Monday Meal Ideas: Getting organised for the month ahead

Good morning friends! Here we are at Monday yet again....and boy am I feeling a little weary today after a BIG weekend of driving around the countryside. It's so good to be home though, the sun is shining, the washing machine will be pumping and I will be throwing myself into Maintenance Monday with … [Read more...]

End of year ladies lunch for under $65 and less than 30 mins prep

A sponsored post for Woolworths Now that Melbourne Cup has been and gone, I think we are officially into “silly season”. Christmas parties will begin, end of year catch up and drinks and socially you will be busier than ever with school stuff, concerts…you name it! If you are like me, you will be … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week dinners packed with veggies

Good morning friends! Hard to believe we are back at the start of another week isn't it? They are FLYING by at the moment and we are hurtling towards the end of the year. I kind of wish everything would slow down a little...I'm not ready! The school weeks are so full at the moment too and are only … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Sensational spring food

It's feeling a little more like summer than spring these past few days isn't it? Windows open at night, fans on again and long sunny days. It's re-set my eating habits and I am ready to embrace the lighter, delicious food that comes in the warmer months with lots of salads and greens. Here's some … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Cold and flu killers

Is it just our household that has been riddled with colds and flus for the past few weeks? It's always the way here - in spring and in autumn when the weather starts to turn and you have cold weather, than hot, then cold again that we get hit. We are all the mend now from a big attack a week or … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Biscuits

Hello Term 4! It's good to see you after 2 weeks of wet school holidays I am not afraid to say that I am happy to see the kids out the door this morning. Mostly because I know they will be having more fun than they would be having at home here, like last week, while they waited around for me to … [Read more...]

Holiday savour: how to make slime (that works)

You know making slime was really popular about 18 months ago? Well we made it for the first time 2 weeks ago and that's because I said no approximately 8356 times before deciding I would do it. I couldn't cope with one more tube of toothpaste being wasted, or batches of weird shit on the bench, we … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: School holiday cooking

We have woken up on a dark and misty Monday morning with rain softly falling outside and the crackle of the fire keeping us warm inside. It's SCHOOL HOLIDAYS which means that we have no where to be, no where to go (lots of work for me to do) and boy does that make me happy. What will wear off in … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: What to do with that chicken

Good morning friends! Hope you had a good weekend? We had a pretty quiet one with lots of chores and pottering about the house and then a little play in the afternoons (all done and dusted by 7pm of course!) And this week is the last before the end of the term....bring it on! I will always find … [Read more...]

Family Favourite: Homemade Pork & chorizo sausage rolls

We had some friends popping in on their way from Canberra to Sydney a few weeks ago and while they probably just wanted a cuppa I thought I show them my best country hospitality and do a quick lunch and glass of crisp white before they hit the road again. I mean what would Bev do if she had people … [Read more...]

Monday Meal ideas: Delicious, light, Spring food!

Good morning friends! We've woken to a frosty here this morning, and below zero temps, but it's looking like it's going to be a beautiful, sunny day out there. This time of the year is certainly a rollercoaster isn't it? One thing that I want to try to get consistent about (even though the weather … [Read more...]

Spring entertaining: Ottolenghi’s one pot roast chook with dates & capers

The sun is SHINING here today and promises to do so again tomorrow and it just feels like we've turned the corner on winter. That's a big call around these parts, especially when we have the fire on sometimes into November and even around Christmas some times, but the warm days are here. And they … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Some great cakes

Good morning friends! The sun is shining and we have just put Daisy on the bus for camp until Friday so I'm feeling a little lost really. You know what that means right? CAKE. I will bake a cake today for sure. Here are some of my faves to get you going... Orange cake with candied fennel … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Easy, delicious & quick pasta

Good morning friends. Here we are AGAIN. How does it happen? I had the Sunday night blues baaaaaad last night - it's just that all of a sudden it's Friday night and then you blink and it's Sunday night. How?! HOW I ASK YOU. Anyway, here we are, time to buck up and get on with it. Here's some ideas … [Read more...]

Ever closer: Chewy sultana biscuit perfection

Now you know I have been on the search for the M&S Sultana biscuit look alike since my mate brought me back a packet from London recently. I tried with these a week or so ago, but I wasn't entirely happy with the texture. I got a comment from a reader saying that I should check out Ottolenghi's … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Country Classics

Good morning friends and a very happy Monday morning to you! Hope you all had a great weekend. On Friday morning I was lucky enough to have Sophie from Local is Lovely come and record a podcast at my kitchen bench - what a treat! This series of podcasts from My Open Kitchen are sponsored by the CWA … [Read more...]

Reader recipe: A versatile & delicious Yoghurt Cake

You know what I love? Getting emails from you guys! I get all kinds of ones: requests for recipes or help with cooking or menu planning for a party you might be holding. Asking about taking the plunge for another kid, making a tree change, following up something I posted a while back or just a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Good green stuff

Anyone else's jeans seem to have shrunk in the dryer lately? Except you haven't been using the dryer? ME TOO. This cold weather winter funk cannot go on...it's time you guys. To put down the custard tart and prosecco and pick up some protein and water. Not likely! Here's some inspiration to get … [Read more...]

Simple & delicious Sultana cookies

My friend Miss Rabbit (a good Yorkshire woman) who I travelled to London with in May got me onto a LOVE of all things M&S when we were there. She has a passion and love for the M&S Onion ring unlike anything I had ever seen and as for the baked goods? Well we tried them all, including the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The crunch of a good salad

I always get to this time of winter and feel completely and ENTIRELY over it. Anyone else? Yesterday I looked at the thin layer of ash of everything, dismayed at having to do the fire AGAIN and the chopping and the stacking. I cursed the arctic wind and temperature and looked at the spring blooms … [Read more...]