Make your own Pet Portrait

Make your own Pet Portrait

A Pet Portrait! I used to think people who had portraits of their pets where weird, but I can honestly say I’ve changed my tune. Do you follow the blog A Beautiful Mess? Those girls are my blog heroes. Their bright, inspiring blog is daily reading for me, and I am in awe of the many, many projects and businesses they create. Like, buy and renovate a house, launch a phone app, write a cookbook all at the same time kind of awe. How do they do it?  #GOALS people.  I’d loved this particular project for a while, so when my…

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…

Make your own Photo Magnets

Make your own Photo Magnets

If you read my post about Muesli, you’d know I was big on home made gifts last Christmas. The inspiration for these photo magnets was a well known company that was advertising heavily in the lead up to gift giving season, with an offer of 9 photo prints for $29, with free shipping. I thought this was a brilliant gift idea for far flung relatives, and almost ordered 3 sets – but then my eyes happened to glance at the junk mail. The junk mail was advertising MAGNETIC PHOTO PAPER FOR INKJET PRINTERS, with FIVE! A4 sheets for just under $24. And I thought,…

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…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2015 was kind of a weird year, yes? For me it was a time to learn how to go with the flow, roll with the punches, and take a deep, shaky breath.  Find the silver lining in everything, or at least try to.  A year of learning to jump on opportunities as they happened rather than make endless lists and plans and deciding I didn’t really want that opportunity after all as it whizzed by. A year that tested my resilience.  I can never pick just one word to be my mantra for a year, because one word is never…

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…

While I was gone

While I was gone

You may have been wondering why I’ve hardly posted over the last few months, or you might not have even noticed – that is OK too! I haven’t been winding the blog down, or any such thing; I’ve just been busy, working on transforming my life out of it’s little cocoon. My wings are almost ready to unfurl and take to the skies, I just need a little more fairy dust application, so watch this space. I have been doing an online course called Miracle Worker, run by one of my favourite internet people, Gala Darling; and the very talented…