Meal Planning for the week ahead

I’ve decided to start up a regular meal planning post on Sunday night. It will usually be a late post, as I don’t normally meal plan until kids are in bed and I’ve done what I need to do for the day. So, you know, probably 11pm 😉 .

I feel bad about my last sooky-la-la post . I have been thinking a lot about how I’ve been feeling, and what I need to do to turn this all around. Admittedly, 3 days away from the house, routine and the kids helped me relax, take some deep breaths, and get into the headspace I needed to be. Adelaide was fantastic, and I loved just walking around all day on my own, ducking into shops, stopping to look at buskers, and having a coffee whenever I wanted, without having to be here, there and everywhere all at once. I’m trying hard to stay in this positive headspace, and part of this is re-establising some sort of organisation around meal planning. Continue reading

Tuna marinade and more chocolate brownies

I know it’s been ages since I’ve blogged. Mainly because nothing particularly exciting has been happening, and partly because I was feeling exceptionally lazy. It’s a gift I have of avoiding everything I should be doing, and doing a whole lot of everything else!

Tell me I’m not alone in this gift?!
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Fried rice and how to cook salmon perfectly

It was father’s day here on Sunday. I was woken when I heard the kids rustling about, getting their hidden gifts out, and discussing if it was still too early to wake us up or not. I love fathers and mothers day. I love seeing what the kids choose to spend their money on and they are always so proud of what they have chosen.

As well as bought gifts, they always have cards and craft as well.

My son bought a medal that said ‘Australia’s no. 1 DAD’. He was so proud of his gift. He said, ‘it’s a real gold medal, it cost me $5 but it was worth it!’. My son is nearly 11 years old, but in that moment, he seemed like a 5 year old boy. No attitude, just love and pride for his dad. It also reminded me of those Peppa Pig episodes when they go to Mr Fox’s shop to buy something and Mr Fox says it’s real gold plastic! lol.

After an overwhelming week last week, it’s been nice to have things back to normal this week! Continue reading

Hearty vegetable soup

We are nearing the end of winter here in Australia, but it is still so cold and windy, especially in Melbourne! I really needed some comfort food. Something I could dip my crusty bread into. Something that had taste and texture. What else could I do but a hearty vegetable soup. Don’t let this humble soup fool you. It may not be a simple ‘throw all your veggies into a pot with water’ soup. But it’s not difficult. Trust me. Follow the steps and this will become a family favourite for you too! My photos, as always, don’t do it justice. Even hubby ate it happily – and for those of you who know him, that’s a big deal. This is a chunky, hearty soup. I imagine it would be lovely with a ham hock stock/meat in it too, but I wanted something vegetarian, so obviously didn’t use it. Also, for the kids, I pureed it, that way no one was picking anything out of the soup or complaining. They all ate it happily, so that’s a bonus too!

veg soup

 
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Gluten free polenta ‘burger’ recipe

polenta burgers

Tonight’s dinner didn’t start with a recipe. It started with a thought. I knew what flavours I wanted to eat, but I didn’t really know what it was exactly. This is how a lot of my meals start. I’m an emotional eater and also an emotional cook. Have any of you seen Like Water for Chocolate? I love the idea that emotion and love that goes into a meal is felt by the eater. Food is such a sensory journey, and it makes me really sad when I see people eating bad processed food. It makes me even more sad to see kids eating it. Good food is ridiculously simple, and many of our family favourites I would never blog about, because it is literally make a salad and barbeque some meat. Serve. Just as easy as take the packet out of the freezer and cook for 20 mins on one side. Turn piece of factory food over and cook for a further 20 mins. Serve hot, because who knows what will happen once it goes cold!

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