Friday, July 31, 2015

Tea Towel Goodness


Happy Friday Peeps - well done, we made to the end of the week.

I, for one, am particularly happy it's Friday - it's been a busy one in our neck of the woods. But in between the normal bumps of kids and work, I was super excited to take delivery of my new batch of tea-towels.

In keeping with my fairly food-obsessed train of thought, I have done a couple of kitchen themed towels this time round - one with my all time favourite, never ever fail, Banana Cake and the other with a handy run down of Kitchen fact & figures, measurements and conversions.

Check them out over here.

The perfect little gift for someone who likes a touch of baking, don't you agree? xxE



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tasty Tip Tuesday



I recently came across a blog post jammed packed f.u.l.l. of some awesome tips.

It came up on my Pinterest feed, via I Quit Sugar and I just had to track down the original post and share it with you guys - quick quick, go check it out, I promise you'll find something that rocks your kitchen-world!

xE


Monday, July 27, 2015

Meal Planning Monday

I would be lying if I said that things had been easy lately.

You know when you hit one of the bumpy patches?

One of those things-are-feeling-too-hard patches, the kind that knock out your stuffing and leave you feeling over whelmed and generally world weary. That bit when you find yourself looking around for the "adult" who will know what to do, only to realise that you are the designated Adult-in-the-room. Well, welcome to our bumpy patch folks - at the moment it's all about matching sure that one foot ends up infront of the other, that the kids get fed and the wheels of life keep turning.

So, with the "keeping the kids fed" part of the equation in mind, here's what we have planned for the week:

Monday: Pumpkin Soup

Tuesday: Homemade Veggie Pies

Wednesday: Beef Curry with Rice

Thursday: Easy Peasy

Friday: Ravioli

Wish me luck peeps, hopefully this week is the one where the tide turns. xE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Super-dupper-no-bake-slice

I'll be honest...I have always been a little suspicious of the "No Bake Slice" - not quite sure why, but it just didn't feel quite right.

Well, let me tell you...I am a convert!

Recently, the Eldest son decided that he "want to make something" and set about googling recipes and rustling around in the pantry. After not too much time, he struck upon an Apricot and Coconut Slice.

Ticks all the boxes - super easy to put together, and great for lunch boxes or afternoon tea a-like, and lordy, if it wasn't tasty!

Eldest son was really quite proud of his efforts.

We are officially embracing the no-bake option.

You can find versions of this type of recipe all over the net, here is ours:

APRICOT AND COCONUT SLICE
125g Butter
0.5 cup of sugar (brown or caster - whatever you have in the cupboard)
200g Sweetened Condensed Milk (aprox half a standard can)
1 x packet plain biscuits (Milk Arrowroot or similar)
1 cup dried Apricot, chopped or diced
Shredded Coconut

Grease and line a 20cm x 20cm slice tin (or similar)
Melt the butter, condensed milk and sugar in a pan over a low heat (be careful not to boil)
Smash up the biscuits into pieces & crumbs and place in a bowl
Add Apricots to biscuit crumbs
Pour the melted butter mixture over fruit & crumbs and stir to combine well.
Press mixture into slice tin, making sure to flatten out the top.
Sprinkle with Coconut and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until set.

Enjoy! xE


Monday, July 13, 2015

Back into it Peeps!

OK peeps, after a couple of weeks of having a bunch of mooching kids under feet, the scholars are back to school over the next few days and the start bell of Term 3 will be rung.

Are you ready? What does your week hold?
Round these parts, it is back into full swing on all fronts, so after a mellow couple of "the-plan-is-there-is-no-plan" weeks, you guessed it....we are back on the meal planning bus!

Here's what we are looking at:

Chicken Satay with Rice
Spinach & Feta Pie
Bec's Drumsticks
Stuffed Pasta Shells
DIY Omelette's

I (finally!) bought myself a slow cooker over the holidays and so far have tried out Lamb Shanks (result: not bad for a first effort, but looking forward to improvement) and porridge (again, not bad for a first try!). This week, I think I will have a whirl at Bec's Drumsticks.

My gorgeous sister-in-law had our family over for dinner recently, and she baked the most delicious Chicken drumsticks, from a recipe in Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros.

It is a total winner of a recipe and a big hit with my boys, so I will post pics & recipe soon.

Have a good week peeps, back into it!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

He's a What?

One of the culinary over lays in our house hold, apart from the regular, and interchangeable, listing of dislikes (which, depending on the day, and the child, can range from peas, cheese, pasta and lettuce, to "big" tomato, mashed potato, soup or sausage) is that my better-half is vegetarian.

This works fine, most of the time. The boys will have an all veg meal a couple of times a week,
(generally without noticing) and I swing between veg meals with H, or meat meals with the boys the rest of the time. H doesn't not eat meat out of an ideological stance (apologies Morrissey) but rather, over the years, he has noticed that he generally "feels better" when staying away from meal. This does make life a bit easier than it might otherwise be, as we don't have to have two sets of pans (wowzers!) and we can cook family favourites like Paella and he just avoids the chorizo.

I smiled though when I came across this post recently on Dinner, A Love story (one of my favs) - an awesome run down on going vego with kids! xE