Monday, April 27, 2015

Recipe: Monday Meal Ideas - cooking seafood

We love a good seafood dinner, but with a growing family it can mean that some seafood options are getting quiet expensive. I've got four recipes for some pretty inexpensive seafood options for week night meals {because these recipes are also super quick to whip up}.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Recipe: Crispy skinned barramundi with lemon and pea risotto

This was one of my favourite Friday night dishes during Lent. It is super easy and you can whip it up within 30 minutes. All of the ingredients can be found in your cupboard {and I have even found a great frozen fish option - for when everyone decides to nap later in the day and you can't duck out to the fish markets}.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thanks: A letter to the ANZACs


I’ve really been getting into the documentaries and movies/mini series about the ANZACs and all those who gave their lives for us in the World Wars. The other night, I watched The WaterDiviner and spent so much of the movie in tears. The film is a beautiful story of a father who goes to Gallipoli to find his three sons.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recipe: Seasonal sides for roast pork

I received another delicious Murray Valley Pork delivery just before Easter {the pork products were gifted}. I don't think that you can go wrong with pork when it's got an excellent crispy crackling and we've perfected it with a blast at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, followed by 170 degrees for the recommend cook time of the pork, and then a final blast at 210 degrees for 15 minutes. Now I jazzed up my pork crackle with some fennel seeds mixed in with the oil and salt {but that's entirely up to you}. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Motherhood: I'm not crazy

I have managed to get the whole ‘grocery shopping with two young children’ under control. I babywear the Little Dude and Mr Moo rides in the trolley whilst eating a vegemite scroll. However, I don’t have crazies at the supermarket under control. Like last week, when an elderly lady approached me, asked if I was going to have more children, and when I replied ‘yes’, told me that I was a ‘F*CKING IDIOT’ and then walked away.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Recipe: Gluten Free - White chocolate bunny cupcakes

The other day when I was watching the 'Woman's Weekly Easter Special' I saw them whip up some pretty cute White Chocolate cupcake bunnies - and I thought that it would be super sweet to make them gluten free and serve them up to my family for Easter. Now I amended the recipe to be gluten free and I also didn't add colouring to the bunny ears {because the chocolate kept seizing when I tried} - but I think they turned out pretty cute and pretty tasty nevertheless. 

Recipe: Monday Meal Ideas - salads for lunch or dinner

A salad can be a side dish or it can be an entire meal. Hopefully, we have time to make a few more salads before the weather completely changes and we are in the time of baked veggies and slow cooked meals, which heat the house and make it homely. A salad can be for lunch or dinner and if you whip up a salad then you should instagram it {and then tag me #goodfoodweek and #smagglesaladaday }

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Recipe: A Dinosaur Birthday Cake

When Mr Moo said that he wanted a dinosaur cake for his birthday I googled dinosaur cakes and thought 'OMG what have I gotten myself into'. I found a relatively simple dinosaur template that required two round cakes to be cut and stuck together to form the dinosaur. I decided to use a green cream cheese icing {because green seemed to be the popular colour of choice for dinosaur cakes online}. And made dark chocolate spines {as I didn't want to use fondant and when I added colour to white chocolate it kept seizing}.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Motherhood: There is no vaccination 'debate'

So many people have been weighing in on the ‘Vaccination Debate’ – but I liked it when Mamamia stated that there isn’t a ‘debate’ the science is in and if you’re not vaccinating your child you are not only putting your child at risk, but all children {and those in our community who are 'high risk' like the elderly, those who have a weakened immune system, pregnant people} your child comes into contact with.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recipe: Nasi Goreng

Nasi goreng, which translates as 'fried rice' in Indonesian and Malaysian, was originally created as a means to use up yesterday's leftovers. But this is a great meal for fussy toddlers and lovers of rice {and for Mummy's who want to add a few more veggies into their toddler's meals}. If you don't have leftover cooked rice, you can cook a cup of rice and refrigerate it overnight on a tray - this drys it out and makes it perfect for this dish.