Giant Blueberry & Ricotta Hotcake

This is the perfect recipe for a sharing brunch.

Pop the skillet in the middle of the table, along with a jug of maple syrup, possibly some cream, and hand everyone a spoon to dig in.

I love dishes where everyone can just tuck in. It creates such a sweet intimate moment between friends and loved ones. It makes everyone physically come closer, it’s great.

Giant Blueberry & Ricotta Hotcake! So fluffy and delicious. From

As far as hotcakes go, I have to say this is a pretty awesome one.

The dough is light and fluffy, and is just dotted through with delicious plump blueberries. The ricotta is deliciously creamy and refreshing, and makes this lush pancake even lighter!  Continue reading

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The Great Sugar Debate & Why It Affects You!

I have a love/hate relationship with sugar.

Since I was a little girl, and well into my early twenties, it’s always been something I can’t resist. Hell, until today I still struggle resisting the siren call of desserts at dinner! I know what its like to demolish a packet of cookies, or a tub of ice cream, and feel like you have no control over your body. Sugar does that to you.

White sugar is a greedy thing. All it does is take take take and it gives nothing back. In fact, all you get is a few minutes of pleasure followed by many more minutes of pain – be it physical or emotional. It’s like a bad boyfriend you just can’t seem to let go of.

Raw Coconut & Goji Cookies! There are seriously addictive, they taste almost caramel-y and deliciously sweet! From

To quickly explain it, sugars are basically a classification of carbohydrates. Once sugar is digested, it is absorbed in the form of glucose. Our pancreas then secretes the hormone insulin, which gets the glucose and gets it to the cells in our body to use as energy. That’s why kids tend to go mental when they have something with lots of sugar, as they are literally being given a big ol’ dose of fast energy.

The same is true for carbohydrates seen as healthy, such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, and buckwheat. The difference is the speed in which this happens, as the healthy alternatives are complex carbohydrates, so are higher in fibre, which means they don’t release sugars as quickly into our blood stream and also provide us with great nutrition.

If we eat too much sugar, the insulin will in turn convert and store the excess glucose as fat in our bodies, and while insulin is present, our bodies actually can’t burn fat, giving us that hated pudge in our mid-sections. Urgh. There is also research showing how excess sugar can not only make us insulin resistant (which can lead to diabetes) but also leptin resistant – and leptin is what tells our bodies to burn fat and also tells us when we are full. Continue reading

Salmon & Celeriac Fishcakes

This is another one of those great make-ahead recipes.

Salmon is my favourite fish to have. I love the taste, and I love all the goodness it gives me when I eat it. I’ll usually just have it steamed or baked as a fillet, but now and again I like to change it up a bit.

I’m not usually one to have salmon fishcakes, but I really like the idea of making things into patties. They always make a meal more fun, don’t you think?

Not that I needed much convincing to ever eat salmon, but this made with so much cooler! It had crunch from the celery, and was so soft and juicy on the inside while staying nice and crisp on the outside. So so good!

Salmon & Celeriac Fishcakes! Easy and delicious, I love having mine with some watercress. From

You can make a batch of salmon fishcakes and keep them in the fridge or freezer, or if you’re having guests over you can form into patties and keep covered in the fridge overnight.

I’m always of fan of doing things ahead when I’m having people over, that way most of the time is spent socialising and not only cooking.  Continue reading

Coconut & Goji No-Bake Raw Cookies

I don’t think I could ever get tired of cookies.

I’ve always been more of a cookie than a cake girl. I remember when I first moved to London, and I was introduced to the word biscuit. In the UK, a biscuit is basically the crispier cookies, the ones that pair incredibly well with tea. So, if you’re reading this in London, these are more a biscuit, if you will.

Biscuit or cookie, I can promise you these are absolutely, incredibly delicious.

Raw Coconut & Goji Cookies! There are seriously addictive, they taste almost caramel-y and deliciously sweet! From

You get that amazing coconut flavour from the coconut oil, the coconut milk, and the delicious bits of shredded coconut throughout. We’re also using coconut sugar here, which actually has an incredible caramel-like flavour to it!

The goji berries dot the whole cookie/biscuit with colour, and not only give it a tartly sweet taste, but also boost it’s superfood goodness with its high antioxidant content. As far as a treat goes, this is a pretty good one!

They go perfectly with a cup of tea, especially a bitter one like green tea. Or even coffee, if you’re so inclined.  Continue reading

Teffy’s Perks is on Yummly!

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I’m very excited to announce that the blog has a publisher page on Yummly!

For those of you who don’t know, Yummly is a recipe sharing site, and it’s a pretty amazing one at that.

Say you’re craving pickles (can totally happen), on Yummly you can find recipes that have pickles in them. Craving sorted! Or better yet, say you hate coconut. You can do a search for dessert recipes and make sure that nothing with coconut ever comes up!

