Monday meal ideas: Get some pork on your fork

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If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you'll know that I am a lover of pork. Or should I say, LOVER OF PORK. I love the stuff. How can one animal create so much goodness? All of my favourites too: bacon, leg ham, slow roasted shoulders, proscuitto, pork belly...all that crackly skin. … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Entertaining with Created with Jamie

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A sponsored post for Woolworths I don’t want to alarm anyone, but Easter is NEXT WEEK. I know, I’m the same, there are lots of us all feeling the same. But somehow instead of it being early February like my brain tells me, it’s April next week and Easter is upon us. This is doubly scary for me … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mince & BBQ

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You know what's guaranteed to be on our tables at least once a week? Something from the BBQ or some kind of minced meat. Every time. Because I am lazy when I'm at the supermarket usually choosing the same meat eat week which means BBQ and because mince is cheap and will be eaten. A BBQ is such a … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: dessert

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I'm in the depths of a cold, with a 5 year old who has been MUCH sicker and on Redipred, and I am a gazillion months pregnant. That calls for one thing: SWEETS. Dessert. Cake. Whatever, give it to me. Here's a selection of easy desserts for you to whip up for afternoon tea or for dessert, if that's … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Easy mid week cooking

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Given my current state: general exhaustion and crankiness at anything, dramatic, pregnant and did I mention cranky? I tend to have this reaction when I realise it's almost dinner time: BLOODY HELL WHY DO I HAVE TO COOK SOMETHING AGAIN DEAR LORD WHEN WILL THIS SENTENCE END?! I suspect that the next … [Read more...]

Sandwich press chicken. Wait, what?

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This was another happy accident recipe that I made up as I went a few weeks ago at dinner. I was sitting down doing homework with the kids when I realised it was 4.45pm and that meant I had about 15 minutes to get something sorted for dinner (we eat early around 5-5.30pm most nights).  After kicking … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Vegetarian delight

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This has been one good side effect of pregnancy: craving veggies more and more. Any chance I have had to eat them I am onto it. It's funny how the body works isn't it? Must be needing all those extra nutrients. I'm not one to blitz it all into a smoothie, I'd rather roast for fry them, or add them … [Read more...]

Soup for one: Mushroom, pea & spinach

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Those preggo cravings are at it again and (thankfully) this time it's veggies! GIMME THE GREEN STUFF. I fed the family leftovers the other night which left me to my own devices so I could eat all the thing that they won't. I made this up as I went, and it was delicious so thought I better share it … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Seafood

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I am terrible at incorporating seafood into our weekly meals. I get lazy, I forget to buy the stuff, I am a little afraid of cooking fish and sometimes it just hard and expensive to add it into the trolley. But I am going to make more of an effort - even if it's some simple tuned tuna tossed through … [Read more...]

Slow roasted pork belly

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Anyone who knows me, knows my passion for all things pig. In my humble opinion, there is no greater beast. No beast that provides so many of life’s joys all Crispy bacon with some oozing eggs on a lazy Sunday morning. Slice of thin, carved ham with lashings of butter on thick toast on Christmas … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Sides

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If cooking wasn't bad enough, most meals require a side dish to go with it. I know! This time of the year we go for lots of salads but in a few weeks time things will start to get cooler so it will be more veggies. In any case, something green will be involved, because that's what my Mum always told … [Read more...]

Wild apple caramel crumble

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If you have an apple tree, or apple trees anywhere you live you will notice an abundance this year! We have one wild tree in the backyard that I always thought was a crabapple until one year we let them go and they got bigger, and bigger, and the fruit lost of sourness with the bigger size. Now we … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week chicken

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If there's one thing that's always in my trolley each week, it's chicken. It's cheap, versatile and can be added with so many different kinds of salads that it makes an appearance on our menu at least once, every week. Here are some quick ideas for chicken dishes that will work with different … [Read more...]

Weekend sipper: The Michelada

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I gave Rob Cantina by Paul Wilson for Christmas in the hope of some exciting mexican meals for us all. Rob ADORES Mexican food from his time travelling throughout central & south America and I knew he would love the things on offer. Last weekend he sat down and had a perusal of the book. He … [Read more...]

You’re drunk Martha, go home: Chocolate puddings

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I saw this video come through on Martha's Facebook page last week and I was intrigued. I mean the stuff looked like sweet, thick, chocolate custard or mousse. And given my dairy desires when duffed (my idea of heaven would be to bathe in chocolate yogo whilst sipping on a thick shake with a cold … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Pasta

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Pasta always features in our meals during the week because: PASTA! I love all the different variations, the speed in which it can be made, the fact you can make the sauce earlier in the day and just reheat when the pasta is boiled....and leftovers! Here are some pasta recipes from the vault, … [Read more...]

Roasted sweet potato, fetta & spinach rigatoni

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If there's one thing I have been craving this pregnancy it's been vegetables. Lots of leafy greens and mushrooms, give me ALL the mushrooms. I've been cooking them up and having them with lots of eggs and on toast and sometimes...pasta. Because sometimes, more carbs is MORE. I usually roast up … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Australia day Lamb

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Happy Australia Day friends! Whilst we aren't entertaining or have any plans to celebrate the day in style I know plenty of you will be. Here are some ideas for our beloved national food obsession: lamb. And lamb on the BBQ at that! May your Aeroguard be strong, your bubbles cold and your BBQ … [Read more...]

Weekend entertaining ideas

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It's the weekend! And even better than that, it's a beautiful summery weekend in January! Got some people coming around for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner today or tomorrow? Here's some entertaining ideas for you! Pulled pork tacos with salsa Lemonade scones Tuna dukkah dip Pork … [Read more...]

Sunday morning breakfast

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We've woken to a rainy Sunday morning here which calls for one thing, actually two. Hot coffee first and then a good breakfast. Here's a whole lot of ideas just ready and waiting to go. Eggs with asparagus soldiers Pancakes/crepes Corn fritters with bacon Eggs and bacon with spinach and … [Read more...]