Chicken & Ham Pastie

Chicken and Ham Pastie

We met, a friendship formed, and then we both moved.  We never had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with each other before our life circumstances changed but she was the sort of friend that came around to hang at my place for the afternoon, brought ingredients for dinner and made it in the kitchen.  Friendship with her felt like community should. She is still my friend from afar.  Her name is Jenny and this recipe is one of … [Read more...]

Crunchy Crumbed Chicken

how to make crunchy crumbed chicken

My husband makes the most delicious crispy crumbed chicken. I have my own version, but his tastes better than mine -- it's so crunchy on the outside but not dry in the middle. Below is the recipe. Ingredients 800g chicken tenderloins (breast can be used but bash under a piece of glad wrap or baking paper to thin to the same size and cut in half for best results) 1/3 cup plain flour 2 eggs 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I use multi gram or … [Read more...]

(Edible) Crystallised Pansies: for cupcake decorating

Crystallised Pansies

Crystallised Pansies for Cupcake Decorating, Tea Parties & Connecting Kids with the Garden Did you know that pansies are edible!? When I told my children they weren’t that excited by the prospect of my adding pansies to the family salad, until Grandma told them that pansies could be used for cake decorating. That got their attention, and mine. We love a little tea party. I’ve always assumed that flowers used in cake decorating … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Cheese Twists

cheese twists

These are pretty much the same as the scrolls I often make but presented a little differently. I find mixing it up for the lunch box is always a good idea. Dough Recipe The dough recipe is here. Dough Ingredients 310 g Luke warm water (1  1/3 cups) 1 sachet dry yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 510 g plain flour (3  1/2 cups) 30 g extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons) Filling Options Tomato Sauce Grated … [Read more...]

Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters

Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters Recipe

I made a big batch of these zucchini and parmesan fritters for dinner and used the leftovers in the lunch box the next day.  My kids enjoyed them! Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters This is a simple and easy meal to make. I use a variations of this recipe. Ingredients 2 large /3 medium zucchini (about 400g) 75g self-raising flour (1/2 cup) 40g parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup) 1 clove garlic, minced or very finely diced 2 eggs, … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Cream Cheese Frosting

Cheesecake Cream Cheese Frosting

Cheesecake Cream Cheese Cupcake Frosting Are you a cheesecake fan too? I LOVE cheesecake, so I came up with this yummy frosting recipe for cupcake decorating.  Ingredients 125 grams of room temperature non-salted butter 200 grams cream cheese (lite is fine) 1 cup icing sugar (Low GI version tastes fantastic & you can use less) 1 tsp vanilla essence ¼ tsp zest of lemon (not necessary, but adds extra … [Read more...]

Blueberry & Coconut Muffins

Blueberry & Coconut Muffins

This is a variation on the coconut bread I often make.  Great for an afternoon treat or I often make it in mini size for the lunch box. Ingredients 1 Cup SR Flour 1 Cup Desiccated Coconut 1/2 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Milk 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries Method 1. Gently mix all ingredients until just combined with a large spoon. 2. Spoon into a lined muffin tray.  Makes approximately 12 regular sized muffins. 3. Cook for … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Scrolls Recipe (4 Main Ingredients)

Cinnamon Scrolls Recipe - Thermomix

On a cool afternoon, I sometimes make a batch of cinnamon scrolls for the kids after school.  They can be ready in under 20 minutes! The recipe I use is adapted from the Thermomix Forum. I make it  with no icing (because it's sweet enough) and converted to a non-thermomix method too.  (If you want to read my review about the Thermomix, it's here). Dough 300 g Self Raising Flour (2 1/3 cups) 90 g Butter, cut into chunks … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Pizza Night!

Make your own pizza night

I use this simple dough mixture a lot.  I've made scrolls for the lunch box & flat bread for soup, and I also use this recipe for pizza bases sometimes. Personally, I prefer the regular pizza base recipe, however this is so quick and easy and the husband and the kids love it so I often whip this up for a quick & fun dinner night. The children love picking their own toppings to build their pizza and it's a lovely family activity to … [Read more...]

Apricot & Choc Chip Muesli Slice

Apricot & Choc Chip Muesli Slice Recipe

This is a muesli slice I sometimes make for the children's lunch box. It can be frozen and made ahead of time. Ingredients 125g Butter ½ Cup (100g) firmly packed brown sugar 1 Tablespoon honey 2¼ Cups (200g) rolled oats ¼ Cup (40g) sunflower seeds (if kids aren't keen on seeds, replace this amount with desiccated coconut) ¼ Cup (20g) desiccated coconut ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ Cup (75g) dried apricots - chopped (can use … [Read more...]

Camping Food: Cooking Damper in a Camp Oven

Damper Recipe - in a camp oven

Damper cooked on an open fire isn't food. It's an experience! It's Aussie, outdoorish and awesome. I've done this recipe at home in my normal oven (find the process here: Damper Recipe).  The last time we camped, I cooked it on an open fire in a camp oven and it tasted amazing! Ingredients 3 Cups Self-Raising Flour Pinch Salt 5 Level Teaspoons Butter  1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water Preparing This is how I pack damper for … [Read more...]

Camping Food: Pre-Prepared Pancake Recipe

Camping Food: Pre-Made Pancake Mix - Ingredients

Eating pancakes in the morning with the trees above my head and the song of birds in my ears: it's something I look forward to each camping trip.  In the past, I often purchased the pre-made shake and pour pancake mixes, however, this camping trip, I packed flour (already measured out) in a plastic Sistema container and it was just as easy and delicious (and cheaper!).   This recipe can be whipped together with only 2 other … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Temporary Tattoo Banana

Temporary Tattoo Banana - fun for the lunch box

I've used temporary tattoos to decorate boiled eggs around Easter time and they work on bananas too. This is fun for the lunch box or just to make the fruit bowl look uber cool.  Follow the packet instructions and apply to the banana just as you would skin. Corn & Cheese Scrolls (used this recipe) Sugar snap peas Boiled egg Banana Carrot mini muffin More Lunch Box Ideas 2 Ingredient Dough Scrolls Cheesy … [Read more...]

Review: Contigo Drink Bottles

contigo drink bottles

A couple of months ago, I sat next to Tea from Name My Stuff in a meeting, and I noticed her pull out a drink bottle from her bag. I immediately knew it was the type of drink bottle I was looking for -- I needed new bottles for my kids -- so I asked her about it.  I've become quite particular over the years about what I buy for school, mainly because I know specifically what I'm looking for.  I'm happy to invest in a product I know is … [Read more...]