Saturday, March 31, 2012

Super Easy Potato Puffs with Feta and Tarragon

So. We got married just a week ago! It was perfectly imperfect and wonderfully fun and thank you all for all the well-wishes - I promise I'll post some more photos and recipes from it soon. Nelle was a pretty flowergirl, don't you think?

We returned home with some exciting new toys for our house - and in particular, kitchen (!!) - as well as a cupboard full of potatoes, a fridge full of feta and a garden full of tarragon.

(Also a garage full of wine, but I hardly consider that a problem).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Avocado, Miso and Tahini on Toast

If you've followed Easy Peasy Organic for awhile, you might recognise this recipe ... a glorious little combo of local avocados, miso paste, tahini and lemon juice, all mashed up and slathered on toasty sourdough. Perfect on sunshiney mornings, with a cup of hot green tea. Or packed up in a little jar to have with crackers at lunch.

I'm so making this tomorrow, when I can ditch the fruit cocktails and mashed potatoes and gray plastic trays here in hospital and head home to be pampered (- thanks in advance, Mom).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Toast?

I wouldn't say I'm stressed ... it's more that I feel a whole buzzing in my body, and my brain flits from one thought to another like a 4 year old on a chocolate high ...

Everything's coming together now - the grant is written, quadruple-checked and submitted; the rings are re-sized and my dress re-fitted; somewhere in South Brisbane some lovely Greek ladies are making us a tray of my favourite sweet treat ... baklava; and Mom's here (at least in body) from the US to hang out with us for 2 whole weeks! To help bake cupcakes and hang garlands and play Snakes and Ladders with Nelle and take care of us next week after my post-wedding surgery*.

*ever the non-traditionalists, we're having my ovaries out 4 days into our new marriage ... Don't worry - I'm fine ... this is an elective surgery to help prevent ovarian cancer and reduce my chances of breast cancer coming back. All good. Besides, what better time to lay around in bed than when Mommy's here? Of course, we're emotional about these little ovaries - and all the potential sweet Nelles they could contain, but we're 100% confident that this is the best choice for us. And maybe I'll talk more about my surgery-feelings later. I've got a wedding to look forward to!

So, someone grab me a cocktail please (maybe after I pick Nelle up from kindy?) ... and let's toast to achieving big things. (And all within a 2-week window ...) Talk to you all next week!
Love, Amanda xx

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Adzuki Bean Smoothies

Everyone seems to be coming back from trips to Japan lately ... skiing holidays in Hokkaido, visits to friends in Tokyo ... and it's making me wish I was heading there. For mochi. Sushi. Cherry blossoms. People who never make you feel like a stranger.

I lived in Japan 10 years ago ... only for 3 months, but I actually had an apartment in a village on the train line from Kyoto. I had a gym membership, woven bamboo flooring and a futon bed.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Things have been pretty busy around here lately ... writing grants to run the lab, bringing life to some of these book ideas running around my head, and planning A WEDDING!  Yay!

So, we took some time-out and headed to the beach. Robbie, Nelle and I, and some friends, and Grammy, and some pretty cute corellas. So today, I thought I'd share some pictures ...

I hope you're having a lovely weekend!
Amanda xx