Author: Tanya Zouev

Double Tiered Pavlova With Mango, Strawberries & Vanilla Cream

Recipe by Julia Zouev. Photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Pavlova. The mere mention of this dessert sends me swooning as I ponder the fluffy meringue, whipped cream and fruit. But only an authentic pav made with egg whites and sugar does it for me. Not the supermarket packaged variety which my neighbour Louise describes … Continue reading Double Tiered Pavlova With Mango, Strawberries & Vanilla Cream

Kerbside Shopping: The Stuff People Throw Away

Those who know me well know that I am a staunch anti-consumerist who bangs on about reducing, re-using and recycling as much as possible. If there is one thing that drives me absolutely insane, it is blatant waste of resources and food. I lived in a suburb of Melbourne called Carnegie for a few years … Continue reading Kerbside Shopping: The Stuff People Throw Away

The Cookbook Archives: 500 Salads by Susannah Blake

Original recipes by Susannah Blake. Recipe adapting, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. During a recent council hard rubbish clean up I came across a little square cookbook called 500 Salads. It was tossed out with a huge pile of food magazines and cookbooks which must have been the result of someone’s kitchen spring clean. … Continue reading The Cookbook Archives: 500 Salads by Susannah Blake

Tzatziki & Paleo Baked Kefthedes (Greek Meatballs) With Sweet Potato

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Two of my most favourite words in the Greek language are kefthedes and tzatziki, both of which happen to be food. My other favourite word is Mythos, well it’s a name of a Greek beer, so perhaps not strictly a word. In fact kefthedes and tzatziki are such … Continue reading Tzatziki & Paleo Baked Kefthedes (Greek Meatballs) With Sweet Potato

Wasting Not And Wanting Not On Christmas Day

Today is Boxing Day in Australia, the day after Christmas Day. I am tidying and cleaning the house after the mayhem of the last couple of weeks leading up to Christmas. Somehow at this time of the year housework just doesn’t seem as important and with the amount of social stuff going on it’s pretty … Continue reading Wasting Not And Wanting Not On Christmas Day

Thermomix Real Vanilla Custard

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Though this isn’t strictly a Thermomix blog, I do like to talk about the TM31 every now and then. I have been a proud Thermomix owner for about two and a half years and it was love at first sight. Actually, it was love before sight. A mum … Continue reading Thermomix Real Vanilla Custard

Boozy Christmas Gluten-Free Plum Pudding

Adapted from a recipe by Suzanne Gibbs. Photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. I never used to get terribly excited about Christmas cake or Christmas pudding. Having come from an Eastern European background, the entire concept of a traditional Anglo-Saxon Christmas cake or pudding was completely foreign to me and not to my taste. As … Continue reading Boozy Christmas Gluten-Free Plum Pudding

Sweet & Spicy Carrot Salad with Coriander

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Carrots are a beautiful vegetable, and I believe any vegetable my three year old will eat to be particularly beautiful. This salad started out as a way to use up a very large amount of organic carrots I bought on special, not realising that I already had a … Continue reading Sweet & Spicy Carrot Salad with Coriander

Creamy Zucchini & Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. Mushrooms bring back memories of childhood mushroom foraging expeditions which took place in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges and Daylesford. The Russians (my parents and their friends) would organize mushroom foraging day trips which were quite the epic event. They would pack days in advance and the cooking for the … Continue reading Creamy Zucchini & Mushroom Soup with Fresh Thyme

Classic Beef Stroganoff

Recipe, photography and styling by Tanya Zouev. For those who don’t know, my heritage is Russian and I have an affinity for Russian food because I grew up with it and enjoy eating it from time to time. One of the dishes I enjoy the most is Beef Stroganoff and when I started researching it’s … Continue reading Classic Beef Stroganoff