Delicious dip & FAB homemade crispbread

When we were away at Christmas time every couple was allocated a main meal (either lunch or dinner) and nibbles on another day. It meant that for the times where lunch was the main meal, kids could have inevitable leftovers for dinner and the adults could roll a nibble and a drink and be happy. Mum … [Read more...]

Green Pig Pasta

I reckon I have about 1 more day left of doing nothing round here. The first few days were novel and fun! There were pj's on all day, too many movies watched to mention, resting on beds and relaxing and all round catching up on a huge 2 weeks. Then by Monday when I had to get back online and … [Read more...]

Make some legit bakery soft bread rolls!

We've been away here for almost a week now with 19 people (9 adults, 8 children, 2 babies) and I decided that I would have a crack at bread making for us all, which was perfect given that the shops are a  ferry and car ride away (not bovvered). So bread making I have been a doing! And the … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Bring a plate!

Good morning friends! Oh there is a spring in my step this Monday morning (which is most unusual for this last week of the entire school year!). You see, I am heading away with my girlfriends for a few days of NOTHING. No kids. No school lunches. No anything other than chatting, swimming, eating and … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Shortcuts

And by GEORGE, don't we need them this time of year? We are running on empty here, kids exhausted and getting sick and fighting. We have SO much to get through this week: dentist appointments, hair appointments, school plays and presentations, family visiting and then, you know, school, work and … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: zucchini

After a weekend of excess eating and cough, drinking, it's time to get back on board this week with some healthy eating. Bonus for me is that Rob is away all week so it will give me a chance to eat LOTS of extra veggies without having to watch him push it around the plate. So what's the top of his … [Read more...]

Some Christmas prep you can do this weekend!

Ok, it's less than a month to go. And I do recall at the start of this term I was saying "I am really going to be organised this year and get all my shopping done well and truly before the girls are on holidays". Cough. Best intentions and all that, but still, here I am in exactly the same … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Bananas!

No matter what lately, there are always bananas leftover in our fruit bowl at the end of the week. The very tough crowd I feed, seem to think if there is a slight discolour, then they are no good. And there they sit, unloved. That is, until they are magically transformed into a baked good and then … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Master class lessons

Hello Monday! Always here so quickly too. Hope you all had a good weekend? We had a very quiet one at home doing lots of chores and spending lots of time in PJ's. Rob wasn't working so we had the first normal one in what seemed like a very good time. But here we are again, at Monday, looking at some … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Under 15 mins cooking

I am struggling with how fast the weeks are going at the moment. One minute it's Monday, then Friday and then 23 seconds later, Sunday night. I need to try and find some extra time somewhere, anyone got any tips? Besides waking up at 5am that is? Here's some quick meals that can be started and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: trying to be healthy

I'll tell you something for nothing, this healthy eating business is EXHAUSTING. So much thought, planning, purchasing and having healthy stuff THERE so you can make it, and then the thing is? You have to make it. Sheesh. I have been virtuously eating for a week now and while I do feel great, I have … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: back to routine

The baby has just gone to sleep here so the house is very quiet. Yesterday I ran around like a crazy woman trying to get organised for the School term that went back here today and even though yesterday looked PUZACTLY like #maintenancemonday #onasunday I have been back at it today getting washing … [Read more...]

I like food

It's true. I really do. Like a lot. I love to cook food, come up with different ways to make flavours work, but most of all I like to EAT food. And I am not one to be all shy and demure about my own cooking, you will often see me scoffing saying "Oh this is REALLY good" and then repeating 3-4 … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Great School Holidays Bake off!

Hello first full day of School Holidays for NSW! You are a little fresh but the sun is shining, the washing is blowing in the breeze and so far you are looking OK! Of course there has been "BUT WHAT WILL WE DO MUUUUUUM?" and so to that I say bake! They get busy and you get baked goods. The summer … [Read more...]

Homemade Monte Carlo Biscuits

Do you watch River Cottage Australia? I always seem to miss it when it's on but thanks to my devotion to watching cooking shows, I always seem to catch up. I did watch an episode recently where Paul made some biscuits that I KNEW that I had to make. I mean, who doesn't love the humble Monte Carlo … [Read more...]

Baked Camembert

You know when you eat something and it's THAT good that it's all you can think about? And then you eat it AGAIN because you beg the person to make it again, because it was THAT good. And then you have to make it yourself because, well you know the rest. This is it. Something so simple, so … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: sensational sides

My mid week cooking is pretty much all about the sides rather than whatever protein we have. There could be some good sauso's on the BBQ, some chicken thighs, a roast something, but the sides are where its at. Here are some ideas for some sensational sides for your mid week cooking (which if you are … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Spring time = Salad time

Have you (in the southern hemisphere that is) had a touch of some magnificent spring weather? Heaven help's THAT good for the soul. Some warmth, the buzzing of bees, the greening of fdead winter grass and the blooming of buds everywhere you's impossible not to get a spring in your … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: chicken

We recently (FINALLY) have home delivery shopping and for the past month that I have been using it I have been SO excited that I don't have to find the time to get Maggie to the supermarket for all those bits & pieces that I can't get from the butcher/fruit & veggie shop. Talk about a game … [Read more...]

Things to cook for a new Mum/someone doing it tough

One of the most common emails I get from people is asking what I think would be good to cook for someone who either had a baby or who was going through a tough time with a family illness or death. They both provide the same purpose: fuel someone with not only food but some love that you have poured … [Read more...]