It’s a New year and we’re back, this time with a challenge.  

It’s time for another round of blogging enthusiasm and another change in the approach. “New Year, New Blog” – well sort of. Our main theme hasn’t changed, we’re still here to talk about food.


This year I have set myself a Food Challenge. I want to challenge myself to try cooking new things, to give new recipes a go, to stop doubting my abilities, and just cook what I want to eat not just what I think I can make. And I want to challenge you to do the same.


That’s right, I’m challenging you to challenge yourself.


So here’s the deal.


Each month will have a theme. Find some recipes that will challenge YOU from within that theme and give them a go.


Have fun with it. You don’t need to make what I make. Work at your own pace and set your own challenge level. There is no requirement to get it right, the challenge is just to give it a go. Take photos and tell me about it. I’ll be sharing my efforts and offering some handy hints along the way. I’ll offer up some suggestions but what you cook is up to you.


So where do we  start?


Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s a very good place to start) 🙂


Back to Basics

What am I cooking?

There are a few things I want to try. I’ve always put pastry in the too hard basket and it’s time I gave it a go (I’ll probably just stick to short crust at this point). I also want to work on my poached egg game, try my hand at bread and make a better pasta sauce.


But what else could you try?

Maybe you want to make your own pasta from scratch? Perfect your toastie game? Cook a steak to your liking? Make a cake from scratch? Bake a batch of cookies?


Just find something you would consider a cooking basic that you maybe haven’t tried and give it a whirl or work on a skill or two that you never quite got the hang of.


Remember to take photos and post them on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #TGCKstepuptotheplate or comment below and tell me what your challenge to yourself is.


It’s been a good couple of weeks. With the return of a few of my favourite people from their travels (though I’m still missing my sister) it’s hard not to be happy. With an extra person home, the house is suddenly much less quiet which is a lovely change.


My attempt at being healthy Is not going terribly. It’s not exactly going great either. I do ok most days but it generally falls apart on weekends. And some evenings to be honest. I did get a cold last week and that did not help the situation. However, I am not giving up. Overall I feel I have been healthier and that is a positive.


Fortunately, I got over my cold quickly. Saturday was spent with friends at a bowls club playing a few rounds of barefoot bowls, having a few drinks and eating some delightful HSPs. The evening also ended with some karaoke which was fun to watch. It was an all round lovely day and the only real issue was the sun being a little too hot for the end of winter.


So onto what we’ve been eating

This Week In My Kitchen

Roast beef

My favourite roast to cook. Also roasted some veggies up with it of course. It fortunately also did a few lunches so the price and effort were still worth it for two people.


Chicken Stir Fry

I just wanted a stir fry. It’s a dish I find easy to load up on green veggies and I wanted to eat more veggies. I still need to work on my sauce consistency but it definitely tasted good.



For GHs return I decided to cook up an epic meal of wings. I made 4 kgs of Wings in 4 flavours, Buffalo, Tucson, Jerk and crumbed. Served with blue cheese dressing, Chili caramel and celery they were delicious. There were of course leftover for lunches as well.

Sausage bake

Sausages and tinned tomato I have found are a good combo when baked. This time I made it nice and spicy with cayenne pepper and cumin. I also tossed through cauliflower and capsicum. It was easy and tasty.


Prawns, Steak, and Potato Bake

Birthday boy’s choice. I found a good recipe for a pretty simple potato bake and cheated with the prawns by buying pre marinated ones. But in my defence, I had a head cold so I wasn’t up to more of a challenge than that. I splurged and got some nice steaks as well. To round out the meal I steamed some snow peas and broccoli to go with it.

Some other Things

Rocky Road

Chocolate, Gummy Bears, Raspberry M&Ms, Mini Marshmallows, and Nerds. Such a good time. I made a rather big slab so we’re slowly working our way through it. It’s definitely one to make again though I may try a few combos.


Overnight Oats

I’ve been looking at recipes for these for a while and finally tried one out. It made a great grab and go breakfast. And it wasn’t difficult to pull together. I will definitely be making some more for this week.

That’s all I have for this week.

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It was one of those weeks where it feels like the weather is confused and isn’t really sure what it’s doing. This is generally a sign that we’re about to head back into the warmer weather.


