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…

10 things I learned from studying Commercial Cookery

10 things I learned from studying Commercial Cookery

If you follow me on social media, you might have noticed that I went to TAFE recently to study Commercial Cookery.  I did Kitchen Operations, which is the first year of a chef apprenticeship, except it didn’t take a year, it took about 6 weeks. I would have LOVED a year long, part time cookery class, but instead it was condensed into some pretty long, intensive days, as well as work experience at a real restaurant. I loved almost every minute of it, and came out an actual qualified Cook, so it was completely worth it. The class consisted of…

#UselessBlogger

Do you have a blog? Do you love it? I love mine. When I first started blogging 6 SIX! years ago, I really just wanted an outlet to write, and share recipes and stuff, and connect with other bloggers. I needed some sanity from a new baby/cheeky toddler/teen girl/new house/recent interstate move situation I had going on, and gee that blog really hit the spot. It was a feeling of belonging, a happy show and tell to interested people, a finding of the tribe. Sometime after this, the blog landscape slowly changed – the camaraderie is still there, the happy…

New life for old furniture – single bed edition

New life for old furniture – single bed edition

Breathing new life into old furniture; it’s one of my favourite things. I was going to call this post ‘Frankenstein Furniture’ but we are not at all talking about Mary Shelley’s glorious monster. I’m talking about creating something pretty fantastic out of a motley collection of old furniture; namely, single beds. When the monkey brothers started sharing a room they had a set of wooden bunk beds, which Mr BC whipped up out of a thrifted pair of bunk bed ends and the sides of teenage daughters ancient bunk beds. Those bunk beds looked stylish and did a great job for a…

10 salad ingredients that are easy to grow at home

10 salad ingredients that are easy to grow at home

This week in Australia there have been sweeping recalls of a large variety of packaged salads and lettuces, from our two major supermarkets, due to Salmonella poisoning. 7 Eleven have recalled sandwiches and Light and Easy have also recalled some meals. It’s a scary world out there, people! It feels especially betraying because lettuce is supposed to be the least offensive vegetable of all, the thing we feel most virtuous eating – and here it is making us sick! Luckily most salad ingredients are surprisingly easy to grow yourself, even if you don’t have a vegetable garden. And lets face…

Salads for Disparate Eaters

Salads for Disparate Eaters

Long time readers will know I have a family of disparate eaters. One child loves any type of onion and potato, and is quite open to chili; he does however have an egg intolerance and finds salad greens unpleasant, but he’s pretty good with cooked greens. The youngest child will eat fresh crunchy salad and fresh fruit forever, even tomatoes as long as they are very small. Do NOT attempt to feed him anything the least bit spicy, or oniony, or gravy covered or something with a sauce, unless it’s garlic sauce, or somehow involves bacon. Actually, don’t put sauce on…

Fried Wontons

Fried Wontons

Recently we tried a new Chinese restaurant, and their menu listed Fried Wontons at 6 for $3.60. I thought this was pretty reasonable and something the monkey brothers might like to try…no, really!  They were not all for me! True!! Anyway, EVERYBODY loved them, and it got me thinking about how easy it would be to make them. Is there anything better to snack on than something meaty and fried? I think not. Fried things are my crack. *Sighs, shakes head* Thankfully this recipe makes so many you won’t mind sharing. Fried Wontons Ingredients 1 packet of square wonton wrappers…