Continuous Brew Kombucha: A How-To Guide

Continuous Brew Kombucha: A How-To Guide.  Brew your own Kombucha using this easy method. |

There has been a lot of talk in the media recently regarding the health benefits of fermented foods and probiotics.  This is great news for me as my friends and relatives have stopped giving me sideways crazy-lady glances and started to come to me for advice.  After having two people within twenty-four hours ask me about my Continuous Brew Kombucha, I thought I should write a post on it to save me repeating myself. [Read more…]

Tomato, Pesto and Goats Cheese Tart

Tomato Pesto Goats Cheese Tart. Easily feeds one or many. |

When I first started blogging, I gave my posts lovely obscure (and unbelievably witty) titles.  Some of the post titles are so obscure that even I sometimes have difficulty finding the recipes.  I have realised that if I struggle then you have absolutely no chance of finding them, and some of those recipes deserve to to be found.  This Tomato, Pesto and Goats Cheese Tart is one of them.  It is easy to pull together and so adaptable that I felt it needed a second outing (and a clearer title).

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 3 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 3 2015 |

Well, it’s finally happened.  At some point every summer I completely lose the inspiration to cook.  It’s hot, and I yearn for the cooler weather that will see dinner bubbling away in the oven for a few hours.  I am over salads, and zucchini, and find myself returning to a few old favourites to put a meal on the table.  So this week we have eaten:

Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding Pots

Raspberry Chocolate Chia Pudding Pots. Great for a snack on-the-go |

I am beginning to understand those “Mum’s Taxi” bumper stickers that are usually seen in abundance in school zones.  Every school year, or even school term, brings a change to our daily routine.  I find myself picking The Princess up at odd times after school, or ferrying her to various venues around the city.  No week seems the same.  One thing does remain constant though; the need to keep her fed.  If The Princess becomes hungry,  everything goes south very quickly.

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad with Crispy Tempeh

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad with Crispy Tempeh |

I’ve been going through a noodle phase of late. I don’t like cold pasta salads, but had quite forgotten how good cold soba noodles are until in desperation I bought a bowl for lunch recently.  They were delicious.   So as soba noodles are perfect for hot weather, I have been making up for lost time by eating them regularly.  This Peanut Soba Noodle Salad with Crispy Tempeh is everything I enjoy in a vegetarian meal.  A zesty dressing, lots of vegetables and little bits of crunch.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 2 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 2

We are slowly settling back into the school routine, although I can see changes afoot in the way I cook this year as The Princess starts to sign up for new activities.  Events in the late afternoon and early evening always present dinner challenges so we will just have to see what this year brings.  In the meantime, dinner this week was quite straightforward:

Slow Cooker Mexican Chocolate and Zucchini Cake

Slow Cooker Mexican Chocolate & Zucchini Cake. Use up that zucchini glut without turning on the oven |

Last zucchini recipe for the year, I promise.  It’s just that I didn’t check the vegetable patch for a couple of days  and I now have two very large zucchinis to use up.  We ate pasta for dinner last night, and I froze some, but that still leaves a lot requiring attention.  So … cake.  The chocolate colour goes a long way towards  hiding the zucchini.  Throw in a little cayenne pepper and cinnamon, and you have this Slow Cooker Mexican Chocolate and Zucchini Cake.

In My Kitchen – February 2015

Risotto & Sea Salt |

This month my kitchen is full of Tasmania produce that I lugged home from our recent holiday to the tune of much grumbling from Mr Grumpy.  Sometimes he really earns that name.   I’d never quite realised that Tasmania was such a large truffle producer, so was surprised to find a lot of truffle infused foods on offer.  I settled on this truffle risotto, which will be handy to have in the cupboard for a quick meal when the weather cools down.  The sea salt is a new addition to my growing collection of salt from around the world.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 1 2015

Real Food Meal Plan Week 1 |

After a month of grabbing meals on the run, entertaining over the festive season and traveling, it is actually quite nice to get back to planning  our weekly meals.  I love the certainty of knowing what I am eating each day, and it also means that we eat a more varied diet.