Monday meal ideas: warmer weather food

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Can you feel it? It IS starting to get warmer. Summer, I can smell you, feel you! We have had a rush of warm days and then those beautiful, thick summer mists rolling in of an evening. There is something SO beautiful about being able to experience ACTUAL seasons which we are lucky enough to do down … [Read more...]

Tasty 5 minute noodles


OK so you know when you are HUNGRY, like really hungry at lunch and you want something substantial and tasty and the leftover crusts from your kids lunch just WON'T cut it? Or at dinner when you want something that you can make in 5 minutes that will make you feel like you MADE something, rather … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: trying to be healthier

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It's the warmer weather, it's the fact that soon enough we have to expose more skin and even get into swimmers, but this time of the year (every year) I find myself on a health kick. For me that means kicking out the carbs and embracing the greens. Salads, salads and more salads...especially when it … [Read more...]

Go-to favourite: fried halloumi


My favourite kind of cooking (and for that case, eating) are things that taste delicious, take no time to cook and are devoured by friends and family. This is a very simple pre dinner drinks snack that we roll out often when friends are over. It also gets smashed out at dinner time as a side - … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week comfort

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Sometimes you just need to trot out the old favourites that you KNOW will be eaten and enjoyed by every member of the family. You know you can cook these with your eyes closed, and you know that they provide tasty leftovers for your lunch the following day. These aren't healthy, they aren't life … [Read more...]

Slow cooked pulled pork (for tacos)


Sunday night when we had visitors over and I knew we were going to be spending a few hours up at the pub in the sunshine I knew that I needed a dinner that could be bubbling away without any effort on my part, and that could be quickly pulled together when all the hungry bodies walked back in the … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: holiday cooking

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This week calls for quick and easy things to cook. And with the warmer spring weather upon us the odd salad thrown in for good measure. Good luck with the last week of holidays (for some of us in the eastern states)'s going to be hard going for me with LOTS of festival work on, visitors, … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: School holiday cooking

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Here we are in School holiday time again. We missed last holidays because they were tacked onto our big holiday so I am REALLY looking forward to spending 2 weeks at home, lots of puppy play and time outside. We have no real plans, no trips away (as DnA is on and we have lots of planning to do) and … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Chicken

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If there's one thing guaranteed to get a run on our menu through the week it's chicken. Thigh, breast, wings, or whole it's hard to go past as a staple. Here are 5 favourite recipes of mine for the week ahead. Chorizo chicken (one pot wonder) Chicken noodle soup Chicken quesadillas Thai … [Read more...]

How to make lasagne


Comfort is baked cheese. I don’t care what form it needs to take, but if you have some crispy, golden baked cheese over the back of something, you will be comforted. Throw some pasta and bolognese sauce with a little white sauce into the mix and you will be in comfort PLUS. Put your soft pants on … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Fish

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I am getting better at putting fish into our menus. I was scared of it for the longest time, but really, if you get fresh fish it needs very little prep, not much cooking and you are good to go. Here are some ideas for getting fish on your plate this week: Tina chimichurri & chips Salmon … [Read more...]

Sunday lunch


If there's one thing the Dad that lives in this house likes, it's some tasty mexican. Having travelled through Central and South America he fell in love with heat. And tortillas. And jalapeños. So I thought I best whip up a bit of a mexican fiesta for the old boy today. I slow roasted some pork … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Vegetarian

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Some times you just have to tap into your inner vegetarian and align yourself with the green. After a weekend of not such good food (and the occasional, um, drink) it's time to do that. Here are some great vego recipes for the week ahead: Rigatoni with zucchini, lemon & mint Raw mexican … [Read more...]


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You know what one of my favourite things in the WORLD is? Besides cutting into a freshly made Anne that is? Seeing pictures of freshly made Annes all around the world! Have a look at some of them: Have you made her yet? If not then you TOTALLY should and share in some of the joy that she is … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Get your bake on

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Morning tea? Afternoon tea? Dessert? Here are some ideas to get your bake on this week: "Anne" (a cracking chocolate cake) Lemon sour cake Apple & rhubarb crumble Apple pikelets Remember that it will be spring soon enough, but while it's still wet and cold then time to keep the carb … [Read more...]

High dinner rotation: Sausage pasta


You know how you have those dinners on your weekly or fortnightly rotation that just keep on getting a run? Well, this dinner is one of those. It's Daisy's favourite dinner...always it's "can we have sausage pasta Mum?" and I am happy to make it, it is DEAD simple, hides all kinds of things and will … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week dinners

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As sure as your kid will get sick when you go on holidays, every night this week someone will ask you "what's for dinner?". Here are some mid week meal ideas for you. Don't say I'm not helpful. Chicken Pot Pies Moroccan lamb wraps Fattoush salad Prawn & chilli linguine May the force … [Read more...]

Solving the big issues: Pancakes V crepes


A little while ago I put a snap up on Instagram, as I am wont to do, of some pancakes that I had made for Harps and I. It's sad and true that Daisy doesn't like them, and Rob is impartial. I know. So, there was the shot, placed in some good light, just so....OR SO I THOUGHT. It would appear I … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: lunch

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You know what I'm guilty of during the week? Laziness. LUNCH LAZINESS. When I'm home (which I often am Mon-Wed when Harps is at Preschool) I should prepare something quick and wholesome. But I usually make a vegemite sandwich. Not this week! Who is with me to make something tasty and filling that we … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Soups

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It's been a bloody cold weekend. The only thing for it was lots of home cooked meals and sitting by the fire, under a blanket! Looks like things are still going to stay on the cooler side of things so here are some quick soup recipe ideas for you to make for lunch or dinner this week. Pumpkin … [Read more...]