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Lentil & Halloumi Salad

Lentil & Halloumi Salad

This weekend marked the start of the Open Gardens SA 2017 season which kicked off at a fascinating and inspiring home and garden called Tickletank, Mount Barker, South Australia. This intimate garden was designed around a series of concrete water tanks which have been artistically transformed into a quirky home. The garden also featured innovative ideas, recycled objects and a marvellous mosaic driveway which added permanent colour to an already colourful display of hardy cottage perennials and self seeding annuals mixed with Australian native plants and succulents. When you have been out enjoying the warming spring sunshine and a beautiful garden, the last thing you want to do when you arrive home is cook dinner. This effortless salad is just the ticket. It has the light freshness of herbs and the satisfying nature of sweet potato. Just the perfect way to finish a glorious weekend. Thank you to the Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine for the recipe. Read More

Falafel with Tomato & Radish Salad

Falafel with Tomato and Radish Salad

A couple of Friday’s ago Justin and I had lunch at one of my favourite local cafes, The Middle Store. Justin was working from home that day and I decided to take the day off from work. I have been to the cafe several times for coffee and lunch with a friend but Justin had never been. The small cafe serves Middle Eastern-style food made with local produce. MasterChef contestant Rose Adam, her sister Haefa and their brother George opened The Middle Store just over two years ago. I was so totally wrapped with my falafel burger that it inspired me to make my own falafel from scratch. And here it is! Thanks to Chrissy Freer’s book Superlegumes for the recipe. Read More

Zucchini, Lentil & Halloumi Fritters

Zucchini, Lentil & Halloumi Fritters with Tzatziki

Lentils are key players in a healthy balanced diet for your team. These tiny pulses are the ‘best and fairest’ in the nutritional powerhouse award and surprisingly easy to cook. Zucchini, Lentil & Halloumi Fritters will be a runaway favourite with your club champions to fly a premiership flag this season. The Crows may not have won the AFL Grand Final this year, but like lentils they are champions. Recipe from the Australian Healthy Food Guide magazine. Read More

Moroccan Beef, Eggplant & Chickpea Bake

Moroccan Beef, Eggplant & Chickpea Bake

You too will want to clear the square and bring out the camel drum and guitar and Rock the Casbah after feasting on this Moroccan Beef, Eggplant and Chickpea Bake. When Justin’s mother and father came to lunch a few week’s back we served this exotic chickpea bake and they didn’t just like it, they loved it! The verdict was unanimous – no clash of opinions! We served the chickpea bake with Roasted Cauliflower Salad. Recipe thanks to the Get Food Fit blog by Tracey Pattison. Read More

Chicken Cosima

Chicken Cosima

It is spring and the garden is alive thanks to the warming sunshine, blooming flowers, buzzing bees and the busyness of birds as they settle down for their breeding season. Our coriander patch is coming to life too and as it has a short season this Chicken Cosima will put it to good use. Using succulent chicken pieces, subtle spices, soft buttery sweet potato and the lemon-lime flavour of garden fresh coriander this recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare. Hello spring! We have been waiting for you. Special thanks to Nigella Lawson’s book Simply Nigella for the recipe. Read More