BBQ Chicken Seasoning

How to make your own BBQ Chicken Seasoning Mixture

Hot Chooks! I love a shop bought hot chicken! Convenient, not much more expensive than baking your own, oh and the flavour! Have you ever wished you could re-create the same seasoning?! I think I may have come close! Check it out! Ingredients 6 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons curry powder 3 tablespoons black pepper 1.5 […]

Learning to Make the Most of My Garden

Cooking food from the garden

I’ve been writing a series about our backyard garden here in New Zealand and the food I cook. First post (and harvest) was about the joys of having a backyard garden.  Next I discuss ugly vegetables (and where they all go). As Winter approaches, the garden harvest is getting smaller, but there’s citrus on it’s way!  I’m […]

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Scrolls

Easy Cinnamon Scrolls

It is obvious to anyone who follows the Simple home cook or ALDI home cook that scrolls are a favourite thing of mine, especially with the flour and yoghurt dough that requires no yeast or rising time. I don’t have the patience to wait for the dough to rise, punch it down then wait for […]

Coconut Drop Biscuits

Coconut Drops Recipe

Coconut Drop Biscuits Ingredients 250g McKenzie’s Fine Desiccated Coconut 395g sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 15 glace cherries, halved  Method Preheat oven to 150°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Mix coconut and condensed milk together until well combined. Add vanilla essence. Drop tablespoons of coconut mixture onto baking paper. Top with […]

Bacon & Egg Breakfast Wraps

Bacon & Egg Toasted Breakfast Wrap

This is one of our favourite family breakfasts for the weekend. It’s easy and quick to pull together. I’ve been using the Fountain GOOD CHOICE sauces for over a month now (review here) and I substituted the regular BBQ sauce I use for the no-sugar version.  This could even work as an easy dinner, served […]

Where do the ugly fruit and vegetables go?

Organic gardening

I’m making it part of my weekly routine. On the weekend, I head out to the garden and harvest for the week and then do my weekly meal plan using the vegetables as inspiration. The garden is changing the way I think about food and I love that. With the above (amazing) harvest, this is what I […]

Easy French Toast

Easy French Toast

This year is a bit different for me, and I’ve been making more of an effort with breakfast for the kids. An easy recipe I whip up is the classic French toast. I’ve developed a process for making this so it’s quick and easy. Ingredients 1 egg 1 teaspoon  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (not essence) 1/4 […]

Review: Litter Free Sandwich Bags

Cute litter free snack bags

My nightly lunch box routine is down pat: a sandwich or roll of some description, veggie sticks, muffin or biscuit, fruit and maybe a savoury cracker and cheese.  The thought often crossed my mind, that my relatively healthy lunch box contained a lot of plastic bags.  I was also aware that packs of 50 or 100 […]

Lunch Box Story Friends – Woodlands

Lunch Box Notes - Story Friends

{Click the picture above for the PDF file} Back to school. Back to busy mornings. Back to organising bags. Back to making lunches.  I was thinking at the start of the year about how to inject a little fun into the process (without it being hard for mum), and I came up with cute little story cards […]

Choc Zucchini Muffins (refined sugar free)

Choc Zucchini Muffins (refined sugar free)

Chocolate muffins are a great lunch box filler for the kids and especially since these are packed with zucchini. My kids love these muffins but I made sure they ate them and told me that they loved them first – before telling them what the special ingredient was. They were very surprised but kept asking […]

Damper Cooked on a Stick: Green tree twist

Damper on a stick green tree twists on rosemary stick cooking one hand

Nothing is more ‘Aussie’ then cooking a damper in a camp oven when camping, but did you know you can also cook damper on a stick? My Mum use to call them ‘green tree twists’, because you use ‘green’ sticks or branches from a tree to cook the damper on. It was always so much […]

Make Rocky Road with Easter Chocolate Leftovers

rocky road from easter chocolate left overs perfect afternoon tea

I’m not going to lie, it’s mildly disgusting the amount of chocolate we get from relatives around Easter. With this year’s hoard, I decided to make Rocky Road in the hopes of offloading onto work colleagues and school friends. Ingredients 8 Chocolate Easter Bunny Figurines (or was it 10?) – this is approximately 1.2 kg of chocolate. Note: The good […]

Frozen Banana Pops

Frozen Yoghurt Pops

My kids love frozen stuff so I often give them frozen snacks: frozen peas, corn, yoghurt covered blueberries and frozen yoghurt bites.  I also do frozen bananas and these are a massive hit with my kids (me too!). Delicious! What you need Paddle Pop Sticks Bananas Yoghurt (or melted chocolate) Sprinkles: coconut, 100’s & 1000’s, chocolate […]

Slow Cooker: Sweet Pulled Pork Recipe

Slow Cooker - Sweet pulled pork recipe

This was a hit meal with my friend Bernie’s teen kids. The leftovers make for yummy lunches too.   Ingredients 1.5kg shoulder pork (The shoulder is best for slow cooking as it shreds best. It is also a sweet cut of meat) 500g bbq sauce 300ml Coke or Cola (use caffeine free varieties if desired) […]