Tears, laughter and champagne: A story of friendship forged through fire and food

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As the anniversary approaches, fifteen years on, the devastating 18 January 2003 bushfires, which killed four people and destroyed nearly 500 homes across Canberra, are another chapter in the history books.

But the story that hasn’t been told, until now, is how the fire-affected families are faring years down the track.

Tears, Laughter, Champagne: A story of friendship forged through fire and food, by Canberra historian Karen Downing, chronicles both her personal bushfire-survival story and the stories of eight other women – the ‘Singed Sisters’ – who found each other in the aftermath of the Canberra firestorm.

From tea and tears in the months following the fires, to the champagne and laughter as they moved into newly-built homes, and ultimately to their lives today; the book is about friendship and resilience – and the recipes that helped along the way. Continue reading Tears, laughter and champagne: A story of friendship forged through fire and food

Canberra’s newest cookbooks to add to your collection

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The food scene in Canberra continues to grow, flourish and impress with new restaurants and ventures popping up all the time. People are pushing the boundaries and continuing to excel in the food world.

In the past month some impressive cookbooks have hit the shelves and have come from the heart and soul of some of Canberra’s best food writers, publishers, producers, chefs and passionate foodies.

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift or a new cookbook to add to your collection then you need to get your hands on these.

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Homemade granola

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I had a craving for granola this morning and was going to go to the shops to buy some BUT I had everything I needed in the cupboard so I made it instead. So yummy, so delicious and there are so many things you can do with it! It’s also simple and if you buy the ingredients in bulk you can make lots of batches and it can work out to be cheaper then buying it already packaged.  Continue reading Homemade granola

Dairy-free iced coconut coffee

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Are you a coffee lover? I am and I’m lucky that we have our own espresso machine and Mr Eat Canberra makes me coffee everyday. But I don’t like milky coffee and sometimes I feel like I need to give my body a break from milk. After a trip to Byron Bay last week I was feeling inspired to recreate something I tried. So last night I put in my order for a double espresso shot instead of my usual latte.

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Aussie Day Recipes

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Australia Day is a day that brings people together to celebrate being Australian and to commemorate the founding of Australia in 1788.

It’s also a day for getting together with friends and playing cricket, swimming in pools, having a game of slip n slide, listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 and turning on the BBQ. But however you choose to celebrate the day there is always, always food involved. So why not add an Aussie twist to your food? Continue reading Aussie Day Recipes