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No-Knead Rosemary and Olive Bread

Who doesn’t love homemade bread, but really – how many people have the time, energy or inclination to knead the dough or the patience to wait for it to rise? You will fall in love with this recipe, in which the dough is mixed up in a matter of minutes, requires zero muscle-power and happily rises overnight in the fridge.  I teach this recipe in my Modern Australian Christmas Feast cooking class, as it is the ideal bread to bake on for Christmas Day where you are hard pressed finding a baker open. All you need is a little organisation (ie 5 minutes of your time to mix the ingredients the night before) and lashings of good butter or olive oil to serve.

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Asparagus with Fresh Herbs, Lemon & Cheese

You know spring is here when asparagus starts appearing in the shops. In this dish, asparagus sings with fresh herbs, olive oil, lemon and cheese with just a hint of chilli. A chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match.

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Pineapple with Lime & Cayenne

Who doesn’t love a sweet, perfectly ripe pineapple? The Sunshine Coast is pineapple country and whilst us locals are lucky enough to enjoy them year round, at this time of the year pineapples are at their best.

This ridiculously simple dish can be served as an appetiser, snack or dessert, as well as being ideal picnic food. The sweetness of the pineapple marries perfectly with the cayenne pepper, lime little salt – a classic sweet-sour-spicy-salty combination.

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Spanish Marinated Mushrooms

This time 4 years ago I was walking the Camino de Santiago, an 800km walk across Northern Spain. It was a life-changing travel experience and recommended for anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness and a sense of adventure. During my Camino, I ate my way across Spain as well as walked, and being an inquisitive foodie ensured I tasted as many different foods as possible! As a result, life’s a feast‘s “A Taste of Spain” cooking class was created, and showcases a selection of authentic Spanish fare. This dish from our cooking class features prominently on many Tapas menus and is delicious as well as easy to make.

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Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry

Having just returned from travelling around Sri Lanka, I can’t get enough of their gorgeous food! Sri Lankan curries are second to none, and Beetroot Curry was one of my favourites.

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Chocolate and Orange Avocado Mousse

Noosa Foodie loves to cook by the seasons, and as avocados and oranges are plentiful right now this seemed like the perfect recipe to share.

I created this dessert for our Hello Paleo! cooking class (it is sugar, dairy and grain free), and as well as being extremely nutritious is super-decadent and delicious.
Serve this at a dinner party and your guests will be none the wiser I promise you!

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Strawberry Ice Cream

One of the many advantages of living in the Noosa region is the availability of incredible strawberries much of the year round. They are abundant right now, and when life gives you strawberries we say make strawberry ice cream!

Who doesn’t love ice cream, and with a recipe this easy why go for store bought when you can make your own? Don’t panic if you don’t have an ice cream maker – we give you an alternative method which will give you an equally delicious result.

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Smoky Kale Chips

We’re a pretty healthy bunch here in Noosa: with such an abundance of locally grown fresh produce, it’s not exactly difficult. Kale, once thought of as a disinteresting vegetable and now the superstar of leafy greens, grows very well in our climate and is easily found at the Noosa Farmers Market or most local greengrocers. Or if you’re a keen vegetable gardener (like me), you can often find yourself with a glut. Solution? Make Kale chips.

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Quality coffee and tasty bagels at Noosa Junction

In Noosa we are blessed with many cafes and restaurants, ranging from top end to budget. Recently I came across a great little inexpensive find at Noosa Junction, called Bean Drop.  Located in what I call the “backpacker precinct” of Noosa, Bean Drop has a limited but tasty menu of breakfast and lunch offerings. But more on the food later: let’s talk about the coffee.

Bean Drop

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Four Days of Foodie Fun in Noosa

One of the many perks of living where I do is that Noosa is host to Australia’s premier food event, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival. How lucky am I to have this four fantastic days of fun right on my doorstop? Last weekend marked the festival’s twelth year, and what a party it was! Fabulous food ranging from gourmet burgers to elaborate degustation dinners, an incredible selection of wines from all over Australia, celebrity chef spotting, cooking demonstrations by inspirational chefs, insightful panel discussions featuring prominent food industry talent, fantastic entertainment – all taking place in a gorgeous setting.

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