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…

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…

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…

Barbeque Pork Ribs and Grilled Corn

  Just like spaghetti, this is a great first date meal. Or not. You will end up with barbeque sauce all over your fingers and, if you’re anything like my husband, all in your beard. Luckily we’re past the stage of trying to impress each other. You may also end up with corn butter running…

A few of my favourite things (bread included)

A couple of week ago we did a post on gluten-free pizzas using Otway Artisan pizza bases. This is part two of our celebration of the amazing gluten-free produce that Justin makes in the small town of Birregurra. Soph picked up some panini rolls at Otway Artisan the morning of our shoot so that they…

Pork and Apple: A match made in Barongarook

Over the Easter weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Xav from Barongarook Pork. As the name suggests, he and his piggies reside in Barongarook, a beautiful rural area near Colac, Victoria. Xav’s pigs are definitely living the good life. They’re free to roam the paddocks and eat to their hearts content, all while taking…

Gluten-free Otway Artisan Pizzas

We recently did some recipes for the Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival using Otway Artisan products and I think they gained their new number one fans. When the delightful Justin and Boz asked us to develop some more recipes using their products we jumped at the chance. I’m a massive bread lover and, like…

Good Seafood for your Good Friday

Dad loves his fishing but unfortunately for him, my sister and I don’t eat fish. One time Mum claims that she cooked fish and told us it was chicken and apparently we ate it all. I’m still skeptical about this. Anyway, in the lead up to Easter, Dad will usually head out fishing and try…

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…

Blueberry and Rhubarb Tart: The final course in our blueberry feast

If you live in the South West of Victoria, Australia, then you need to get excited because it’s only one more sleep until the Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival! Over the last few weeks we’ve been celebrating all things blueberry with some delicious recipes in preparation for the festival. If you missed them, check…

Green Salad with a blueberry twist!

Continuing on with our celebration of blueberries, we’re sharing one of our favourite salads with a little blueberry twist! It’s really refreshing and the perfect side dish (or main dish if you like it that much!) I get a bit obsessed with salads over Summer as they’re just so easy to whip up a big…

Mushroom and Blueberry Burgers

If you’ve been following us and reading our blog posts, you’re probably aware of my love for blueberries. They’re basically perfection in a cute little purple ball. I have a blueberry plant at home which is about four years old. For the first three years, I would harvest a measly five or so blueberries a…

Blueberry and Fromage Frais Toast

Kickstarting our month of Blueberry appreciation I’m sharing with you our Blueberry and Fromage Frais Toast. A very simple breakfast dish to create, but highly instagrammable. It’s a win win really! All the products mentioned in our posts over the next few weeks will all be available at the Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival…

Otway Blueberries

In anticipation of the annual Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival taking place over the weekend of the 24th and 25th February, Emma (who is slightly obsessed with blueberries) is creating a few different recipes highlighting this wonderful fruit and some of the great local produce this region has to offer. To kick start our…

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy – 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip

This recipe has made an appearance at many social gatherings throughout my life and I’m usually the one that requests it to be there. Obviously I never cared how it was made but just cared about it accompanying any fruit platter. It was only until I was a bit older when Mum would get me…

Beachside Adventures

As the Summer school holidays are slowly drawing to an end, I’m left wondering where January has disappeared to! Working as a school and kindergarten photographer, I’m lucky enough to get time off over the school holidays. My freelance work keeps me pretty busy, but I still manage to find the time to enjoy a few…

A Very Melbourne Barbeque

What do you do when your Kiwi friend is having a birthday? For the lovely Laura, we decided on a Melbourne-style barbeque by the Yarra, with a little hint of home added (some Monteith’s beer, of course). You know you live in a pretty amazing place when you can gather with your friends by the…

Cheers to 2018!

With Christmas celebrations finished for another year, I’ve been sleeping and reading my way through that weird little period between Christmas and New Years. The Christmas leftovers are dwindling, but somehow a family of 5 are still scraping together enough ham for sandwiches every day. With New Years Eve not too far away at all,…

Pretty as a Picture Christmas Presents

Giving gifts at Christmas is one of my favourite pastimes. I tend to get a little addicted to internet browsing in the lead up to Christmas, searching for the perfect gifts. Generally it pays off and I get a rush watching my family open their well-thought-out presents. I guess it’s a family thing, because thoughtful…

Throw another shrimp on the barbie!

