Porridge Perfection with a Poached Pear on top

I’ve been lucky enough to escape to the sunshine a few times this Winter and while it’s been great to have a break from the rain, I must admit there is something about being cold that I enjoy! I love getting rugged up in a nice knitted jumper and thick socks and not to mention…

Barbeque Chicken Crunch Salad

How do you make a salad you’ll love? Just take all of your favourite ingredients and throw them together in a bowl. That’s what this salad is for me. Black beans: tick. Crispy veg: tick. Cheese: tick. Coriander: tick. Creamy dressing: tick. Put them all together and top with crunchy corn chips and you’re onto…

Vietnamese Rice Pancake

It’s fair to say I very happily ate my way through Vietnam on my latest holiday. With a Street Food Tour in Hoi An that had us try 44 different types of local cuisines and a cooking class that showed us how to make 6 different dishes, I definitely came home a happy traveller. We’d…

Mini Chefs in the making

In anticipation of the school holidays I caught up with friends Stella and Montana who taught me a thing or two about baking. Pizza Muffins were on the menu and according to these two mini chefs, pineapple most definitely does belong on pizza! (with the leftover pineapple being eaten while the muffins cooked.) I can’t…

Mulled Wine Weather

It’s safe to say Winter has well and truly hit Victoria this week! The beanies are out and our warm socks are on! Friday nights are the perfect excuse to open a bottle of wine in our house and so for this weeks¬†knock off drinks we’re embracing the cold with some delicious mulled wine! This…

Masterchef Brownies

Yesterday was my last day at a great job with a really great team. Next week I’m jumping straight into a exciting new job, so it was bittersweet to say goodbye. I think I left being remembered as the Masterchef, and who wouldn’t want to be remembered as that. Last year one of my fellow…

Campfire Cook Off!

The first weekend of Winter is not usually a time where you’d think ‘lets pack our tent and go camp in the paddock!’ Say what you will about our sanity, but that’s precisely what we did last weekend. A few of my netball team mates and I decided we’d “rough” it by camping up in…

Love and Lemon Dumplings on Mother’s Day

I have so many memories of what Mum would cook for us as kids. Some are less than fond memories, like ham steaks with pineapple (what the hell!). Some are a bit random, like always having a slice of orange with a side salad. But, most of them are amazing memories and were the beginning…

Grab your drink and gather round the table!

This blog post was quite the mission! Trying to get my Mum to decided on just ONE recipe for ONE course was practically impossible. Mum loves spending time in the kitchen and getting creative with her dishes. She’s great at savoury and has a real knack for sweets, especially birthday cakes. Her Pinterest board of…

Behind the Scenes at Apollo Bay

Last weekend we photographed our next two chapters for our book! In hindsight, it was very ambitious ticking two off in the one day, probably not something we would do again. We were exhausted, but we made it through! We had been scouring AirBnb for a while trying to find a house that fit both…

A tasting plate of local talent

I had been sitting on this idea to highlight small businesses and celebrate local talent for a while. When I finally got around to organising it I was blown away by peoples responses! Everyone was so willing and excited to be part of the shoot! The idea started when I first began following Melrose and…

Slow-Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork

After blueberries, Mexican is probably my favourite cuisine. Blueberry is a cuisine, right? My husband and I usually have burritos once a week. It’s my go-to easy meal, I just throw some four bean mix, black beans, onion, capsicum, tomato and corn in a fry pan with ground cumin, coriander, smoked paprika and chipotle in…