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...]

Monday meal ideas: Easy mid week cooking

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Given my current state: general exhaustion and crankiness at anything, dramatic, pregnant and did I mention cranky? I tend to have this reaction when I realise it's almost dinner time: BLOODY HELL WHY DO I HAVE TO COOK SOMETHING AGAIN DEAR LORD WHEN WILL THIS SENTENCE END?! I suspect that the next … [Read more...]

Sandwich press chicken. Wait, what?

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This was another happy accident recipe that I made up as I went a few weeks ago at dinner. I was sitting down doing homework with the kids when I realised it was 4.45pm and that meant I had about 15 minutes to get something sorted for dinner (we eat early around 5-5.30pm most nights).  After kicking … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Vegetarian delight

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This has been one good side effect of pregnancy: craving veggies more and more. Any chance I have had to eat them I am onto it. It's funny how the body works isn't it? Must be needing all those extra nutrients. I'm not one to blitz it all into a smoothie, I'd rather roast for fry them, or add them … [Read more...]

Soup for one: Mushroom, pea & spinach

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Those preggo cravings are at it again and (thankfully) this time it's veggies! GIMME THE GREEN STUFF. I fed the family leftovers the other night which left me to my own devices so I could eat all the thing that they won't. I made this up as I went, and it was delicious so thought I better share it … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Seafood

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I am terrible at incorporating seafood into our weekly meals. I get lazy, I forget to buy the stuff, I am a little afraid of cooking fish and sometimes it just hard and expensive to add it into the trolley. But I am going to make more of an effort - even if it's some simple tuned tuna tossed through … [Read more...]

Slow roasted pork belly

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Anyone who knows me, knows my passion for all things pig. In my humble opinion, there is no greater beast. No beast that provides so many of life’s joys all Crispy bacon with some oozing eggs on a lazy Sunday morning. Slice of thin, carved ham with lashings of butter on thick toast on Christmas … [Read more...]