A Very Foodly Diary

Eat mindfully. Love thy food.

A Moroccan feast.

Just over a week ago, I catered for a very special event: my sister’s hen’s night. Around twenty-five ladies indulged in a Moroccan-themed cocktail menu, and I was fortunate to … Continue reading

9 March 2015 · 9 Comments

Sweet cherry pie

I hope your festive season has been wonderful, and that the new year is treating you well. I have a great feeling from 2015 already. I’m starting my 2015 with … Continue reading

1 January 2015 · Leave a comment

Guest Post 8: Salted Caramel Slice, by Angie Ching

I am so excited to bring you this fabulous salted caramel slice, as adapted by the effervescent Angie Ching: I met Angie at one of my uncooking classes in 2011, … Continue reading

22 December 2014 · Leave a comment

Soup nor mai

Have you ever had the experience of going to a much-loved restaurant only to find that your favourite dish is no longer on the menu? I have. Let me relate … Continue reading

18 November 2014 · Leave a comment

Uncooked is alive!

Welcome to World Food Day! This day has been established to raise awareness of world hunger–and to do something about it. There are so many ways that we can contribute … Continue reading

16 October 2014 · 6 Comments

How to make your own capers, and would you like some coffee?

It has been a while. Thanks for sticking with me; I hope you have been very well. I have good reasons for staying away — which make for poor excuses, … Continue reading

30 September 2014 · 8 Comments

Yummy homemade kimchi

If you are a fan of fermented and/or chilli-hot food and you haven’t tried kimchi, then you must! And if you don’t like it at first, you must try it … Continue reading

17 June 2014 · 2 Comments

Hot diggety!

Meet my mustard. Many moons ago, I set myself a simple mission: to make my own hot, seeded and excellent-flavoured mustard. Why? I wanted to see if I could make … Continue reading

3 May 2014 · 2 Comments


I used to be a make-and-stick-to-a-schedule kind of gal and I let my work define my life. Then I had my little girl. Sure, my 5-year old led me to … Continue reading

17 February 2014 · 9 Comments

How to eat a whole plant.

Depending on the plant, it’s not that hard to eat the whole thing. But it does look impressive when the plant is nearly as tall as your five year-old. When … Continue reading

6 November 2013 · 4 Comments

Conquering a mountain with (samphire) salad

I can’t remember when or how it happened; it just did. One meal I didn’t pick up my camera to take a photo before eating. Then before I knew it, … Continue reading

2 October 2013 · 2 Comments

Chocolate & beetroot

While I ordinarily enjoy the witticisms and observations sandwiched between the pages of The Flavor Thesaurus (my excellent Mothers Day present), I respectfully disagree with author Niki Segnit’s comments regarding … Continue reading

16 June 2013 · 9 Comments

Honey nougat goji cashew cacao ball delights

The title is long and a work in progress, but the balls themselves are raw and scrumptious – and everyone knows just how loved up you feel after a solid … Continue reading

12 May 2013 · 4 Comments

10 life lessons I learnt from my herb garden (and another chance to win movie tickets)

I am the sort of person who learns best from harsh personal experience rather than telling and I am always grateful for those learnings that come gently. To this end, … Continue reading

24 April 2013 · 18 Comments

Guest Post 7: A mindful business, a retreat & a recipe

When Nicole van Kan from Équilibre told me about their upcoming retreat, I thought it sounded fabulous enough to warrant its very own post. Thankfully, Nicole thought so too! One … Continue reading

10 April 2013 · Leave a comment

Guest Post 6: How to create award-winning olives

When my lovely friend Claire Trolio of We Love Perth and Ruck Rover fame asked me to write a guest post, I said that I would love to – on … Continue reading

5 March 2013 · 5 Comments

Aloe aloe, happy birthday to me & what to expect (and it may not be what you’re expecting)

The big news for this post is that A Very Foodly Diary has now lived in the blogosphere for four whole years. So it’s happy 4th birthday to me – … Continue reading

22 January 2013 · 4 Comments

A deliciously sticky ending

I know I have said this before, and it’s worth saying again: one of the things I love best about Christmas is the leftovers. Both of these sometimes foods [fig … Continue reading

27 December 2012 · Leave a comment

Love Thy Food: an intimate traverse into mindful eating

I am proud to let you know that it’s finally here. My ebook, that is. Now available from Amazon – via http://www.amazon.com/Love-Thy-Food-intimate-ebook/dp/B00AL82DEM/ – and coming soon to the iBookstore. Very … Continue reading

12 December 2012 · 6 Comments

Where do you shop?

Tell me, and you may just win yourself a prize. More on that later. At every class/workshop, I am asked where I shop for organic produce and whole foods. I … Continue reading

23 November 2012 · 11 Comments

Spring beans

Here’s to spring produce and farmers’ markets and simple recipes made from real foods! One of the things I love most about this season is the broad beans. At Saturday’s … Continue reading

3 October 2012 · 5 Comments

Eat your flowers

My garden is abloom with ruffles of sunny yellows and bold oranges. Nasturtiums: prettiness so good you can eat it. The entire nasturtium plant above the ground is edible, and … Continue reading

18 September 2012 · 8 Comments

Squeaky clean

These jars contain my deodorant and toothpaste. As you may be able to tell, I made them myself. And, yes, my toothpaste is a soft shade of pink. I am … Continue reading

25 August 2012 · 10 Comments

Sesame halva

Halva (aka “halwa”, “helva”, “halvah”) is possibly one of the first desserts ever created. You will find it celebrated in innumerable forms, each dependent on its country of origin, and … Continue reading

14 August 2012 · 7 Comments
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