Mel Christensen

Mel Christensen

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Chocolate Bars, Candy bars, whatever you want to call them - we all have our favourites. What's yours?

We have a temporary addition to our family this month. A return visitor from Germany. On this visit he came armed with a bagful of delicious German treats such as Kinder and Milka bars (which were VERY well received by the kiddies! ) … And it got us talking about one of […]

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps … Because DIET is my least favourite four-letter-word!

I just love cookbooks… And while I have a collection that rivals most bookshops I still find myself bringing them home with the shopping for my next bit of inspiration.

A cookbook I picked up the other day was actually from a Vinnies store… It was an old Women’s Weekly mini cookbook called “Skinny […]

Can't be bothered cooking? Make this (and make extra!) ... It's almost as quick as ordering takeaway!

So this is another one of those recipes for those people with little time to spend in the kitchen – or just those who like their food FAST! The satay sauce recipe makes plenty for two or even three meals (depending on how liberal you are with this scrumptious stuff!) so keep the leftovers […]

I've made plenty of curries in my time, but this is definitely one of the best yet!

I’ve made plenty of curries in my time, but this is definitely one of the best yet!

Usually, I top my curries with pickles & chutneys for some extra heat and flavour – But this creamy, delicate Beef & Eggplant Coconut Curry has flavours that are just too good to mask. All I added […]

Baby, it's cold outside ...

… And I know that means those comfort food cravings are well and truly kicking in (And that motivation to exercise is erm … starting to slip away???)

So here’s a thought … Get yourself to the gym and come home to one of these little beauties!

Comfort food doesn’t have to be your […]

Fast Fresh and Fabulous ... These Thai Chicken Patties are sure to be a crowd favourite!

Whether you’re entertaining, wanting a cheap and easy midweek meal or looking for something different to pop in the lunchboxes, this recipe’s an absolute winner. I highly recommend sourcing the bulk of your ingredients from your local Asian grocer.. Save money, be sure you’re getting ingredients fresh and that you are support local business.


Mutts's Nuts Salad? Well, it IS according to Hubbie ;-)



Home … And hungry!

On our way back into Melbourne we found some lovely lamb backstrap. Add only a few ingredients along with some of our favourite “mutt’s nuts” dressing (my hubbie gave it this name when I first started making it couple of years ago!) and you have a super […]

Smoked Garlic, Mushroom & Antipasto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts - *Gluten Free, Low Carb, Egg Free, Nut Free, Grain Free Option

You will often hear me banging on about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone but I’ve gotta tell you, between battling with the trickle fed internet connection we have out here in rural NSW and the challenges of navigating my way around my husbands MAC (aaaahhhh new technology!) … I’ve gotta […]

Turkey Pad Thai - with a low carb, grain free twist!

I’m going through a bit of a transition at the moment to cooking and developing recipes with the Thermomix (for those of you who are not familiar you may wish to visit here for a little more insight (

I was originally quite resistant to adding yet another appliance to my kitchen and only […]

Rocket, Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Salad. *Gluten Free

Rocket, Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Salad

*Gluten Free


Cranberry Vinaigrette

*This will make about double quantity of Cranberry Vinaigrette but I recommend making double and storing the leftover dressing in a jar.

75g dried cranberries 75g extra virgin olive oil 20g Dijon mustard 80g balsamic vinegar 4 garlic cloves, chopped Unrefined sea […]