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Pear, grape rocket salad with wholegrain honey mustard vinaigrette

I have been on a roll on posting food blog recipes. That may be due to the 6 six drafts that I still have to go and I still need to post about my day trip and holiday in Canberra so stay tuned to next weeks post. But for now, let us talk about FOOD!! 🙂

Sometimes looks can be very deceiving. This was especially the case when I saw this as a side dish for lunch with the kids. Despite this weird looking salad, it is always recommended by Lena to try every food that is presented during lunch so that the children will also be encouraged to try meals with vegetables. So I really encouraged the kids “Just try ONE bite and you’ll never see it the same again” I told them. I know I did 🙂

I Just love the look of this salad :)

You should have seen their expressions on their faces “WE WANT MORE!!!!!! All of their plates were completely empty. The salad of imagination was a complete success once again 🙂 and made washing a whole lot easier 🙂

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For many years, I never used to eat pears. However, I fell in love with this dish as soon as I took my first bite. Now I use pears in various types of foods from oat bran topping for brekkie to even on pizzas (thanks to the free book I received from Woolworths). The good news is that pears are still in season in Melbourne. So I like to buy my pears at my local fruit store since they are cheap and fresh from the farms in Melbourne.

This recipe is slightly modified from the original recipe. I have added walnuts and used wholegrain mustard combined with honey to make honey mustard dressing. Overall this salad has a sweet and savoury taste to it and this paring goes incredibly well with my home country dish Jollof rice (which I should post the recipe soon) or I like to eat a LARGE bowl of this salad.

For the recipe, please check out my second blog: Pear, grape rocket salad with wholegrain honey mustard vinaigrette 



Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Raspberries and Lavender cream

One way how I love to reward myself (after organizing 1,000 papers of data for my research study), is to make a homemade delicious dessert. Last week, I went to the Ashcombe Lavender garden maze with the Deakin Toastmaster members. While being surrounded by fresh scent of lavender, I remembered Fiona’s recipe in the second season of Master Chef and I knew I had to make her dessert as my reward.

Before I even took a bite out of this lovely treat, I just loved the lovely fragrance of the lavender when it is combined with the cream and dark chocolate Ganache. While I was eating the tart, I envisioned myself having high tea with delectable treats in a fancy and elegant café chatting with friends. (~ah, how I love to daydream :)). During these special moments, I always like to remind myself that a healthy diet with (exercise of course) can also include an occasional treat which makes eating healthy not so rigid and more enjoyable.

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Stressed is just desserts spelled backwards – Unknown quote.

For the recipe, please check out my second blog: Dark chocolate Ganache

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What is Christmas to you?

Christmas is coming!!   Christmas tree

In the  beauty and glamor that surrounds us. The warm cosy feeling of sharing delicious food, laughing and spending precious time with family and loved ones, Christmas is  a very special day to many people across the globe.

I don’t know what this day might mean to you, a “Happy holiday”, or think of it as another day.December 25th is a day set aside to acknowledge and celebrate the birth of Jesus, and to understand the purpose of Jesus Christ.

Where are you going to spend Christmas????

Gifts come in all sort of shapes and sizes. Personally I believe that it is a blessing to offer a gift to those that we love and care for.

But today I would like to just stop and take the time to share one reason why this day is so special.

If we look deeper into the birth of Jesus in Matthew chapter 2 we find that the types of gifts here are known as “grace gifts”, (which were given by not only the wise men but  also God himself) . These types of gifts are gifts from the heart and there are impossible to measure the cost, a gift which says that ” I value you”.

If we read verse 9- 11″  After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.”

The wise men had never seen Jesus before, yet they understood  the importance of Jesus birth. Linking this passage to John 3:16  this always reminds me that Jesus is the greatest gift of all, who came to save us. That is when I realized the importance of a gift that you may offer/receive, but to also consider what the gift  REPRESENTS.

As I have mentioned before, you may have not the money to the buy a gift that you were hoping to give, but let tell you that there are some gifts that you can still offer, which don’t have a price tag attached to them. The value that you place on a relationship, the service you offer to anyone are also forms of gifts too. Last but not least my favourite the gift of memories. I have remembered times where the encouragement and the company of a friend and family has been more than enough, during  times of needs, hardship, breakdown,hopelessness. Personally I could never put a price on these moments, as they are memories that I will always be grateful for.

Merry Christmas :)

Whatever you have desired to give, even if you feel it is small or insignificant, let us give out of love, joy not out of reluctance or obligation because it’s that times where everyone else exchanges gifts. This brings me to a very important question for all of us to think about. How do we give back to the one who has given Himself (Jesus)?.

Well that’s all for me today , have a merry Christmas everyone, eat, smile , laugh, be merry and remember something good for me 🙂