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...]

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 accident...you 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...]

Ladies lunch: Salt & Pepper Squid

I really must stop watching cooking shows at night. You see, because we always eat early with the kids at Grandma o clock, by the time 8/8.30pm comes around and if I am watching something tasty on TV I can be found wiping the drool from the side of my mouth. This happened to me earlier this week … [Read more...]

Saturday arvo kitchen: how to make homemade gravy

It's a little cool and drizzly and grey here today (YESSSSSSS) with the fire roaring and a glass of bubbles imminent as my little sis and her family are staying down for the night. What better than to whip up a roast?! And as Harper always asks me when she can smell a roast bubbling away "IS THERE … [Read more...]

Roasted pumpkin soup

Yesterday morning I was doing the post lunch wipe down of the kitchen when I saw a butternut pumpkin sitting on the bench that my friend gave to me last week practically BEGGING me to do something with it. Even though I am the only bastard in this family who will eat it, I decided to whip up a … [Read more...]

Saturday arvo kitchen: how to make red wine jus

The other night when I cooked up a couple of large pieces of rib eye, I made a couple of sauces to go with it: béarnaise and a red wine jus (jus is a French word meaning a thin gravy or sauce made from meat juices). The béarnaise is far from traditional or "proper" but it's always tasty and this red … [Read more...]

3rd times a charm: baby-led weaning with my 3rd kid

I've had a few people ask about how we feed Maggie, having seen many an Instagram shot of her in her high chair knawing on a piece of sourdough or covered from head to toe in a roast chicken dinner. So I thought I'd write a post about it, to help others have a crack at this baby-led weaning … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: EASTER

I don't want to alarm anyone, but Easter is THIS WEEK. As in this Friday is good Friday. I know! It was just Christmas, and it's still entirely too hot for any kind of enjoyable Easter, but it's here and there's nothing that can be done to change it. At least we are all in for a shorter … [Read more...]