Zucchini & parmesan soup

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When I put up the Monday meal ideas for soup someone on Instagram said to me that I must try Zucchini & parmesan soup. I'd never even heard of this combo before but it got me thinking. Then obsessing about it which meant one thing: I HAD TO MAKE IT. Added bonus it's bloody freezing and there's … [Read more...]

Winter Warmer recipe: Braised beef in beer

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A sponsored post for Origin Energy Anyone that knows me, knows my love of all things winter. The fire, cold weather, clothing, boots, food and drink all speaks to my soul and makes for a happy Beth. There’s not much more I love on a freezing cold day to have something delicious bubbling away on … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: winter soups

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It's going to be another chilly week PLUS it's school holidays which means there will be lots of time spent at home (not that that's anything new round these parts at the moment). So that means SOUP. I make a pot, attempt to offer it up as a meal for the girls, (mostly) have them turn their noses up … [Read more...]

Homemade cold remedy: Hot Toddy

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Is there sickness going around your place at the moment? Rob has had a nasty cold last week which he has recovered from, and almost every parent at end of term assembly yesterday was sniffing and coughing. It's the season for it I guess. Here's my recipe for whipping up a hot toddy. While not … [Read more...]

Retro goodness

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This past week I have been lucky enough to indulge in a few little blasts from the past in my favourite way to do so: BY EATING THEM. On Friday afternoon Rob came home from school pick up with a heart shaped tupperware container from my friend filled with none other than sweet mushroom tarts! … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Bake me a cake!

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I went searching through all my CWA cookbooks on the weekend for a recipe for those sweet little mushroom tarts (alas I couldn't find it) but I did get a serious hankering for some baking. So many cakes to bake! I think this week I am going to attempt something new. Well, I'll try at … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: VEGGIES!

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Give me the veggies at the moment. Give me them raw or baked, in a salad or roasted. Give them with eggs or leftovers on toast. I just want them. Must be the baby needing a break from the intake of baked goods and custard. Here's a selection of veggies done in my favourite ways...good by themselves … [Read more...]

Get someone to cook for you with Created with Jamie

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A sponsored post for Woolworths So, I am the main Monday to Friday cook in our house mainly because I am home and it’s easy enough for me to do and it’s just the routine we have gotten into. Rob is a great cook, capable and always willing to try different things while I tend to stick to the … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: carby comfort food

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It's dreary here again today, and while I (and my washing pile) are DESPERATE to see some sunshine, I am quite pleased that this weather can let me indulge in some carb loading. Surely that's needed for labour right? Here's a selection of delicious carby comfort food, my very favourite … [Read more...]

Charred fennel: the perfect Autumn side

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A fabulous and delicious vegetable I always get a hankering for this time of year is the humble fennel. Different to the herb fennel that you may know, this is the white bulb of the plant that can be prepared in a variety of ways. My Mum is a huge fan and has converted me as a lover of this aniseed … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Make now, freeze for later

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Why hello Monday, good to see you. I think. Wondering what the week ahead will bring for us all...a royal baby perhaps? A BabyMac? (I don't think so). Washing? Definitely. Tears? Of course! Feeling very emo at the moment and forgetful and crying at the drop of a hat. Especially when I realised that … [Read more...]

Bake this: Banana & Easter egg bread

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Despite my best efforts asking visitors over Easter to NOT bring chocolate, they did. And the pile of eggs were bought out after every meal just so we could try and get through them all. And yet? We still have those bloody Lindt rabbits that appear to be breeding. This morning (our last of the … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: stove top dinners

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We've had a cold snap overnight and woken to a miserable cold and wet day here. Yesterday I knew it was coming (mostly because I am a weather nerd who becomes a little obsessed with my weather app) so I whacked on this winter casserole and came home after many hours out to a warm and delightful … [Read more...]

Instant banana ice cream

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What's with the current trend of just 2 ingredient recipes? I mean I know why they exist, it's easy, convenient and quick but I have found that every time I have tried them they are usually a bit shit too. Remember those avocado chocolate puddings? Or those banana pancakes? Both a bit shit. So … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Soup (vegetarian)

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First sign of cooler weather and I am straight to the bottom of the veggie crisper to see what I can put together in the form of a soup. I love cooking soup for one (no one in my family is really a fan) so I usually make it in small batches: always starting with garlic and onion and then adding in … [Read more...]

School holiday bake off

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I know it's not Monday, but it certainly feels like it this morning doesn't it. Yesterday we had our first 'proper' day of school holidays where we stayed in our pj's all day, lazed around, put out fights between the girls, denied chocolate and generally dealt with end of term exhaustion and getting … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Get some pork on your fork

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If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you'll know that I am a lover of pork. Or should I say, LOVER OF PORK. I love the stuff. How can one animal create so much goodness? All of my favourites too: bacon, leg ham, slow roasted shoulders, proscuitto, pork belly...all that crackly skin. … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Entertaining with Created with Jamie

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A sponsored post for Woolworths I don’t want to alarm anyone, but Easter is NEXT WEEK. I know, I’m the same, there are lots of us all feeling the same. But somehow instead of it being early February like my brain tells me, it’s April next week and Easter is upon us. This is doubly scary for me … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mince & BBQ

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You know what's guaranteed to be on our tables at least once a week? Something from the BBQ or some kind of minced meat. Every time. Because I am lazy when I'm at the supermarket usually choosing the same meat eat week which means BBQ and because mince is cheap and will be eaten. A BBQ is such a … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: dessert

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I'm in the depths of a cold, with a 5 year old who has been MUCH sicker and on Redipred, and I am a gazillion months pregnant. That calls for one thing: SWEETS. Dessert. Cake. Whatever, give it to me. Here's a selection of easy desserts for you to whip up for afternoon tea or for dessert, if that's … [Read more...]