Monday meal ideas: Lamb

So, tomorrow is Australia day which never really means anything for us around these parts. We are going to be home, trying to get over these sicknesses that are just going on and on and on and did I mention on? We are in week 4 of it this week...that's FOUR weeks of someone being sick, coughing, … [Read more...]

Zucchini recipes

It occurred to me yesterday when I posted about the zucchini chips that you guys might have quite a few zucchinis in your veggie patches at the moment. A summer glut that you need to get rid of. Thought I would share some of the recipes that I have on here for you because really, how good are … [Read more...]

Zucchini chips

Things were looking pretty dire in our fridge earlier this week. Considering we are deep into School holidays this was not a good situ. At all. I can tell you that my PCL's were right up there in the discomfort level given that I was down to my last tub of Lurpak and dinner was going to have … [Read more...]

Date Loaf

Another day, another baking session this morning, this time for an old favourite of mine: Date loaf. I love this recipe because it's so simple, I have even varied it from the original recipe so that now I use a food processor for the dates which is even easier. This makes 2 loaves and has no eggs in … [Read more...]

Doughnut Cake (Hot cinnamon tea cake)

This morning I decided to whip up for morning tea a favourite of my Father in law's: the hot cinnamon tea cake. I've made this plenty of times before and the recipe is on the blog already, but this is the tweaked version that I thought I'd share with you. This is served hot. It's DEAD SET like a … [Read more...]

Quinoa Salad

I made a yummy salad on Christmas day that was something I wouldn't normally do but it was YUM and thought I'd share it with you guys. It was based on a salad that I made from Jamie Oliver's Super Food book ( a jewelled tabouleh that he serves with eye fillet). We had it with a little ocean trout … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Christmas cooking

It's the last Monday meal ideas for the year so I thought I would hit you up with just about every kind of possibility for Christmas cooking this week. I'm still not sure what I am going to trot out on Friday...I have a desire to chuck out all the traditions and go with a simple ocean trout and … [Read more...]

Bev’s Never-fail Pavlova

There's plenty of things I'm no good at in the kitchen. Pastry. I have recently had a dream, actually a QUEST where Maggie Beer came to me in my dreams to get me to make a rough puff, but that's an entirely different story. And Pavs. And lots of other things. But Pavlova for sure. I just haven't … [Read more...]

Jamie Oliver Make Ahead Gravy

This recipe is high on the search results on my blog this time of year so thought it best to share it again. I LOVE this gravy (or graby as Harps still calls it) and the best bit is you can make it now, whack it in the freezer and you have something done for the big day! Make it a few days before … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bring a plate

How was your weekend? Host a Christmas gathering of some description? Or did you go to one? It's certainly the time of the year for it isn't it? I thought I'd share a few ideas for things that you can take when you are asked to bring a plate. Salads are always good, but here' some other ideas for … [Read more...]

The Flavours of Christmas: Smoked salmon with Created with Jamie

A sponsored post for Woolworths There are a couple of staples at my place for Christmas. There’s always some kind of seafood (usually a prawn or smoked salmon), always a Christmas cocktail and there is ALWAYS dill. It’s the ultimate flavour for me when entertaining whether it’s used in canapés, … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Seafood

Are we there yet?! Man, while the days and weeks (and year for that matter) are speeding by, we are all feeling it here in the Macdonald house. Colds, tiredness and a general sense of grump is high round these parts as we limp towards the end of the school year. I have been trying to think about … [Read more...]

How to make a Kransekake

I am well and truly in my happy place at the moment. You know why? CHRISTMAS COOKING SHOWS HAVE BEGUN. Last night I put the girls into bed, collapsed on the couch and literally squealed with joy when I saw Paul and Mary on the Lifestyle Food channel with their Great British Bake off Christmas … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Summer Food

It's alarming to note that tomorrow is SUMMER. Probably not so much because of the weather given that we have already had some seriously hot stuff already, but more so for the date because that means that whether we like it or not, it's December. School will be finishing, Christmas is fast … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: just plain tasty stuff

Oh Monday. I'm tired. I haven't had enough sleep or rest over the weekend, I have a residual tooth ache at the moment which is driving me batty and I just can't quite cope with how quickly time is going by. So I have no time for mucking around, I don't want to eat healthy stuff, or necessarily eat … [Read more...]

Spring super salad

Isn't it just the time of year (and weather) to start eating LOTS of salad? There's something about warmer, longer days (and exposed skin) that says make me a salad, serve it up and SMASH IT. I would eat salad for 2 meals out of 3 every day if someone came up with interesting and delicious … [Read more...]

5 Vegetarian Christmas Canapés

A sponsored post for Woolworths Christmas time usually means one thing food wise and that’s an ode to all things MEAT. Whether it’s on Christmas Day, on the lead up with various family functions and drinks parties, there always seems to be so much meat. Which is great for a pork lover like me, … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Fruit

I don't know how it happens, but I manage to go to the fruit shop and buy what I think is an inordinate amount of fruit which spills out of the fruit bowl and fridge and then 2 days later, the lot is GONE. Daisy would eat up to 6 apples a day if I let her! But we are coming into fruit season where … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Good green stuff

After a drizzly and miserable weekend here with below average temperatures (and the fire on both days) I found myself eating waaaaaaay too many carbs. And cake. And pie. I ate quite a lot of pie. So now the sun is shining again it's time to embrace all things green! Here are some simple recipes to … [Read more...]

Get your CWA on

We've got a quiet weekend here and it's the very best. We did pop up to the School of Arts this morning for a village morning tea and the spread was 10/10. Chicken & egg ribbon sambos, date loaf, slices, and Maggie whilst sitting on one of her Fauxma's laps managed to have her first taste of … [Read more...]