Category: Food

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

It’s the season of endless feasts, dinners, and parties meaning – food everywhere! How can you not be tempted to dig in to that mouth-watering turkey? Or that delicious apple pie?

I’m all about a balanced diet and meal after meal of heavy foods isn’t very balanced at all so I’ve collected these recipes to help you prepare a healthy (and delicious) Thanksgiving dinner and not feel so guilty while celebrating with family and friends.

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Maple Gravy

It’s not Thanksgiving without a savory-smelling Turkey as your centerpiece. This fall-inspired recipe from Lee Hefter adds an interesting twist on your gravy to make it go better with your side dishes.

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Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta

Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta This a flavourful brown rice recipe takes this healthy food item to a whole new level, I love fruits and spices mixed into my healthy rice dishes!

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

I don’t know anyone who would say no to these!!! They’re a fantastic alternative to chips or potato mash but still just as delicious, if not more.

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Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs

Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs This aromatic potato gratin recipe does not only make for a tasty and healthy side dish. It’s also a beautifully-styled addition to your dining setup!

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Wild Mushroom Gravy

Wild Mushroom Gravy

Ever thought you could make gravy from something healthy instead of fats and meat juices? Here’s a recipe for gravy made of mushroom!

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Braised Kale

Braised Kale Simple and easy to prepare, this kale recipe can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated and reheated.

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Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash

Another Thanksgiving staple aside from turkey, sweet potatoes have just the right amount of sweetness that makes it perfect for any menu.

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DESSERTS

Mini Baked Apple Pies

Mini Baked Apple Pies We can’t end our Thanksgiving meal without a mouthful of apple pies. This sweet but healthy apple pie recipe lets you prepare it in a size that is “just right” for every one… unless you get seconds!

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Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse This sweet and creamy dessert is just so yummy, it’s hard to believe it’s actually healthy! Get ready to spoon in to a surprisingly delightful but easy-to-prepare dessert to top off your dinner.

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Stewed Apples with Chai-Spiced Cashew Cream

Stewed Apples with Chai-Spiced Cashew Cream Here’s another quick and easy recipe for stewed apples that is not only a healthy dessert, but could also be great for breakfast!

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So there you have the complete list of my recommended healthy Thanksgiving meal. Have fun preparing and stay healthy!

Jessie x

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Recycling Week

coffee-recycling-week I wanted to talk about something I’m really passionate about, and that’s recycling. As I grow older I’ve become more conscientious about the environment and my own carbon footprint through unnecessary waste. I feel guilty contributing to so much of it, such as that extra napkin that just goes into the rubbish when it didn’t need to, the take away green juice I get down at Bondi in it’s plastic cup and plastic straw, forgetting to bring a green bag with me to the grocery store, all the take away containers of food I have, and worst of all the take away coffee cups which are not reusable or recyclable. That’s right. Did you know take away coffee cups are not recyclable?? There’s a thin plastic inside the paper to make it waterproof, so you need to chuck your cup into the rubbish or putting it into the recycling bin will contaminate the entire batch and all of it has to go into the bin!

Since working from home and only having to leave my office for events, meetings, and shoots, I’ve changed my habits and I always have a Nespresso coffee at home in the morning instead of going to a cafe for a take away one. Not only does it save me about $120 each month and is soo delicious, but best of all I’m not contributing to any waste because all of the capsules I use are recyclable. The almond milk cartons I use are also recyclable… Oh, and my Nespresso cups are all washable. Zero waste! I’m sooo proud of this shift and it really makes me more conscientious when I go out to cafes now.

coffee-recycling-week There are two ways I recycle my Nespresso Coffee Capsules:

1. I collect the used capsules in a little bin and pop them in a Nespresso prepaid return bag, then drop it into my closest red post box which is only 50 metres down the road from me.

2. I return them to my closest Nespresso store. I’m in between Bondi Junction and City store and I’m always walking past one every couple weeks at least.

If recycling or reducing waste is something you want to start thinking about in your daily life and you’re guilty of getting one or more take away coffee cups a day, I recommend you get a Nespresso machine for your home or work. I have an Essenza Mini and it’s sooo easy to use.

If you’re also guilty with take away foods, try eating at the cafe instead. If you have to get it take away, bring your own cutlery and don’t take their plastic forks and knives. If you order a cup of coffee or tea, sit down and enjoy it there instead of getting it to go; otherwise have a travel mug with you if you know you’re getting coffee or tea in a rush.

If you’re not sure what’s recyclable, please check here and don’t throw your capsules into the recycling bin at home because they’re too small for the industrial machines.

I hope we can all make a small conscientious effort today to minimise waste and recycle.

Jessie x
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Absolut Botanik Upcycle

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So when Alsolut Vodka came out with this new pre-mix flavour by one of my favourite drinks Absolut Botanik, I had to try it: Berry and Lemon… and now I’m hooked! Literally two of my favourite flavours, lemonade and berries! A match made in heaven.

In this post I’ve showcased the lifespan with this new bottle. I’ve taken out to a day in the park, enjoying it as I’m heading to a party with my friends and at the party, and then upclying it (one of my favourite things to do as I try to minimise waste). Then I kept the bottle and used it as a vase for some greenery around the house!

What do you think?! And what will you try out that’s new this week?