The weekend was lovely which was fortunate as I went on a picnic with a few friends on Saturday. It was lovely to be able to catch up and hang out for a few hours. Between us all, we put on a good spread as well and I’m sure no one went home hungry. I know I certainly didn’t. A day is never wasted when it’s spent in good company.


It was also lovely this week to see some family friends from where I grew up. They were passing through town and stopped by for a couple of days to catch up. They helped us to our best score this trivia season so far so that’s a bonus as well. Though such meetings are always edged with nostalgia it was good to see them and hear what’s going on in each other’s lives.


Despite what below’s menu may look like I’ve been working on trying to be healthier this week. Mainly I’ve been trying to stay more hydrated and actually take my meds but I’ve also been trying to exercise more. I’m hoping I can keep it up but I know it will be a struggle to keep myself motivated. But all you can do in life is try and try I will.


So on to the food.


This Week In My Kitchen


Gary Mehigan’s Wings with Chilli Caramel

When my mum and I went to the regional flavours festival a few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to watch Gary Mehigan from Master Chef cook on the main stage. One of the recipes he did was these lovely chicken wings which I’ve been meaning to try for a few weeks. I finally did and I’m so glad. They were delicious. And though I’m a bit of a wuss these days when it comes to chilli the chilli caramel was delightful. I still have half a jar in the fridge to drizzle over things as I see fit.


Sausage & Tomato Casserole

There is something about cooking sausages in tinned tomato that just seems to come out delicious. I added some extra veggies for some bulk and greens and served it with pasta. Added bonus, there were plenty of leftovers for lunch as well.  


Chicken Kievs

This came about as I wanted something I could put in the oven and then go have a nap while it cooked. I saw them at the deli and decided they were a winner. With some oven baked chips and steamed vegetables it made for an easy but tasty dinner and I got my nap as well.


Sort of minestrone

I had some silver beet, fennel and celery I needed to use up so I stuck them in the crock pot with some butter beans, tinned tomato and pearl barley. To be honest it could have done with some veggie stock and some sort of herbs but it was filling and used up the veggies nicely.


Some Other Things



I made Vegan scones for some friends. all I did was replace the cream in my lemonade scones with coconut cream and they worked a treat. I even whipped the leftover coconut cream to top them. It was a bit runnier than regular cream but it was tasty. I love it when I can work out how to adapt recipes. People shouldn’t have to miss out on good food due to their dietary requirements.

So that’s all for this week. I hope your week ahead is filled with good friends and good food as my week has been.


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We’re at that part of the year where the weather can be alright, as long as you’re outside in the sun. So i’ve taken my laptop out on our tiny veranda to catch some of the warm rays. It’s an improvement on last weekend when I opted to sit in bed with the electric blanket on to keep warm.


Life is quieter than usual with most of the people I regularly spend my time with overseas at the moment. Though with a lot of my energy lately going into fighting of a cold and learning new things at work it’s good that there hasn’t been to much else going on. Now that I’m feeling better though and I’m getting the hang of things at work I’m hoping to try and make the effort not to just sit at home and do nothing.

This morning I decided to go for a nice walk along the river. While  hate the idea of getting up and going for a walk when i’m just sitting thinking about it I generally don’t mind it once I get get going. The lovely river views definetly help.


I’m also once again trying to work on being more organised. We’ll see how long that lasts. I’m sure one day it will stick and in the meantime it’s an excuse to feed my stationery addiction.

Well that all I have about my life for now let’s crack on with what’s been happening…


This Week in my Kitchen


Beef & Mushroom Casserole

This is a recipe I saw on facebook. Using mince, mushrooms,tater tots and some other stuff. I decided to top it off with cheese and I’m glad I did. With only two of us in the house it made for a nice dinner and a few good lunches as well.


Lamb & Veg

Taking the opportunity while my sister is away I bought some lovely pre marinated Lamb steaks. I roasted up some potatos, sweet potatos, onions and garlic and sauteed some snow peas to go with the lamb which I thankfully managed to cook alright. Not perfect but not overdone.


