No Time = Toast For Dinner. Again!
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Do you find yourself serving toast for dinner a little more often than you would like? Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with toast for dinner, but toast seven nights a week might be stretching the friendship a little.
If you agree, you are totally in the right place.
Welcome to The Cook’s Pyjamas! My name is Tania Boylen and I am the founder of The Cook’s Pyjamas. Here you will find loads of quick easy recipes, combined with handy kitchen hacks, that will help cut down your prep time so you really don’t have to eat pasta (or toast) every night of the week.
Do you have those nights when you arrive home late in the evening, maybe after kids sport, only to realise that you still have to come up with something to eat for dinner?
It’s exhausting isn’t it? I know because I have felt the same way myself more than once. Sometimes the simple act of feeding the ones we love can be such a frustrating and difficult task. But it doesn’t have to be.
And that is what The Cook’s Pyjamas is all about. Quick & easy meals that everybody will love. Now I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I do have a few ideas that have worked for my family over the years. Hopefully they will work for you too.
Who Am I? – The Short Version
Tania Boylen is a former Environmental Scientist who “retired” to look after her growing child. Nowdays she blogs fulltime on The Cook’s Pyjamas creating easy recipes that simplify meal making and reduce cooking time to help people put healthy meals on the table in a snap.
She is a prize winning baker, achieving numerous first, second and third places between 2005 and 2012 in the Perth Royal Show (She didn’t stop winning – she stopped entering due to a lack of time).
Tania’s recipes have been featured on Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Country Living, Greatist, Elle and Readers Digest.
She has also recipe tested for cookbooks written by wholefood author Jude Blureau, Masterchef Australia 2011 winner Kate Bracks, sourdough baker Yoke Mardewi and Canadian author Marie Asselin.
Who Am I? – The Longer version
It would be wrong to assume I have always loved food. Chocolate yes! Other food – not so much.
When I first lived on my own, soon after leaving school, I had no idea how to feed myself. Let alone anyone else. I lived on jars and cans of convenience foods and was no great fan of vegetables.
It took a move to England to really change the way I looked at food. And I haven’t looked back. I learnt to cook unfamiliar food, I learnt to feed other people, and I learnt that food is something to enjoy.
These days you will find me living in Perth, Western Australia with my husband, Mr Grumpy, my 17 year old daughter (The Princess) and a grumpy old rabbit called Fudge that chews through everything left in his path. I grow a few of my own vegetables, and haunt the farmer’s markets on the weekends.
Thanks to The Princess, I have developed a more-than-working understanding of the ‘Mum’s Taxi’ stickers regularly seen on those vehicles circling the school at pick-up time.
I have only one child, and there are times when life is so busy that putting dinner together at the end of the day seems almost impossible. I have no idea how families with multiple children manage to cope. You have my intense admiration.
Over the years I have developed a number of strategies that see us eating meals without stress … most evenings. Meal planning, using up leftovers, and freezing bits & pieces that can easily be turned into other meals are all part of my grand plan for minimal dinner stress.
I believe that it is possible to eat well with little fuss. And through The Cook’s Pyjamas I want to show you just how achievable it really is. We all deserve some quiet time at the end of the day, so let me help you find it.
What You’ll find on The Cook’s Pyjamas
Every recipe published on The Cook’s Pyjamas is easy to prepare, and has been road tested by my very fussy teenager. I provide ingredient substitutions for each recipe to allow for allergies or family preferences, equipment recommendations, tips for freezing (where possible) and any additional handy tips I think will help you make each recipe.
I am a huge fan of meal planning as a way of reducing meal time stress. When you know what you are eating each night it is just one less thing to think about each evening. For many years I published a weekly meal plan on the blog. Whilst I no longer do so, all of my meal plans are still available in the archives if you need some inspiration.
I have an evergrowing library of resources that I have designed to make your life easier. Free cheatsheets, downloads, ebooks are all available in my Resource Library for you to download and print out. Simply request access to the library below.
Last Updated: 6th March 2019