Brioche Buns

Bread-making is something I’m still learning and experimenting with. While it does take a while to make bread, it isn’t as difficult as I expected. My fear of yeast was unfounded. With the successes I’ve had with pizza dough (what! I haven’t shared that here yet!) and loaves of bread, it was time to branch […]

Cornish Pasties

Time for another yummy lunch recipe: Cornish Pasties – perfect for a wet, windy day (like here today in Perth). Another way for me to avoid eating sandwiches for lunch, and sneak in a few vegetables too. No long story today – let’s go straight to the recipe: Ingredients 2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, defrosted […]

Pizza Scrolls

Growing up, we always had sandwiches for lunch and now, I’m really not a fan. I’m always looking for different tasty options for lunch and these pizza scrolls really hit the spot. Gourmet Garden fresh herbs make it easy to add a bit more flavour – just simply spread it on with the tomato paste. […]

Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

When we go out to a restaurant (rarely), our 3 year old son grabs the menu, opens it to a random page and says (while running his finger under any old menu item) “I’ll have chicken muggets (yes, he calls them muggets), chips and sauce!”. Rather than having a public battle, we concede (if it’s […]

Countdown to dinner

I’m trialling a new layout for my recipes: Countdown to Dinner. It annoys me when cookbook recipes give you a cooking time, but half the ingredients already need to be chopped or prepared in some other way. So when I try a new recipe, I note  takes and write out a schedule to get it […]

Pantry Challenge Menu Plan (Week 4)

Another week, another menu plan! Last week was a bit hit and miss. After coming back from holidays, my husband had a work trip and then a business dinner, so wasn’t home for dinner 3 nights. The menu plan got pushed aside for meals that my kids will definitely eat (pasta). The plan also got […]

Smiley Face Cake (Chocolate Cake Recipe)

When I asked my son what cake he wanted for his third birthday, he told me a smiley face cake. After the choo choo train cake from last year, my first thought was “Woohoo! Too easy!”. I didn’t know whether to believe him, so I asked him a few more times, and it was always […]

Pantry Challenge: Week 3 Menu Plan

After a week visiting family and friends, it’s time to get back in the swing of the pantry challenge (and that’s why I’m calling it week 3!). It’s nice to go out for meals and have others cook nice meals, but I’m glad to be back home in my own kitchen again. I still feel […]

My Mum’s Recipes

This week is all about visiting friends and family, so I don’t have a menu plan to share today. Instead, here are some of my Mum’s recipes. They are comfort food for me, taking me back to my childhood. Tuna Mornay Creamy Tomato and Bacon Pasta Flummery Pineapple Platter It will be a quiet week […]

Galette des Rois

Time for another sweet treat, although this isn’t as sweet as my usual desserts! I discovered the tradition of eating Galette des Rois on January 6 when we lived in Paris. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings at the birth of Jesus, and a trinket or dried bean is baked into the cake, […]

Pantry Challenge: Week 2 Menu Plan

Last week didn’t go totally according to plan. We went out for dinner after a lovely afternoon on Monday with a CityCat (ferry ride) to Southbank in Brisbane. It was a great way to spend the last day of my husband’s Christmas break. Saturday night ended in takeaway too – just one of those days. […]

Pantry Challenge Planning

It’s time for the Pantry Challenge at Good Cheap Eats. I’m an accumulator of ingredients. When I go to the supermarket, I see all sorts of interesting food that I’d like to try cooking. I buy things and they go into the pantry, never to be seen again. I’m also a fan of buying meat […]

Lime Meringue Slice

I love a good slice! It’s a great treat to take to a friend’s house, and when you cheat and use a pre-made lime curd, this doesn’t take any longer than making and icing (frosting) a cake. I also think it looks just a little bit fancier and more grown up than cake. It’s just […]

DIY Dinner Kits

I wish I was better at menu planning, but I  haven’t found the right system for me yet. Some weeks, I’m organised and it all goes well, and other weeks, I have no idea what we’ll have for dinner each night (except Fridays – that’s pizza night!). Even when I have planned out my menus […]

Cornflake Cookies

Lately, I’ve wanted to cook food from my childhood. I love the idea of baking the same things for my kids that my Mum made for me. These cornflake cookies fit the bill (although my Mum always put sultanas in them – I’m not a fan). I also like to fool myself that homemade cookies […]

Pantry Meal Kits

I’m guest posting today at the CSI Project for their Pantries, Closets, & Cupboards week. Head over to see the full tutorial for my Pantry Meal Kits, with cute fabric basket liners.

Lamb and Tabouleh Pita Pockets

I haven’t posted many recipes lately, partly because I’m only cooking basic meals thanks to sleep-deprivation and colds. The other reason is great food blogs have great photos, and I’m not happy with my food photography skills (and  don’t even talk to me about styling!). I find it difficult to get good photos when I’ve […]

Dinner in a Hurry: Feast in 15

As much as I try to plan ahead, I still have days when the evening rolls around and I don’t know what’s for dinner. This most often happens when I’ve had a busy day or I’m sick and don’t have the energy to cook. That’s where the new eBook Feast in 15 by Tiffany King […]

Yummy Brownies

I’d never heard of brownies when I was a kid (or muffins for that matter). It was cakes and biscuits (of the cookie kind) for baked treats in our house. I’m not sure when I first heard of brownies, probably from American sitcoms, but I though they were too American (with that defensive “anti-Americanisation of […]

My “To Cook” List

I have quite a few craft projects and recipes to share with you, but a bad morning has sapped the life out of me, so I thought I’d share a few recipes from around the blogosphere that have caught my eye, and are on my massively long “to cook” list: Emeril’s Strawberry Lemonade at Recipe […]

Guest Me Me Me Recipe: CK (Bedtime Tales)

Our next guest for Me Me Me Month is CK from Made by Bedtime Tales. You have to check out the header on their blog (CK blogs with her sister Becka) – it’s the most fanciful header I’ve ever seen (and I don’t know where fanciful came from, it’s just what popped in my head!). […]

Lemon and Lime White Chocolate Mud Cake

My mouth is watering just reading that title! Citrus and chocolate is definitely Me Me Me! Now for the picture… My birthday was a few weeks ago, and I wanted a delicious birthday cake, so I made it myself. Digging through my recipes, I found the Lemon and Lime White Chocolate Mud Cake with a […]

Guest Me Me Me-er: Mrs Bettie Rocker

It’s time to welcome my first guest blogger for Me Me Me Month: Becky (aka Mrs Bettie Rocker). I love all the sweet treats she posts, and just how real she is (although, to be honest, dorky, nerdy me would never be cool enough to speak to her in real life – I love that […]

Pancake Tuesday Recipe

I love pancakes, so what better excuse to have them for breakfast than Shrove Tuesday. Or for the non-religious, Pancake Tuesday. Here’s my go-to plain pancake recipe. It’s a little bit sweet, and fluffs up just a bit. I loved pancakes with lemon juice and sugar as a kid, but generally stick to maple syrup […]