Toasted Sandwiches

I went to the shops to grab something for dinner and all  could get excited about was toasted sandwiches. So we went with it. Bacon, tomato and cheese toasties. It’ nice to have something so easy for dinner sometimes. Especially when it’s something so reliably tasty.  


Apricot Chicken

Just from a jar but still super tasty. Meal bases are great when your head is not in the game. You know you’ll get flavour and you don’t have to think much about it.


For the following meals, I can’t take the credit but they were worth a mention.


Chicken & Bread Rolls

I get home late on a Thursday so I’ve handed over the responsibility to my housemates. With only two of us home at the moment though it’s not so helpful when we both get home late. Fortunately my housemate had the brilliant plan to pick up a hot chook and some bread rolls and we wacked some frozen chips in the oven to go with it. It was simple but it was good.


Roast Pork & veg

With half the regular trivia team overseas my parents have been nice enough to join in to help build out numbers and ability to not completely fail. Even better my mum has been wonderful and cooked dinner for us as well a couple of times. This week she did a pork roast, roasted vegetables and mulled pears. I can cook but my skills are nowhere near my mothers. It was of course absolutely delicious and even better the were leftovers.


Chicken Parmies & chips

This thursday went a little better and My housemate got home on time and made chicken parmies. It was all fabulous but I especially enjoyed the grilled eggplant that was with it. I left the table beyond full but it was totally worth it.


Some Other Things


Hot Chocolate

With all this cold weather, I think I’ve perfected my go to hot chocolate recipe, Expect the details in a post of it’s own later this month.


Mug Cake Mix

I was running low on my mug cake mix so I made another batch. I like mug cakes. They’re a quick and easy snack or dessert but I find the ratios in a lot of recipies off because of the ratio of egg compared to everything else. So I started making up my on “packet” mix with powdered egg so I can make it any time. All i need to do is scoop some out and add oil water and whatever flavouring I choose.


Flat breads

Flatbreads are one of my go tos whn theres is not much in the cupboard and I need something filling. This time though I tried something a little different and used yogurt instead of water. The results were lovely and fluffy. I’ll definitely be trying that one again.


Well that’s it for this week in my kitchen.


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To be honest I’ve lost track of what’s been going on in my kitchen lately. Between Supanova, starting a new job, The Abbey Medieval festival and now the dreaded Lurgy (alright it’s just a cold) my cooking has been sporadic. And what I have cooked I don’t really remember as I haven’t been keeping track as I usually do.

As I mentioned I did start a new job. I’m enjoying it and the people are great but learning all the new processes and people’s names has been a little mentally draining for me. So I haven’t really had the concentration to play around in the kitchen after work. I did work on cleaning up my craft corner on the few days I had off so I have been doing some crocheting and crafting which is nice. It still needs some works but It’s much easier to get to. Now that I’ve been able to get to my supplies I made a super cute unicorn.


Crochet Unicorn

I may not have managed much cooking lately but I did get to go to the South Bank Regional Flavours festival with my mum. It was good to see all the places doing great things with local food and I definitely picked up a few ideas and recipes to try out. We got to watch Gary Mehigan from Master chef on the main stage and that was cool. Stay tuned as I will be hopefully trying out one of his recipes in the next week.

So that’s a little of what I have been up to. Now onto what’s been going on in my kitchen.

Some Meals in my Kitchen.

Miso Fish

I finally bought some miso paste. I had some frozen fish fillets so I decided to make a miso glazed fish. It didn’t quite work how I wanted it to but it still was quite tasty. I served it with some mushrooms, grilled snow peas, soy ginger broccoli, and rice.


This is my go to for baking. I wanted to make something for my new co-workers so of course, this is what I made. The best bit about them is that they are versatile. I made these one’s gluten free as one of my co-workers is Celiac and I used mixed berries for more sweet flavour. They went down a treat.

Home Made pizzas & Desert pizza

For game 3 of State of Origin, I wanted something simple and easy to eat in front of the TV. Home made Pizzas are great because everyone can have what they want and all I had to do was some prep work on a few ingredients. I use Lebanese flatbreads as the base. I also bought some sweet ingredients to make dessert pizzas.

