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 […]

How to turn those free cumquats (or 20c worth of oranges) into a Cake that tastes a million bucks!

So technical issues have meant this recipe has been a little late in posting … But that delay had allowed me to do some experimenting with a variation on this recipe – Flourless Orange Cake – which seemed absolutely necessary in light of the fact that; A) You wont find a cumquat tree covered […]

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 […]

Chocolate, Raspberries, Protein and Chia Seeds - What's NOT to love???

There’s a lot to love about these Chocolate & Raspberry Protein muffins. Besides their abundant nutritional benefits, including a nice hit of protein, these muffins make an excellent (and VERY motivating!) post-workout treat. They travel very well from fridge/freezer to gym bag and make a nice filling afternoon snack too.

But, after dark… these […]

Brownies that tick all the boxes! … NO gluten, dairy, refined sugar, eggs, or animal products!

… You can even leave out the nuts!

I am constantly receiving recipe requests for people with allergies, or simply for those who have made lifestyle choices such as eating Sugar Free, or Vegan or Paleo. Well this might just be a treat that pleases just about everyone … and those with nut allergies […]

Clean Eating Pie? .... OH MY!!!

How does that expression go? “Necessity is the mother of invention?” … Well that pretty much sums up how this latest pie incarnation came to be.

I was re-testing an old recipe of mine both for quality control purposes and to add Thermomix directions (I’m slowly getting through them all…!), and I realised that […]

Vanilla Slice - This iconic Aussie favourite can finally be taken off the banned list!!

One really cool thing about committing to a lifestyle change like cutting out sugar, is that you find yourself craving the sweet stuff less and less. But for me, there are definitely still those moments when the need to indulge in something sweet hits hard … Studying definitely seems to be one of those […]