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...]

Monday Meal Ideas: CHRISTMAS COOKING

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...]

Pork & Chive Dumplings

I've had such a hankering for dumplings lately, actually, I have hankerings for dumplings ALL THE TIME but it's not often I decide to actually MAKE them. I think it was one of those recipe videos you watch on Facebook (maybe Tasty Japan?!) that made it look really easy to make dumplings so the last … [Read more...]

How to Build the Perfect Festive Platter

A sponsored post for Woolworths Do you have a signature Christmas dish or plate that you bring along to the endless soirees we all have coming up over the next few weeks? It might be those cute Christmas watermelon trees, your home made quiches or sausage rolls, or maybe like me, you get asked to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bring a plate!

If there's ever a time to Bring a plate along, it's this time of year. There's Christmas catch up's, drinks, end of school functions, lunches, dinners to go to...and you may be asked to bring a plate along with you. Here are some of my favourites that I thought might give you some … [Read more...]

Kindness and corn fritters

Is anyone else feeling like an overtired 2 year old at the moment? I am expert at dealing with such people, given that we have one living in our house, so if you are, you've come to the right place. Our little lady has taken to only sleeping every now and then, so the over tiredness combined with … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Getting prepped

It's December this week! It's true! Somehow we have almost made it to the end of the year...it's pure madness! Now if like me, you still have kids at school for a few more weeks I would urge you to use the time that we do have to enjoy coffee in peace, get you shopping sorted and try and get some … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Biscuits

I tell you, weekends go by way too quickly. I swear I wasn't ready when this one started so it's all over before it began. Much like the pace of this year... I have a hectic work week ahead with lots to do, deadlines to meet as we head towards the end of the year. It's going to require extra … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Wrap it up!

Hello Second Monday in November, my how quickly you have come around! There's no mistaking it now friends, we are HURTLING towards the end of term/year and there is nothing we can do about it. What we CAN do is, is eat well, try and get some exercise in and rest as much as we can at night. Seems … [Read more...]