Roast Lamb & Veg

My sister doesn’t like lamb so I generally don’t make it. While she’s away we’re taking the opportunity to have lamb a few times. I roasted a boneless lamb leg and a stack of veggies. I’m pretty sure I’ve never cooked roast lamb before but thankfully I have a meat thermometer so with its guidance it turned out quite well. The best bit was there were leftovers.

Loaded Mac & Cheese

I had leftover roasted veg so of course, I had to make my loaded mac and cheese. It’s fast becoming one of my favourite meals. It’s worth making extra roasted veg just to be able to make this dish.

So that’s just a taste of what’s been going on lately in my Kitchen. Next week I’m hoping to return to my regular weekly format and hopefully I’ll do s better job of remembering what I’ve been up to.

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I spent the weekend in Sydney for Supanova. It all went really well which is excellent but even still I’m a little worn out. Fortunately, I have a couple of days off to recover from my trip to Sydney before I head off again, this time to Perth.

Fortunately, I have a couple of days off to recover from my trip to Sydney before I head off again, this time to Perth.

I like Sydney. It was lovely to catch up with some family while I was there. I also enjoyed staying in the city. It was interesting to see all the hustle and bustle each night. Even quite late there was plenty going on. Sure it’s a little grubby but it also has its own beauty.

I spent this afternoon napping on the couch to the sound of food network on the TV and the smell of homemade baked beans slow cooking in the kitchen.  It would be the perfect afternoon off if it wasn’t for a sore throat and runny nose that are accompanying it.

Hopefully, I’ll be feeling better in the morning after some more rest but in the meantime…


This Week in my Kitchen


Sunday – CBGBs – Pizza

As usual, Sunday was CBGB Sunday. This week we tried out Pizza loaded CBGB. It turned out quite well. We used pizza sauce, salami, mushroom, capsicum, and cheese. The only real problem with it is that it was preceded by a lot of KFC so we weren’t too hungry.


Monday – Pork and Potatoes

Fennel potatoes, pork forequarter chops, and a capsicum, carrot and onion stir fry. A solid winter meal. I just fried up the potatoes with some fennel seeds and salt & peppered the pork.


Tuesday – Chicken & Mead Stew

Slow cooker Tuesday continued, this time with a chicken stew. Flavoured with mead, sage, thyme and stock. I bulked it out with some veggies, chickpeas and pearl barley. The pearl barley actually made the stew a bit thicker in texture and even a little creamy in texture.


Wednesday- Tomato & Sausage Pasta with Roasted Veg

It started with the roasted veg. I diced pumpkin, sweet potato, and onion and stuck them in a pan to roast. Then I went searching in the freezer for what I had available. I roasted off some sausages in diced tomatoes then chopped them up and mixed it through some pasta with the tomatoey sauce. It turned out sooo much better than expected.


Thursday- Chilli

My sister stepped up to the plate (;p) to cook a lovely chilli. Of course served with all the sides, sour cream, guacamole, fresh lime, and corn chips. I was out at a few meeting so it was super nice to come home to a delicious meal ready for me.


Friday – Veal Ravioli Carbonara & Garlic Bread

This was all shop bought bits and pieces and it was rather nice. I wanted pasta because I wanted garlic bread. As we couldn’t decide on where to go we ended up at Coles.


Saturday- Soup & Toast

I needed some vegetables. Luckily I still have some pumpkin & sweet potato soup in the freezer. Of course, toast was required and I opted for cheesy toast. It made for excellent dipping.


Sunday – CBGBs – Saucy

This time we cracked open some pasta sauce and had some saucy CBGBs. One with alfredo and one with a garlic tomato sauce both with bacon, spinach & cheese. Both turned out delicious though I think next time I’d use a bechamel rather than an alfredo. Definitely worth some more experimenting.


Monday – Pumpkin & Bacon Hot Pot

This was a classic “I need to use up these things” dish. Mostly it was the bacon I needed to use up but I also had half a pumpkin and a few other vegies that were getting a bit old. So I chopped it all up, threw it in a pot with some apricot nectar and hoped for the best. I think I had 3 helpings in the end. I added in some of my preserved lemons at the end and served it with some rice.


