Diary of a Family Day

diary of a family day

Sponsored by Sealord and Nuffnang During this year in New Zealand, we’ve been sampling local food brands. One of our discoveries is frozen fish fillets by Sealord. Seriously the BEST pre-prepared fish our family has tasted! And guess what? They are coming to Woolworths and Coles stores in Australia so look out for them. The […]

DIY Paper Cup for Hot Chips!

How to make a paper hot chip cup

My kids love this! On the odd occasion, I make paper chip cups for a special fish & chip dinner at home. They are easy and quick to make and bring a bit of novelty to a regular meal. All you need is a square piece of paper (just cut an A4 piece into a […]

Iced Finger Buns

Iced Finger Buns Recipe

I am having a nostalgic month in June. The recipe I posted last week (porcupine meatballs) bought me back to my childhood as does this one. I remember buying these from the bakery with pink icing and coconut sprinkled on them but we called them coffee rolls instead. I have made these quite a few […]

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

Porcupine Meatballs Recipe - slow cooker

This is an all-time favourite of mine and the perfect winter meal. It is cheap, easy and versatile too as it can be made on the stove top or in the slow cooker. My kids absolutely love it and it is a great family meal to warm the soul on these cold nights. This recipe […]

Lunch Box Story Friends: Under the Sea

Lunch Box Story Friends - Under the Sea Theme - cute little messages to include in the lunch box

A new Lunch Box Story Friends is available to download. This time, the theme is under the sea with whimsical mermaid friends, dolphin, clam and clown fish with cute message on the other side. Fun for the lunch box, scrapbooking, card making or just play. Idea You could recycled the fish picture and make a Fish […]

Tidy Teddies

Make your own Tidy Teddies - Tiny Teddies Recipe

Mini teddy biscuits are extremely popular amongst the little people of society but with all that packaging and cost, you can easily make your own and it doesn’t take long at all. The biscuit mixture is very simple and versatile as you can use it for any biscuit shape or flavour – add sprinkles, add cocoa […]

Bread Rolls – Recipe

Best bread roll recipe - Thermomix and non-Thermomix

Eating fresh bread is one of my favourite treats. My mum used to make bread when we lived in Papua New Guinea and the taste always takes me back to those times in my childhood. It tastes just the same as I remember! I’ve developed a bit of a process on how I like to […]

Mini Chicken Pies

Mini Chicken Pies

Hi everyone! Amanda from Simple Home Cook here and this time I have a savoury snack for you instead of the sweet ones I have been posting lately. I love a good meat pie but chicken pies come a pretty close second in my opinion. These crunchy little packages taste fantastic and are easy make […]

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 […]