3 minute crackers – gf, vegan

I know I have been absent a lot lately, I have just been soaking up life. Its good times and its crappy times.

Miss 2 is at that stage where everything she does is hilarious and cute, and I just want to enjoy it. Having said that, the last few months have also been very trying as my older two are now pre-teen, and we have entered the attitude era. Any energy I have left at the end of the day is spent hauling my butt into bed and staring blankly at a screen of some sort. Sad, I know.

Cooking makes me happy though. So I’ve been cooking heaps of different things lately, and so many things I want to share with you over the coming weeks!

I love crackers. I could eat an entire packet of them in a sitting, which is the reason why I have always wanted to make my own. It just seemed like I was taking things to a whole new level though. Making my own crackers? Really? Now that I have made them once though, I have realised how quick and easy they are. Well worth making a few batches at a time so that you have them on hand when you want something tasty and crunchy šŸ™‚ Continue reading

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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

Pumpkin chocolate cake Dairy free, Egg free

If you are reading this post, we have reached 500 likes on the kids, recipes and organised chaos facebook page . Either that, or I’ve gotten impatient and want to share this recipe with you all anyway!Ā Thanks to all those who shared the pageĀ šŸ™‚

Earlier this week, I was reading on a facebook health page about someone having excess cooked pumpkin, and what should they do with it? A reply came, pumpkin chocolate cake. No recipe was given, so I searched the internet for a recipe, but was having trouble finding what I wanted. I found lots of pumpkin bread recipes, lots of pumpkin shaped chocolate cakes, lots of chocolate cakes with pumpkin ganache between the layers, but no pumpkin chocolate cakes. I was getting impatient. I had pumpkin, and I wanted desperately to use it in a cake!

So, I came up with this recipe. I hope you like it!

choc pumpkin cakeThis isĀ  a lovely fluffy cake, and would be great at parties when you have kids with intolerances or allergies.

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PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE VEGAN CAKE

3 cups plain flour
2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
2 tbs white vinegar
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup heaped raw cacao or cocoa
between 3/4 – 1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup heaped sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil (could use butter if dairy is ok, or other veg oil of choice)
1, 1/4 cup hot water

Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth (or mix by hand)
Bake in moderate oven, 180’C for around 40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
I would assume this recipe could be used to as a basic vegetable chocolate cake recipe, where you could sub in most cooked veg instead of pumpkin, like beetroot or carrot. Hmmm, maybe even a mix?
I imagine it would be nice with a cream cheese icing too – but I imagine most things would taste good with cream cheese icing! Also, choc chips in the cake would be nice, or even some nuts or seeds. My kids devoured this happily, and I hope yours do too!

school lunch ideas easy swirl biscuit recipe

A few weeks ago I harped on about how easy cookies are to make and promised to share some cookie recipes, and of course, never delivered any recipes. So this week, I want to share with you a couple of super easy cookie recipes. Today is a wheat, sugar, dairy, egg cookie. Tomorrow I will share a gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free cookie recipe. So make sure you tune in to check it out! Continue reading

What’s cooking Thursday? Tuna balls and black rice

So I’m cheating a little bit, because I really cooked this last night. I saved the chicken leftovers for tonight because I have a busy day ahead of me, and basketball for Master B, so leftovers made more sense for tonight’s dinner. But last night’s dinner was a really simple, nutritiousĀ dinner and the kids liked it. Three boxes ticked! Simple, nutritious, and kid approved šŸ™‚ Oh, and a little bonus – it wasĀ a cheap meal!

tuna veg black rice
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What’s cooking Thursday? Simple marinades and dressings

It’s Thursday again! Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by?!

Today I am taking the kids to a local shopping centre where they have a moving dinosaur exhibition. I wouldn’t normally do this, as our general rule is to avoid crowded school holiday spots, but I promised the kids we would go, so going we are…

Tonight we have friends coming for dinner who eat a paleo diet. Add in no nightshades or goitrogens and I was stumped for a minute. I wish I could say that I came up with something wonderful and complicated, but I didn’t. The best part of the paleo life is that it is supposed to be simple. It’s all about enjoying good, simpleĀ food.Ā  So tonight I am doing twice cooked roast vegetables (sweet potatoes, beetroot and white potatoes for those who can eat them – mainly the kids), mixed grill of organic chicken, lamb and beef served with a large lovely green salad loaded with fennel and carrots. Continue reading