Monday Meal Ideas: Great School Holidays Bake off!

Hello first full day of School Holidays for NSW! You are a little fresh but the sun is shining, the washing is blowing in the breeze and so far you are looking OK! Of course there has been "BUT WHAT WILL WE DO MUUUUUUM?" and so to that I say bake! They get busy and you get baked goods. The summer … [Read more...]

Homemade Monte Carlo Biscuits

Do you watch River Cottage Australia? I always seem to miss it when it's on but thanks to my devotion to watching cooking shows, I always seem to catch up. I did watch an episode recently where Paul made some biscuits that I KNEW that I had to make. I mean, who doesn't love the humble Monte Carlo … [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...]

Monday meal ideas: sensational sides

My mid week cooking is pretty much all about the sides rather than whatever protein we have. There could be some good sauso's on the BBQ, some chicken thighs, a roast something, but the sides are where its at. Here are some ideas for some sensational sides for your mid week cooking (which if you are … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Spring time = Salad time

Have you (in the southern hemisphere that is) had a touch of some magnificent spring weather? Heaven help me...it's THAT good for the soul. Some warmth, the buzzing of bees, the greening of fdead winter grass and the blooming of buds everywhere you look...it's impossible not to get a spring in your … [Read more...]

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 it...you 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...]