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan and Jessie Khoo

Events to Attend during spring in and around Sydney 2017

Spring is finally here and the temperature is warming up, the sun is out, and excitement for the upcoming springtime events season is starting to build. Spring is always an exciting time in Sydney and people use the season to get out and about and see the wonderful festivals and events. It’s such a great time of the year to visit Sydney so why not book a getaway to one of Sydney’s top hotels? Explore the city and visit some of these events…

Sydney Fringe Festival – all of September

Sydney’s Fringe Festival is a must see for art lovers. This huge arts festival is all about independent artists highlighting their work from visual to performing arts. This festival is happening throughout the month of September at over 50 different venues in Sydney.

Parklands Food Festival – Sept 9th

Everyone loves a good food festival. One to check out in Sydney is the Parklands Food Fest in Sydney’s western suburbs. With over 50 stall holders cooking up delicious food from all over the world along with plenty of fresh produce and live entertainment, you won’t be short of entertained! This event is held in the Lizard Log Amphitheatre.

festivalwinds Festival of the Winds – Sept 10th

Bondi Beach is home to Australia’s largest kite flying festival. Competitors from all over the world will come together to fill the skies above Bondi Beach of kites in all shapes and sizes. However, this event is not just about the kites. There will be live entertainment to enjoy as well as entertainment for your kids such as face painting and bouncy castles!

Surry Hills Festival – Sept 23rd

I used to live in Surry Hills and it is still one of my favourite suburbs. In the spring, it’s home to it’s very own festival and this will be it’s 15th year running! This festival is a free event and excellent for families with lots of activities, live entertainment, food, art, and market stalls to check out around Shannon Reserve.

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Manly Jazz Festival – Sept 22nd – Oct 2nd

Manly Beach has been home to the jazz festival for over 40 years. Manly jazz is all about good music mixed with the local beach culture. Jazz music is the focus, but beyond traditional jazz you can also enjoy music from many other genres such as roots and funk… as well as good food!

Cabramatta Moon Festival – Sept 24th

This popular all-day festival celebrates Southeast Asian Culture with lots of amazing food and market stalls, entertainment, and free rides for the kiddies. The festival on John Street, starts at 9am, and ends at 8pm with a huge fireworks display!

nightnoodle Night Noodle Markets / Good Food Month – Oct 5th – 22nd

Good Food Month is all about celebrating good food and local culinary culture. There are several events happening to celebrate, but the biggest and most popular are the night noodle markets – an Asian style hawker food market which takes over Hyde Park. Enjoy the wonderful Asian food stall experience with a range of dishes from my favourite Asian restaurants in Sydney in one place! Alongside bars and live music.

parramatta lanes Parramatta Lanes / Good Food Month – Oct 10th – 13th 

Another great event to check out for GFM is the unique Parramatta Lanes festival. This event takes place between Parramatta’s hidden nooks and laneways in celebration of food, art, and culture. Enjoy lots of amazing food stalls and bars, alongside art exhibitions and live music.

Sydney Beer Week – 20th Oct – 29th Oct 

The last week of October will be a big one for beer lovers out there. I personally won’t be going as I can’t stand the stuff but I know my boyfriend will be! Over 70 venues will be celebrating their love of local craft beer, as well as beer from all over the world.

oktoberfest-in-the-gardens-oktoberfest-12-oc1 Oktoberfest in the Gardens – Oct 28th

The famous German celebration, Oktoberfest, is huge in Australia and there are plenty of events around Sydney to celebrate beer and German culture. Sydney’s Octoberfest in the Gardens takes place among the beautiful gardens and parklands of The Domain. Dress up and enjoy a day of German food and beer in two huge beer halls, along with traditional Bavarian live music and dance performances.

Jessie x

Menulog turns 10!

pizza pizza As you are all aware I’m a bit of a foodie (that’s an understatement, I’m a huge bloody foodie) and I have every single food delivery app available because I love/ need my options haha. That’s why I’m so excited to share with you at one of the original food delivery services, Menulog, is turning 10!! That’s 10 years delivering food to your door! So you know they know what they’re doing. So to celebrate this I’ve teamed with Menulog to give my readers a $10 voucher off your order CN5SYP for your next Nextflix and Chill night in.

Today I’ve picked up a couple pizzas and even a nutella pizza for good measure from Supreme Pizza for lunch and damnnn it’s tasty!

Jessie x

Grandma’s

food-blog-ootd food-blog-grandmas food-blog-grandmas food-blog-grandmas Keepsake No Secrets Crop Top | Keepsake Marvel Shorts | BCBG Max Azria Vest (similar here and here) | Le Specs Neo Noir (brown tortoise here)


It’s no secret that I’m a little bit of a foodie. I enjoy a meal out here or there, everywhere, everyday. So I went and checked out Grandma’s in Rosebery for something different with my also foodie fashion blogger friend, Laurie. Their homestyle cooking menu is just what we needed. Especially as I’m not one to cook a hearty meal for myself at home, ever. But I’m sure one day when I’m forced to cook for myself, and maybe even a family, I’ll be looking at Grandma’s menu for inspiration! But until that day I’ll just pop this little gem on the eating list.

In this post I’m wearing a little crop top and short number from Keepsake paired back with a BCBG Max Azria vest, white booties, white sunnies and top knot. Just to keep it chill and cheerful.

Jessie x

Photography by Laurie Young