Banana Diaries – Entry 2

Following the cool ‘flag’ or ‘signal’ leaf that emerged from my Banana plant a week and a bit ago, as predicted, the inflorescence emerged soon after. This flower measures about 50 centimeters long. The sheer size of the flower, to me, makes it so majestic. It’s a shame that due to the weather patterns in Melbourne (sunny one […]

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Banana Diaries – Entry 1

I haven’t posted anything in months and I recently realised why. I simply hadn’t been in the mood. I was very unhappy at my previous job because of my ‘manager’ and for months this unhappiness plagued my mind – not just at work – but in my private life too. I am happy to report that […]

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Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino

To me, Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino is the Italian pasta dish that everybody should know and love. What makes this dish so successful is that as simple and uniquely Italian as it is, most of it’s main ingredients are found across a multitude of food cultures across the world. Garlic for example is fundamental in Asian, Middle East & […]

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Sautéed Mushrooms

Sautéed Mushrooms is definitely not one of those dishes that require a high amount of cooking skill to achieve. It’s one of those dishes that require minimum effort to achieve maximum flavour. I personally love the simplicity of this (less than 5 ingredients) and the fact that it takes little to no time to cook and is so versatile in […]

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Garden Tomatoes

 Whenever I talk to someone about gardening and ask about what they grow, more often than not  they grow tomatoes. Again, more often than not, they will most likely say that its so much better than the ones you buy in the store or #ohmygoshyouhaven’ttriedatomatoifyouhaven’ttriedhomegrown. For me personally, I don’t quite like raw tomatoes. There’s something […]

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Chocolate Birthday Cake

I made this cake for my sister’s surprise 30th this weekend. The fact that the surprise had a rustic / chic’ theme really helped with the way the final cake turned out. As you can probably guess, her favourite colour is in fact PINK – so pink roses it was. The fact that we were in a […]

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Garden Blackberries

The fact that I can go to the garden and pick some fruits and eat them straight off the plant overwhelms me with a sense of pure and utter joy. Some of these fruits include my Blackberries. These blackberries were planted last year and have grown from 1 year old canes. I have been told […]

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Cavalo Nero Kale Chips

I have never tried making Kale Chips with the Cavalo Nero variety and since I made a generous harvest this time round, I thought I’d give it a go. It also gave me a good excuse to try out my new food dehydrator – which might I add – works SO much better than using […]

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Veggie Patch Canopy – Stage 1

  It’s always rewarding when you get to harvest something you have grown and prepare it immediately for eating. It’s literally from garden to table (or mouth) in less than an hour in most cases. That – apart from the aesthetic of overflowing, luscious, green foliage, is the most rewarding part about ‘growing your own’. […]

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