My saviour- the remedy for exam stress

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Inbetween library trips, and when going batshit crazy trying to understand Ulysses or Social Psychology- this is what rejuvenates my poor weary brain.

Probably crazy-inauthentic, but Civic Asian Noodle laksa, jumbo size naturally. And at $11- I eat it about once a week.


With love, from Charlotte

PS: Are we friends yet?



Low-Functioning Snacks- or a prediction of what I will eat when I am actually pregnant

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I am still exam-ing and studying and generally just poo at the moment.

I still want flavor, just have no time to shop or cook. So this was a recent forage through the pantry. Note: the sardines were from a lucky dip at a party themed ‘evil’. For reference.



Looks like when I’m stressy, I just want some weird-ass fish. Jalapeno sardines, friends?

With love, from Charlotte

This is genius. Fresh herbs year-round!!

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This is not my idea. I found it in the Eating for Two, for One facebook page’s news feed (from Garden Week 2013, in Perth), and had to share.


Take fresh herbs. Freeze them in olive oil. Keep forever and ever and always have fresh things for marinades, dressings, just roasting/frying up potatoes (I have an obsession with roasty veg as soon as it hits scarf season)

A particularly luxurious friend even suggested taking lavender/rosemary, freezing in (rosehip? coconut?) oil and dunking it in your bath. Honestly, I’d probably still enjoy the plain olive oil with parsley combo – but that’s probably taking my phillia a little far for the general population.

With love, from Charlotte

Baba Ganoujsh and Dinner Parties

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Ah! The silly ‘sorry I didn’t write post’. Last night I got home too late to write because I was having dinner with beautiful friends to celebrate a birthday. We ordered takeaway Laksa from my favourite noodle house, went to another friend’s house, and engorged. Because Penny had delicious roast capsicum soup, and Tom made delicious sweet potato soup, and I ordered Laksa, it was a three-course liquid meal. Naturally, I also picked at everyone elses food (re: cleaned their plates) and am currently in that awkward position of praying that the passing of meals does not resemble the texture or spice of its original state. Fingers crossed.

I did, however, make Baba Ganoujsh (I have no idea how that is spelled). I won’t put a picture, considering the reference above, and because it doesn’t look too flash. But, its super simple, and can be used as an ingredient in a bunch of dishes as well as just a dip on its own. Delish. Read the rest of this entry »

Nachos are a COMPETITION

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And anyone who says otherwise is lying. This guy’s from Guzman, and is delicious.

If you are eating nachos with someone, you are fighting over limited resources of sour cream, beans, meat, chips, cheese, and of course guacamole. Each bite you take is a perfect mouthful. Your former friend and yourself vie for the ‘best bits’, and yet this is meant to be a typical ‘shared dish’. Unlike other foods, you can lose at nachos – quite easily, in fact. You’re the one with the bald chip and a lone blackbean – and the one with hatred in her heart towards her date.

I say that’s bogus. I say, order your own damn nachos. That’s nacho cheese.

(You never want to ‘share’ with me)

With love, from Charlotte

Warm roast carrot, olive, and feta salad

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This bad boy is pretty simple, but I really like the flavours. The only real trick is to make sure that the pan is oiled and placed into the oven to heat before vegetables are added, to make sure they become crisp.

And when people tell me they don’t like olives, I feel like this, so don’t sass me Kelsie. Its 115 am. Read the rest of this entry »

Another quick ode to Mandarins

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I have a big interview tomorrow! And I bought a tangerine-coloured pencil skirt especially for the occasion. Because I have spent this evening watching law and order SVU, and preparing for whatever they want to throw at me over the first 6 hours of my day tomorrow, I ate takeaway laksa (foodgasm) and came home to sweatpants (almost as good) for a little rest n prep before the big day.

Luckily, I knew this day would come. Rather, that the meal I made here was really an ode to oranges – and I also made a salad with beautiful mandarins. I still don’t understand why some people don’t like them. I love them so much, that when I was little I couldn’t wait to eat them by the segment, I used to eat them by the half. One time, I ate the whole damn thing and turned blue and gave my mother a heart attack. I love eating SO MUCH.

Olive Oil
White Wine Vinegar

Mandarins (1-2, divided into segments)
Avocados (1-2 – I had spares! woo! – sliced)
Granny smith apples, sliced thinly
Half a red onion, sliced thinly.
Baby Spinach

Combine wet ingredients at the bottom of a salad bowl. Whisk together, with approximately 1 garlic clove per 3T oil and 1T vinegar. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Toss, serve, love.

With love, from Charlotte – wish me luck!