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Local Birds + A Walnut Biscuit

Local Birds + A Walnut Biscuit

On Monday's you will more than likely find me hiding out at a little hole in the wall down one of Melbourne's busy lane ways.  This is no exaggeration as it is literally a hole in the wall, but inside that hole are two of the sweetest ladies you're ever likely to meet.  Also in that hole, you'll also find some of the yummiest food being whipped up.  

A huge smile always appears on my face when Sally whips out the rolling pin and cookie dough, or when we end up playing "waitress" whilst sipping our own coffee.  These lovely ladies have the biggest smiles and hearts in the business and whenever I find myself whipping out my own rolling pin, I always think of them.

Simple Chocolate Shortcrust Pastry !

Simple Chocolate Shortcrust Pastry !

Somewhere inside me, deep down inside, there is a hidden pastry chef itching to get out as I find the processes of whipping up a batch of pastry so wonderfully soothing, and the thought of needing to whip up a batch, exciting.  Is this just me?

Problem is, in the kitchen, I'm not a perfectionist.  I love, love, love things looking real and home-made and can't stand perfection on the plate.  Maybe that's just me being a lazy Taurean?  

(Yeah, I'm thinking I've hit the nail on the head with that statement).

Lemon Chia Seed Cookies

Lemon Chia Seed Cookies

All of my adult life I've been obsessed with food.  It's no secret.  I'm constantly planning meals for the next day whilst eating my breakfast.  I read cookbooks curled up in bed, and I find nothing better than roaming around food shops, reading labels...yep, I'm that sad!

That being said, the one thing I no longer obsess about is snacking.  Having spent the last few months getting  rid of sugar cravings....I feel free!  What a brilliant feeling it is!

Hazelnuts + A Little Tart Recipe

Hazelnuts + A Little Tart Recipe

Did you know that the Hazelnut is rich in unsaturated fats, you know the kind of fat that is actually good for the heart?  Much of this fat is called oleic acid, which has been shown to lower "bad" cholesterol and raise the "good" kind. 

They're also packed full of magnesium and vitamin E, which has been proven to protect your skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, such as skin cancer and premature aging.

This is just the tip of the iceberg!