Melbourne Writers Festival 2014

Hello, hello! While speaking about food writing at Emerging Writers Festival earlier this year, I described working in the festival world as “extremely full time.” (Did I mention my boss was there? It’s cool, she tweeted it) ....more

My Grilled Cheese, Volume 1

Jase and I share a car, but today our little hatchback was all mine. Predictably, the first place I went was the suburban Middle Eastern grocer that I love but can’t get to by bike or tram. I’m planning a post on the staples I brought home, by the way, but first let’s focus on what’s important ....more

Cashew Baklava Fingers for Eid

Eid marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting (from food and vice, like Lent), reflection, goodwill to others, and togetherness. Each day, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, waking up very early for suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and only breaking for food and drink for iftar (evening meal) after the sun goes down. Perhaps it’s the introspective nature of Ramadan that makes traditional foods a popular choice at iftar tables across the globe ....more

Mixed Mushroom and Tarragon Fettuccine

When Australian Mushroom Growers said they’d be sending over a box of mushrooms for me to play with, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I would have been happy with anything – I adore mushrooms and it goes without saying that eating locally is important to me. What I definitely wasn’t expecting was this ridiculously beautiful box that landed on my desk ....more

Kitchen Quickie: Mixed Berry & Rose Milkshake

Some of the best recipes are the quickest. This is one of my most loved. Fruit smoothies or milkshakes are a staple in our diets ....more

How to Make Ricotta Cheese in Four Easy Steps

Homemade cheese in four steps. It’s possible! It’s also delicate and nourishing, and so versatile ....more

Turmeric Chai Latte

You know that feeling when you discover something new? Or at least new to you? I aim to introduce new experiences into life as often as possible ....more

Spicy Dried Apricot Jam

Denial has been serving me well these past few weeks. “We’re halfway through!” “It’s getting warmer!” “Oh, look, sun! Summer’s coming.” Right… Winter is fully upon us though I’m enjoying it more than previous years, I can’t deny looking to sunny foods that channel the arid months I prefer ....more

Spicy Kofta with Toasted Nuts & Sami’s Kitchen Spice Giveaway

Warm cinnamony tomato sauce, aromatic kofta, crunchy nuts and parsley, plenty of bread and someone to share with. That, in a nutshell, is the essence of Middle Eastern cooking. It’s spicy, inviting, alluring, loving ....more

Mini Lemon and Coconut Crepe Stack & An Anniversary

This past weekend, Jase and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary. Two years! It feels at once to have flown in an instant, but also to have ticked along slowly, a time swollen with accomplishments and challenges, but mostly just a lot of fun and new experiences ....more