• pizza feat

    How to cook an amazing meal without going further than the pantry.

        By ELLY JEAN-LOUIS It’s a week night, you’ve come home late and now you have to cook dinner. You open the fridge: Nothing. You open the pantry: Nothing. You open the freezer: Nothing. The last thing you want to do is cook and you start to contemplate having vegemite on toast for dinner… Sound [read more]

  • Nat travel

    You don’t need to change your life to get healthy. Just start with these 4 simple things.

            By NAT HAWK It’s the same story we’ve heard a million times before. Woman goes on holiday. Woman eats everything in sight. Woman gets home and realises that she doesn’t fit into her jeans anymore. For the last three weeks, that woman has been me. I have been eating my way [read more]

  • everything - feat

    Dinner for 8 people in under one hour? Yes, it’s possible.

              By ELLY JEAN-LOUIS I love entertaining but I rarely cook for more than 6 people (unless it’s Christmas). If by chance I do cook for a large group, it’s usually in summer and I keep it simple. I’ll create a few hearty salads and cook marinated meat or seafood on [read more]

  • Elly salad lunch

    Three healthy lunch recipes for time poor people.

        I would like to start by thanking everyone who voted for me to be the next food blogger for Mamamia. Since I was little, all I wanted was to become a TV chef and host “Elly’s Kitchen” (cheesy, right!?). I used to walk around the kitchen, pretending to talk to a hidden camera [read more]

  • Lucy Ormonde

    Because food is love. Plain and simple.

              Looking back, I think my high school friends may have been using me. “Has your mum made any…. cake recently?” they’d ask as they walked in the front door on any given day. “Or slice, has she got any slice?” “Muffins?” Fortunately for them, nine times out of ten there [read more]

  • going gluten free

    The truth about going gluten-free.

            I have a friend who doesn’t eat any gluten – and not because she doesn’t want to. She’s allergic. Severely, truly allergic. Diagnosed with Coeliac Disease a few years ago (an auto-immune condition which requires complete elimination of gluten from the diet), she avoids the protein composite like the plague. Even [read more]

  • how to cut cherry tomatoes

    The genius way to cut a punnet of cherry tomatoes in less than 10 secs.

      Parents, do you find yourself cutting grapes in half for your little ones tedious? Consumers of mediterranean salads, do you find yourself wondering if there was an easier way to slice your cherry tomatoes into their requisite cross-section shape? Well, cutters of round produce with taut outer skins and  squishy middles, this video is the [read more]

  • food blogger

    Open Post: Mamamia’s new Food Blogger is…

    Welcome to this week’s Open Post. If you’re new here, this is a place where you can tell us about anything, and everything that is happening in your world. The good, the bad and the insanely ridiculous. If you need advice, ask for it because we’ve got lots to give. I’m going to kick things [read more]

  • healthy foods that aren't healthy

    Most people think these foods are healthy. Most people are wrong.

              By now, we all have a pretty good idea of which foods aren’t particularly healthy. Cheeseburgers, cronuts, hot chips, Nutella Oreos (a DIY creation, try it, you can thank me later) and all similar food options are all DELICIOUS, but quite clearly offer zero nutritional value and maximum calories. We [read more]

  • Love Beets

    “The best piece of cooking advice I’ve ever received.”

            The little girl on the left is me. The woman rocking the electric pink t-shirt and bangs on the right, is my mum, Susie. The photo was probably taken when I was around three or four years old. We’re planting something in the veggie garden at home – probably carrots – [read more]

  • Is kale good for you

    Bad news for kale lovers everywhere.

          Hey, you. Healthy Person. I see you over there, making your green smoothies. Adding kale and zucchini and celery and carrots. I see you at night time, loading up your salad to go with your salmon. Throwing in avocado and cucumber and tomato and even more kale. I’ve got some bad news [read more]

  • food blogger idol

    Shaun Ramadge: Strawberry Yoghurt Mousse Tart.

      Things are heating up in the kitchen AND in Mamamia’s Food Blogger Idol competition. After receiving hundreds of amazing and delicious entries from some extremely talented home cooks, and after deliberating for many hours, we managed to narrow the list down to the five. And now? It’s time to vote. So let’s meet our [read more]

  • Is butter bad for you?

    Why you should apparently say ‘yes’ to butter on your Vegemite toast.

            It all started at the markets on a Saturday. I was cruising the stalls, munching happily on a quichey thing sold to me by a French six-year-old, when I saw the butter stall. Rows and rows of butter blocks. And little pieces of bread with which you could taste the butter. [read more]

  • food blogger idol

    Sheryl Lee: Strawberry & Rhubarb “Cheesecake” Popsicles

      Things are heating up in the kitchen AND in Mamamia’s Food Blogger Idol competition. After receiving hundreds of amazing and delicious entries from some extremely talented home cooks, and after deliberating for many hours, we managed to narrow the list down to the five. And now? It’s time to vote. So let’s meet our [read more]

  • food blogger idol

    Elly Jean-Louis: Figgen Scrumptious Tart

      Things are heating up in the kitchen AND in Mamamia’s Food Blogger Idol competition. After receiving hundreds of amazing and delicious entries from some extremely talented home cooks, and after deliberating for many hours, we managed to narrow the list down to the five. And now? It’s time to vote. So let’s meet our [read more]

  • Veggies, anyone?

    Paleo diet explainer: What did the caveman have against potatoes?

