Happy Wholesome Halloween
Oct31

Happy Wholesome Halloween

Who would think Halloween could be so wholesome? But ours seems to be turning out that way. Yesterday the kids had a Halloween mufti day at school and everyone looked fantastic. It was great to see the teachers dressing up and having fun on World Teacher Day too. Tonight we are heading to child friendly Halloween Disco which is also a fundraiser for a family in need. It’s going to be fun check it out: Rocking Halloween And last night...

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Balancing the Busy
Aug25

Balancing the Busy

BUSYNESS is a modern disease and its main victim is women, according to a healthy food expert. As more females try to multi-task between work and family, the result is an increase in stress-related diseases such as anxiety, depression, hormone imbalance, infertility and more. “Women are usually responsible for preparing meals in the home, nurturing and comforting children when they are sick and guiding their children through...

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Family food tour takes in the Hong Kong-style delights of Eastwood
Jul15

Family food tour takes in the Hong Kong-style delights of Eastwood

Standing in a supermarket in Eastwood, I am trying to fold a dumpling, competing against 10 other people. The judge is Martin Che Chung Young, who has deftly demonstrated how to do it. His are so good, says his daughter Susan Young, that when he announces he’s making them at home the whole family drops what they’re doing to gather for the feast. Sadly, mine looks very little like Martin’s. Most of the others look...

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Gravy Baby!
Jun20

Gravy Baby!

Ahh Gravy… It’s the sauce of life!  And a good gravy can elevate a nice ordinary dinner to something extraordinary. I have tried making gravy so many ways from the old fashioned pan juices and flour like grandma used to make to tarting up a packet of Gravox with wine, herbs, mustard and spices – all with varying results from the sublime to the ridiculous, and with some cuts of meat there just isn’t enough pan...

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Divine Gluten Free Brownies
Jun01

Divine Gluten Free Brownies

I love to bake in fact I have a bit of a fetish about it. There is nothing lovelier than the smell of fresh baking cakes, cookies, brownies etc. flowing through the house, and nothing is more impressive to guests when you say “I made this myself” not to mention it tastes better than anything you could buy at the shops. I have a few friends with gluten intolerances; one has Crohn’s Disease, the other who is celiac....

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SOUP SEASON!
May20

SOUP SEASON!

Easy Peasy Chicken, Sweet Corn and Vegetable Soup – Gluten free! I generally hate winter. I am not a cold weather person at all. I think it probably stems from my parents only taking us to sunny places like Queensland and Kalgoorlie for school holidays. I didn’t see snow in real life for the first time ‘till I was 35 and I was hugely underwhelmed. It was cold, hard and wet – not fluffy and fun at all, not to mention...

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Apple Chicken Curry
Apr21

Apple Chicken Curry

When SM Editor mentioned she was going apple picking with the family I thought I’d share a variation on one of my most favourite dishes that my mum used to make called Apple Chicken. It’s Gluten Free, Lactose Free and 100% Delicious!! It was a special dish that was usually made when we were having guests for dinner. The original recipe is from a range of cookbooks that were really popular in the 70’s titled Cooking...

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Samosa Pies
Mar10

Samosa Pies

I love a good samosa, especially the potato ones, but fried pastry isn’t the healthiest so when the man of the house requested samosas for dinner I thought why not take a traditional filling and turn it into a pie? Which is exactly what I did using puff pastry and guess what? They were actually better than the fried ones. Samosa Pies Ingredients for potato filling Onion – 2 largish Garlic – 7 cloves Green chilli -2...

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Make Friends with Salad
Feb03

Make Friends with Salad

I know Homer Simpson famously said “you can’t make friends with salad” but! I guarantee that if you show up at a party or even serve it at your place for whatever occasion this deliciously flavoured Green Mango & Papaya Salad will win you friends and make your current ones love you even more! You can use a Mandolin slicer with the Julienne plate but since the great thumb tip decapitation of 2010, I’ve been...

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Thai Style Chicken Sausage Rolls – Yum!
Jan12

Thai Style Chicken Sausage Rolls – Yum!

These have quickly become a favourite in my household as they taste delicious both hot and cold which makes them great for lunch boxes the next day. This makes a huge quantity but you can easily half the amount or just do what I do and freeze for later use. You can even make smaller rolls for party finger food. Just defrost overnight and cook the day of your gathering. I prefer to use free range where possible, as even though I am a...

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