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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

Weekend recipe: rocket pesto with activated nuts

Rocket pesto with activated nuts

If you’re still with me even though I’m confessing up to being a lover of activated nuts, thank-you. Yes, I too, laughed along with the rest of Australia when chef and TV personality Peter Evans shared his daily food menu and included activated nuts on the list but I’ve literally had to eat humbled nuts

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I must say it’s so, SO good to have energy. Funny how we take it for granted until it’s whisked away from us. In my case it was in the form of a nasty winter virus. It’s still lingering but it was enough to send me into a healthy, no-drinking campaign. Before implementing such a

Weekend recipe: gluten-free apple crumble

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We’ve been embracing all things winter around here … putting lamps on and lighting candles at 5pm … making and enjoying mulled wine … and cooking up hearty food. Come the weekend, we’re also just as likely to embrace a winter dessert if we’re staying in. On this particular occasion, the fruit bowl was offering

Weekend recipe: garlic and rosemary baked kipflers

garlic and rosemary baked kipflers

Being of the gluten-free persuasion, I’m not one for a whole lot of carbohydrate consumption. Don’t get me wrong, I love carbs. It’s just that whenever I cook up pasta or pizza for the rest of the tribe, I’m more likely to go without than to substitute with something that basically equates to the nutritional

Weekend recipe: Choc Philly Choc Chunk Cookies

Choc Philly Choc Chunk Cookies

During school holidays it seems almost impossible to keep up with the food demands of a house filled with kids and teens. Baking is definitely something that stretches that food budget further and usually I’ve got the ingredients sitting in the cupboard ready to go. Or I’ll improvise. This week’s improvisation came about because of

Back to 1973: the food and the fashion

BabyMac's 1973 dinner party

The reason for my embracing winter in Australia and taking a trip to New South Wales’ Southern Highlands? An invitation too good to refuse, that’s what. My good friend Mrs Woog is turning 40 next month and she happily agreed to start her birthday festival at a BabyMac-hosted dinner, which celebrated all things 1973 …

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