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...]

Ginger Snowballs

Apricot & Ginger Balls

These ginger snowballs are not the healthiest option (I often make alternatives, like apricot balls or date & oat balls).  However, they are great for parties, a fun treat and I do put them in my kids lunch box sometimes (the children love it when I do.  They are simple to make and freeze well too. Recipe Card   Lunch Box Idea  Flat bread (great served with bean dip, tomato sauce, tzatziki, … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Scrolls (2 ingredient dough)

Ham & Mustard Scrolls (2 ingredient dough scrolls)

A little while ago, I shared how I make pizza scrolls for the lunchbox.  I make the dough from scratch in my Thermomix. Many asked about an easier way to do the dough so I'm sharing two different ways I do scrolls that are a little less hands-on. It's handy to have these up your sleeve so you can smash them out depending on how much time you have.   They freeze well so you can make a big batch for the lunch box. Puff Pastry Firstly, … [Read more...]

Easy Dinner: Egg in The Basket

Bread Shapes for the lunch box

It was one of those nights when I had very little ingredients to work so I threw together egg in the basket and the kids loved it! The great thing about this one, is I used the left over bread shapes for the lunch box the next day, and I'll show you how. Egg in the Basket This is how I make egg in the basket Ingredients Bread - I used wholemeal bread (2 pieces per serving) Egg (1 per serving) Grated cheese (1 cup is plenty to make … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Idea: Cheesy Toasted Sandwich Bites

lunch box idea - cheesy toasted sandwich bites

I saved bread shapes from the Egg in the Basket I made for dinner to use in the lunch box the next day.   It makes for an interesting change from a regular sandwich in the lunch box. Ingredients Bread Grated cheese Tomato sauce (optional) 1. Cut bread shapes out of bread using a cookie cutter.  I used the left over bread for Egg in the Basket. You can also use the bread to make bread crumbs and use in … [Read more...]

Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls (nut free)

Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls

I make these as much for me as for the children's lunch boxes.  I find them a great energy snack that ties me over to the next meal and you can find them popping up in my food diary over the last 7 weeks.   I do make these balls quite small though, because even though the ingredients are largely wholesome, they still are quite sweet.  I usually make a heap of them and put them straight into the freezer to use here and there over … [Read more...]

Mini Nutella Brownie Bites: 3 Ingredients

Nutella cupcakes - 3 ingredients

These are rich to eat and quick to make.  The texture is somewhere between a cupcake and a brownie.   I make these mini brownie/cupcake bites for an afternoon treat for the kids sometimes.  I do recommend doing them in a mini cupcacke/muffin size rather than regular size because they are rich and delicious. Great for parties and that sort of thing too.   You only need 3 ingredients. Icing White  Chocolate … [Read more...]

Pancake Recipe: 3 Ingredients

3 ingredients pancakes

This pancake recipe is so easy, the kids can do it. There are only three ingredients. Ingredients 1 cup self raising flour 1 cup milk 1 egg Method 1. Whisk all ingredients together. 2. Cook pancakes to size over medium heat 3. Flip when golden. We usually cook our pancakes on the BBQ and they turn out beautifully. Serve Kids kids favourite toppings is with a nob of butter, maple syrup and cream. More Pancake … [Read more...]

Bento Laptop Lunch Box Review

bento laptop lunch boxes - how they keep food

I've been making school lunches for a decade now and over the years have tried many different lunch boxes, including Tupperware, Nude Food Movers and Decor. I'm writing this post because I get a lot of questions about the lunch boxes I use for my kids.   I had varying degrees of success with the other lunch boxes: Tupperware Sandwich Keepers (you can see an example featured in an older lunch box post) -  they were good for … [Read more...]

2014 Health Challenge: Week 5-6 – Keep asking Why

Clean eating - week 6

I'm doing a health challenge with my group PT instructor Lauren from Phyzique to start 2014 off.  This challenge follows five years of slow sustainable progress and you can read more about this period of my life here:  Health & Fitness - Week 1 and a follow up in my food diary in Week 2 - 4. I've just finished week 5 & 6 of this 10 week challenge and am feeling great about the increase in raw & whole foods in … [Read more...]

Coconut Bread Recipe (only 4 ingredients)

lunch box ideas

I've been making this coconut bread recipe since I was a child and now I make it with  my own kids.  Ingredients 1 Cup SR Flour 1 Cup Desiccated Coconut 1/2 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Milk Method 1. Gently combine all ingredients with  a large spoon. 2. Spoon into a well greased or lined loaf tin. 3. Cook for about 35-40 min in 170°C (325°F) oven. Delicious served warm with butter. Tip: you can make this … [Read more...]