Monday Meal Ideas: Good green stuff

Anyone else's jeans seem to have shrunk in the dryer lately? Except you haven't been using the dryer? ME TOO. This cold weather winter funk cannot go on...it's time you guys. To put down the custard tart and prosecco and pick up some protein and water. Not likely! Here's some inspiration to get … [Read more...]

Simple & delicious Sultana cookies

My friend Miss Rabbit (a good Yorkshire woman) who I travelled to London with in May got me onto a LOVE of all things M&S when we were there. She has a passion and love for the M&S Onion ring unlike anything I had ever seen and as for the baked goods? Well we tried them all, including the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The crunch of a good salad

I always get to this time of winter and feel completely and ENTIRELY over it. Anyone else? Yesterday I looked at the thin layer of ash of everything, dismayed at having to do the fire AGAIN and the chopping and the stacking. I cursed the arctic wind and temperature and looked at the spring blooms … [Read more...]

Get some greens into ya: Spanakopita

God bless Instagram stories for its ability to take me (for waaaaaaaay longer than it should) to beautiful places all around the world, into people's homes and wardrobes, gardens and my all time favourite: THE KITCHEN. One of my good friend's Ruth aka Gourmet Girlfriend is always an inspiration to … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Get some pork on ya fork…oink!

Good morning friends! We have woken to a grey Monday morning (it is SO good to see some clouds and a little drizzle even if it doesn't amount to much) just the change in light from BRIGHT & SUNNY which we have had for months and months and months is good. Thought I would share some of my … [Read more...]

Bitter Orange cake with candied fennel seeds

Last week I was lucky enough to be asked over to a friend's place for coffee after school drop off. The promise of hot coffee, freshly baked cake by a good cook, all at 9.30am in the morning was too good to resist. On a freezing cold but bright and sunny Highlands morning we sat in her beautiful … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Dinner with wraps

Hello again Monday, I am a little slow today after a busy and big weekend...coming off the back of a week without Rob who gets back tonight. It's cold again (after a dead set taste of summer in Queensland it was seriously 26/27 degrees) and there's now the added bonus of AUGUST WINDS that have … [Read more...]

Apple Crumble Slice

The idea for this Apple crumble slice came about last week when we were away at the beach. My brother and sister and law and kids came and stayed for the night and I made a huge batch of apple crumble for dessert and there were lots of leftovers which we got stuck into cold the next day. In fact, my … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: the warmth of chilli

Man is it cold here at the moment. Beautiful, sunny days (that seem endless where is the poor rain for all the farmers?) but freezing (literally) nights and mornings where we churn through the wood and the heating seems to be on endlessly. It's rinse and repeat for weeks on end. So this week I am … [Read more...]

School holiday BAKE OFF

How's the holidays going friends? What's the story with NSW and the rest of the states being so out of tune with each other? Made 78 million platters of food? Me too! I am digging deep as we head into the last few days and you know what I am doing? Baking. Getting the girls to bake. Eating ALL OF … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

In my nurturing and looking after myself of late I have been trying to eat a little better. I've been drinking LOADS of water (which I struggle with), and getting as many greens into all of us as I can sneak in. We're away this week which will likely mean lazy cooking and eating out more than we … [Read more...]

Family Favourite: Chicken fried rice

Yesterday afternoon at school pick up there had been a harvest from the veggie garden that all the kids had been growing and it was a BUMPER crop. A full container of herbs, lettuces, chard, kale, you name a leafy green and it was there. As well as some pumpkin...all waiting for the parents to pick … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Lemons

Got any citrus trees at your place? We have one lone orange tree that did nothing for years and then for the past year or so has produced fruit, but nothing very good. This year the tree is heaving, and as soon as we get a little more colour on them I am hoping for a bumper season. Don't you love … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: All the Soup for you!

Isn't it just soup weather at the moment? We have had the most glorious weather this weekend - icy freezing cold nights with the sunniest of blue sky days. Perfect winter weather. And when it's like this there's nothing I like to make (and eat) more than soup! I made a huge batch of chicken soup … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I was put in charge of the birthday boy's cake on the weekend and the one brief I had was that it had to be chocolate. Now THAT I can do! I could have trotted out my trusty Anne as I do on most birthdays, but I decided that I needed to make it a little fancier because my step Dad deserves that! I … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winner chicken Dinner!

Good morning friends from the chilly and dreary Southern Highlands. We have had a very cold weekend with a freezing wind and this morning, a little rain. The central heating AND fire is roaring this morning as I sit huddled under a blanket in the darkness before the kids wake up. This morning … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: High rotation BabyMac classics

I am back into the groove of daily life (and cooking) but oh my goodness the JOY in not cooking for anyone for 11 days. THE JOY. I have been hitting the classics with all the family favourites that are pretty much PURE COMFORT to both cook (for me) and eat (for them). These are the meals I can make … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bubbling winter warmers

Ah Monday morning, here you are. I am pretty sick actually with a cold that I managed to get at the tail end of our trip. I have tried to ignore it but it's safe to say that I have been hit with it properly and am coughing my lungs up (and wetting my pants) every few minutes. It's very … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The comfort of cake

Having spent a considerable amount of Friday (OK, all day Friday) baking a unicorn cake for Maggie and then enjoying said cake PLUS Mum's birthday cake yesterday, I have cake on my mind. There's nothing like a piece of fresh cake, some leftover cake for breakfast...any time is a good time for … [Read more...]

Takeaway at home: Marion’s Kitchen Chinese Lemon Chicken

There's no hiding my love for Marion from Marion's kitchen. I love following along with her on Instagram and am always inspired when she whacks up one of her new videos which show my favourite kind of home cooking: simple, delicious and easy fuss free food that tastes good every time. On Saturday … [Read more...]