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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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Leftover lamb shepherd’s pie + eating well on a budget

lamb shepherds pie

This very nourishing and totally satisfying Shepherd’s Pie was a big hit with my family and a wonderful way to use up the left overs of a slow cooked leg of lamb. There is no denying the fact that beginning on the path to better eating can seem expensive and overwhelming at first.  A trip to the health food shop…

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Easy Sausage + Tomato Bake

Easy sausage and tomato bake

I’m not sizest when it comes to sausages but I do tend to prefer those with a generous girth,  probably because they tend to be juicier and more satisfying. And so after the market at Airey’s Inlet when I popped down to see if Lisa from Otway Prime had anything left after the busy day, I was delighted when she presented me…

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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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Easy summer entertaining and how I make my pizza…

Entertaining.   We all love doing it…or is it the idea of doing it that we are more in love with? You know the fantasy…beautifully set long tables resting under huge leafy trees, mismatched timber chairs and lovingly collected glass jars a glow with tea lights.  Family and friends all dressed in neutral shades of linen sipping Prosecco and small…

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How I make my Bolognese Sauce

Healthy bolognese sauce

Today I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my gorgeous friend Lisa Corduff for her 21 Day Wholefood Challenge.  We talked about my famous bolognese sauce! It was such great fun! We chatted for ages about why we eat the way we eat, our favourite quick and simple meals and of course, how my Italian family has influenced my…

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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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Polpette – Italian Meatballs

Want a sure fire, guaranteed, no fuss winner of a kids dinner?   Well, I have one for you…Polpette!  Italian meatballs…and adults are pretty partial to them too!  These delicious morsels are easily adaptable to suit everyone… great finger food for toddlers and leftovers are really yummy on a sandwich for lunch the next day. The more I learn about…

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Making Simple Special – Vegetable + Lentil Soup

The way I cook and consequently the way we eat, has changed so much over the years.  Rather than creating complicated gourmet style meals, my cooking style has become very simple.  Each week, I depend on seasonal, fresh, organic vegetables to be the stars of our meals and I truly believe, this is the way it should be. That’s not to…

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Easy Dinners – Baked Eggs + Avocado Toasts

This is the dinner you make when you don’t feel like making dinner!  It’s a great Sunday night option and you can usually rustle up enough ingredients from the garden or pantry to make it simply delicious. Baked Eggs + Avocado Toasts Serves 4 What you need: Home made (or even tinned if you are desperate) baked beans… Leftovers are great!…

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