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Beef Bourguignon meets Osso Bucco – winter comfort food at its best

I’m one of those people who likes to have the best of both worlds. One evening recently, as the rain was pouring and the wind was howling and my toes were freezing, I found myself staring into the fridge – getting colder by the second – and torn between making one of the two most comforting winter casseroles: Beef Bourguignon and Osso Bucco. Read more

Grandmother’s travel journal: To London to visit the Queen

This is a snippet of my grandmother’s travel journal from 1952. It’s the first in my time travel series. As I mentioned in this post, we both travelled Europe quite extensively, but 56 years apart. The pages of each our travel diaries reveal such uniqueness – the times in which we lived, our perspectives on the places we visited, the connections we made, and ourselves. But there is a familiarity in there too. Read more

Health and wellbeing benefits of owning a dog

I’ve always been a dog person (in more ways than one). I’ve had cats, fish and even a rabbit (for a week – long story), but dogs have always been my favourite animals. Dogs are fantastic fitness companions, confidants and comforters. I currently have two, Prada and Boss. They are Japanese Spitz cross Pomeranians, a great breed – they always looks like they’re smiling. I am so grateful for the love, humour and action they inject into my days. Here are three health and wellbeing benefits of owning a dog and a few tips on how you can get the most out of this mutually-beneficial relationship. Read more

Mushroom pork burgers – a grain-free alternative with a tasty twist

There’s nothing quite like a burger. It suits a vast array of meal purposes – from casual weeknight dining to Friday night footy food and entertaining with friends on weekends. They’re also quick, easy and really filling. However, I like to keep my carbohydrate intake in check and this grain-free alternative is just the ticket! Read more

Travelling through time: exploring similarities of grandmother’s travel journal and my own

My grandmother always encouraged me to travel and see the world. I remember sitting up late and listening to her extraordinary tales of sea voyages, presentations to queens, and passes from exotic hopefuls. I was in awe of her confidence, independence and curiosity in the ways of the world. I told her I would travel, just as she had. I booked my ticket just before she had the stroke. Read more

How I started blogging and why I write for me first

Ask anyone who knows me and most will tell you I’m a glass half-full kind of person. So working as a journalist at a daily newspaper was never really going to be a perfect fit. Then again, I guess successfully applying for said job says a bit about my generally optimistic, “I-can-do-anything-I-set-my-mind-to” kind of attitude. But the longer I worked as a newspaper journalist, the greater sense of duty I felt to look for things that were wrong in the world. This just isn’t me. Read more

Fish and chips goes seasonal – a healthy winter variation

Fish and chips or fish and salad are hard combinations to deter from, but when you’re looking for a healthy option come winter, fish and vegetables can definitely work. This is a very British influenced variation, with an Asian flavour that brings warmth and flavour which make this winter dish sing! Healthy, seasonal eating doesn’t get much better than this. Read more

Five quick, simple, healthy variations of bacon and eggs

Bacon and eggs don’t have to be reserved for Sunday brunch. They are quick and easy to cook, are loaded with protein to get your body going and help you feel fuller for longer, and partner brilliantly with several vegetables to offer a nutritional injection at the start of the day. If you’re looking for some sugar-free breakfast alternatives, or just some simple variations of the good old bacon and eggs, then I have five to share with you. Read more

A lesson in acceptance and how simple it really is

“Love is the absence of judgement.”
Dalai Lama

Acceptance. It’s a hard pill to swallow. Whether it’s others, our circumstances, or ourselves; all forms of acceptance can be tough. I believe the hardest form of acceptance is self-acceptance, especially when you feel judged for nothing other than being who you are. As the U.S becomes the 21st country to legalise gay marriage, I wonder how long it will be before we look back at this basic human rights issue the same way we do about African-American and Aboriginal rights. To me, it’s as simple as the exercise my teacher had our class do in Year 1. Read more

The myth about balance and how to get it back

Life just gets busier and busier, doesn’t it? You’d think that the longer we spend on Earth the more efficient we’d become with our time. It seems that with each stage of life there’s something new that comes into the mix and soaks up any time we once had spare. Only we didn’t realise we had any “spare” time to begin with. That’s because we don’t. There are 24 hours in the day and, every day, you use them up. So how can we ever achieve balance? Well, it will help if we recognise the single greatest myth about balance… Read more

Finding opportunity in three common excuses that hold you back

One day. Two words that separate you from where you are and where you want to be. One day. Two words loaded with more explanation than any other combination could convey as succinctly. Yet, we all know what they mean. One day is no day of the week. “One day” ignites no urgency to plan or take action that will “one day” get you there. So what’s really holding you back? If it’s one of these three common excuses, then I have some good news for you. Read more

Why there is no such thing as failure (and it’s actually good for you)

Failure is not a word you often associate with success, but it is referred to by many successful people as part of the reason for some of their greatest achievements. Rarely do you see the trials and tribulations that successful people go through and the challenges they overcome to reach the heights they do. However, the road to success is never as straightforward as you think and failure is often a necessary part of the journey. There are three celebrities who come to mind who have proven that there is no such thing as failure and why “failing” can be good for you. Read more

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