Best Chicken Noodle Soup

Best Chicken Noodle Soup

It is warming up in Queensland but it is still cold in many parts of Australia (and around the world) so this recipe will still come in handy. It is especially good at the moment given there is a lot of sickness around and a big hit of protein and vegetables is bound to kick […]

Jurassic World Inspired Cake

Jurassic World Inspired Birthday Cake

My 8 year old son seems to know a lot about Jurassic World considering he hasn’t even seen the movie (and won’t for a long time yet)! He’s hit a dinosaur obsession stage and it’s awesome. He asked for a Dinosaur/Jurassic World inspired cake, and we made a simple one and he loved it.  The idea was […]

Trying Hot / Cold Food in the Lunch Box

Lunch Box Food Ideas - hot food

I’ve been making school lunches for a decade and have a bit of a system now (read about it here). I have staples I fall back on and I also like to try different foods because I think variety is important (find a list of 100 ideas here).  I started testing hot/chilled foods in the […]

Banana & Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Banana and Blueberry Muffins - these are great to freeze for the lunch box

Hi everyone! Amanda from Simple home cook  here and I have a great lunch box item to share with you. Banana muffins appear in our lunchboxes pretty often but this time I have added some blueberries. Not only are they moist, they taste great and kids love them. If you are not a fan of […]

HELLO Malteser Slice

Malteser Slice Recipe

Are you ready for this recipe? I hope so because it is easy to make sure to impress adults and kids alike. It is not a recipe I made all the time given the high sugar content but every now and then makes me enjoy it even more. Check out the ‘Simple home cook’ and […]

Delicious Breakfast Recipes

Healthy breakfast ideas

I can’t speak highly enough about the breakfasts by Jenny from Hello Great Health. They are so good for you, and the best thing is Jenny tells you how to be prepared well in advance so an amazing breakfast is easy. I have published 5 overnight breakfasts by Jenny, and you can find them here: Breakfasts […]

Waterfall Scene Birthday Cake

Waterfall cake

I’m not kidding: this is one of the easiest birthday cakes I have made for my kids, and it probably is the most effective too! My eldest daughter turned 14 and she wanted a waterfall cake…so we did a waterfall cake, and it turned out awesome. The entire family was squealing with how awesome it […]

Rolled Meatloaf with Ham, Cheese & Spinach

Rolled Meatloaf - stuffed with spinach, ham and cheese

I have been making this recipe for many years now and when I released my cookbook back in 2013, this was the most popular recipe. Lots of people said it tastes just like spaghetti and meatballs. It is a great meal to make ahead of time and keep in the fridge until you are ready […]

Favourite Cracker Toppings

Favourite Cracker Toppings

I like eating cracker snacks, even for lunch some days. I like the texture and that crunch. There are certain toppings that were made to go together, and I’m sharing some of my favourites. Toppings Below are some favourites: Cream cheese & strawberry jam Cream cheese & blueberry Vegemite & cottage cheese Vegemites & cheese Tomato tuna […]

Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies

Chocolate & Chickpea Brownies

Back to school this week for my kids, and today I am sharing a great lunchbox recipe that I hope your kids will enjoy. Mine sure did but I didn’t tell them about the chickpeas until they committed to liking them. Make sure you process the chickpeas very finely, otherwise you might have a battle […]

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 […]