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Warm Citrusy Millet Salad with Roasted Fennel and Kalamata Olives

I am trying to include lots of ancient grains in my diet, here’s a beautiful recipe I recently made. You could use Cous Cous if you prefer.

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Serves 6

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste
1/4 cup orange juice, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
2 tablespoons grainy mustard, divided
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 medium fennel bulbs, stalks cut off, bulbs halved lengthwise, then cut in 1-inch thick wedges
5 clementines, washed and unpeeled, cut horizontally into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup kalamata olives
3 1/2 cups warm cooked millet
1 tablespoons dried mint
2 teaspoons dried thyme
Generous pinch dried ginger
1/2 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley.

Preheat the oven to 475°F. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon mustard and 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

Lay the fennel and clementine slices into a medium roasting pan and pour the citrus mixture over the top. Toss with your hands so each component is coated. Place in the oven to roast for about 35 minutes, or until fennel has softened and browned around the edges. Stir every 10-15 minutes to prevent sticking (if you’re getting a lot of sticking, add an additional drizzle of olive oil). With about 5 minutes left of cook time, stir in the kalamata olives.

Pour the cooked warm millet into a large salad bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon mustard. Pour over the millet and stir to combine. Add the the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, mint, thyme, and ginger, and stir to combine.

When the roasted fennel and citrus come out of the oven, immediately fold them into the millet. Toss in the chopped parsley. Stir to incorporate. Taste and season with additional salt if desired. Scoop salad into bowls and sprinkle with additional parsley. Serve immediately.



Day-tripping: Morpeth

The Locals like to refer to it as a village, Morpeth, a beautiful historic town is about 45 mins from Newcastle. Located on the banks of The Hunter River. Centered around the main st, Swan Street,  Morpeth offers plenty of interesting shops and activities. Start with morning tea at any number of cafes, stroll along the main street, ducking into all the great shops. Let the kids burn some energy in the children’s playground. The Greenway Gallery on Swan, is showing an excellent collection of contemporary art at very affordable prices, if you have a spot at home that needs a Belle Magazine touch. Choose from any number of places for lunch, I tried the Morpeth Sourdough Bakery it was excellent. The food was great and the service so friendly.  After lunch head down to the river for a rest or gentle stroll.

There is accommodation available in the area for a weekend away and boat tours on the river, check on the web site below for details and bookings.








DIY kids swing

Great use for the old pine chair you bought in the eighties and now can afford to update.

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Isabella Waldenmaier, who created this playful space for her daughter, got so many inquiries about how the chair swing was made that she dedicated a new blog post to it. Essentially, she mounted a chair seat (with the legs sawed off) on top of a traditional swing that she purchased – and painted them both pink.

For more details and close-up photographs of how the swing and chair were attached, visit Rusta Upp.


What can you do with an old filing cabinet?

Modern DIY Filing Cabinet Gardens:Durable & Inexpensive

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The family at Boopy Projects has added some wheels and a coat of color, and their front porch show stoppers have been going strong for two solid years. The key to longevity is good drainage in the form of holes, rocks, or other store bought products intended for such uses. If you’re nervous about rust, you can always seal them or take them to be powder coated.

Kids Room DIY

If you want to decorate your child’s room, try buying some cheap picture frames and a couple of sheets of wrapping paper from Kikki K. A cute card makes a good centre piece and the wrapping a great backdrop.



Black & Blue

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Get out the old Boyfriend Jeans!

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boyfriend jeans &heels by catcstylist featuring opi nailpolish
Billabong tank top / H&M blazer, $45 / Bardot jeans, $145 / Nicholas Kirkwood pointy toe heels, $600 / Yves Saint Laurent zip bag / Noir Jewelry studded bracelet, $155 / J.Crew j crew / Finesse stud earrings, $30 / AX Paris studded bracelet, $15 / Bracelet jewelry / Fashion Fair lipstick, $27 / OPI nailpolish, $17

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