Other Bits

More Hot Chocolate

I’ve made a few different batches now all slightly different. They all taste good though. I do need to get more marshmallows or perhaps make some as they do make the difference in flavour.


Bacon & Egg Rolls

This was our Saturday morning easy breakfast before we all headed off on our various adventures. We had English muffins, bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce, and egg (for those who wanted it). It’s a good breakfast for a crowd as it’s easy to customise and pretty quick to come together.


Mug Cake for Breakfast

I maintain that I am an adult and as such, I can have cake for breakfast if I want. So I did. Chocolate chocolate chip mug cake. It was a good breakfast.


Carrot & Cumin Muffins

At the request of my sister, I made up some savoury muffins for afternoon snacks. I made a double batch because I grated way too much carrot to start with. This recipe still needs a little more tweaking as the cumin flavour isn’t quite coming through.

So that’s it for this week. There probably won’t be another for two weeks again as I won’t be doing much cooking this week anyway due to travelling.


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Last week was a bit of a blur. If only for the rollercoaster of emotions it encompassed.

I got a new job which was super exciting. But then, of course, I had to resign my old one which was anxiety inducing and sad. Overall though it was a good week.

Our trivia game is still not at its best but that’s ok. We try and we get to spend the night at the pub with friends so it’s never not worth it.

I got to see Wonder Woman and I enjoyed it. It is overall very interesting and well done but it does feel a bit long. It kind of have the feeling of reading a book. As that’s something I enjoy I don’t see that as a bad thing. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve never really been into DC. I’m much more of a Marvel fan, to be honest, but I really did enjoy the movie.

I didn’t really do much cooking other than dinners. That also makes me a little sad as I really do love being in the kitchen but hopefully, i’ll get a little more done this week. I have been catching up on Master Chef though and also we finally hooked the TV up to the antenna so I can watch food network again. Actually, come to think of it, it may hold up my cooking.

Anyway, on to the food

Last Week In My Kitchen

Sunday – CBGBs – Cranberry & Camembert

This one was alright but it didn’t quite go to plan. Oh well, will just have to try it again some time. I didn’t put enough garlic butter on the bread and I think the loaf I used was just a little too big. Live and learn I guess. It was still reasonably tasty.

Monday – Lime & Coconut fish

Another “what do I have in the freezer I can use” meal. I baked the fish and some frozen green veg in a mixture of lime juice and zest, coconut milk, and fish sauce. It came up rather nice though it could have done with some more veg to fill it out. Instead, we opted to have pancakes for dessert. My sister is a pancake wizard so she’d whipped some up in no time.

Tuesday – Another Beef Stew

I think Tuesdays are going to be a regular slow cooker night. This time the stew was cider based as we have some low carb cider that was leftover from a party at some point that Is not so good to drink. I went alright in the stew though. I filled it out with potatoes and carrots and whatever other veggies I had lying around.

Wednesday – Pizza & Wings

It was state of origin night so I thought Pizza and wings seemed like an appropriate pre-football meal. I was lazy and just got frozen pizzas and pre-marinated wings. I also got carrot sticks and dip to try and get some veg into the meal.

Thursday – Steak & Veg

After a few discussions about wanting more red meat but it being too expensive one of the housemates, we’ll call here GH, decided to buy some nice steaks for the household. It was sooooo good. even better I got the night off cooking as our other housemate, BH, took over the cooking for the night. We also have some lovely rosemary potatoes and a salad.

Friday – Flat Breads

I was feeling lazy so I made myself some flatbreads for dinner. Not particularly nutritious but definitely filling. I mixed in a pumpkin cuppa soup mix for some flavouring and it tasted quite nice.

Other Bits

Cider and Cheese in our Pajeez

After going to a cider and cheese event earlier this year we have had this idea on out whiteboard for a while now. we grabbed a bunch of ciders to taste, put together a cheese plate and dressed up in our finest pyjamas (or you know whatever we had at the time). It was definitely a good time.

Baileys Hot Chocolate

It’s defiantly hot chocolate season. I’m not sure why I haven’t made more but I sure will be after this. It was decadent for sure but just what my cold Friday night needed. well worth the effort I say.