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That’s the beauty of it, it tailors it perfectly to what you want, like, and dislike. The more you Yum, the more the site learns what you like and don’t, so all its recipe recommendations tend to be spot on!

You can then organise all your recipes into specific collections, so they’re easy to find when you need them, and even make shopping lists of the ingredients for that cookie recipe you’re been wanting to try. It’s pretty neat!

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So, my publisher page!

You can now go directly here and immediately all the blog’s recipes that have been Yummed are there. Cool stuff huh!?

So if you’re ever looking for a recipe or just want to get some inspiration, you can easily head to my publisher page and browse through the recipes. If one’s not there, you can even add it using the Yum button which is at the end of every post =)


To join Yummly (and I really recommend you do) just sign up here.

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Top Healthy Sydney Spots & Eateries

Sydney has so so many healthy hot spots it’s insane.

There is a big healthy-eating culture there, and I absolutely loved exploring all the food it has to offer. Living one year and I still didn’t get to try all the places I would’ve liked, but the ones I did were absolutely amazing!

My list of places to visit was ever-growing, but these are the ones that I feel were the best!

Best for Delicious Wholesome Food:

Bread and Circus – You can’t really go wrong with Bread and Circus. I’ve lost count of how many times I ate there, and every time it was absolutely delicious. The place itself is so cute, with its pink plates, and they use fruit and veg as decor! They do breakfast and lunch, and I love both. My favourite dish for breakfast was their Breakfast with Gwyneth, which was sautéed quinoa with greens, eggs, and chilli. Sounds simple, tastes amazing! Continue reading

Epic Quinoa Falafel Bowl!

This is probably the most epic salad you could ever make at home. It’s probably even the most epic salad you could ever have!

Yes yes, I know it’s a bit weird to sound this excited about salad, and I’m not even a huge salad freak, but this one has so many different elements to it, different flavours and textures, that it never really feels like you’re eating a big bowl filled with greens.

It’s the perfect way to trick yourself to eat the rainbow.

Epic Quinoa Falafel Salad Bowl | From

I love that this salad has so much going for it.

You get the moorish falafels, the crispy baked chickpeas, and the tender sweet potatoes. All tossed with fluffy quinoa and crunchy nuts, drizzled in creamy tahini dressing. It’s anything but boring, I can tell you that!

Another bonus is that for the falafels, chickpeas, and sweet potato, this recipe actually gives you a big batch. I made a salad just for me and Matt, and kept the leftovers in the fridge to have for dinner or lunch throughout the week.  Continue reading

Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free & Vegan)

I use to be quite a skeptic when it came to vegan chocolate chip cookies.

All the ones I’d tried so far just weren’t there. They tasted good, but they weren’t what I’d call a proper cookie. They were usually hard and crisp (not my kind), and I like my cookies to be soft in the middle. I don’t want crunch when I bite into a proper cookie, I want gooey! Is that too much to ask?

Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies | You can't go wrong with these seriously addictive #vegan and #glutenfree cookies from @teffyperk!

These are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I’ve had. I even fooled Matt, and he’s pretty hard to please when it comes to cookies! They have the crunch on the outside, the softness on the inside, and are filled with chocolate chunks and macadamias.

They have an ever so slight coconut-y taste from the coconut oil, so if you’re a coconut hater, approach with caution.  Continue reading

Guilt-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream?

That creamy scoop of goodness that just melts in your mouth, so cold and sweet. Those delicious lumps of cookie dough throughout, so soft and crunchy from the chocolate chips. In my mind, paradise if a combination of a beautiful beach and an endless flow of ice cream and cookies.

Guilt-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream (Vegan & Gluten Free!) | What could be better than guilt-free ice cream? Absolutely nothing! From

Cookie dough and ice cream were made to go together. There is something about this pairing that just works.

The best thing about it is this cookie dough ice cream version is vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. It’s rich, creamy and sweet, with delicious specks of cookie dough flowing throughout it. So sooo good!

Oh, did I tell you? You don’t even need an ice cream machine to make this! Continue reading

Not-So-Scrambled Eggs with Kale Pesto!

My mother is the queen of scrambled eggs.

Every time she makes them they come out fluffy, with the perfect texture, not too runny, not too dry, and never rubbery. She’s made it for me many a times, and has amassed a loyal following of scrambled-egg fans.

Pesto Not-So-Scrambled Eggs! My new favourite way to eat eggs, and I'm sure you'll love it to! via @teffyperk

So I thought that next time I was home, I’d actually treat her and make her something not even she has had before – my Not-So-Scrambled-Eggs!

This is my new favourite way to eat eggs!

It just makes it so much funner than plain ol’ scrambled eggs, don’t you think? I mean, it just means we have to add a whole other word now when people ask if we’d like our eggs poached, fried, or scrambled. It’s a total game-changer.  Continue reading