Dinner Time

You will never be stuck for what to cook for dinner ever again!

Whether you crave pork, fish, tofu or lamb – there is something for everyone. I’m a firm believer in lowering my carbon footprint by eating more vegetarian meals, so there are plenty of those, and although I don’t have any food intolerances I have lots of friends who do so I cook my fair share of vegan and gluten free goodies too.

Keeping It Real: Chuck everything in salad

Posted on February 4, 2014

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Today is less of a recipe, more of a philosophy. A rough method, if you will.

Long time readers will know of my intense hatred of food wastage. Yes, hate is a strong word, but in this context it is warranted. I absolutely can’t stand allowing food to go bad in the fridge – it’s the reason why I keep my fridge well organised and clean pretty much all the time.

My favourite way to use up bits and bobs from the fridge and pantry is to make a salad. A chuck everything in salad. (more…)

Rolled turkey breast with cranberry couscous stuffing

Posted on December 6, 2013

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Have you ever tried to debone and flatten out a turkey breast? It’s quite an ordeal.

Do you know what’s a better idea? Make good friends with your butcher and ask that lovely man (or woman) to do it for you. Let those experts with their super sharp knives help you out.¬†Work smarter, not harder people!¬†That’s what I did.

So I’m going to go ahead and give a big public shoutout to Ashley and the team at Quality Meats Alstonville for their hard work on my lovely bird. Gobble gobble. They deboned the breast and flattened it out with a big meat mallet so that all I had to do was lay her on my kitchen bench and stuff and roll her.

Minds out of the gutter please readers! This is still a turkey we are talking about! (more…)

Pumpkin and feta parcels {vegetarian}

Posted on June 10, 2013

Pumpkin is just sooo good at the moment. There are gorgeous local specimens flooding the farmers markets and green grocers, and I couldn’t be happier.

While straight-up roasted is my favourite way to eat pumpkin, you really need to get creative when it’s in season and features on your menu at least twice a week. That’s where these little parcels come in. I mean, what doesn’t taste fantastic wrapped in pastry? Exactly. (more…)

Dead easy pumpkin & halloumi couscous salad

Posted on June 3, 2013

When I make couscous salads I go a bit crazy and throw loads of different flavours into them; veggies, cheese, nuts, herbs, salad leaves and other extras like olives and preserved lemon.

It makes them delicious, but does take a bit of brain power to get the balance right.

On this particular day I didn’t have the necessary brain power required, so I practised an exercise in restraint.

And you know what? It tasted really good! (more…)

No knead homemade bread from scratch tutorial with step by step photos! #ggbreadrevolution

Posted on May 29, 2013

Do you avoid making your own bread because you don’t have the time OR don’t have the energy-slash-hands free (I’m looking at you mamas!)?

That used to be me. But that all changed when I came across a photo on instagram with the hashtag #ggbreadrevolution. I can’t remember who it was that actually posted the photo, but it was a beautiful loaf of bread, so I immediately clicked the hashtag and delved deeper.

What I found was a Melbourne Mum of five boys with a blog called Gourmet Girlfriend and her revolutionary adaptation of a NY Times no knead bread recipe. She promised it was easy peasy and every loaf would turn out perfectly. It made me curious, to say the least. OK, I’ll admit, I was damn right excited!

I followed her instructions that night and the next morning, voila!, a beautiful loaf sat on my kitchen bench. I was super impressed with myself, and I was hooked! No more supermarket bread for this family.

Today I’d like to show you my slightly adapted method in all its step by step glory and I strongly urge you to give it a try. It’s really sooo easy – even for a Mum of a 2.5 year old toddler and I’m also 30 weeks pregnant!

I’m so committed to this cause that I even went out and purchased a big 20kg sack of flour and a barrel to store it in last weekend. Without further ado – let’s get easy homemade bread making! (more…)

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