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…

Honey Soy Pork

Honey Soy Pork

Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple with a good cut of meat, to let the higher quality shine through. My old friends Murray Valley Pork recently gave me some gorgeous pork to play with, so for this loin I decided to do just that and make some delicious honey soy pork. There are a few steps you can take to maximise the results when cooking meat, to stop it being too dry or tough – Murray Valley Pork have taken great care to ensure the product is the best is can be by the time it reaches your kitchen, it would be a shame…

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

I’ve been wanting to make chicken pot pie for like, ever. It sounded like the best kind of comfort food; home made but still a pie, full of veggies and chicken, and obviously the real star attraction – crispy puff pastry! I’d been searching for ramekins of a decent size and modest price for a while, but they were either too small, too expensive, or not cute enough. I feel like I’ve scoured every chain store, kitchen ware outlet and op shop for miles around over the last 12 months! And then the cooler weather drove a desire for something…

Things that make me happy

Things that make me happy

Scaring the crap out of my children. Late at night, when everyone has gone to bed and I finally have the softly lit house to myself, it is ME time. It’s why I stay up so late, because I’m addicted to the ME time. I eat the secret snack, have something nice to drink, turn on Netflix and enjoy the serenity. Sometimes, I do my nails or a face mask. I like to switch it up and use different face masks, to keep my wrinkles on their toes. At this point it does NOT make me happy to see a child appear…