Farm Visit

Farm Visit

Owning a little farm is one of my most longed for goals in life. I don’t need 500 head of sheep or a giant combine harvester; I just yearn for some acreage to have a proper veggie garden, a small orchard; some goats, sheep, pigs and a cow or two to fatten up and eat. Oh, and chickens! And a dam full of yabbies and perhaps some native fish that can outsmart yabbies – Perch or Bass maybe. Probably a rescue donkey and some ponies. Enough space to spread out and really breathe, be close to the food that we…

Things that are not laundry.

Things that are not laundry.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A list of things I don’t like finding in the laundry basket. Laundry, obviously. Clean laundry that you couldn’t be bothered refolding and putting in a drawer. Clean laundry that you couldn’t be bothered hanging on a clothes hanger. Clothes that are too small but you ‘don’t know what to do with them’. Clothes that you don’t like any more. Sweaty socks that are inside out, with the dirt trapped in the toe. Shoes that you don’t like or can’t be bothered putting away. Shoes that are dirty. Forgotten school shoes that you will be…

Sanity Sushi: A Personal Ritual

Sanity Sushi: A Personal Ritual

Regular readers, and especially followers on instagram and snapchat, will occasionally hear me talk about “Sanity Sushi’. Every so often I will take myself off for a quiet hour of bento box and glossy magazine consumption, in order to regroup and destress. It works a treat! I’ve only recently realised that subconsciously, I’ve turned the whole experience into a mindfulness ritual. So I guess it’s more of a conscious exercise, being MINDFUL and all. Whatevs. The big realization for me was that is was the mindfulness, not the sushi part, that was the most important. So what this means for…

Pottery Class

Pottery Class

Growing up, one of our neighbours did pottery. She had a pottery wheel under her house and spent hours turning clay into wonky, artistic creations. I was FASCINATED. I’d been digging pottery out of the local bushland for years and making small things that would break as soon as they dried, and I was drawn to the concept of proper pottery as a moth to a flame. By the time I got the opportunity to try ceramics at high school however, I was more interested in taking Commerce and business type classes that would get me a job in the…

Roasted Corn Dip

Roasted Corn Dip

This dip is based on the Mexican Corn Salad Esquites, which apparently is a staple market food, sold in a cup and eaten with a spoon. This is my idea of heaven! I wish our local markets would get on board. The original Esquites recipe calls for mayonnaise, which we don’t do because egg intolerance blah blah blah, So! I played around with it and made it allergy friendly, then served it alongside some avocado Pico de gallo and a bowl of corn chips. My advice at this point is to stand back.   Ingredients 2 or 3 cobs of…

Chicken and Leek Pies

Chicken and Leek Pies

Yesterday, we had a deluge of rain. It was cold, and the almost horizontal wind was so strong it pushed a lot of rain underneath our closed windows, which resulted in a damp, unpleasant clean up. Seriously, almost every towel in the house was used to mop up the worst of it. We also had to change rain soaked sheets on the bed before getting the steam mop out to clean up the floors. AND the hot water system broke down. RUDE! We had to boil giant pots of water on the stove so that everyone could have a bath! Seriously, it…

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

Good heavens, we love a fritter in the Casa Chaos! I can put any ingredient in them and they will be eaten. Leftover mashed potato? Too easy. Corn, zucchini, sweet potato, prawns, fresh herbs, chickpeas and/or chicken? Make sure there is enough for seconds. They are super easy and seem to round out the meal nicely with their hint of the frypan. These almost caused a riot at the table recently, so I thought I’d share the recipe. This recipe is easily doubled! Cauliflower Fritters Ingredients 2 cups of steamed cauliflower, chopped into smallish pieces – about the size of a pea? 2…

Slumber Party Ideas

Slumber Party Ideas

Growing up, a particular group of friends and I had a lot of slumber parties – we rotated to a different house each weekend, for months at a time. My biggest memories are of knitting (which I was, and am still, completely crap at) watching endless programs of Monkey Magic and Battle Star Galactica (the old one with that handsome Starbuck and Apollo, so good) and cooking a variety of almost edible creations such as cakes, baklava, noodles and savoury mince. There was lots of talking about boys, books, our dreams for the future (no, really!) as well as a…

BBQ Rubbed Pork in the slow cooker

BBQ Rubbed Pork in the slow cooker

I am a big fan of American style BBQ. I dream of one day hanging out at one of those all night pig smoker/BBQ pits, when you stay up all night and drink bourbon and keep the fire stoked so your luscious BBQ pork will melt in your mouth when you finally get to eat it. A girl can dream, right? Sadly I have no smoker, but what I do have is a slow cooker. It’s not the same, but it’s pretty darn good. As this recipe was already as inauthentic as you could get, I decided to go even further…

Instagram Recipes

Instagram Recipes

You know, I post over on instagram almost daily, and sometimes more than that. I mostly post images of whatever I’m cooking for dinner, and I’ve realised that despite getting a good response, I rarely post the recipe for it! I guess that unless a recipe requires careful research, I generally cook on the fly, and I tend to think that sort of cooking doesn’t need a recipe so why would I write one? And do you know what else I realised? This is faulty fucking logic because my main objective with this blog is to share how easy it…