food for a restless mind

Black Bean and Feta Crispy Tacos

Despite my father’s constant complaining, I love cooking with black beans. As far as my father is concerned black beans aren’t a ‘real food’, but we all know he’s wrong. Mexican food without black bean just wouldn’t be the same. And Mexican food is amazing. As is anything inspired by Mexican Food, like these Black Bean and Feta Crispy Tacos. Soft tortillas fried to a crunch and filled with flavoursome black beans and creamy feta. This recipe is super easy, so it is great for whenever you are craving something Mexican inspired, but don’t have the time for full on burritos.

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Chai Scones

I love chai tea. There are few things more warming or satisfying than a big mug of chai. There is a cafe in Brisbane called The Three Monkeys which serves its chai in bowls. Safe to say it’s amazing. Unfortunately I haven’t seen chai tea for sale anywhere here in Tonga. The occasional cafe serves chai lattes but they’re normally the pre-mixed packet ones. Luckily for me some of the stores here sell tea masala. Brew up some black tea, stir in some tea masala, add milk and honey, and you’ve got yourself delicious chai. Tea masala is also an amazing addition to just about any kind of baking. So when I came across this recipe for chai scones I just couldn’t resist.

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Apple Sour Cream Cake

On my never-ending quest to find healthy things to bake I came across this recipe on Caroline’s Cooking. My version turned out a little too dense, but I realised my mistake pretty quickly (I should have weighed the apples before they were cored and peeled) and we all still enjoyed the cake enough that I will definitely be making it again. It is so yummy, plus it has a heap of apple in it, and no refined sugar (the sweetness comes from the apples, honey, and maple syrup). What more could you want?

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Slow Cooker Sesame Honey Chicken

Any meal that you can cook in a slow cooker is a favourite meal in my books. They’re so easy, and packed full of flavour. Plus they help you make meals that seem fancy but are actually really easy (lamb shanks for example). And if you’re busy during the day you can put a meal on in the morning, go about your business, and when you get home viola! dinner’s ready.  I found this sesame honey chicken recipe on Skinny Taste and it sounded perfect.

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Behind the scenes at Pacific Sunrise

I didn’t really like fish that much before I moved to Tonga. In Australia it is so expensive to get fresh fish, and the frozen stuff just isn’t as good. Luckily in Tonga fresh fish is readily available, and relatively cheap. Pacific Sunrise is one of the best and most reliable places to get excellent fresh fish in Tonga, and I was able to go behind the scenes and see the process of how fish becomes food.

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Mixed berry and peach crumble

I was in the mood for something sweet and easy the other day. My usual go to is apple crumble. Unfortunately we didn’t have any apples in the houses, fresh or tinned, so I had to think of something else. Unable to get the idea of some kind of crumble out of my head I searched around for another recipe similar enough to satisfy me. When I found this one by Ashley over at Spoonful of Flavor I couldn’t resist.

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