Well I’d say Happy New Year, but we’re already a quarter of the way in, so I’ll just say Hi! It’s been a very slow start getting back to The Urban Nest, and I’ve missed you, really, I have. Things slowed to a halt at the end of last year when my sister, George, and … Continue reading A Slow Start to the New Year, and Pickled Cabbage Salad.
Last week I had an Op-shop win, and bought this cute little cake tin for $2.35. What a bargain! So much more than a second-hand cake tin though; it was pure inspiration. It conjured up a vision of a lemony, rose-petally kind of creation, and I set about trying things out in the kitchen. I based the … Continue reading Inspiration Strikes! Flourless Lemon, Almond and Moroccan Mint Cake, and a Lesson in Moody Lighting.
When I first posted about my family’s new eating ideas, here, my sister recommended A Modern Way to Eat as a good introduction to tasty, vegetarian cooking. I needed all the help I could get, so dutifully went out and bought it straight away, and I’m so glad I did. Anna Jones is a protege of … Continue reading Cooking the Books – A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
Bliss balls, energy balls, protein balls; I’ve seen them called all types of things, but had never tried them. They always look like a handy, healthier-type treat to pop into a lunch box, so I bought a couple of peanut butter ones to try out on the kids recently. The report was unfavourable; dry with a … Continue reading Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
I’ve always loved Op-shopping for all sorts of things, and currently it’s props for food photography, but second-hand clothes have been a passion since I was a teenager, and that’s quite a long time ago now. I think it’s partly the rush when your eye alights on that attention grabbing colour, texture or whatever, and your … Continue reading Fashion: The Op-Shop Edit
For more than a decade I’ve been dreaming of the Chickpea Bake from Melbourne’s humble restaurant treasure, Moroccan Soup Bar. If you are in Melbourne, go there for the earthy, inclusive and unpretentious experience, packed with happy diners and chatter, and taste, first hand, the unforgettable flavours and intoxicating aromas. This modest establishment has been my favourite Melbourne … Continue reading Cooking the Books – Moroccan Soup Bar: Recipes of a Spoken Menu by Hana Assafiri