Rockin’ Women Wednesday – Terri-Anne Leske

Every so often Facebook dishes up a golden friendships just by making a comment – and that’s how the self publishing story of Terri-Anne (TA) and I was born. A quick quip about how we help our clients self publish here at Food Health Wealth and next thing there’s a steady stream of Byron-Singapore Skype sessions.

A self-taught food photographer and devoted mother of three, TA and her family relocated to Singapore some time ago and live the expat life we occasionally read about, yet could probably never really imagine what it’s truly like. Take the well documented haze for example, which has lifted slightly in Singapore. TA is one of the most courageous, ambitious and creative mums I have ever met.

During our cyber months together TA found herself and her family housebound due to the haze, juggling the major creative project of birthing her first book, trying to cope with not being able to run outside, or take the kids out to play. Frustrating to say the least! Somehow we managed to bring her beautiful book, Carrotsticks and Cravings, together. Bouncing between creatives from Byron Bay, Singapore, Shanghai and Thailand – seriously – a massive feat that was not without obstacles.


What resulted is a triumph of a book, a stunning tribute to her home cooking, her family and her skill as a photographer. Every recipe image has been photographed by her, and her creative vision and design brief flourishes on every page. At the time of writing TA had sold over 75% of her initial print run!

Imagine the clink of the crystal when we finally meet on my way back from launching the Aqua Season for Six Senses Maldives in May?! I now have the overwhelming joy to share a little about TA’s daily life with you – and a recipe. Please enjoy, I am truly proud of this girl and her project.
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“Sam was amazing through my whole self publishing journey. She kept me on track and motivated the whole time with weekly meetings and daily communication and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. Her knowledge about self publishing & health and wellness was extremely helpful and inspirational and I can’t thank you enough Sammy for all of your help and guidance to bring my first book to life.” 


Meet Terri-Anne

I’m Terri-Anne, a happily married 20-something year-old wife & Mum of 2.5 year-old twins, Eli and Olivia & 3 month old daughter Hallie & I’m simply passionate about cooking.

My food philosophy is all about keeping things in moderation; I’m really good 80% of the time and a little indulgent 20% of the time. I’m all about super foods & creating healthy recipes during the week but when the weekend hits, nothing makes me happier than hosting dinner parties and creating decadent dishes to plate up to family and friends.

All the recipes posted are my own creation. I find inspiration from family, friends, cookbooks and my travels and often try to recreate recipes I’ve enjoyed at restaurants, while also putting my own healthy spin on it.

I can guarantee that all my creations are tried and tested on my wonderful husband Tom, (who when we first met thought that ice cream and potatoes were food groups). God love him!

My mum taught me her creative cooking skills and one day I hope I can teach my kids a thing or two in the kitchen and dream of them loving to cook as much as I do. I hope you enjoy my recipes and get a little inspiration along the way!


A few questions for TA

What’s your survival food when you’re on tour, travelling or working late in your business?

Energy nut balls – I try to always keep some handy for those days where I’m just too busy to sit down for a meal and need a little extra superfood goodness!

What’s your healthy go-to comfort food – either at home or in a restaurant?

Mexican food – Im forever trying to re create healthy Mexican meals – I also love that mexican is share food, brings people together to share good food can’t get much better

Do you have a secret remedy that keeps either your voice / mind / body in shape? 

I wouldn’t call it a secret remedy but I add chia seeds & flaxseeds to everything – I hide these little superfood seeds in any meal I can!

What’s the most obscure rider or patron’s request you’ve ever heard?

Hmmm this is a hard one, nothing obscure really – I have had some funny requests to sign/personalise in my cookbook though!

Who would you most like to have dinner with? Dead or alive and why?

Elton john … and he could just sing to me all dinner

What is your can’t live without kitchen gadget?

My vitamix – I use it for EVERYTHING

Which ingredient makes you the happiest?

Mangos – they remind me of Aussie summer

A recipe from TA

choc pecan granolaChoc Pecan Granola

Makes – 4 cups
Tips – This is a great breakfast served with milk, greek yoghurt and berries, as overnight oats layered with berries and yoghurt, with fruit salad or to use as a crumble topping for desserts

½ cup raw pecans chopped
¼ cup raw almonds chopped
2 cups thick cut rolled oats
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Pre heat the oven to 160ºC. Line a large baking tray with baking paper
  2. Chop the nuts roughly into smaller pieces
  3. Add nuts and all other ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and mix until fully combined
  4. Spread out granola mix onto the baking tray and bake for 8 minutes.
  5. Mix/turn the granola and return to the oven for a further 8 minutes until golden brown
  6. Once cooled transfer to an airtight jar and keep at room temperature.
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