Feeding Frenzy in Surfers Paradise – Food shopping and dining out.

We were told by lots of people that Australia would be expensive and that we would spend most of our budget on food/drink, but we’re a slightly different kind of traveller. We always stay in apartments with a kitchen so we hit the supermarkets like Coles or Woolworths and for the vast majority of the time, we eat in. Of course we love dressing up and going out, but spending a huge chunk of money every night on a restaurant dinner just isn’t my idea of a fun. Our apartment in Surfer’s Paradise was just a 10 minute walk to […]

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Simple Homemade Mushroom & Lentil Pie

I don’t often cook with pastry but when I think of homemade comfort foods, a cheeky puff pastry pie is usually high on the list. Normally there would be a jug of gravy too but the filling in the pie is really moist and juicy that we didn’t really need it, but by all means, you make a batch of gravy up if you like a little extra sauce with your dinner, team it up with some roast potatoes and fresh veggies and you’ve got yourself a nice Sunday dinner there. I’ve decided that while we’re back visiting the family […]

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Winter Vegetable & Kidney Bean Stew topped with Rosemary & Thyme Chickpea Dumplings

Oh it’s been a while since I posted, I’m getting withdrawal symptoms. But, I have still been cooking away in the kitchen and this is the first time I’ve had to sit down and do a little post. We’re getting ready for the in-laws arriving next week so I’ve been out and about getting a few new bits for the house and of course we had our visit to the new mall in town which was fabulous, when I say fabulous I mean absolutely fabulous. There is one particular shop that I know I’m going to become a regular in, […]

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Orange & Cranberry Scones, perfect for afternoon tea.

I think I may have slightly overdone it at the gym today, I stared off with a Sh’Bam class then took myself off for a solo half hour on the spin bike, then decided that I should try out the Zuzana Light workout that I saw on facebook yesterday and now I think I’m broken! I was doing fabulously well, felt great after the workout and now, well, now my legs have taken on a personality of their own and are not at all happy with me! But it was great and I feel great too. I was doing all […]

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Veggie Haggis Burgers with Guacamole and Paprika Spiced Wedges

Success at last for my veggie haggis burgers, I managed to photograph them this time without them looking a little sorry for themselves! I think I got burger buns last time that were just way too big and my little guys were lost in the middle of it, but not this time, no siree, I got out the big cookie cutter this time to make monster burgers, so it’s veggie haggis quarter pounders really! Now go with me on the addition of guacamole, I too thought it was sacrilegious to veer away from traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, but the […]

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Cinnamonbread Men with a touch of Orange Zestiness

Yes, yes, I know, it’s supposed to be gingerbread men, but a certain man of the house doesn’t like ginger so I thought it was an acceptable trade off to make them from cinnamon. I’d originally thought of making these for Halloween along with a strawberry sauce for gory bits but I didn’t get the little cookie cutters I needed, then I saw a post on cookingstoned this week for sweet potato gingerbread men and it reminded me that I was going to bake them and so I finally got around to it. Looking at my finished product, the men […]

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