Roast Chicken with Fragrant Brown Rice Stuffing

Roast chicken has always been a favourite dish in my household. In fact, when my boys where teenagers, I would have to roast 2 large chickens because 1 was never enough and, even then, I’d have to choose my piece quickly or I’d end up with the carcass to eat. I have yet to come…

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Reliving a Special Day

We were all super excited about getting together for our family dinner last Sunday, not because of the food – but, because we would get to see the photos from Michael and Cath’s wedding back in July. Finally, after what seemed forever, the photos arrived and we couldn’t wait to see them. So after finishing…

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Slow Cooked Aromatic Beef

If there is one dish I really crave for during the bleak, cold days of winter, it would have to be warm comfort food like this flavoursome and fragrant Slow Cooked Aromatic Beef stew. This Slow Cooked Aromatic Beef recipe is so easy to make and one that will satisfy your hunger and nourish your…

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The Bitter and Sweet of Christmas!

This morning I woke up to realise it’s only 4 weeks to Christmas, so today is the day I started preparing to cook all things Christmas for this special time of the year. I love Christmas and everything it represents: the decorations, the birth of Christ, giving more than receiving, forgiveness, family time, food, holidays,…

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Food, Fun, Laughter & Song

FOOD, FUN, LAUGHTER and SONG – these are the words that come to mind when I think about our Sunday family dinners and our last one was no exception. Last Sunday was such a warm sunny day, which seems to be the norm in Melbourne at the moment and I’m loving it, so we had…

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Manny is getting married!

My nephew and his lady Nicole are getting married and a couple of weeks ago we were invited to meet Nicole’s family. With only a few months until the wedding, we were excited to get to know the people who raised the lovely young lady who would soon join our family. It was no surprise…

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Welcome Home Lydia

A great night was had by all last Saturday celebrating Lydia’s birthday and safe return from the UK. It’s so great to have you back with us – Billy is especially happy 🙂 Well done Billy on arranging such a successful night and well done to your mum for putting on a great spread. Here’s…

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A Cake for Lydia

Hi Reader, Thanks for taking the time to visit. I know your time is precious, so I’ll do my best to make good use of it by sharing something I hope you will enjoy or find useful. Once you’ve read it, I’d love to know what you think because, as someone who is new to…

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Do you worry that your toddler is becoming a fussy eater?

Well, the good news is that you can you can stop worrying because, fussy eating is simply a stage that many toddlers go through, often in their second year. Having raised 3 children of my own and looking after my grandson (that’s him in the photo above), I can tell you from experience, that a…

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How to enhance the flavour of your soup 

“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavour.” 6 ways to enhance your soup

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Spanakopita with a twist

Greek ‘pita’ (or ‘pie’) is a popular savoury dish made with filo (phyllo) pastry, feta cheese and eggs (as the base ingredients) and baked until golden and crispy. It makes a healthy addition to any lunch box, a delicious anytime snack or served as finger food with drinks when family or friends gather. Although Spanakopita…

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“This wasn’t your best work mum!”

Like most home cooks, I’ve had my share of failures in the kitchen over the years and, whilst it is disappointing when a recipe doesn’t turn out like I hope, to me it’s just part of learning. A few months ago, I found a recipe in a food magazine that I had been looking for…

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Tip for Busy Parents – storing & using fresh food

Storing and using fresh food correctly is important for your health and your wallet. Most fresh foods have a short shelf life and by not storing correctly you risk it being spoilt by bacteria and having to throw it out. Minced meat is one of those foods I’ve always worried about buying pre-minced and storing,…

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Only 2 more Sunday family dinners to go!

It’s been almost 2 years since Michael and Cath came to Sunday family dinner after being away overseas, and announced they were planning to get married on the Greek Island of Naxos. Back then two years seemed so far away, but now it’s hard to believe it’s only 1 month to the wedding day –…

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Food Creates Memories

I have fond memories of my mum coming home after a long day at work to cook a delicious meal for us for dinner. I would watch how she would go about preparing a chicken and vegetable casserole – cutting up the chicken and chopping the vegetables – I would always love to help. When…

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