Gluten Free – Savoury Flapjacks


These are a great kid snack to have on standby. They require just a few ingredients and can be made in a big batch and stored in the freezer. They aren't too messy to eat so are great for trips out with toddlers and are also good for after school snacks. You can use any veggies you have on hand and your favourite kind of cheese. Flapjacks are also perfect if you're looking for gluten free   << Continue Reading >>

Making Tortillas with a DIY Tortilla Press


(img courtesy of Fuss Free Cooking) For my birthday in June, hubby got all DIY and made me a Tortilla Press! I could hear him working away in the shed and had no idea what he was up to. What a lovely surprise! It's so much fun to use and makes the usual rolling out bit so much quicker. Rather than having to roll out each piece of dough, you simply put a dough ball in the press, lower the   << Continue Reading >>

Lamb and Apricot Tagine


I've made this a few times lately and I'm totally in love with it. This tagine is one of those lovely 'slow dishes' that's perfect for a chilly night. It bubbles away in the kitchen all afternoon so that when it gets to dinner time, all that needs to be done is to make the couscous, which is about one of the easiest things to do in the kitchen. I've adapted this from the recipe for Beef Tagine in   << Continue Reading >>

BBQ Corn Salad


Hubby had this salad at a restaurant recently and was looking for an excuse to recreate it. We went to a family lunch today and this was his contribution. It looks like a crazy combination, but it really works. The salad is sweet and smoky, with lots of crunch! I was having a sleep in with Ted this morning, while hubby was experimenting away in the kitchen. He stuck his head in and asked 'Do you   << Continue Reading >>

Cooking the Books: 4 Ingredients


Lucky last in Cooking the Books is Emily from Fuss Free Cooking. I've been following Emily's blog for a long time and it's easy to see why...everything she makes looks amazing!! Since she posted her recipe for home made Kecap Manis, I've never bought it again and I can't wait to find an excuse to try out her Steamboat. It's definitely not a blog to look at when you're hungry. If only there was a   << Continue Reading >>

Cooking the Books: Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals

chile con carne meatballs

Joining me for Cooking the Books today is Ros from Sew Delicious. Ros is a very lucky girl as she happens to be my only 'met in real life' blog friend! I love hanging out with Ros as I only have a couple of other crafty friends and it's great to be able to chat about fabric and sewing with someone whose eyes don't glaze over (sorry Hubby)! Ros and I have met up at the Zoo a few times with our   << Continue Reading >>

Cooking the Books: The River Cottage Meat Book


Cooking today is Meg from Elsie Marley. Meg is famous for running Kids Clothes Week, where people all around the world focus on sewing some kids clothing for the week. I've taken part twice before (see here) and I love it! The next KCW is coming up at the end of the month, go here if you'd like to join in. Meg not only sews, but she cooks too! Her latest recipe for smoky roasted eggplant had me   << Continue Reading >>

Crab Balls with Asian Noodle Salad


It has been crazy hot in Melbourne! Too hot to sew, too hot to cook, which is why the blog has been a little quiet. We are on track to have 10 days in a row over 30°C. I must say right now I'm missing the air-conditioning from the old house, but the pool makes up for it. I've also been putting my heat pack in the freezer and resting on my forehead at night. It definitely helps me sleep! This is   << Continue Reading >>

Broccoli Pasta


It sounds weird if you've never tried it, but broccoli is great with pasta. I quite like broccoli and we eat it a fair bit, with hubby, Roman and I all fighting over who gets to eat the raw 'trunk'. This is a great pantry dinner as I usually have all the ingredients lying about. I like using wholemeal spiral pasta for this because it cooks really fast, but it also works with Orecchiette or home   << Continue Reading >>

Savoury Seedy Snaps


I thought you might be getting overloaded with sugar from all these cookies, so today I've got a recipe for some Savoury Crackers for you. I loved watching the latest season of The Great British Bake Off and that is where this recipe is adapted from. Hubby and I have to watch it with snacks on hand because we get very hungry watching it. The original recipe uses 3/4tsp of salt in the dough,   << Continue Reading >>