Entertaining at home: some tips

I posted this originally a few years ago but thought it might be a good time to re-share, especially if you had planned to get back into your entertaining mojo in 2017. I know that entertaining can be quite overwhelming for people: what to cook, serve, decorate, the pre-clean up and post clean up, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Australia Day Entertaining

Sneaking this one in before Monday is over...just in case anyone is looking for some entertaining inspo for Thursday. Tonight we had lamb cutlets for dins and dead set, there's nothing better. So I reckon if you can get lamb on the BBQ then get it into your guts! Here's some lamb … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Friend’s Christmas dinner 2016

Last year we started a new village tradition with a group of mates: a pre Christmas dinner and birthday celebration for one of us and a chance before the madness of Christmas to all come together and share a meal, a glass or 45 of bubbles and make out own "Christmas party" that no other bastard is … [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...]

A country wedding

Last week a group of my local mates down here set up for a wedding in the village that I thought you might like a look at? Who doesn't love a wedding?! The Bride and Groom are a lovely couple I had met a few times at various balls we have had here in the village and asked Mrs M to recreate … [Read more...]

Feeding small people aka: cutting stuff up

Yesterday I whacked this snap up on Insta saying that I like to call this: IF YOU ASK ME FOR ONE MORE THING TO EAT BEFORE DINNER YOU NEED TO FIND A NEW FAMILY. Am I right, or am I right? You see, I had found a few minutes while Mags was rolling her lunch to get organised for arvo tea that … [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...]

BabyMac Long Lunch: The Debrief

Firstly I need to apologise for the fact that this post has been so long coming! All of you have been very patient waiting for it...but it's here at last! It's been over a month now since I held a BabyMac Long Lunch to celebrate 10 years of the blog and took the chance to host a lunch praying … [Read more...]

Father’s Day 2016

Oh we have had some good Father's Days around here can anyone recall the "Happy Fucking Father's Day of 2009?" Oh dear lord I swear to God I still have an eye twitch from it. There's usually some kind of drama on these days of parenthood. They always involve someone spilling a coffee or children … [Read more...]

Ladies dinner

Guys, I had an entertaining BREAKTHROUGH last night. You see it was my friend Zoe's birthday so I suggested we all come over for a catch up. I asked the Birthday girl what she'd like me to cook and she said her favourite thing was tapas...just bring something, bung it in the middle of the table and … [Read more...]

Bert’s Bash

We did it! One 40th birthday party done and dusted and it couldn't have gone better if we tried. The weather was dead set perfect. Sunny! No wind! 22 degrees! The food was perfect (and even better not done by me). We had cocktails in the sunshine, an amazing spread of food and the most wonderful … [Read more...]

Sunday arvo kitchen: how to carve a roast chicken

Last week I showed you guys how to make gravy using the pan juices from your roast and this week I thought I'd share with you how I carve my chook. It's more of quartering the bird and breaking it down from there. Using this method I find I can get more from the bird, less waste on the … [Read more...]

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...]

Monday arvo water cooler catch up

Ah school holidays...when "working" at home becomes a juggling act and if you are not organised, which I am not, the day time routine goes out the window! Which is lucky because the windows are wide open and there is a stunning Autumn day out there. Washing drying, kids playing outside, baby … [Read more...]

Friday morning ramblings

A gal asks for some help and BOY did you guys deliver! Thank you for all your comments on yesterday's post...I will have that bottom sorted in no time! I really appreciate it, and boy do I love the community we have here...no problem too small. I found myself on the blower this morning to a chemist … [Read more...]

Feeding crowds at home

Over the years of being down here and hosting visitors for various meals at our home, there's one thing I have gotten good at: feeding crowds of people. While having your entire family over for Christmas lunch, or a christening or birthday party can seem entirely overwhelming, if you keep it simple, … [Read more...]

Monday morning water cooler catch up

Sheesh that was a long morning wasn't it? Anyone else ready for School 1.5 hours earlier than usual? Or was that just us? The old change in time always keeps you on your toes, or your tired toes. All those people that talk of enjoying an extra hour of sleep obviously don't have children because it … [Read more...]

Easter 2016

Because our summer holidays were cut short with Perfuckuss I said to Rob some time in the trenches of late January that we would start the year again at Easter because by then, we would all be better, and we would just start the year over. So you can imagine how happy I was when last week Harper was … [Read more...]