Hot BBQ Rub

Hot BBQ Rub

I’ve been a bit obsessed with rubs lately, and it’s not what you think. I mean BBQ rubs of course, get your mind out of the gutter! I’ve been experimenting with different spices and researching different regional specialty rubs, and so far this is by far my favourite. I jarred some up and made some labels for home made Christmas gifts, like I did here and here. It’s super hot, so a little bit goes a long way. It is very easy to make, just mix thoroughly your chosen spices, and off you go! These are my favourite, although the…

Home Made Muesli

Home Made Muesli

For Christmas last year I was feeling a bit ‘anti consumer’, and wanted to make some home made gifts to give to loved ones. I still bought some gifts because I’m sure my nephew would be less thrilled with muesli than he was for a ‘Mods for Minecraft’ book, but for older relatives the home made, thoughtful touch was very well received. This recipe is easily doubled. I found that doubling the recipe was enough to fit into 2 large baking trays, and made enough for 3 large jars of about 1.5 litres each (as well as 2 small bowls that were quickly eaten up…

Tofu in Chili Sauce

Tofu in Chili Sauce

This recipe is based on Yotam Ottolenghi’s Tofu in Black Pepper Sauce. I struggled to like tofu until I gave this recipe a go, and I’ve found it is the only way to prepare tofu that makes it not only edible, but delicious. The original recipe is super spicy, and calls for a lot more butter. Yotam Ottolenghi is obviously a genius, but a little less heat is perfect for me. This recipe is easy to double. Ingredients A large packet of firm tofu. Not silk tofu which will be too soft, and not hard or pre-fried tofu, which will not give…

An update and a recipe for Zucchini Fritters.

An update and a recipe for Zucchini Fritters.

I kind of slipped off the radar there for a while, didn’t I? Sorry! I’ve been cavorting over on instagram pretty much daily, but almost ignoring this blog and 100% totally ignoring the facebook page. Lets not speak of twitter. (does anyone still use twitter?) It’ll be slow going for a little while, but I think it’s safe to say I am back, baby! SO! What have I been up to? Mostly getting my head together, and after that making a start on getting my act together. That part time job I had is gone, thankfully. Working with child psychologists is…

Garlic Chicken

Garlic Chicken

Now that I am working outside the home dinnertime is even more of a challenge, so I’m developing healthy, tasty recipes that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is a winner, and the fussy child requests it at least once a week. It’s been so successful that the rest of us are heartily sick of it, so I may need to keep my thinking cap on and develop some other recipes! Ingredients Chicken thigh fillets, about 5. 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets and steamed in the microwave 1 tin of cut baby…

Cumin Pork with Hand Pulled Noodles

Cumin Pork with Hand Pulled Noodles

A few months ago, it seemed like Xian Cumin Lamb was all over the internet, everywhere you looked. It sounded delectable, but I’m not a massive lamb fan and I did have a few gifted Murray Valley Pork tenderloins just waiting around, so you know, one thing led to another and Cumin Pork was created. I’m sure I broke lots of cooking rules about regional spices, and it’s true that I didn’t exactly follow a set recipe, but you guys. YOU GUYS. This is probably the most amazingly delicious thing that has ever come out of my kitchen. Was it…

Strawberry Tart Recipe, and a Pyrex Giveaway!

Strawberry Tart Recipe, and a Pyrex Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Pyrex, who have provided the world with the most fantastic cookware for the last century. Happy 100th birthday, Pyrex! Strawberry Tart, eh? If you have been following along on instagram you will know that my first born works at a strawberry farm, and regularly comes home with trays and trays of gorgeous strawberries; luscious, sweet, perfectly ripe and just picked strawberries. When Pyrex contacted me and suggested I make an apple pie to help them celebrate their 100 year birthday, I thought Hmmm, apples? I have a better idea…. Strawberry Tart Break this down into…

Old Fashioned Fishcakes

Old Fashioned Fishcakes

Here is an idea for Good Friday, Old fashioned fishcakes! Soothing nursery food that everyone loves, baked in the oven so fairly healthy, and goes well with green veggies or a salad. It also appeases those people who insist on fish for Good Friday. YUM. Old Fashioned Fishcakes Ingredients About 2 kgs of potatoes, more if you have to feed a lot of people or you’d like leftovers. I recommend this.  1 large tin of tuna, packed in brine. We love Sirena brand in the Chaos house, but go with your fave. Look, use tinned salmon or even cooked fresh…

Perfect Roast Pork with 6 Delicious Sides

Perfect Roast Pork with 6 Delicious Sides

Last week was my birthday. I don’t always like a big fuss on my birthday but this year I wanted a nice family dinner at a local Tepanyaki restaurant, however a a mix up with the restaurant and Mr BC’s work meant that my birthday dinner would not involve either my husband, or catching any eggs in a bowl. Disappointment! Luckily Murray Valley Pork had gifted me with a SIX kilo leg of pork, so I got busy with my favourite thing to do – cook. First up – cooking perfect pork. This leg of pork was absolutely EPIC, and I didn’t…

What to cook for dinner when your child has late afternoon sport

What to cook for dinner when your child has late afternoon sport

I have two children that play one sport each, and that is already 3 nights of the week where there is practice or a game on at dinner time. PLUS an early morning Saturday game, but that is a whinge for another time. I sit with the other mums and chat, and some of those mums have children who do a lot more sport than this! One mum has 3 hour long training sessions on the same night, another drops one kid off, takes another to swimming, races back…all after a busy day at work. Crazy huh? What do you…