          Paleo. It’s one of those words that are getting thrown around a lot these days, along with “gluten-free” and “clean eating”. And until now, you’ve probably thrown it straight into the too-hard basket that resides within your brain, where information about Random Diets tends to live. But it’s good to keep up [read more]

  • food blogger idol

    Lucy Mathieson: Mini Peach & Passionfruit Cheesecake Tarts.

      Things are heating up in the kitchen AND in Mamamia’s Food Blogger Idol competition. After receiving hundreds of amazing and delicious entries from some extremely talented home cooks, and after deliberating for many hours, we managed to narrow the list down to the five. And now? It’s time to vote. So let’s meet our [read more]

  • question mark made of peas

    VOTE: Who do you want to be Mamamia’s next Food Blogger?

      Mamamia, together with Rachel’s Gourmet Low Fat Yoghurt, is proud to present the inaugural Food Blogger Idol competition. Here at Mamamia we LOVE our food and we know you do to. And that’s why we decided to go on a search for a Mamamia Food Blogger – someone who could translate their love for [read more]

  • food blogger idol

    Sofia Levin: Guilt-Free, No-Bake Black Plum Semifreddo with Raw Nut Base.

      Things are heating up in the kitchen AND in Mamamia’s Food Blogger Idol competition. After receiving hundreds of amazing and delicious entries from some extremely talented home cooks, and after deliberating for many hours, we managed to narrow the list down to the five. And now? It’s time to vote. So let’s meet our [read more]

  • what should you not keep in the fridge 2

    The 11 things you should never keep in the fridge.

                It’s the argument to beat all arguments. When it comes to food, what belongs in the fridge, and what belongs in the pantry? You can rile anyone up by talking about this, seriously. I can’t tell you how many heated discussions have come out of me telling people that [read more]

  • eggwhite

    Who knew you could separate eggs this way? Mind = Blown.

        Sorry to break it to you, but you’ve been separating your eggs wrong this whole time. Don’t just take it from us; watch the video below for the easiest way to separate eggs we’ve ever seen. A sincere thank you to whoever thought ‘I wonder what happens when I suck up an egg [read more]

  • food blogger

    Mamamia’s new Food Blogger is… (Insert Your Name Here)

            We here at Mamamia LOVE our food. A lot. No really, we don’t think you understand how much. Ideally, for the purposes of the following opportunity, you will not only like your food, you will almost be in love with it. In fact, you won’t just be in love with it, [read more]

  • Anzac Apple Crumble

    The iconic Anzac biscuit. As you’ve never seen it before…

        The iconic Anzac biscuit is a staple in cooking books across Australia and perfecting its golden, crunchy-but-still-chewy goodness is a fine art. Why not celebrate Anzac Day with some variations on the classic treat this year? 1. Lemon and Honey Anzac Tart     The iconic Anzac biscuit makes a perfect base for this [read more]

  • easter egg

    5 reasons why you should eat the damn chocolate this Easter.

              Over the long weekend, I plan to eat my way through several Crunchie chocolate bunnies (over 800 calories each), a few of those mini Cadbury easter eggs (about 100 calories each even though they’re only mini) and about half of a Nigella chocolate cake with chocolate ganache topping (probably about [read more]

  • cupcake-atm-in-new-york

    Cupcake vending machines are a thing. Yes, you read that correctly.

      This is a cupcake vending machine. A 24-hour machine that lets you buy cupcakes when EVER you want. And it is awesome, well amazing actually. You simply swipe your credit card, chose your cupcake: And then a cupcake appears. This snazzy machine was invented by LA-based cupcake company ‘Sprinkles’, who recently opened a 24-hour [read more]

  • The classic 'post dinner fridge raid'.

    9 of the most entrenched diet myths. BUSTED.


              Diet myths. They’re what make us doubt everything we put in our mouths, and everything we put in our trolleys in the supermarket. They’re what make us paranoid about everything, from carbohydrates to fat to sugar. They’re what confuse us to the point that we’re not sure what we should [read more]

  • Instead of tea, try a glass of warm milk before bed.

    Five myths about dairy foods. (And why they’re wrong.)

            Recently my son had his very first sleep-over party. Nine boys! In the morning, we prepared our usual breakfast and were surprised by one boy who pleaded lactose intolerant and didn’t eat any porridge. This got me thinking…what dairy myths exist that are preventing people from enjoying dairy and how was [read more]

  • Kids-Fried-Rice

    Five family-friendly dinners that will use up all your leftovers.

          Each week I accumulate a variety of leftovers in the fridge that are ignored and eventually thrown away. It’s such a waste, and I feel guilty every time I discard them. Sound familiar? My biggest challenges each week are finding time to cook healthy dinners, minimising waste and keeping the fridge clean and [read more]

  • kids dinner recipes

    Dinner recipes you actually like, modified for kids.

      I love food. Really, really love food. But most of the food I love is firmly in the grown-up column. I love spicy, I love raw, I love green. These are all things that kids are not known to be fans of. So imagine all your favourite meals, made kiddie-friendly. Imagine no more… Monday: [read more]

  • My Kitchen Rules boys

    “Every night this week I’ve accidentally on purpose tuned into My Kitchen Rules.”

                Every night this week I’ve accidentally on purpose tuned into My Kitchen Rules. I haven’t really told anyone for risk of judgement. Everyone in the office watches fancy TV shows like The News and Breaking Bad. But when I sit down at night, I like to be taken to [read more]