Weekend cooking: The perfect roast chicken

It came to my attention this week that I do not have my roast chook recipe on my blog! I KNOW. I was just as shocked. I always seem to answer questions about this simple and delicious meal that has become a firm favourite and it will hit our table every few weeks without fail. The thing about a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Cooked lunch without a sambo in sight

One thing I loved last week was taking the time to make some lunches for Rob and I that weren't sandwiches. Sure they take a little more time to prepare, but they do nourish and fill you so much more than the scraps of your kids lunch which is usually what happens. Here are some of my favourites … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Super Salads

Two months today until I fly out to London for the exciting #babymacsroyaladventure which has put just the rocket under my ample arse...time to get focused and get healthy and exercising and feeling a bit better generally. I do love a holiday goal to help with the focus and this one is certainly … [Read more...]

How to make a simple Bearnaise Sauce

There's nothing more special at home than creating something restaurant quality that will make everyone think you have gone to trouble. When really, there's been no trouble taken at all. That happens to me every time I make a simple cheat version of a Bearnaise Sauce to go with steak or rare roast … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Family Chicken Classics

Whilst I am WISHING that the foggy start to the day was another weekend day we missed somehow, it is well and truly Monday and we are staring down the barrel of week. Of school and after school activities, of playdates and work and meetings and volunteer commitments. Why can't we all just hide on … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Show Time!

We had a very productive afternoon around here yesterday: it's show time next weekend so there was LOTS of studying of the guide, cooking, creating going on as entries have to be in by Thursday. Harper was busy making Lego, Daisy crocheting for the first time, Rob with various sauces and pickles … [Read more...]

Saturday & Sunday Sipper: MARGARITA

You know what I have been feeling like for the past week? A wilting flower that has all my sparkle and FUN sucked out of me by having to be an adult. All. The. Time. Do you ever get in that funk? Everywhere I look there's responsibility and jobs, bills to pay and doing grown up stuff being a GROWN … [Read more...]

Self Kindness and Baked cheesecake

How's the start of your new year and all your resolutions, hopes/dreams and goals going?  I have been trying to not eat with such gay abandon but also be kind to myself as much as possible (sounds like the perfect excuse right?). I'm up and down with it all and have found it much harder on the self … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

How often do you cook meat free if you are not normally vego? I must admit that I don't do it that often, but try and sneak it in when I can. These dishes of mine are absolute crackers because they taste and look SO good that no would even realise they are "missing" out on anything. The veggies or … [Read more...]

Spinach, cheese (& anything green) triangles

I'm always looking for ways to use up all the veggies in the bottom of the crisper - whether it's a fry up, fried rice, a soup I hate seeing sad, droopy vegetables go to waste. Seeing this happen on the weekend and being asked to bring something to Mum's, I decided to make up a variation on a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: MINCE

If there's one thing that makes it into my trolley every week, it's a humble packet of mince. Chicken, pork, beef or lamb it gets a run because it's cheap, can feed the family and can be turned into so many different things. Here are some of my favourite recipes for the old stalwart. Beef … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: B-A-N-A-N-A-S

As sure as Monday will be here before any of us are entirely ready for it, there will be bananas left in my fruit bowl at the end of every week. They are eaten (mostly) but there's always one or two left to over ripen in their loneliness, only to make it to the freezer or into a banana bread for … [Read more...]

Monday meal Ideas: Zucchinis!

It's this time of the year that I always see pictures of gluts of tomatoes and zucchinis (and the preserving that goes on) from people's bountiful veggie gardens and I think...next year I will get around to it! I thought that I would share some of my fave zucchini recipes from the blog for those of … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: School holiday baking

It's time to dig deep my friends, coming into week 5? or is it 6 of the holidays or unless you are in QLD and you have a little spring in your step as you watch your kids head back to school today or tomorrow. Right here it's hot (going to be 36 plus again today), the girls have been fighting … [Read more...]

Saturday Sipper: Aperol Spritz with a twist

I'll never forget the first Aperol Spritz I had when we were in Italy when I FINALLY understood the allure of this orange cocktail. We had been walking about Florence in the STINKING heat when we stopped at a cafe/bar and the icy Spritz cooled me down and quenched my thirst like nothing I had every … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Holiday entertaining

Boy have I been doing some cooking (and eating) and drinking the past few weeks. I am sure soon enough it will stop (it better!) but for now I will pat my tummy and know I have had some amazing memories created with friends and family over food. Thought that I would share some of the recipes I … [Read more...]


Today it's the last Monday before Christmas. Can you believe that this time next week we will all be sitting around in a mess of paper and presents? How?! And I wonder what those presents will be...not even I know! Yes, I still have quite a bit of shopping to get done. Shit. When will I ever learn … [Read more...]

We made it! And A Christmas Cocktail

Today is the last school day for the year...we made it. Year 2 and year 5 done and dusted. So many hours of Mathletics, meltdowns over twisted winter tights, nerves over spots carnivals, hours of recorder practice and many presentations and so many, many notes. We did it. We all did. A school … [Read more...]

Two Festive Sides

Man it already feels like we have had Christmas with all the celebrations we have had this week. So nice to get a taste of it all before the big day plus it means that our quiet Christmas at the farm will be just that....quiet! I've made a few tasty sides at the two celebrations we have had … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Brinner!

I know that it's not just me who is feeling a little weary this time of year. We have 5 more school days to get through, which we are all just going to make I think. We need to wear no shoes, read and watch movies. We need to do nothing and as soon we leave on the 23rd for the farm for Christmas, … [Read more...]