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Zesty Chilli Beans + Eating Cheap

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart… Beans are not only delicious, nourishing and simple to make, they also give you an opportunity to horrify your kids with tunes from your child hood! Cooking my own beans from scratch is only a recent development in my culinary journey.  I have always relied on tins of organic legumes and indeed, I…

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Egg + Bacon Rolls and the power of protein.

You have probably gathered by now, that I would quite happily be vegetarian, in fact, I could probably live on muffins alone. However, my body (and if I’m honest, my mind) knows much better than this. Towards the end of winter (and this happens every year) I start to lose my zing.  I feel depleted, tired, have low energy and…

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Strawberry + banana muffins + the (dreaded) school routine

I love the school holidays, especially in the summer time. Long sunny days that stretch into pink skies and balmy evenings, wild hair and bare feet, sticky fingers stained with mango juice and going to sleep completely exhausted, sun kissed and happy from being pummelled by the surf for hours. And then someone mentions they need new school shoes and…

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Feel Good Buckwheat Bircher Muesli + a word on over indulging

The festive season is coming to an end with only a few days of the year left.  Christmas celebrations have come and gone.  Corks have been popped, crackers cracked and ham has been baked, sliced, barbecued, crumbed and made into a soup. Now the only evidence of such frivolity is a too tight bathing suit and a suspicious smell coming…

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Strawberry + Rhubarb Summer Crumble (gluten free)

Is there a taste that screams Summer more than a sun warmed strawberry bursting with flavour? My kids love them, which is obvious looking at the bare strawberry plants in our garden. Not many make it into my kitchen, but luckily we can buy them, delicious and organic from our local Farmers Market. This decadent Summer Crumble is gluten free…

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Making Simple Special: Easy Italian Potato Omlette

Thursdays are crazy in the Cossie household! Thursday night is ballet lessons night which means several trips to and from the community hall in town to drop off and pick up my daughters as well as attending to the myriad other jobs a mum has to do on a week night. If I have learnt one thing over the years…

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Tomato, kale and chorizo frittata + my tips for dining solo

As mothers, most of us do an awful lot of cooking…sometimes so much, we barely have enough energy left to feed ourselves.   When my children were small and my husband was away for work, I found it really challenging to find the will to nourish myself properly, especially in the evenings.  Most nights, managing without a partner, once sticky toddlers…

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In Abundance: Baked Peaches with Natural Yoghurt + Granola

Did you know, I have a family history when it comes to markets? My grandfather, who came to Melbourne from Sicily, began a fruit and vegetable business at the South Melbourne Market when he was a young man.  That market stall was in our family for over fifty years and during those years my grandmother, my mum, my dad, my…

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In Abundance: Summer Berries and my Favourite Breakfast, the Acai Bowl

I love all sorts of fruit but if I had to name one as my favourite, it would have to berries.  And if I had to choose a favourite berry, well, that would be tough…it’s probably raspberries.  But then, I love blueberries too…and blackberries, wow, the blackberries this year have been amazing. Berries are pocket rockets when it comes to…

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