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Slow roasted Moroccan lamb shoulder

Moroccan lamb shoulder recipe

Editor’s note: please make today’s guest welcome, Kristie Welsh, PR and Comms wonderwoman who runs her own agency called Communicated. From now on, Kristie will share monthly recipes with all of us, so that we can wow our friends and family with her achievable but delicious creations.  Here’s a new spin on a roast lamb dish that

Italian inspired flourless chocolate hazelnut torte

Flourless chocolate hazelnut torte

Editor’s note: please make today’s guest welcome, Kristie Welsh, PR and Comms wonderwoman who runs her own agency called Communicated. From now on, Kristie will share monthly recipes with all of us, so that we can wow our friends and family with her achievable but delicious creations.  Hands up who’s been following Nikki’s travels through Europe, wishing

One pot wonder recipes to make your life easier


Towards the end of last year, when I was well and truly over the nightly catering gig and the teenagers had moved back home – meaning the catering was essentially now for four adults and one child – I cottoned on to my mate BabyMac‘s biggest cooking secret. The harnessing of the large Scanpan roasting

DIY rice paper rolls

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Sponsored by Westfield Garden City I’m one of those people who find cooking relaxing. It’s my time out. My hobby, if you like. I’m also lucky that Mr SY likes to hang out in the kitchen. During the week it’s all about getting something nutritious on the table with the minimum amount of fuss as

5 ways to create Champagne moments in your life


Sponsored by Piper-Heidsieck I’ll be upfront with you. I do not struggle to create Champagne moments in my life. Far from it, I excel at it. Champagne is my celebratory drink of choice. Every milestone moment in my life – and plenty more in between – have been marked with Champagne. From the moment I

Happy Easter | Salted caramel and chocolate bark


Hello. By the time you read this we’ll either be on our way to the airport or making our way to our Easter holiday destination. My mate Mrs Woog kindly invited us back to spend another Easter embracing soft pants and sauv blanc on New South Wales’ Central Coast. She didn’t have to ask twice.

Things I’m loving

Unlock Your Style by Nikki Parkinson Hachette Aug 2014

When I picked up Master SY from school last Friday he told me “it feels like I’ve been here forever”. I tell, you those words were music to my ears. To have him settle so quickly and easily into a new school is just such a weight off the parental side of my brain. Me?

6 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

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WARNING: this post comes with a High Schmaltz Content alert Most people I know either fall into two camps: the pro-Valentine’s Day camp or the against-Valentine’s Day camp. Me? I’m very much with the pros. Love me a bit of romance. Yes, I do. And thankfully so does Mr SY. We may have an aversion

Weekend recipe: Italian bean salad with quinoa

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Summer is still very much upon us. Thinking a lot of my southern style sisters who are doing it tough right now in trying heatwave conditions. When the weather is hotter than hot, I mainly resort to salad and some kind of protein cooked on the barbecue as a dinner staple. Now, I’ve made some

How to serve one Christmas cake three ways

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Although I’m perfectly comfortable tackling sexy subjects like mojo and bondage on my blog – Keeping Up With The Holsbys  – I did not come to visit Nikki to talk about ménage a trois as such. I’m actually talking about a trio of cake. Sincerest apologies if I snagged you under false pretences. After juggling

Weekend recipe: iced black coffee

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Sponsored by L’OR Espresso There are two gadgets on our kitchen bench that get daily love – our Thermomix and our Nespresso machine. The Nespresso machine cost us about about a eleventy billion times less than the Thermo and, if I were inclined to do the numbers, which I am not as I’m not a

How to create a gluten-free high tea menu

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Sponsored by Woolworths I took you through my gluten-free story here. It’s something that resonated with many of you and I’m glad I opened the discussion here about it. Making the decision to eliminate a whole category of food from your diet is not something to be taken lightly and is preferably done with advice

Weekend recipe: gluten-free macaroni and cheese

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Sponsored by Woolworths Someone told me recently that the thing we most crave to eat or drink is what we should most probably give up. Not really the advice we like to hear, is it? For me, though, it made a lot of sense around my body and gluten. Before giving up gluten three and

Weekend recipe: Gwinganna tahini balls

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At dinner on the first night of my recent stay at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat we’d already feasted on some beautiful tastes of the organic cuisine we would come to expect more of during our stay. Some of us may have wondered out loud as to whether there would be dessert. After all they’d served us

Weekend recipe: the French martini

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I’m doing a detox at the moment, re-booting the system and all that. It’s something I do once or twice a year, planning it around an often packed calendar to minimise impact on any planned social occasions. Tonight, as I’ve done for the past three Friday nights, I’ll pour some fancy, schmancy mineral water into

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