5 Christmas Day Lunch shortcuts

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A sponsored post for Woolworths Created with Jamie With Rob and I both having parents that have divorced Christmas time is a VERY busy time indeed. There are 4 potential Christmas lunches, lots of catch ups and for the girls, lots of presents! Throw in catching up with friends from home, other … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: A Christmas cornucopia!

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In the last Monday meal ideas for the year I thought that I would hit you up with ideas for the big day. Food wise that is. I'm talking the main event. The big lunch. The sides that could go with the big lunch. The drinks to serve with the big lunch. ALL OF THE THINGS. Brussel sprouts … [Read more...]

Jamie Oliver make ahead gravy

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Every year at Christmas time I make sure I whip up a batch of this DELICIOUS gravy. And when I say every year, I mean the past 3 or 4 because I only saw it on one of his Christmas specials then. The best bit about it for me is that you can make it ahead. A few days and whack it in the fridge. A few … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: shortcuts

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I don't know about you, but I am *this* close to throwing the towel in for the year. The girls are EXHAUSTED, we are limping to the finish line and we STILL have 2 more bloody weeks of this! All this combined with things after school, Christmas parties and catch up's mean that dinner will be here … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: baking bonanza!

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Could be the season but I am in the mood for baking! Here are a whole heap of ideas for lunch boxes, morning teas, Preschool end of year celebrations, school bring a plate alongs. Banana Bread Rhubarb jam 6 minute butterscotch sauce Date loaf Chocolate cake (aka Anne) Cinnamon tea … [Read more...]

Dinner hack

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You know when you are roasting your potatoes for dinner (because inevitably I'm doing some kind of meat with 3 veg scenario) and then you know you have to cook some other bits but you would rather poke yourself in the eye than do that? I have a solution! Last night we were having some lamb chops … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week no brainers

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With the heat and hormones over the weekend I have woken up feeling a little like my brain is fried. There are end of year things to start to go to, Christmas to think about, I am frazzled people, FRAZZLED. So this week I don't want to think about dinner. I'll be doing things that I don't have to … [Read more...]

Start a Christmas tradition: how to make a Christmas fruit cake

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There's not many things I remember about my Dad's Mum, Grandma Dot, but I do remember her cooking, her laughter, her beautiful bowls, her family lunches (especially at Christmas) and her baking. OK, so I remember a lot. She was a country woman who grew up in Werris Creek NSW, met a local man, Frank … [Read more...]

2 ingredient pancakes: banana & egg

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You know when you see something on Facebook or Pinterest and you think NO WAY! How can that even BE a thing! So you google it to see if it's really true, and then you have a crack yourself. And you kind of fail because it doesn't really work and you wonder how all the others got it to work. But then … [Read more...]

Recipe Roulette: Sesame Hoisin Chicken

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Somehow along the way (as you do) I got back into my old comfortable ways and stopped opening my cooking books (of which I have PLENTY) and relied on the old favourites to see us through week in, week out. So I decided it was time for another Recipe Roulette! The idea being to grab a book from your … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Under 15 mins cooking

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I KNOW that it's not just me who is quietly over all this grown up business. We are rocketing towards Christmas and there are catch ups and Christmas things and school things and so many THINGS. And I'm tired. Here are some lunch or dinner ideas that take literally 10 mins from start to opening your … [Read more...]

Zucchini fritters

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Got our fortnightly delivery of veggies from the organic farm down the road and what do you know was in it? AGAIN? EVERY TIME? Zucchini! Now I can roast these bastards up, I can fry them and eat them for lunch, I can continue to present them in various tasty ways and EVERY time they will turn their … [Read more...]

Pork cutlets with guacamole and BBQ corn salad

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A sponsored post for Origin LPG You will remember last winter I talked about the comfort and warmth that comes from slow cooked food like this delicious winter stew. Well now that the weather has warmed up, the days are longer and hotter and the nights light and warm, for us this means taking the … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: the same old stuff

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I counted this morning, there are 5 weeks of school left. At it's not really a good sign that I am starting to fade at the rate that I am. Goodness ME, a school year can go a long time can't it? So many mid week dinners, so much complaining, so many meals presented, so many upturned noses. Fear … [Read more...]

Sunday arvo baking session: Lemonade scones

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Daisy is about to start her annual 2 week swim school program at School tomorrow. I don't know if it's a small country school thing, but every year for 2 weeks they go swimming every day and get their swimming skills up. It's one thing I have completely dropped the ball on...swimming lessons. While … [Read more...]

Created with Jamie range for Woolies

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A sponsored post for Woolworths I’m so excited to share that I have been made an ambassador for the range that has hit Woolworths across the country: Created with Jamie. I have long been a HUGE fan of anything Jamie does. I love his style of cooking: non-fussy, easy, fresh and healthy and ALWAYS … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mum food

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This week I am going it alone. Rob is away until Saturday so that means that come dinner time I can cook whatever I want! For me that's LOTS of veggies. Things I can whip up quickly just for one and eat on my lap on the couch in front of whatever TV I want! Chilli tuna dip with dukkah Brussel … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: warmer weather food

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Can you feel it? It IS starting to get warmer. Summer, I can smell you, feel you! We have had a rush of warm days and then those beautiful, thick summer mists rolling in of an evening. There is something SO beautiful about being able to experience ACTUAL seasons which we are lucky enough to do down … [Read more...]

Tasty 5 minute noodles

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OK so you know when you are HUNGRY, like really hungry at lunch and you want something substantial and tasty and the leftover crusts from your kids lunch just WON'T cut it? Or at dinner when you want something that you can make in 5 minutes that will make you feel like you MADE something, rather … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: trying to be healthier

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It's the warmer weather, it's the fact that soon enough we have to expose more skin and even get into swimmers, but this time of the year (every year) I find myself on a health kick. For me that means kicking out the carbs and embracing the greens. Salads, salads and more salads...especially when it … [Read more...]