Ladies lunch: Salt & Pepper Squid

I really must stop watching cooking shows at night. You see, because we always eat early with the kids at Grandma o clock, by the time 8/8.30pm comes around and if I am watching something tasty on TV I can be found wiping the drool from the side of my mouth. This happened to me earlier this week … [Read more...]

Saturday arvo kitchen: how to make homemade gravy

It's a little cool and drizzly and grey here today (YESSSSSSS) with the fire roaring and a glass of bubbles imminent as my little sis and her family are staying down for the night. What better than to whip up a roast?! And as Harper always asks me when she can smell a roast bubbling away "IS THERE … [Read more...]

Roasted pumpkin soup

Yesterday morning I was doing the post lunch wipe down of the kitchen when I saw a butternut pumpkin sitting on the bench that my friend gave to me last week practically BEGGING me to do something with it. Even though I am the only bastard in this family who will eat it, I decided to whip up a … [Read more...]

Saturday arvo kitchen: how to make red wine jus

The other night when I cooked up a couple of large pieces of rib eye, I made a couple of sauces to go with it: béarnaise and a red wine jus (jus is a French word meaning a thin gravy or sauce made from meat juices). The béarnaise is far from traditional or "proper" but it's always tasty and this red … [Read more...]

3rd times a charm: baby-led weaning with my 3rd kid

I've had a few people ask about how we feed Maggie, having seen many an Instagram shot of her in her high chair knawing on a piece of sourdough or covered from head to toe in a roast chicken dinner. So I thought I'd write a post about it, to help others have a crack at this baby-led weaning … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: EASTER

I don't want to alarm anyone, but Easter is THIS WEEK. As in this Friday is good Friday. I know! It was just Christmas, and it's still entirely too hot for any kind of enjoyable Easter, but it's here and there's nothing that can be done to change it. At least we are all in for a shorter … [Read more...]

Saturday baking session: lemon syrup cake

This is an old recipe from the files but very good (albeit a little flat most times I make it). Perfect weekend afternoon cooking if you ask me. Got some lemons? You've got cake! And can we take a moment to enjoy little Harper? Why do they have to grow? Lemon Syrup Cake 3 tablespoons melted … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Breakfast for dinner

You know what one of my favourite things is? Breakfast for dinner! I manage to get away with it at least once a week and it just makes me happy. These weeks are so busy that I manage to get to the afternoon and realise that there is no dinner ready to go but there are ALWAYS eggs and bacon so that … [Read more...]

Hot cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding

As I mentioned somewhere this week, seasonal baked goods really are one my favourite things. I'm talking fruit mince tarts and I'm talking hot cross buns. Neither of which I could be bothered to make, but both I attack with gusto. Because the Hot cross bun acts as a vehicle for my beloved … [Read more...]

How to make pita bread

Saturday night we had some friends over for a casual dinner and a bit of family board game action. When the Mums were texting about it my friend said that she had tzatziki and the makings of a greek salad so I quickly decided on slow cooked lamb and pita bread and dinner was sorted! I've been … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Quick and easy mid week dinners

Oh Monday, it's you again. Why is it that weekends go by so quickly? It's a very sad business indeed. But here we are, ready to tackle another week. I'm hoping for a healthier baby, organisation for me to get what I need done while she sleeps because when she is awake? It's OH like donkey … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Salads

It's taken me many weeks to finally feel like we are in the swing of the school year, but with healthier kids and routines well and truly underway I feel like I can re-start my kick to the health front. I was doing so well with my exercise with my sister but it literally all turned upside down when … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Show time!

Friends, big week in the kitchen this week for on Thursday I have to drop my entries into the local show! I'm going to be throwing a very wide net across a few different categories (if I can find the time this week amongst everything else) and I'll be happy with just getting them in and competing … [Read more...]

Dinner hack: Schnitty shortcut

During the holidays I made the girls some pikelets for morning tea, it must have been pretty early on to show such caring and wholesome ways, but they were made with quite a bit of leftover mixture leftover in the fridge which I thought I'd use the next day. Later that night I went to make schnitty … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: This old thing

OK Monday, let's start over again shall we? Each week I think good, thank GOODNESS that last week is behind us because SHIT, that was pretty bad. And then we have a week like we just had, and I think thank GOODNESS that week is behind us because SHIT. Are we sensing a pattern here? In any case, … [Read more...]

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...]