Monday meal ideas: chicken

We recently (FINALLY) have home delivery shopping and for the past month that I have been using it I have been SO excited that I don't have to find the time to get Maggie to the supermarket for all those bits & pieces that I can't get from the butcher/fruit & veggie shop. Talk about a game … [Read more...]

Things to cook for a new Mum/someone doing it tough

One of the most common emails I get from people is asking what I think would be good to cook for someone who either had a baby or who was going through a tough time with a family illness or death. They both provide the same purpose: fuel someone with not only food but some love that you have poured … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: an Asian twist

The one thing I miss living down here is really good Asian food. There are a few places to get food but it's not that fresh, crisp taste that I like with Asian food - lots of herbs and a mixture of spicy, salty, sour and sweet that I like - more like fried and a little MSG. Anyway, it means that I … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: lunch that’s not a sambo

If you're like me, I fall into bad habits during the week for lunch. I should be eating salads or omelettes or something/anything that's easy and tasty and yet? I find myself slathering pieces of bread with butter and vegemite. Here's some ideas for lunch for those at home (or in a good office … [Read more...]

My new favourite: fried dumplings

You know when I used to work in corporate land we used to always have a special "ladies lunch" on a Friday. Sometimes there would be wine, always a laugh and chat, perhaps a spot of shopping before we got back to our desks and usually something a bit fancier than a sambo for lunch. Working from … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Roasty goodness

I cooked a great (but simple/no frills) Chicken roast yesterday for lunch and was reminded just how good the humble roast can be. Sure there's a bit of coming together at the end, but for the most part you whack them in that oven and forget about them - and that smell! Nothing better! Here's a … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Vegetables

That taste of spring we had last week has well and truly left with an arctic blast that hit here late Friday night. It's been a VERY cold weekend here with the fire roaring (and the central heating not working sigh) so I may be eating a little more comfort then I should, ahem, be normally eating. So … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Family Favourites

After 10 days away from home and about 1 million hot chips later, we are all most ready for some home cooking and NO MORE HOT CHIPS. Well, maybe that's just me. I feel revolting after eating and drinking way too much, so this week it's time to get back into the swing of normal life...bring it … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: School holiday baking

Here we are at the first "proper" day of the school holidays. We've had a weekend of tantrums, meltdowns, banned devices and today's playdate cancelled, so we are well and truly on track! Now that we have all that over and done with we can get on with the holidays (it always takes a good few days to … [Read more...]

Cauliflower crack

As you may have seen earlier on Facebook tonight, my "trying not to shovel so much shit in my mouth" is kind of going OK. A little de-railed from life and getting my period and having sick kids and the like, but it's going. Baby steps! In any case, I have been eating waaaaaay more veggies than I … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Sausages!

The old sauso is a much loved and yet looked down upon ingredient. I am a huge fan - and thanks to our local pub's annual Battle of the Banger I have watched Rob whip up a couple and have seen that it's all about the flavour combos, the seasoning the balance of meat to spices or other flavours. Of … [Read more...]

BabyMac family favourite: Sunshine rice

I whipped this up for dinner last night and realised that I have never blogged the recipe before. Best we get that sorted out! This is a recipe that has been made in my family in forever. Grandma Susie (my Mum) came up with it I think and it is well loved by all her grandchildren. I am officially … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: seafood

Somehow it's afternoon already?! How was your weekend friends? We had a reasonably quiet one - the weather was misty, dark and cool all weekend with a little rain (certainly not the amounts we were lead to believe though). And now here we are at Monday again? Bluergh...I am NOT feeling it. I … [Read more...]

Bill Granger’s Thai Chilli roast chicken

This is an old recipe but a good one that most definitely needed to be updated and added to the printable recipe template for you guys to use. It's so tasty, dead easy and a great twist on a traditional roast chook (which we seem to trot out once a week in our house!). Make won't be … [Read more...]

Miserable weather comfort food

How's this weather that we are being hit with on the East coast this weekend? Miserable! It calls for slow cooked comfort food. Here's some of my favourites for the rest of the weekend! Beef & Beer stew Chicken cacciatore Beef & vegetable stove top stew Moules Frites Red wine … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: SOUP

So it appears that Autumn was entirely skipped for lots of you (as you know we got a good show down here) but this morning was very wintery indeed. Frost, minus temps and now a gloriously sunny #maintenancemonday for me with the world's biggest washing pile (thanks to new flanno sheets on everyone's … [Read more...]

Thai style BBQ chicken salad

I made up a salad last weekend that was a happy know the kind in the kitchen where you make it up as you go but it's FAB and you know you'll do it again. That was this one! So on the go that I don't even have lots of step my step photos...apologies! Thai style BBQ chicken salad 1 … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Lasagne

This is a recipe from the vault (2011) that is VERY good but VERY much a pain in the arse to make. Lots of prep. Slicing, dicing, roasting, layering, but the end result is worth it. If you are a veggo or have a couple over that you need to feed, whip this up for everyone and let everyone enjoy it. … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: LEM-ON

She wore lemon, but never in the daylight... Yellow is such a happy colour and my favourite and my best. It's everywhere in my house and if I can get it on my plate I will. I'm planning this week on picking a whole heap form a friends garden and they will be featuring heavily in the decorating of … [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...]