HOMEMADE FAST FOOD – and why it’s better for you!

Homemade fast food can be nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare. That is, when made with whole food ingredients using good oil and no preservatives.

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Eating Together At Meal Times – And why this is important in a growing child’s life!

In a recent article, Anne Fishel, co-founder of a non-profit organisation, The Family Dinner Project stated, 

…family dinners encourage children to eat more fruit & vegetables and fewer fried foods and soft drinks. When kids grow into young adults, they keep benefiting from the practice of regular family meals and are more likely to keep eating healthy food once they have left the family home.

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5 ways to add more wholesome goodness to your diet without starving yourself!

I am always looking for ways to add wholesome goodness to my diet! Here’s 5 ways you can do that.

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5 ways to enjoy eating out with your toddler!

The first time I ever ate out was when I was 13 – yep 13! Growing up in a Greek home, surrounded by a healthy Mediterranean cuisine you could wish for, there was no need to eat out.

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3 Vegan Recipes you'll keep coming back to!

A few years back I set myself a challenge – going Vegan for 12 months. I wanted to see how well I could discipline my body and curve my cravings.

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Creating A Healthy Breakfast

I’m not a big fan of breakfast – it’s the Greek in me – we wait until mid morning before eating anything. I recognise this may not be great for my metabolism but seriously, I can’t imagine munching on anything before 10am! 

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5 steps Grandparents can choose towards healthy habits for their grandkids!

I came across an article recently discussing the issue of when grandparents are caring for their grandchildren they may be negatively influencing the dietary intake and weight status of their grandchildren.

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Why I like holidaying on the east coast of New South Wales, Australia!

It was just over 33 years ago when I first set my eyes on this piece of paradise.

Greg and I had just been married 6 months earlier and he wanted to take me to ‘a great holiday destination’. He informed me we would be camping and it would be fun!

The last time Greg took me camping was during our honeymoon. We had just had a fabulous week in the Whitsundays, cruising the islands and swimming in the most stunning of places. We snorkelled, viewed the Great Barrier Reef, tasted Spanish mackerel and soaked in the sun. It was a fabulous start to our forever.

Then he took me camping. To Mt Kaputar. It was COLD!

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What should you see and eat while travelling through Greece?

There are many of you travelling over to Europe this year and some of you are first timers, which can be a little scary and overwhelming to say the least.

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A Traditional Greek Cooking Experience – A Rustic Cooking Workshop!

One of my highlights of travelling to Greece last year was attending a few Greek cooking workshops.

We chose three different styles of workshops so we can get a broad view of the type of cooking that takes place in modern Greece.

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Is my toddler too young to help with the cooking?

I am wondering if you have ever asked this question as well as the others that come with that question? Are they old enough? Will they be able to handle it? What about safety? Do I have enough time to include them?

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5 of my favourite Greek Bakes with a twist!

Being raised in a Greek home surrounded by delicious Greek bakes, I'm always on the hunt for different ideas for putting my twist on these classic old favourites.

I have chosen five of my favourite Greek bakes to put a twist on each of them.

Favourite Greek Bake No. 1 – Bougatsa

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year friends! What a scorching start to the year it’s been! If you’re anything like me, there’s no cooking going on or let’s say very minimal, as it’s the only way to keep the house cool and not overwork the air-conditioner!

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What’s so special about the Mediterranean Lifestyle?

There’s been a huge interest in the Mediterranean lifestyle of late. Did you see the documentary a while back about an island in Greece where the people are living into their 90’s and living well?

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You are Invited!

Hands up if you love to learn? I have two hands up and both my feet! I love learning - in fact, after homeschooling my daughters for a mere 20 years - you're welcome and thank you - I set out to make my way back into the working world and enrolled into TAFE to complete the Early Childhood Diploma. I wasn't sure what I should do - so much had changed since I was in the work place before having kids and I figured if I do something that is familiar to me I should succeed and somehow give me the confidence to keep moving forward. Well, I did succeed and went onto University and commenced my Bachelor of Early Childhood/Primary Teaching.

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Hello to you!

Hello to you!

I wanted to share with you personally what's happening over the next little while with In Sofia's Kitchen!

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Mediterranean Magic – Crete, the start of something beautiful!

We were excited to be going back to Crete. We had been there 15 years earlier and had great memories of our time there with our three daughters. It was a place that had been untouched by the tourist industry and we had great expectations of an off the beaten track experience.

But were we in for a surprise!

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Mediterranean Magic: Travelling through Greece Part 2

Well, it's been quite a few weeks (we were on the west coast of the Peloponnese pictured above) since I last blogged...a thousand apologies for my laziness! Actually, my laptop was playing up in Greece so I only managed to get one blog up...and then on our return home..we hit the pavement running!

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Mediterranean Magic: Travelling through Greece - Part 1

It’s been just over 12 years since I last travelled to Greece and what a wonderful opportunity to come back and explore new foods, reconnect with old friends and of course catch up with our beautiful relatives!

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Every Attempt is a Success!

I’ve been baking madly this week as I have the food and wine expo coming up this weekend.

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