sunny sunday afternoon

Today was an amazing spring day. Trust that it isn’t until we hit OCTOBER that we get such a gorgeous day in Melbourne – wasn’t Spring supposed to start a whole month ago? At least we got the sunshine on the weekend after it rained all week long.

I made the most of it by sitting on the balcony at home and reading through this month’s food magazines. I stocked up at magnation during the week and I’m only now getting a chance for more than a quick flick (for those who don’t know what magnation is, it is one of the coolest shops around – an entire store filled with magazines from around the world, plus a few books and cute stationery items).

The latest issue of Jamie is a special ‘autumn’ issue (it is a British mag after all) but it is still full of recipes that I want to make right now – lemon cupcakes, green curry with crispy chicken, tomato toast with fried egg and chilli, coconut bread and salted caramel popcorn. Every page in this magazine looks great and I love the feel of the paper. It also has a special feature on Sydney which is timed perfectly as my boyfriend S and I are flying there next weekend!

Australian Gourmet Traveller is another one of my favourite food magazines. It is full of restaurant reviews (from cafes to super luxe restaurants), recipes from amazing chefs, weeknight quick fixes and amazing travel adventures. This month you can armchair travel your way to Delhi, Easter Island, Los Angeles, Spain and Tasmania. The food is even better though – eight heavenly sounding cheesecakes, greek recipes from Tessa Kiros’s new book and delcious ideas for a picnic lunch (how did they know the weather would suddenly pick up?).

MasterChef Magazine is the magazine which accompanies Australia’s hit television show MasterChef, a show that was stolen from the Brits, reformulated, and now manages to win the ratings most nights. The current series features kids between 8 and 12 years old and they are amazing! I’m looking forward to cooking some of their recipes which are featured in the current magazine – Chicken and Leek Cannelloni with Orange and Fennel Salad, Chicken Roulade with Pistachio Butter Filling and Cotolette with Pumpkin and Pine Nut Salad and Potato Rosti. Yum!

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