SIMPLE LAVENDER SALT SCRUB (a quick, thrifty and beautiful homemade spa-in-a-jar gift)

Allow me to jump right in and begin this post by stating that this scrub works. It really works. Not only will it leave your skin cleansed and moisturised, but you will smell gorgeous too (if lavender is your thing, as it is mine). Moreover, it is inexpensive to make, simple to prepare (my toddlers helped me […]

ROSEMARY-INFUSED SEA SALT (a perfect pantry staple or homemade gift)

This was the salt that I used to season my “epic” (to pinch a Daniel Churchill term) Crisp(ier) Sweet Potato Fries the other day. The lovely, subtle rosemary taste/aroma makes this salt a versatile pantry staple or, prettily packaged in cute glass containers, an ideal party favour/hostess gift/homemade Christmas gift; an aromatic salt that can be used for […]

IQS-STYLE CARAMEL SLICE (an egg/nut/gluten/sugar-free treat, just in time for Halloween!)

This delectable Caramel Slice is an IQS-inspired treat, closely based on the fabulous recipe by Steph from I Quit Sugar, posted a while back on iquitsugar.com (click here to view the original recipe). It is not one of the recipes featured in the I Quit Sugar 8 Week-Program, however I admit I did have a piece (or two)… […]

MISS MARZIPAN’S JAVA CHIP FRAPPU-CHIA-NO (a healthy, sugar-free, protein-packed, vegan, paleo-inspired, frosty mocha smoothie you can make at home!)

It took a long time for a certain coffee chain from Seattle to reach Sweden’s shores and, for many years, the highlight of my time spent sitting in airport transit areas was the rare opportunity to sip on a coveted Frappuccino. When I started becoming Pinterest-obsessed a few years ago, I noticed many a DIY take on […]

MISS MARZIPAN IN PASTRY SCHOOL (“Whaaa…?”, I hear you think)

Hello lovely people! I have so much to share, very little time left before bed, and I don’t really know where to start, so this is just a short and sweet* sneak preview of my recent pastry school adventures. Still on maternity leave and trying to complete personal graphic design projects, spend as much quality time with the children as […]

A SIMPLE RICE & GREEN LENTIL DISH (with caramelised red onions and toasted pine nuts)

Hi all! I wasn’t going to post this recipe, but received a lovely response when I posted it on Instagram today. My newly-vegetarian husband felt like lentils and rice for dinner last night, and together we made this version of a dish loosely based on the traditional Lebanese meal, mujadarra. So, whether you are looking for a […]

DIY CHOCOLATE BUNNY BUTTON DECORATIONS, IQS-STYLE (and my 15 seconds of Instafame)

Hi all! Just a quick post to share a quick idea as Easter 2014 commences! As you may be aware, I am in the midst of a sugar detox using Sarah Wilson‘s book I Quit Sugar For Life as inspiration. On a mission to Easter-fy one of the IQS dessert recipes (the gorgeous Choc Mint Slice), I […]

DIY ECO-FRIENDLY SURFACE CLEANER (a green way to clean)

Friends! Firstly, I must apologise for being MIA during August. I blame the unusually fine Swedish summer weather this year, lovely weekend trips out of town and not-so-lovely technical issues with my computer. I plan to make amends and be around here a little more from mid-September onwards (when we return from vacation). In the […]

EASY DIY VIRGIN MOJITO MIX (for perfectly portable mocktails)

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, I cannot claim that a homemade virgin mojito mix is a “necessity” per se, but wanting to keep things as simple as possible, I came up with this fuss-free recipe in advance of our midsummer supper (which took place on our boat in the archipelago). The aim […]

BREAD MAKES A MEAL: TOMATO BRUSCHETTA & LEEK + CHEESE TOASTIES (a journey to River Cottage, part 3)

Classic tomato bruschetta was one of my favourite light meals back in the days when I still lived on the other side of the planet and frequented the delightful Italian cafés Down Under. I cannot believe that it took purchasing Hugh Fearnley -Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg Everyday!  for me to discover just how easy it was to make […]