roasted Tomato Salad with Sumac Dressing Recipe

Yesterday morning I ventured out early to the Mullumbimby Farmers’ Markets. One of the joys of market shopping is that you never know what produce will be offered or what you might bring home. In my basket ended up some celery, mixed lettuce, local cheddar, a jar of local honey, and some sweet firm tomatoes. […]

Berry Nice Fruit Crumble Recipe

This is one of those desserts you just throw together. It’s fantastically easy and it tastes like heaven in a bowl. It comes to you courtesy of the mulberry tree in my back yard, and the amplitude of strawberries in my refrigerator.  I would like to claim that I grew the strawberries too, but alas, […]

Best Easy Stewed Rhubarb Recipe

As much as I am grateful for gratitude (and my 30 Day Gratitude Challenge) I am also currently very grateful for rhubarb – and I don’t think I can last another 2 weeks without some sort of food post.  So here it is – Blissful Best Rhubarb! Ingredients: fresh rhubarb, raw sugar, lemon Method:  Wash […]

Pumpkin Soup Recipe and the Writing Disease

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. ~ Anais Nin You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~ Ray Bradbury There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit […]

Cheesy Grilled Mushrooms Recipe

I love this recipe. You can make it in five minutes flat, and it works as a breakfast, lunch or dinner solution!  If you’re a vegan you can omit the cheese, or use a cheese substitute. It’s also a great gluten and carb free alternative to pizza, but tastes every bit as good. Ingredients: Flat […]

Healthy Breakfast Parfait Recipe

I love this raw food recipe as it can be assembled ahead of time, and makes a tasty breakfast, healthy dessert or a great ‘anytime’ snack. It is a simple combination of bircher muesli and fresh seasonal fruit, but the combination of flavours is a real winner! Kids love to make and eat this dish, […]

Easy Farmhouse Frittata Recipe

It’s cold here at the farm this morning, as Australia slides towards winter.  There’s work to be done, and it’s raining and utterly miserable outside.  A warm breakfast for the workers is in order, before they go to out to rebuild the cattle yards and fence the back paddock. With a full basket of fresh […]

Walnut and Basil Pesto & Pasta Recipe

My summer garden plantings are coming to an end, and I have more fresh basil than I know what to do with. The rabbits, possums and wallabies don’t like it much, and have left plenty for me – while they nibble my kale, parsley and coriander into oblivion! This pesto recipe is such an easy […]

Cheesy Mexican Bake with Home-made Coleslaw

All my clients and friends keep telling me they want to eat better but have no time to cook! In response to this I’ve decided to post some quick-to-prepare recipes that will allow you to eat well, and get food on the table fast, with a mimimum of fuss. This recipe is embarrassingly easy and […]

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