So that’s it for this week,

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It’s been a relatively easy week but I’m ready for a nap.


That’s an issue of B12 deficiency though not my week.


I spent a lot of my spare time napping this week but I did get to go see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I enjoyed it. There were a few bits though that I felt were pointless or silly but overall it was a nice instalment.


We seem to have slightly dropped our trivia game but we still have fun and really that’s the whole point. Really these things are a bit of luck as you just can’t know everything.


I’m working on catching up on Master Chef. We don’t have any TV’s plugged into an aerial so I always end up having to catch up later. I’m quite enjoying the new season though as always it makes me feel like I should try harder in the kitchen. I really enjoyed their home cooking week.


Now onto the food


This Week in My Kitchen


Saturday – Carbonara

I knew I wanted rice or pasta and since someone had mentioned cheese wheel carbonara earlier that day I had Carbonara stuck in my head. I’ve never made a Carbonara before but it was actually pretty easy and I’m glad I have a recipe to hand now.


Sunday – CBGB – The Cougartown

Continuing on our CBGB Sundays this time we made The Cougartown, Baby spinach and vintage cheddar and something extra. I’m not giving away our secret recipe but it was delicious.


Monday – Coconut Chicken Curry

This was a packet base I had in the cupboard and it was quite tasty. It was probably some sort of Korma, to be honest. It came together pretty easily and that’s what I was after so I was happy.


Tuesday – Beef Stew

I know I did this last week but as I had an appointment to go to after work I knew the slow cooker was the way to go. All I had to do was make some couscous when I got home and dinner was ready. This time I used cider and stock as the base so it was a bit soupier but still delicious.


Wednesday – Bacon & Onion Pasta

This turned out better than I expected. I used up the leftover bacon in the fridge and fried it up with an onion and it made a very tasty pasta dish. I mean you can’t really go wrong with bacon and onion. I chucked in whatever grated cheese I could find and that made it a little more like a sauce rather than just pasta and bits.

A little bit on the side


Bacon & Onion Jam

I made this to go on some cider scones but I didn’t get around to making the scones. Fortunately, it keeps and it will go quite nicely on Scones or toast when I get around to it.  


Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

I wanted to bake something and muffins were the easiest choice with what I had. Also, they are probably the best for taking to work of the options I had in mind so that’s a bonus. I usually have a stash of choc chips and frozen berries so that was the obvious choice for flavours. I’ll probably be making more (different flavours) soon.


Banana & Bacon Croissants

Always delicious. I even managed not to burn the sugar this time. I have some ideas I want to play on this concept but for now, it makes for a lovely Saturday brunch at home.


More Pumpkin Soup

Same same as last week but this time I remembered that I had homemade chicken stock in the freezer. The stock makes a big difference to the flavour of the soup and this one was meatier. A smaller batch though this time so it, unfortunately, won’t last as long.

So that’s it for this week in my kitchen.


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It’s been another wonderful week in our crazy house.

Yesterday morning was no exception to that and really rather the best example of life here.

Our morning featured a delicious breakfast, classic tunes, dancing around the kitchen and laughing ourselves silly.


That generally is life around here and for that I am grateful.


I’m also very grateful for my family. It’s been a bit of a rough week and a bit on the facebook memories as it’s 2 years from my run in with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. I really do appreciate all the love people put out there for me though and it’s a good reminder of how far I have come from there. But especially at this time of year, I’m grateful for all that my family did for me (and have done for me my whole life).


Onto something a bit happier,


This Week in My Kitchen


Sunday – Crazy Hat Party – Pizza & Loaded Garlic Bread 

My sister took over the dinner prep and decided it was time for another theme night. We donned our craziest hats and a night of fun began. It all started with some frozen pizzas and garlic bread and with the help of some bacon and carbonara sauce, it became a good time. This was our second household adventure into loaded garlic bread and it was an all round success. Stay tuned for more GB adventures to come.


Monday – Apricot Chicken

A meal we can all agree on. I just use a packet mix and threw in a few extra veggies. Something simple for a Monday night.


