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A Hawthorn Home Filled With Light and Love

When moving into a new home, there’s usually something you wouldn’t mind updating, but for Briony Goldsmith, she wouldn’t change a thing!

The nutritionist and meditation teacher and her partner, Robert Jurcec, director and founder of IT company OnekloudX, moved into this Hawthorn home just six months ago, and haven’t lifted a finger since.

They take us through the modern home they share with their children, Maya and Gretchen, and cavoodle, Molly.

Tofu and Slaw Rice Paper Rolls – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Another classic Vietnamese crowd pleaser from Phamily Kitchen today – it’s Michael Pham’s easy tofu and slaw rice paper rolls.

These are SO easy and incredibly versatile.  Though Michael has kept it vego and super fresh / healthy for this version, any asian meat or fish would be a great inclusion – prawns, crispy peking duck or leftover roast chicken, egg omelette… the options are endless!  Kids love making these too… if you’re up for a soaking wet kitchen bench and a few soggy rice paper wrappers, get them involved!

Phillip Withers – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Our Gardens column has become one of our most popular features, yet for some inexplicable reason, we rarely interview landscape designers. Major oversight!

Today, we chat to Phillip Withers, the passionate Creative Director of Richmond-based  Phillip Withers Landscape Design.

You can visit the Phillip’s garden installation ‘I See Wild’ at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, next week – March 29th – April 2nd 2017, Garden A76.

Radicchio and Witlof Salad with Pomegranate Dressing – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

FOODRadicchio and Witlof Salad with Pomegranate Dressing - The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Today’s recipe is the only ‘leafy’ salad on the menu this month. It’s less robust than the others, but no less delicious, and again seems to often results in recipe requests  (I think in hindsight ANYTHING with pomegranate molasses in it falls into this category!). It’s also the simplest recipe – takes 15 minutes tops!



2 handfuls of loose salad leaves (either rocket, or mixed leaves will do)

1 raddicchio, leaves torn

1 green witlof / endive, leaves separated

1 handful of shelled pistachios, roughly chopped

150g soft goats cheese (I like the Meredith Dairy one which comes in a jar)


2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic – peeled and bruised

Method (Serves 4 as side dish)

Whisk the pomegranate molasses with the olive oil and lemon juice, then place in a glass jar with the whole clove of garlic, set aside.

Wash all your lettuce leaves thoroughly, and spin in a salad spinner. I cannot fathom how anyone makes a leafy salad without a salad spinner… I couldn’t live without one! But anyway, if you prefer the old paper towel dab, each to his own.

Arrange the mixed leaves in your salad bowl first, then add the torn radicchio and witlof. A shallow salad bowl or platter works best for this one as the colours are so pretty! Crumble your goats cheese over the top, and sprinkle your chopped pistachios on too. Drizzle your dressing over the top, discarding the garlic clove.

VOILA! Easiest, yummiest salad ever.

Ingredients.  Recipe and styling – Lucy Feagins, Photo – Eve Wilson.

Recipe and styling – Lucy Feagins, Photo – Eve Wilson.

The tastiest, easiest leafy salad ever – radicchio and witlof salad with pomegranate dressing. Recipe and styling – Lucy Feagins, Photo – Eve Wilson.

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