Saturday, 11 January 2020

A family holiday to Lord Howe Island

In mid-December, my extended family (all 9 adults and 3 children) set off on a trip to Lord Howe Island, a spot that we used to visit as a family when we were younger (however we realised that it is nearly 20 years since that last occurred). Lord Howe Island is a unique place, with no mobile phone reception and limited internet access, and a maximum of 400 guests allowed on the island at any time. It is known for its exquisite natural beauty, including an array of unspoiled beaches, incredible mountains to hike, and many amazing snorkelling, diving and fishing spots to explore.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Festive choc mint truffles


If you are looking for a last-minute sweet snack or dessert to make for Christmas, these truffles are so easy to whip together and only require four ingredients - perfect if you are short on time in the hectic lead-up to Christmas.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

My Tasmanian travel guide

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from friends who are visiting Tasmania is "what are your must-see places in Tasmania?". While I try to point them to the best towns, sights, cafes and restaurants, my thoughts can be quite scattered, so I wanted to put my top tips into one central blog post. I have written travel guides for Hobart and Launceston in the past, however I wanted to condense all of the best of Tassie into one spot. Hopefully the below tips will be useful to anyone visiting Tasmania, or who have friends or family visiting and would like a local's tips on what to do and see.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Dier Makr, Hobart

Dave and I have tried to hit up as many of Hobart's amazing restaurants as possible over the past couple of years, so I'm not too sure how it took us so long to discover Dier Makr, located on Collins St in Hobart's CBD. After reading an article about the top 10 places to eat in Tasmania, and seeing Dier Makr on the list, we knew we had to try this restaurant, and ended up heading there on a Friday evening after work.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Exciting news...I wrote a cookbook!

I can't quite believe that I am writing this post, however after two years of working on this project, I am so ecstatic to announce that I have written a cookbook! Foraging Throughout Tasmania is a collection of simple, delicious and wholesome recipes that I have created over the past few years, and particularly since moving to Tasmania. It is a collection of 40 recipes including 20 savoury and 20 sweet recipes, and focuses on nourishing and nutritious meals, along with some more indulgent treats (because we all need balance in our lives).

Saturday, 12 October 2019

How (and why) I got into the habit of waking up at 5:30am


Years ago, the thought of waking up at 5:30am every week day would have made me head straight back under my doona. However, about two years ago, as I settled into a working-from-home routine, I decided to try exercising first thing in the morning, rather than at lunchtime or in the evening. Over this period, I have discovered a number of things that have helped me get into the routine of waking up at 5:30am each week day, which I thought might be useful to anyone who may be wanting to set their alarm a bit earlier each day.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Hobart's top five baked goods


It's been nearly two years since we moved to Hobart, and over that period, I have tried and tested many baked goods. I have put a lot of thought into which cakes, donuts, slices, cookies and tarts have been my favourite, and I think I have finally narrowed down my top five must-try patisserie items (which are in no particular order). If you ever visit Hobart (or if you live here) and feel a sweet craving coming on, I'd recommend any (or all) of the below items to get your sugar fix.