Real Food Meal Plan – Week 1 2016

This week’s Real Food Meal Plan is all about using up the food I already have in the pantry and the freezer.  I’ve managed to make a little room, but not much.

Real Food Meal Plan Week 1 2016 includes beef ravioli, smoked salmon & chicken adobo.

The return to school sees a return to menu planning for me.  After two months of simple meals thrown together from festive leftovers and eating out with friends, reality has kicked back in.  The Princess has quite a busy schedule this year, so planning our meals will become more necessary than ever if we don’t want to rely on take away. [Read more…]

Nut Free Chocolate Raspberry Bliss Balls

Nut Free Raspberry Bliss Balls. Dense, fudgy & great for tucking into kids lunchboxes. An easy way to increase protein in the diets of picky eaters.

These dense, fudgy & nut free chocolate raspberry bliss balls are great for tucking into kids lunchboxes. They are also  an easy way to increase protein in the diets of picky eaters. Well, thank goodness that is over! After what seems like an interminable period, The Princess has skipped slumped off to school this week, her bag full of new books, old stationary and a few of these nut free chocolate raspberry bliss balls to keep her going.

Vegan Mini Pavlovas | The Recipe ReDux

Vegan Mini Pavlovas. The perfect dessert when catering for a crowd with different dietary issues. Egg free, gluten free & vegan.

The crowning glory at any family feast during my childhood was always the pavlova.  Whilst there may have been other desserts on the table, I only had eyes for that delicate tower of meringue, covered in cream and fruit.  In my mind, there is simply no better addition to an Australia Day feast.  However, you may have an issue if your guests are vegan or have egg allergies. Which is where these vegan mini pavlovas come in.

Lentil and Roast Beef Salad

Lentil & Roast Beef Salad. Quick to throw together, good warm or cold, and great for lunchboxes.

Christmas dinner was at our house, and being from good country stock I had enough food to feed everybody a few times over. I have never had so many leftovers. Then, in a fit of madness, I encouraged Mr Grumpy to roast some beef in his relatively new BBQ, which only further contributed to the problem. Some of the beef found its way into this Lentil and Roast Beef Salad. The rest is in the freezer, waiting.

5 Minute Healthy Snacks E-book

5 minute Healthy Snacks Cookbook Cover

Happy New Year! Now that the whirlwind of the festive season is over, I can finally start to focus on other things.  With the new year comes a new project that I have been itching to introduce you to.  Coterie Cookbooks is a new cookbook collaboration of talented bloggers from around the globe.  Each month we will produce a new e-book, full of great recipes and fabulous images.  The first of these cookbooks, 5 minute Healthy Snacks, is now available.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

So here we are, at the end of the year.  How on earth did that happen?  Whilst I had the best intentions of producing a few more posts before Christmas, time has beaten me yet again and I know it is time to admit defeat.  I am taking a short break from blogging to enjoy some time with family and friends, and will return in a few weeks. 

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 39

Real Food Meal Plan Week 39. Includes roast pork loin, lamb ragu, bulghar wheat pilaf & Thai spiced chicken wings.

Apologies for being absent without warning.  I experienced the perfect storm of The Princess finishing school for the year, and having to serve four days on jury duty.  Unfortunately this left little time for anything else, including cooking.  It will be back to business as usual (I hope) for the next couple of weeks.

Oven Baked Fish Nuggets

Oven Baked Fish Nuggets, made with real fish, are the homemade alternative to boxes of crumbed fish from the supermarket.

Once upon a time, my go-to emergency meal was a box of crumbed frozen fish fillets. One box, together with a few sides, would feed Mr Grumpy & me.  However the introduction of The Princess’s ever growing appetite to our lives suddenly meant that one box of fish was not enough.  When I did the maths, crumbed fish in a box turned out to be quite an expensive meal.  Far better, and cheaper, to make my own Oven Baked Fish Nuggets.