Tuesday – Beef & Red Wine Stew

I love making stew and I’m always happy when stew weather rolls around. I did this one up in the slow cooker before work and left it to do it’s thing. There was a wonderful moment when I got home and I could smell dinner as soon as I got out of the car. Paired with my favourite lazy side dish, couscous, It made for a particularly easy Tuesday night.


Wednesday – Paella

I think this is going to be a semi-regular meal on the menu. We all like seafood and the recipe I have found is super easy and quick. Not so traditional but the flavours are there. I did forget to buy chorizo so I subbed in some bacon and it still turned out quite flavoursome.


Thursday – Stir Fry

My sister took the reigns on this one as it’s one of her favourite dishes. We don’t get to have it much as one of the housemates doesn’t really like it. I quite like a stir fry so I was glad we found the chance for it. I also did up a cheese plate for pre dinners just because I wanted to.


Friday – Breakfast for dinner

This one was also not me. My housemate decided to take a crack at the dinner game as it was getting late and none of us had eaten. After a search of the fridge dinner for breakfast for dinner became the clear option and I once again got to sit back and watch as dinner was made for me. I also successfully managed to eat it with only a knife for cutlery.


A Little Bit on the Side


Mother’s day Brunch

For this one Mum and Dad came to us as and we cooked them a lovely brunch. We had zucchini and halloumi fritters, bacon, and balsamic cherry tomatoes. It turned out quite well though I’m sad to say I slightly undercooked some of the fritters. I also got us some nice coffee which we are continuing to benefit from.


Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

It’s soup season and when I asked the house what sort of soup they wanted the consensus was Pumpkin. I decided to add sweet potato to the mix as they looked good at the shops. Really it was quite easy, I just roasted everything for an hour or so then pureed the roasted veg with some stock. It actually turned out quite amazingly. It somehow had a citrus flavour to it which was awesome.


Banana Bread

After flicking through a food mag I’d left on the kitchen table it came up that I should make banana bread. Fortunately, we had some bananas in the freezer so it all came together relatively easy. This then lead to some wonderful banana bread french toast yesterday morning. I don’t think there is much left at all after that.


Balsamic Tomato Toast

Last weekend as I was typing up my post I decided to make a snack. There wasn’t much in the fridge at this point so I went with toast, ricotta and some balsamic cherry tomatoes. Had I had some fresh basil it would have been absolutely perfect but as it was it hit the spot.

So that’s all from my kitchen this week.


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Until next time



So this one is more like these weeks in my kitchen but it was Supanova time so you will have to forgive me.

Though it’s not yet reflected in the menu the cool change is really setting in. It’s lovely and I much prefer cooking for this weather.

Not so great when wildlife decide they want to come hang out in places you don’t want them though. I had to gently case a pigeon out of my room on easter Monday. I decided It wanted to relax in the craft corner but I wasn’t having that.

Two weeks of our lovely Irish visitor, two full on weekends at Supanova and a weekend of celebrating the anniversary of my sister’s birth, a multitude of public holidays and its almost back to normal this week.

So back into the swing of things.

These weeks in my Kitchen

Sunday 16/4 – Steak & Salad

We’d had a big lunch and it was only my sister home so we decided to splurge and get a nice steak. Just had a packet caesar salad with it. I love a good steak so it was lovely.


Monday 17/4 –  Chicken Tray Bake

A lovely lazy meal to round out a nice long weekend. Chopped up some chicken and whatever veg I could find, threw it in a pan and covered it with a honey mustard dressing. Served it with some rice. Not a lot of effort needed.


Tuesday 18/4 –  Loaded Mac & Cheese

Mac and Cheese is one of my go to’s for a Tuesday night and sometimes I like to add some leftover roasted veg. Though for this one I’d actually pre-roasted the veg especially for it. I pureed the veg and mixed it through the pasta to heat up before adding the cheese.

Wednesday 19/4 – Crumbed Chicken & Salad

It was essentially a Chicken Schnitzel. I bashed out some chicken breasts and crumbed them in a mix of breadcrumbs and crushed up potato chips then shallow fried it. Turned out quite well. Served it up with some salads from packet mixes as I wasn’t feeling like spending to much time on sides.


