School holiday BAKE OFF

How's the holidays going friends? What's the story with NSW and the rest of the states being so out of tune with each other? Made 78 million platters of food? Me too! I am digging deep as we head into the last few days and you know what I am doing? Baking. Getting the girls to bake. Eating ALL OF … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

In my nurturing and looking after myself of late I have been trying to eat a little better. I've been drinking LOADS of water (which I struggle with), and getting as many greens into all of us as I can sneak in. We're away this week which will likely mean lazy cooking and eating out more than we … [Read more...]

Family Favourite: Chicken fried rice

Yesterday afternoon at school pick up there had been a harvest from the veggie garden that all the kids had been growing and it was a BUMPER crop. A full container of herbs, lettuces, chard, kale, you name a leafy green and it was there. As well as some pumpkin...all waiting for the parents to pick … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Lemons

Got any citrus trees at your place? We have one lone orange tree that did nothing for years and then for the past year or so has produced fruit, but nothing very good. This year the tree is heaving, and as soon as we get a little more colour on them I am hoping for a bumper season. Don't you love … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: All the Soup for you!

Isn't it just soup weather at the moment? We have had the most glorious weather this weekend - icy freezing cold nights with the sunniest of blue sky days. Perfect winter weather. And when it's like this there's nothing I like to make (and eat) more than soup! I made a huge batch of chicken soup … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I was put in charge of the birthday boy's cake on the weekend and the one brief I had was that it had to be chocolate. Now THAT I can do! I could have trotted out my trusty Anne as I do on most birthdays, but I decided that I needed to make it a little fancier because my step Dad deserves that! I … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winner chicken Dinner!

Good morning friends from the chilly and dreary Southern Highlands. We have had a very cold weekend with a freezing wind and this morning, a little rain. The central heating AND fire is roaring this morning as I sit huddled under a blanket in the darkness before the kids wake up. This morning … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: High rotation BabyMac classics

I am back into the groove of daily life (and cooking) but oh my goodness the JOY in not cooking for anyone for 11 days. THE JOY. I have been hitting the classics with all the family favourites that are pretty much PURE COMFORT to both cook (for me) and eat (for them). These are the meals I can make … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bubbling winter warmers

Ah Monday morning, here you are. I am pretty sick actually with a cold that I managed to get at the tail end of our trip. I have tried to ignore it but it's safe to say that I have been hit with it properly and am coughing my lungs up (and wetting my pants) every few minutes. It's very … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The comfort of cake

Having spent a considerable amount of Friday (OK, all day Friday) baking a unicorn cake for Maggie and then enjoying said cake PLUS Mum's birthday cake yesterday, I have cake on my mind. There's nothing like a piece of fresh cake, some leftover cake for breakfast...any time is a good time for … [Read more...]

Takeaway at home: Marion’s Kitchen Chinese Lemon Chicken

There's no hiding my love for Marion from Marion's kitchen. I love following along with her on Instagram and am always inspired when she whacks up one of her new videos which show my favourite kind of home cooking: simple, delicious and easy fuss free food that tastes good every time. On Saturday … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Gimme Pasta & Noodles!

Is it just me or does this cooler weather practically sit you down and start feeding you carbs on the couch? I am turning to sourdough, pasta, you name it, just to add to that comfort. Pasta always makes our table at least once a week, but it doesn't have to just be spag bol. Here are some ideas to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Quick & easy dinners

Whether you are still on school holidays, or back at school into the routine of it all, you'd be wanting see quick and easy mid week dinners that you can roll out for the family in no time that will be eaten. Am I right, or am I right? Here are some of my favourites that will do just … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Delicious Roasts

Ah we are FINALLY in school holidays where we can slow things down a bit, have some later nights and mornings and just CHILL. Boy was it a long term...I know for QLD and VIC you guys are heading back today...hope that you have had a great break. I started our holidays spirit out yesterday with … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon Pasta

I don't eat seafood as much as I should AT all, but one way I have been doing it a little more (for all of us in the family to enjoy) is to make pasta with seafood in it. Either prawns, tuna, crab or salmon - whatever you can find or whatever everyone likes use this same formula and you will have … [Read more...]

In search of the NY slice: Food processor pizza dough

I spend way longer than I should thinking about New York and more specifically, the pizza in New York. Seriously, it's a problem. I trawl through pictures of it Pinterest, or on the web, I look back on my own pictures and read blog posts about pizza and how much I love it. I am obsessed, it's safe … [Read more...]

My quick go-to cheat dinners

As sure as the bottom of your laundry basket will NEVER be seen, your family will inevitably ask you "what's for dinner?!" and APPARENTLY it's up to us to feed them. Again. I know! Every night. I definitely have my shortlist that hit the dinner table every week but I thought we could all help each … [Read more...]


Can you even believe we are here? It's Easter. THIS WEEK. I am not ready, I am not ready I AM NOT READY. Even though we are a little early this year, it's still ridiculous that we are here ready to celebrate my favourite holiday of the year. EASTER! I have got you COVERED though with anything you … [Read more...]

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...]