Meet the new Julie and Julia…

Posted on April 27th, 2016

I’m pegging myself as something of a Julia Childs here. Forgive me for the lack of humility. I’ll explain. Quickly. And then we can move onto pretty pictures.

A while back Jo invited readers to cook their way through my latest book, Simplicious. All 306 recipes. Which is quite the endeavour. A stack of keen cookers took up the challenge, veritable Julies in this equation (get the reference now?).

Sweet Potato Nachos: I made a giant family tray using pulled pork from the freezer. My 5-year-old loved his ‘sweet potato boats’, and of course, the corn cobs were saved to make corn cob stock.

Erin’s take on my Sweet Potato Nachos. She says: I made a giant family tray using pulled pork from the freezer. My 5-year-old loved his ‘sweet potato boats’ and, of course, the corn cobs were saved to make corn cob stock.

I’ve been sharing results on Instagram. But I reckon Erin’s efforts are so bloody impressive they deserve a full interweb page.

Over to you, Erin.

Why I’m cooking my way through the book:

I love cookbooks. I own nearly 80 cookbooks.  But I have a bad habit of cooking only a handful of recipes from each book, returning to the same, familiar and appealing recipes.

I always fancied the idea of doing a Julie and Julia style challenge – to deliberately cook every single recipe from one cookbook – but I’d never found ‘the’ book to do it. When I started flicking through Simplicious, I immediately felt that it met all the criteria for such a challenge. Based on IQS principles, it aligns with my way of eating; it’s Read more

My bareboating (and hiking) guide to the Whitsundays

Posted on April 7th, 2016

My recent sailing trip up at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was quite possibly the best trip of my life. Brace yourself for a fair bit of hyperbole. Apologies in advance!


Bareboating in the Whitsundays…I slept. And read. And hiked. And ate.

Please note: I was supported in doing the bareboating by Tourism and Events Queensland, however, as always, the trip was conducted on my own terms and the recommendations are my own. The operators and providers I went with were my own choosing. You’ll find my position on sponsored posts and advertising here.

So the basic gist is this.

Bareboating entails hiring a boat that you sail yourself. You live on the boat in extremely comfortable digs. You are the captain, skipper and crew. You choose where you go and where you anchor for the night.

There are 74 islands in the Whitsundays to visit and more than 50 anchorages. It’s all very choose-your-own-adventure. Which totally floats my boat. I’m not so good at being handheld through a holiday. Contiki tours and Read more

How to have a morning routine (and why you should)

Posted on March 8th, 2016

I’ve banged on about the importance of a morning routine before. And I’ve shared my own routine. I’m not alone when it comes to religiously sticking to a morning schedule. The creatives and entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed across the globe over the years all have one. And stick to it.

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Likewise on website Intrigued by morning routines and how living by them leads to success, these guys have interviewed 161 professionals about their morning rituals. Looking through the stats on their site, and the people I’ve spoken with, the same three things rate highest:

  • 50% of interviewees drink water
  • 78% exercise
  • 69% meditate

Drinking water

The average waking time of all interviewees is 6:38 am. And about half of them have a glass of water as their first drink.

I do the same.

I drink about 1-2 litres of warm water with fresh lemon juice. Sometimes with a dash of apple cider vinegar. Why? Drinking water on waking helps detox the liver and boosts your metabolism, making it easier for your body to digest your breakfast.


They say if there’s one thing successful people have in common, it’s their morning exercise. Barack Obama, Read more