The Cook’s Cooking School

A long time friend of ours from my teenage years, Anna Phillips has recently started up an amazing cooking school down here in Bowral. The Cook's Cooking School is an amazing facility owned by charity Your Angel which helps create community cooking classes for those with disabilities and those in … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Light & warm spring food

I'm not quite sure what day or time or where I am but apparently it's Monday? And here we are at the start of a new week?! Sheesh what an adventure I had on the weekend in NZ....still spinning from all that learning and beauty! Of course after being so focused on eating well and getting back into … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mum food

Well hello there term 4, it's kind of good to see you although I am dead set still trying to work out how it's time for you to be here. Honestly? It has to be the fastest year EVER. But I am happy to be heading back into some routine and order, to try and get some more work done and generally get my … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Brunch city

Ah school it good to see you here! I am hoping that they bring rest and health for all three girls who are STILL being troubled by colds and weird to be well! One thing I do love about the holidays is being able to go a bit bigger for breakfast and eating later means that … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

Good morning friends from a very quiet and slow Beth. Wowsers has it been a big week, month....etc etc. I survived the end of last week (just) with the Spring Fling lunch on Saturday. What a day it was...more details to come on that later. There was LOTS of cooking prep from me (feeding 30 people … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Spring salads

We've another bloody freezing morning here - frosts again - the only upside is that these mornings make way for the most gorgeous sunshiny days here. I think that the weather is set to warm up a little in this week which will make us all believe that Springtime might actually be here. As soon as … [Read more...]

Dirty bird for Dad: Crispy southern fried chicken

On Sunday we celebrated Father's Day early for Rob as I will be away this coming Sunday. He didn't want the fuss, but I wanted to make the day a little bit special for him with a few little pressies and cards and of course something special to eat. Obvs Maggie was especially pleased with the fart in … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: a chilli kick

Whilst the calendar is telling me that Spring will be here later in the week (how?!) it most definitely feels like winter here this morning (felt like -4.5 when I was first up this morning) and yesterday afternoon we even got a small snow shower! What better way to warm up then to add a decent hit … [Read more...]

Scoffs: Donna Hay’s Apple & Caramel hand pies

Do you have a subscription to a food magazine? I used to get Delicious and would look through them and think, meh, and there they would pile up month after month. I am useless! So then I stopped getting them and now just have recipe books that I never seem to's truly such a bad habit where … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Cake! Because: Cake!

Given it's birthday week ahead of us here in the BabyMac household, what better way to celebrate a birthday then to bake a cake! I have a long history of birthday cakes in this household, you can check our the full history of my Women's Weekly repertoire for the girls over the years in this post … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: that shopping staple…chicken

Hello there Monday! Instead of getting cranky about seeing you again so soon (but seriously, how SO soon?!) I am going to embrace you as the one day of the week where I get the most STUFF done. In fact, I had an online shopping delivery this morning at 6.05am. See? Stuff done! The one thing that is … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Pasta

I will tell you something for nothing: there is NO place like home. None! For a homebody like me, I am feeling very happy to be home with every member of our family under the one roof. I bet today I will spend the day restoring order and baking and making a delicious home cooked meal for everyone … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week family cooking

Monday morning again? HOW?! After a busy weekend of socialising I am happy to be here with a regular Monday ahead of me, piles of washing and a busy week to get stuck into. It's our first full week of the term so I will be looking for simple family meals that we usually eat. I'm talking standard … [Read more...]

Winter warmer: slow cooked lamb shoulder

I've woken up this morning in sunny Brisbane after a warm winter's night - I arrived yesterday afternoon in 24 degree perfection. Queensland you certainly do winter right! Unlike the Highlands that has been in a permanent state of below zero to tops of about 10-12 every day. That said, I … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: the humble roast

I slow roasted a delicious lamb on the weekend and was reminded of just how good the humble roast can be. Whether it's over coals, slow and low or hot and fast there is something magical that happens with an oven and a piece of meat. Simple perfection! Here's some of my favourite recipes for … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Soup {with pasta or noodles}

Brrrrr it's chilly in the Highlands this morning. It has a distinct Monday morning feeling about it but I am determined to hold onto a little of that holiday relaxation that I managed to enjoy so much all last week. We've still got another week of school holidays here so it looks like it will be a … [Read more...]

Have a cold? Try a hot toddy!

Is there sickness going around your place at the moment? As sure as we reach the end of term 2, there will ALWAYS be sickness in our house. I know this because I trawled back through the blog to find this recipe, and it's practically to this day, from years ago that I shared it last. We've had a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal ideas: Winter Warmers

The ice is thick on the cars and ground this morning, it's winter (and for me) it feels SO good to be alive. The cold is invigorating don't you think? The seasons never get old to me, I love all they have to offer in their own ways and right now it's rugging up and staying warm. There was an icy … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Country classics

Such a glorious winter's morning here today. It's cold, but the sun is shining, washing drying in the gentle breeze and #maintenancemonday in full swing. When I thought about country life before we moved here, it looked a little like this. Here's some country classics for your baking this week. I … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Ocean treats

It's so easy to get into the same old weekly eating habits. I rarely choose fish when I am on auto pilot, and yet when I am really focused on eating well and trying to make good food choices, I always find myself choosing fish and seafood as a way to get delicious food onto plates with little … [Read more...]