29 March 2020
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Going nuts for nuts

Nuts are a fabulous source of protein. They are also a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, with some even containing antioxidants. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios are the most common nuts we use. Nuts are easy, delicious and versatile – eat them natural, blanched, roasted, salted, […]

Cooking with pulses and legumes

Lentils and chickpeas aren’t as dull as they sound – there are so many delicious recipes to try and you needn't be a vegan to incorporate them into your everyday diet. Once you get the hang of preparing them, you will be converted to the non-tinned varieties! They are a wonderful source of protein and […]

Enjoy your just desserts

A little treat once in a while isn't going to hurt! Everybody loves a dessert and, from where I stand, it's okay – everything in moderation, just as long as it doesn't have any 'numbers'. Here are a few very simple desserts to enjoy and winter seems to be the time we love them the […]

Eggs - the humble and versatile 'googie'

As we have already established, eggs are the most wonderful source of protein – they keep your blood sugar levels even and sugar cravings at bay. They are relatively cheap and for a few extra dollars you can treat yourself to a dozen organic, free-range eggs. The gorgeous vibrant yolk is how eggs are supposed […]

How to cook chook

It’s really not food but chicken that’s my one true love! It’s versatile, affordable, packed with protein, easy to cook and delicious. As well as being a major source of protein, it is rich in two B group vitamins – Niacin and Vitamin B6. These are important for the metabolism of food and cardiovascular health. […]

Superfoods - the 10 staples to keep in your pantry

Eating healthily doesn’t have to be hard or boring – it’s simply a matter of being a bit organised and being in the know! Once you get a ‘taste’ for how much better you feel, how much more energy you have, how much more your achieve at work and how much better you look, you […]

Italian stallions

As autumn approaches in the town of Alba in north-western Italy, the frenzy and excitement of a new harvest grips the local population. While the local white truffles sit under the soil waiting to be gathered, there is another reason that bon-vivants across the globe worship these beautiful and ancient hills, that being the rows […]

Friends with benefits

Simon Johnson – Sydney’s self-professed purveyor of fine foods – chooses his friends well. I caught up with him following his return from a ‘research trip’ and a tip that his passport had recently been stamped everywhere – from Milan to Puglia – eager to unearth his most amazing food moment while abroad. Naively, I […]

The valley of dreams

For over 150 years, the Hunter Valley has been a wine region of great renown. With famous names such as Maurice O’Shea, Len Evans and James Halliday having made some tremendous wines there it remains an iconic Australian wine region. In fact, today more than ever before it is a fabulous place to travel through […]

The year of living fearlessly

When New York’s 82 year-old Gramercy Park Hotel re-opened in 2006 following a $200 million makeover, renowned hotelier Ian Schrager insisted it wasn’t just another “art hotel”.   He was referring to the surge of hotel chains that had begun to adorn their walls with big-name art in an attempt to gain credibility. Far be […]

The Smoky Isle

Rocking gently in a boat off the west coast of Scotland, the Island of Islay sits off in the distance. On approach it is a relatively bare and desolate landscape; just rolling hills with only the odd group of hunched over trees in sight. Small groups of houses huddle around some of the bays, almost […]

For the love of the game

Who can forget the polo scene in the iconic 1990 film Pretty Woman where handsome eligible bachelor Edward (Richard Gere) and the ‘escort’ Vivian (Julia Roberts) frolic flirtatiously during the divot stomp? Having removed her shoes, Vivian, a vision in brown and white polka dots, leans on Edward’s arm, flashes him her toothy smile and […]

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