A few years ago I lived in London and my friends over there were just baffled that Australians celebrated Christmas while it was hot. The idea of looking at Christmas lights while it was Summer was something they just couldn’t come to terms with. They also came to the conclusion that if it wasn’t snowing…

Aunty J’s Famous Christmas Truffles

We’re well and truly getting in the Christmas spirit over here at A Dietitian and a Photographer. The carols have been playing at my house for a few weeks now and I’m not even sorry about it. We’ve got lots of goodies to share with you over the month of December and we’re starting with…

My forever food – Noodles!

If I had to pick my all time favourite food, the one I’d choose if I was to live out the rest of my days on a deserted island, it would have to be noodles. When it comes to take away I’m always in the mood for Thai or Vietnamese noodles. Without fail. They’re great…

Bright Blueberry and Beetroot Bircher Muesli

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m sure you’ve all heard that before, and if you’re like me you’ll agree. I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post about my issues with hanger. It’s a real problem. Suddenly I’ll turn into an angry lion hunting for prey; anything that gets in my…

Pumpkin Day aka Halloween

Halloween isn’t really a thing in Australia, but I’d happily adopt it just for the pumpkins! Who needs lollies and chocolate when you can have pumpkin, right!? (I’m predicting some eye rolls there, but I’m OK with that). I’m about halfway through my overseas trip as I write this from Germany. I’ve also been to…

It’s that thyme of year again – Spring Racing!

Its coming to that time of year again when all the spray tan appointments in town are fully booked and extra bandaids are hidden in purses for emergencies. Its Spring Racing time! We’re just starting to get a taste of sunshine and warm days and as I rush around town trying to find a fascinator…

Fisk Family Favourites for a Footy Final

After last Friday nights disappointing loss, this Cats fan has swiftly jumped onto the Tigers bandwagon for this weekends AFL Grand Final clash. I’ll be watching the match with my fellow Tiges supporters (they’ve barracked for the yellow and black longer than a week so they’re slightly more invested) but I personally am pretty excited!…

Goodbye Winter (seriously, please)

Anyone else living in Melbourne (or worse, Ballarat), knows what I’m talking about when I say hurry up Spring! It would seem that Winter has taken Spring hostage just to torture us. We can see some signs of it; the blossom on the trees, the bulbs flowering and the hayfever coming on. But where is…

Behind the scenes at Lake Elizabeth

A couple of weeks ago we photographed our first chapter for our cookbook! Emma and I met up early on Saturday morning to do the grocery shop and then took over Emma’s parents kitchen for the day as we prepared all the food for our shoot on Sunday. I’d woken a few times throughout the…

Cookies and a whisky for you, Dad

This very old photo pretty much sums up most of my childhood; outside on an adventure with Dad.  I was Dad’s shadow most of the time, only separating when required. We lived on a dairy farm for a lot of my childhood and Dad worked his butt off. Being older and wiser now, I know…

Robdogs Fathers Day pick – the fancier version of Steak and Veg.

In honour of Fathers Day this Sunday, Emma and I thought it would be nice to share some of our Dads favourite recipes. My parents are currently caravanning around Australia on ‘grey nomads leave’, so I messaged Mum to see what Dad would class as his favourite meal. After a bit of deliberation he finally…

Drinking > Snowboarding. The perfect recovery drink.

This post was inspired by a lack of snowboarding skills and the fact that drinking is much easier to do than boarding. I recently spent the weekend up at Mount Hotham to continue to develop my snowboarding skills in time for the Winter Olympics. I’ve been snowboarding a handful of times before and somehow, every…

How to fall in love with salad

Poor salad, it gets a bad rap sometimes. Let’s face it, sometimes the criticism is warranted. Sometimes salad really lets you down. We’ve all been to the pub before and had our schnitty with a side of soggy lettuce, tomato and cucumber. No schnitty deserves that. But I’m here to tell you that salads need…

World Lasagna Day

Welcome to the very first blog post by A Dietitian and a Photographer! What better way to kick it off than with one of the world’s most-loved dishes, the lasagna. Today, July 29th, is World Lasagna Day. It seems like every food has it’s own dedicated day, but I think the humble lasagna is possibly…