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Saffron...a culinary con?

Saffron…a culinary con?

Have you ever used saffron in a culinary creation?

Was it really essential to the recipe?

Did it cost an outrageous amount of money for a tiny little smidge of yellowy/orange? (try $6 for o.5g… OUCH)

Would the recipe have been the same without the saffron? Could I substitute with something else (turmeric?)

All this raced through my mind as a I pondered making this recipe

What do you think? Is saffron an enormous culinary con?

Enjoy xx

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O is for Oliver! trying out a 15 minute meal tonight @ This Grand Life

I’ve always had a soft spot for Jamie Oliver, from his first forays as a tv chef, to his crusade for healthy eating and to bringing cooking top notch food to the masses.

Then there’s his gorgeous wife, and gaggle of cute kids with kooky names.


So I am really excited by the lovely Mr Olivers latest offering.

It’s the 15 minute cookbook and cooking show.

Simple, and ready in only 15 minutes! Perfect!

Inspired by a talented foodie friend, who regularly regales me with tales of the delicious treats she has whipped up in the kitchen, I have decided I need to take to the kitchen to whip up a culinary creation of my own.

You know, rather than the stand fare. Not that there is anything wrong with potato bake, casseroles, and steak and salad (yes, yes, I know, very fancy).

I have been warned by my talented friend, who after two recipes from the book, scoffed ’15 minutes my a$#@ Jamie Oliver, more like 45!’

So tonight we are trying this recipe… I hope you aren’t leading me up the garden path lovely Jamie…

Wish me luck!

Enjoy xx

PS this is NOT a sponsored post, in fact if it does indeed take 45 minutes to cook this recipe, I reserve the right to re-gift my 15 minute book…

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I love coffee.  Lately though, I have been waylaid in my morning pursuit of caffeine goodness by the spicy delights of a chai latte. Have you tried a chai?  My lovely husband (Big A) has previously renamed the chai latte as a ‘why bother’, declaring it is nothing more than a warm milky drink, therefore…why bother? I wholeheartedly disagree.

Which brings me to the second part of my ‘c’ entry today, chia seeds.  Chia seeds are meant to be a ‘superfood’, so I guess that means they are super good for you. It may not mean (though I am always hopeful) that I will gain superpowers from eating them.  Anyway, back to chia seeds.  My absolute fave GF (gluten-free) beads at the moment is Chia Seed Loaf from Lifestyle Bakery. Two pieces toasted with a smidge of peanut butter is a perfect way to start the day. Add a chai latte and you have a brilliant brekky!

Enjoy xx

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A montage of cider recommended by This Grand Life

For many years now, the weather taking a turn for the warmer equalled tucking into a glass of rose (or two).

I think the times may be a changin’.

Cider, in all its sparkly fresh glory has stolen the crown as the king of spring drinks, and most likely summer too.

Have you sampled a cider lately?

There’s a super choice now, with a cider for everyone, even the littlest members of the tribe, not to mention my lovely preggo friends.  Here are some choice ciders to sample…

  • Monteiths Pear or Apple Cider. Delicious and crisp.
  • Rekorderlig Pear or Strawberry and Lime Cider. Sweet and a perfect sub for a cocktail!
  • Pipsqueak Best Cider. Fresh, bubbly and far too easy to drink.
  • Dr Pilkingtons makes the cut because it is Movember and we LOVE Movember!
  • Bickfords Applemaid Sparkling Applejuice (the littlies and preggo friends – non-alcoholic served in a wine glass)

 Do you love a good glass of cider? WHat is your favourite?

Enjoy xx

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Beetroot bonanza from This Grand Life

Over the weekend I took the tribe to our local farmers markets (, one of our favourite regular foodie-inspired outings.  For the past few days we have been eating our way through our produce: swiss brown mushrooms on home-made pizza, zingy sweet ‘rosey’ blood oranges – delicious stand-alone, tonight Cajun spiced cord-on-the-cob…

The last of our tasty treats is a big bright bunch of beetroot.  I searched high and low and have found three delish recipes for inspiration:

What do you think?  Salad, soup or salsa?

Enjoy xx

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