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 […]

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What better, in the middle of this frosty winter, than these super yummy (and sensationally healthy!) Salted Caramel Steel Cut Oats?

So, how are these different to regular oats I hear you ask?

Well, Steel Cut Oats are the least processed of all types of oats and have the lowest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Like Tahini? ... Well 'Halva' Look At THIS!

Like many Greek kids, I spent many a childhood weekend helping out my dad in his shop. He had Delis mostly, which probably explains my fondness for beautiful cheeses and small-goods. But, as a little girl, the one thing I would get really excited about was that delicious sweet treat in the deli cabinet […]

Banoffee Pie - Nobody should have to miss out on a dessert this good!


I’ll be honest with you … I am more of a savoury person than sweet … But every now and then I come across a dessert that makes me crazy – Banoffee Pie is one of those desserts. I’ve made the old Nestle Top ‘n’ fill Caramel version a couple of times in […]

Individual Cheesecakes with Seasonal Fruit and Gooey Chocolate - My secret weapon in beating those sneaky sweet cravings!

There are so many little catch phrases that I’ve come across during my fitness journey ( I think it could be an Instructor thing?!?!), but one my favourites comes from fellow instructor/personal trainer/ mentor Patti O’Hara – AKA Fit Diva ( … “Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail!”

Yes, I certainly do have […]

How do you like them apples...?

What do do with that glut of apples? … Make THIS!

I love this recipe … It’s super healthy, will be sure to slam those sweet cravings that so often distract us from our health and fitness goals and they’re just SO pretty too!

I’ve made these with all sorts […]