Post lockdown spring lunch

Last week ended up being quite the social one as restrictions were open. We had dinner at the pub with some friends Tuesday, then Wednesday night we headed away for a night. Thursday afternoon was a baby shower for a friend, dinner out Friday night and then Sunday a long lunch with the family. We … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winner winner chicken dinner

Good morning friends! There is a pep in my step this morning as we have Maggie back at school this morning! In a uniform! She is SO excited and a little nerfous too (she tells me) and I am sure that the enthusiasm will slow as the week goes on...but for now we will take it. As we all settle into … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Family Faves

Well here we are on Monday 11th where here in NSW some of our freedoms are returned to us today. Shops! Restaurants! Bars! A little regional travel! I swing wildly from let's never cook anything ever again in our homes to overwhelm and exhaustion and let's just stay in a little bit longer. I'm sure … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Adding seafood to the table

I do love a good piece of fish, or prawns, but I rarely seem to make it for our nightly meals. I can get everyone to eat them (except the VERY picky teen) so I really have no excuse...but let's blame lockdown for a complete lack of motivation for anything other than the bare necessities. But looking … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Feeding the endless masses

Hello friends, hope that you are feeling Ok this Monday morning as a new week greets us. I can't believe how much of this current state of affairs is a mental battle: it's a rollercoaster and I am spending so much of my time psyching myself up to stay positive as I ride the waves. I am keeping busy, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday Inspo

You might get some fitness or mental inspiration from some people each week, but for me, it will always be food. We are staring down the barrel of another week of lockdown for some many people in Australia, and while we can't control much right now, we CAN make delicious food for ourselves and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Salads for the (soon to be) Spring

It's warm two days in a row and she's calling it Spring! Sure, we have a huge cold front arriving later this afternoon with some MUCH needed rain and a top of 6 degrees for the next few days...but right now, let's just say that SPRING IS ALMOST HERE! We had some beautiful days that call for eating … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Some of my faves

Good morning friends! Hope that you are all doing Ok wherever you are around the country right now. For NSW it's a scary time with so many increased cases and a seemingly out of control spread of the virus ripping through regional NSW. Gosh it's all so depressing. Without dwelling, I thought that I … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Great lockdown bake off

Last week I was home from work early with a sick kid (rinse, repeat again for me this morning) so I decided to whip up a little arvo tea for the kids like I used to do ALL the time when I was working from home. It made me feel good, the kids were delighted and we had so much for lunchboxes the next … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The comfort of Pasta

Good morning friends, and welcome to a new month too. August! I know the exclamation is a little uncalled for given that the entire month will be spent in lockdown for many people in NSW, but still. I can't get my head around it. I thought what better way to deal with the end of winter blues than … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Life, lemons etc

I know it's not just me that's feeling a little depressed/angry/sad/worried/scared/frustarted by what's been happening in NSW over the past 5 weeks, and after this weekend even more so. There's nothing we can do about what will or won't happen so let's focus on the things we CAN control. Like what … [Read more...]

One pan Asian roasted chicken & rice

I made this again for dinner this week after making it up on the fly a few months ago. It's really such a great, simple and tasty mid week dinner that I thought I better get on the blog so we can all find it easily enough. Like any one pan dish I think these are genius as there's less washing up, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Lockdown Lunches

Good morning friends, how are you all going? I hope that everyone is feeling semi ok at the start of another week and for so many - still stuck in lockdown. I know how tough this can be mentally on people, so make sure you are looking after yourselves ok? I have had a few questions from people about … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winter soups

Good morning friends from the first Monday of term 3. A very unsure time for those of us in NSW as we go through an extended lockdown and surge of Covid cases. While we are in regional NSW and not currently in lock down, we are thinking of all of you who are, sending strength and love at this shit … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winter Warmers

It definitely feels like winter around these parts at the moment....dreary, wet, cold weather which means the fire has been on for weeks and weeks non stop and the gas bottle for the central heating is being filled up quicker than I'd like....it's an expensive time of year! One way to keep extra … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Eat all the cake!

You know what I am going to find the time for this week? Some baking! It's one of the things that I miss the most since working away at an office is baking. In between emails I would whip something up: the magic of the butter and sugar creaming, the smugness I would feel, the happy kids when they … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Mid week family faves

Oh Monday, you are so wily the way you appear again in record time? Even after a relaxing weekend with very little on and lots of PJ time at home, I still think you got here extra fast. So here we are friends, at the start of another week, it's time to fire up (mentally and physically as it's rather … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bubbling brilliance

Good morning friends! How are you? Hope you have all had a great weekend, ready to take on a new week! Me? Well I could really have used another day just to have some downtime as we had a busy weekend with visitors and I feel like it was all over before it even began. But here we are, so let's do … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: One pan roasted dinners

Is there anything better than just one pan when washing up after dinner? They are my favourite and my best dinners...I love the way you start with one thing and add to them as the meal cooks. Just chuck on top and the flavours, the depth of them - the colours and the all over roasted goodness that … [Read more...]

Cacio e Pepe Potato Bake

We first had this version of potato bake at Mum's for her birthday a few weeks ago, and she was raving about the potatoes that my brother had made for her on Anzac Day so it's actually Sam that we have to thank for this deliciousness. It's how most things with food happen in our family...how recipes … [Read more...]