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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