Christmas Pork

Christmas Pork

If you celebrate Christmas Day like most of Australia, you will be either having friends and rellos (mostly rellos) to your house, or going to someone elses house, for Christmas lunch. I’m sure you have your own traditional foods to contribute to the table, but I am betting the Christmas buffet will mostly be a variety of cold roast meats, prawns, oysters if you are lucky, and a variety of different salads and side dishes that are particular to your own quirky family members. I know, it’s like I’m psychic! Now, are you looking for something impressive (yet secretly easy)…

Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress

Sometimes I hang out with some friends for a Ladies Night In. These are super fun! We drink a lot, everyone tries to out cook each other, we discuss the big issues, and laugh our heads off. You know when you laugh so hard your face and sides hurt? I love it. Recently we decided to get together and wear our wedding dresses. I love my wedding dress. I got married in 1990, and my dress is the last of the big ’80s, mutton chop sleeved, taffeta extravaganza’s. I had a lot of fun swishing around humming the theme from…

Last Minute Christmas Pageant Costume

Last Minute Christmas Pageant Costume

Last Thursday a note came home in my child’s schoolbag.  Your child will be playing the part of KING HEROD in the school pageant. Please bring his costume to school on MONDAY. My first thought was ‘Who the fuck is King Herod?!’ I Googled him, and found out that he was the king who didn’t want Jesus to be king.  Also, he had a beard.  First step – try not to panic. The note said not to go to any trouble and just use items I might already have. Errrm…I don’t have a spare beard lying around and couldn’t in…

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers, also known as Gyoza, are Japanese dumplings that are fried before steaming, to acquire the signature brown bottom – hence the term Pot Sticker. I adore them, and they are not that hard to make! The recipe is fairly elastic in that you can prepare them to your own taste, or the ingredients on hand. The instructions are detailed, but it’s dead easy, I promise. Ingredients 500g of mince. You can use pork, a combination of pork and prawn, or chicken.Today I used pork. 2 cups of finely chopped Wombok, or Chinese cabbage. 1 finely chopped spring onion. …

Bacon Soup. I mean CHICKEN! Chicken Soup!

Bacon Soup. I mean CHICKEN! Chicken Soup!

Chicken soup is well known the world over for healing the sick. What could possibly make it better? Bacon of course! Bacon makes everything better! Just a little bacon will make you feel loved while the chicken soup will nurture you back to health.  Keep it lean to avoid upsetting your tummy, you poor chicken. Ingredients 1 packet of small pasta shapes of your choice. 3 spring onions 2 carrots 3 medium new potatoes 3 sticks of celery small head of broccoli tin of corn kernels, drained 4 chicken thigh fillets, chopped into cubes 250 g of bacon, chopped into…

Asian Pork Belly with Peanut Greens and Steamed Rice.

Asian Pork Belly with Peanut Greens and Steamed Rice.

Murray Valley Pork have sent me some beautiful, free range Australian grown pork to play with, and let me tell you, it is luscious. Seriously drool worthy. You know when a cut of meat is so great it makes you look like a brilliant cook? Yes, that! My mouth was all ready for a Sunday Roast, but the weather has been so tropical I needed something a bit lighter than roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese, so I came up with this. The Pork Lets just take a  moment to appreciate this thing of beauty. I don’t think the photo does…

Salon

Salon

Last week I received an intriguing text. It was in invitation to coffee from a school mum, with the instructions to ‘Just bring something to share ie something you’ve created or worked on yourself. I’ll cover the food. x’ I had no clue what she meant. A piece of art, or hobby. Something you make, she said.  ??? Come and talk about your blog! I’d been invited to an old school Salon!  So much fun and a brilliant idea. The 6 of us met for a delightful morning tea, and shared the creativity that drives, or at least refines, our lives. Our…

Peanut Butter Noodles

Peanut Butter Noodles

OK, if you are allergic to nuts this will not be a good choice, but if your children are in love with peanut butter, as mine are, this will ensure they eat up all their dinner. It’s super easy, and on the table very quickly. Just add some stir fried veggies or a salad for a well rounded mid week meal. Ingredients Cooked noodles or pasta of your choice. I always end up using fettuccine, I don’t know why. Just go with it. 1 medium chopped onion. 500 grams of chicken mince, or pork mince. Both work well here. Olive…

Girls Weekend Away: the Good, the Bad, and the Weird. Part 2.

Girls Weekend Away: the Good, the Bad, and the Weird. Part 2.

The Bad The saga continues and we are up to Saturday. I’ve told you how I weirdly left my phone at home, the panic that ensued, and how I got over it to have an absolute blast with my sister and her friends – drinking, dancing, eating, shopping, generally having a fantastic time. My weekend was great! Except for Sunday, which kinda sucked. Sunday was check out day, so  the plan was that we load the car up with bags, check out and go for a leisurely breakfast before getting in some last minute shopping, and then I would drive…

Girls Weekend Away: the Good, the Bad, and the Weird. Part 1.

Girls Weekend Away: the Good, the Bad, and the Weird. Part 1.

As you may recall, I spent last weekend in Queensland’s Gold Coast, with my sister and 6 of her oldest/newest friends celebrating her Festival of 40. The weekend was epic in more ways than one, so let me break it down for you. Happy Birthday to my lovely sister Cheryl! The Weird. I was a bit rushed getting out the door on Thursday. It felt like I had 100 last minute things to do before dropping the BC menfolk off at Baseball and hitting the road in time to pick up the ladies from Cooloongatta Airport. This was probably because…