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Zucchini and Spice Loaf (or Muffins)

August 11, 2013 in Recipes by Jill


This morning I had an itch to bake, so I put on my baking hat and created a delicious loaf made of fruit, vegetable, nuts, and spice.

Here is the yummy recipe I came up with which makes the perfect morning or afternoon snack.

1 ½ cups of wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardomen Read the rest of this entry →

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Mango Ice-cream

August 7, 2013 in Recipes by Jill


For some people back in my hometown, Perth, you will probably no tbe interest in this recipe, but for the rest of us who are currently experiencing summer you will love this recipe.

As Matt and I travel north we experience 30 degree days so ice-cream still tickles our fancy. Recently we picked up some frozen mangos from a local farmer and my instant thought was ice-cream. Read the rest of this entry →

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Date Balls

July 24, 2013 in Recipes by Jill


Last year, Matt and I stayed in a remote village in Sri Lanka for nearly 3 months.  The property was a perfect 8 acre farm, with 3 bungalows overlooking the ocean. We learnt how to surf here, made new friends and ate some of the yummiest Sri Lankan curries every day.

Roughly once a month we would make our way back into town via tuk tuk and stock up on any extra goodies, or have some internet time. One of the goodies we would ALWAYS buy was fresh dates. For about a 2litre container size full of dates the cost was ~$5 Aus. I never had a love for dates until then. They were so fresh that they melted in your mouth. I love the sweetness and moistness of a date.

One day, I was shown by some other Australian travellers whom were staying at the property how to make Date Balls. Read the rest of this entry →

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Best Pancakes with Papaya and Homemade Yoghurt

July 11, 2013 in Recipes by Jill


The other dayI whipped up some pancakes with yoghurt and sliced papaya for breakfast, but I must say it blew me away. I repeatedly said to Matt, “these are the best pancakes I have ever had”, to which he agreed.

The Pancake recipe originally comes from Artisanal Gluten Free Cooking by Kelli & Peter Bronski, but I have made of my own changes based on my kitchen cupboard.  While we were in Hawaii a friend of ours had this cookbook, and made for us the yummiest coconut and choc chip cookies from it. I am not gluten free, but because the cookies were so good, I too had to have ‘The Book’. Read the rest of this entry →

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Home Made Chocolate

July 2, 2013 in Recipes by Jill


I have a sweet tooth, and LOVE chocolate – chocolate cake, chocolate bars, hot chocolate, coconut and choc chip cookies, you name it. I would love chocolate in every meal if I could. Actually, I don’t think I would, but the thought of Willy Wonkers Chocolate Factory puts me in happy dream land.

My love for chocolate has changed a little over the past 4 months. I now prefer dark chocolate as I find milk chocolate usually too sweet. Strange, but true. I enjoy the bitterness of dark chocolate and find I am satisfied with half the amount compared to dairy chocolate. With dark chocolate I enjoy sucking on the piece of chocolate so it melts in your mouth tasting the cacao. Whereas, I now I rarely enjoy the sucking of milk chocolate as the most profounding taste is refined sugar, which later makes your teeth feel awful with sugar particles sticking to them. Read the rest of this entry →

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Baked Apples

June 22, 2013 in Recipes by Jill


At the start of the year, after arriving back to Perth after 9 months travelling through Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Hawaii I experienced a huge range of emotions from happiness, to sadness, to gratitude, to feeling completely lost. I missed my friends dearly whom I made in Hawaii (and still do) and missed the lifestyle I had created.

As time flew by, simple because I was so busy, I was becoming drained of my energy. Tasks which used to be simple & easy were becoming torturous. My spurts of anger and/or frustration outbursts were increasing, so much so Matt even said to me, “I like you better when we are away”. The truth was I couldn’t agree more with him. I felt free, peaceful and calm while were travelling (most of the time). I laughed more, sang silly songs, jumped and danced around. But the tasks on the “To Do List” were bogging me down. Read the rest of this entry →