Mini Ham and Edam Cheese Quiches

Mini Ham & Edam Cheese Quiches. These make great canapes or can be tucked into children's lunchboxes. Great served hot or cold, and they freeze well. | thecookspyjamas.com

Many years ago, whilst still at university, I worked part time at a soil analysis laboratory.  The lab was perched on the edge of a light industrial estate, and lunch options were thin on the ground.  The nearest shops were too far to get there and back in the half hour I was allocated to eat, so I would take my own lunch.  When lunchtime arrived I would eat at a small desk in reception, wedged between the towering bags of soil and mushroom compost that were waiting to be analysed.

Chocolate Popcorn

Chocolate Coated Popcorn. Super quick to throw together & great for kid's parties. | thecookspyjamas.com

Picture this.  It’s six thirty in the morning the day before school finishes for the year.  I’m lying in bed contemplating dragging myself to the shower so I could get The Princess to the school bus in time when I hear the popcorn maker humming in the kitchen below. Now I know we have a lot of popcorn, but I was unaware it had become breakfast food.

In My Kitchen – December 2014

In My Kitchen | thecookspyjamas.com

It’s quiet In My Kitchen this month, although this may be the calm before the storm. With my focus being on the end of the school year there has been little time for much else.   Waiting around for The Princess has, however, given me time to indulge in a little online shopping (thank goodness for the Internet) and lots of new cookbooks have arrived just in time for the holidays.

How to Can Dried Beans

How to Can Dried Beans. The route to self sufficiency. | thecookspyjamas.com

My life motto is “You learn something new every day.” I am very much a visual learner, and have developed a very long list of things I want to try ‘one day’.  The Our Growing Edge blog hop, a monthly event that encourages bloggers to try new food related challenges, is the perfect opportunity for me to start ticking things off this list.  As a result, this month I have been learning how to can dried beans.

A Real Food Meal Plan – Spring 04

Real Food Meal Plan Spring Week 4| thecookspyjamas.com

The first of the hot weather has arrived, so the BBQ has been cleaned and pressed into service this week.  We have also had a couple of late evenings home so I have relied on freezer meals to get dinner on the table before midnight.  This week we ate:

Gluten Free Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

Gluten Free Chocolate & Hazelnut Biscotti. Perfect for gift giving. | thecookspyjamas.com

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.  Christmas is coming.  And it is coming really, really fast.  The supremely organised amongst us already have their gifts wrapped and under the tree.  I am not one of those people.  Every year I make truffles, spice mixes and other food gifts for those on my list.  Yet no matter how well I plan,  I always manage to forget someone; an oversight that usually only occurs to me the day before I should be fronting up with some sort of gift.  Which is where this Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti comes in.