Monday 24/4 – Burgers & Fries

After being away all weekend I wanted something reasonably simple. Burgers are just prep work. Made some patties then just collected and chopped any other items needed. Put it all out on the bench and let everyone make their own. Just remember, always put the chips in the oven first or they will never be ready in time.

Tuesday 25/4 – Rosemary Chicken & Cheats Potato Bake

This one was a bit of a twist on a Jamie Oliver recipe. I marinated some chicken with a little oil and chopped rosemary then just pan-fried it. The potato bake had potatoes, onions, bacon, cheese and a tiny bit of cream and came together in about 10-15 mins.

Wednesday 26/4 – Sausage & Potato Casserole with Braised Veg

Roughly chopped potatoes and bits of sausage mixed together and covered in cheese then baked. It was a bit of an experiment and it came out quite tasty. I have some ideas to work on it but I’m pleased with how it came out. I braised some frozen stir fry veg in a Worcestershire-based sauce.


Monday 1/5 – Pasta

Up there with one of the worst pasta dishes I’ve ever made. I was not mentally prepared to cook and the lack of effort was obvious but it was edible and filling. Lessons learnt, always start a sauce with some onions and stick to the basics when you’re tired.

Tuesday 2/5 – Chicken & Chorizo Hotpot

Chicken and chorizo are brilliant together. This hot pot was tomato based and had Morrocan flavours to it. Carrots, capsicum and onions made up the veg portion and it went down well with everyone which is good after Monday’s mishap.

Wednesday 3/5 – Chicken Korma

I literally spent 20mins at the shop trying to work out what to make. This is what comes of trying to make everyone happy. I ended up just grabbing some chicken and a jar of Korma sauce. It all turned out fine in the end and that’s the important bit.


Monday 8/5 – Asian-spiced Meatballs and Garlic Broccoli

After spending most of my money on the weekend, this week became a creative challenge to use up what I already had in the house. I had some beef mince so I settled on meatballs and as I had broccoli in the fridge I decided to go with Asian flavours. It all came together quite well.

Tuesday 9/5 – Chorizo & Spinach Pasta

A much better pasta dish fortunately as we had extra people around for dinner as well though in the end the chorizo flavour was lost. On a side note, it was a grand final night at trivia and we came 8th for the season which is pretty good really.

Wednesday 10/5 – Parmies

I got a night off cooking as one of my housemates (we’ll call him Rogan) cooked enormous chicken parmies for us. I was weak and only made it through half of it but on the upside, It made for a great lunch on Friday.

Thursday 11/5 – Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

This was an easy choice as it came down to what was in the freezer. I had pre-marinated and frozen some chicken a few weeks ago and I always keep a few bags of stir fry veg in the freezer just in case. My sister is much better at making stir fry than I am but I didn’t do too badly this time though the portions were a little small.

A little bit on the side

Mums Fabulous Easter Roast

Mum made a fantastic roast pork for Easter lunch followed by some choc mint mouse filled easter eggs. We almost had to roll home we were so full.

Ham Cheese Banana Croissants.

We first had these at my Grandmas for Boxing Day Breakfast and we’d been meaning to make them again. With a long weekend up our sleeve, I finally found a morning to make some for my sister and I. Definitely will make again.

Baked Brie

I’ve always wanted to make one and I finally did. It was as delicious as expected. I’ve now made one with marmalade and one with raspberry jam and rosemary.

French Toast and Baileys  French Toast

I got up early for my sisters Birthday and the day of her party to make french toast for breakfast. I mentioned the second time that I thought about putting some Baileys in the mix and was met with disappointment that I hadn’t so on Tuesday I decided to make Some Bailey’s french toast for dessert. The flavour was only subtle but is was good. It’s definitely a recipe I’ll be working on.

Raspberry Galette

Due to the small portions on dinner on Thursday I decided I should pull together a desert. Restricted to what I had in the house I went with Raspberry Galettes. Puff pastry, raspberry jam and frozen raspberries. I was quite impressed with how it turned out. I usually manage to stuff up puff pastry.


So thats the last few weeks in my Kitchen. Hopefully now I’ll be back to my usual weekly posting to keep you up on the goings on of my kitchen.

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