Pumpkin soup, romance and rugby madness

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I’m the first to admit that I am a hopeless romantic. It’s pretty obvious considering that my favourite movie is Pride and Prejudice (and not just the inauthentic Hollywood version either…I’m talking the extended BBC classic one.) So you would think that having watched a few too many rom-coms I would be fully apt in dating and other such flirtatious shenanigans. Wrong. I’m not sure if it is my lack of a love-life, or my natural awkwardness that makes the whole dating scene a complete and utter nightmare….

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Almond butter & jelly brownies

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Were you a pb&j kid? Unfortunately, I never knew the greatness of the peanut butter/jam combo until well into high school. Mum you really let me down. Although, I can’t really complain as I was that kid who had the best packed lunch. Like if it were a competition, I’d be the President and you’d be the loser. I had those squirty yoghurt tubes, jelly snakes, teddy biscuits and crackers…a nutritional goldmine (NOT!) but…no pb&j. So today I am well and truly making amends for that tragedy, with these incredible brownies.

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5 words you probably use but definitely shouldn’t

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This post is for all of you out there who are desperately trying to be healthy. You’re grasping at straws, holding on for dear life to anything that will turn you in to one of those perky, blonde, gym bunnies who sips on kale juice and does crunches for fun. If that’s you, then I bet the 5 words I’m talking about, you will know oh too well…

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Sweet potato, spinach and feta muffins

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Exam season is upon us once more. I bet if you listen closely, you can hear the steam blowing out of students ears as they slump and scribble furiously over their books. Meanwhile, I am sitting here serenely sipping on a cup of tea. My fingernails are all intact, and I am not jittering down into a caffeine coma…wanna know my secret? Of course you do…

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Why fat is not the enemy

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Is it the full-fat milk that’s causing the spare tyre around your waist? The muffin says it’s 95% fat-free…that means it’s healthy, right? There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this major dietary component. Katie from ‘Chocolate covered Katie’ has put out a challenge for us to show fat some love this month. Today I’m hopefully going to undo some of the myths and confusion concerning fat. I’ve got some simple tips to help you get fat-savvy.

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Raw Banoffee pie

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First of all, this week was my blogs very first birthday! I can’t believe you’ve stuck with me this long. It’s really incredible to see how much it’s grown. Thank you for coming back every week. Anyway, I’m a big believer in celebrating birthdays…or actually any such significant event. Heck, I’d celebrate National Pirate day if it meant having cake. I’d even go so far to say that I like parties more than coffee and chocolate. And on that bombshell, let’s get on with it!…

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The secret life of a disordered eater…and how to break free.

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The desire to fit in. We all feel it at some point. We all want to be “normal,” to be liked and accepted by others. So how do you navigate this treacherous territory when food is controlling your life? When everything around you feels like a crazy whirlwind and the only sense of calm you feel is when calculating the number of calories you had for breakfast. I want to let you in on a secret…how to be free from guilt, fear and shame…and to start really living!

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Guest post- Kitchen of Amelia

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I have an extra special surprise for you today! I’m really excited to introduce you to another excellent food blogger- my lovely friend Amelia. She is also from New Zealand and is currently studying law. Amelia is the queen of gorgeous Instagram photos. She has kindly shared an awesome chocolate zucchini oatmeal recipe with us.

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Monday must-reads!

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I finally beat the flu. It was quite a struggle, but in the end it was no match for my super vege-powered body. There is so much happening at the moment. Uni work is piling up, but I’m also really excited about the Rugby World cup (because you’re not a true kiwi if you aren’t caught up in the hype.) So if you aren’t currently yelling at the ref or singing patriotically to your national anthem, I’ve got some awesome reads for you.

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