Tag Archives: Recipe

Today I love….the easiest pumpkin soup ever….

4 Jul

One from the olde recipe file….

The only thing I don’t love, love, love about this soup is chopping the skin off the pumpkin at the start – me = no muscle power to chop any big heifer pumpkins!!!


  • Pumpkin – half a medium size jap and a whole butternut pumpkin – seeds and skin removed – chopped into largish chunks or hey – just what ever you have on hand/left over from last night’s roast dinner etc…
  • 1 onion – quartered
  • 1 or 2 carrots chopped into small chunks
  • Keens Curry powder – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Hot, crispy, crunchy bread rolls to serve
  1. Put all the vegies in a large pot and cover with water. Make sure you will have enough room left to wizz in the saucepan when you are done – ie. use a LARGE saucepan!
  2. Boil until the carrot is cooked.
  3. Add curry powder.
  4. Remove from heat and wizz it all together with a stick blender.
  5. Serve in bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled with fresh parsley.
  6. I like to halve and then toast my bread rolls, add a slice of cheese, top with a freshly cooked rasher of bacon and whack them under the grill for 2 mins to melt the cheese and then I proceed to dip this wonderful bread concoction into my soup!

It’s just simply DIVINE people! Get on it now!!!


    Today I love….Top Chef University

    1 Jul

    It’s official.

    The whole world has gone Masterchef MAD…..

    Now, the latest offering is an online cooking course from Top Chef University!

    Awesome! Now, I can finally learn how to make authentic Mexican food and eat it every day! Without buying those awful dinner kits….

    Offering a range of 12 culinary courses on offer from vegetables to seafood to global meals and desserts….and professional instructors…

    Top Chef University

    Today I love….reading Frankie online

    1 Jul

    Oh, frankie you have just made my day today!

    In the back of my mind – when will I get to a newsagent to find/buy the new frankie? It wasn’t foresee-ably coming up in the next week or so and now I don’t have to worry at all!

    Frankie is now available online for those of us who wish to save some trees and download and read digital version! YAY! And yay for frankie magazine – leading the way in publishing, distribution and caring for our environment.

    Oh, and did I mention it’s cheaper than buying the hard copy as well?? This just sweetens the deal for me you frankie dudes!!

    Frankie Magazine is an Australian bi-monthly with a difference. A niche-style title with mainstream appeal – filled with fashion, art, craft, music, cuteness and real-life inspiration – frankie is dedicated to uncovering the newest trends, celebrating the latest creative talents and delivering sharp, honest, laugh-out-loud stories their readers can relate to.

    via Zinio Digital Magazines

    I also recommend you check out and subscribe to the Saveur magazine from Zinio – I think it’s still free and if you are a foodie like me you’ll love the worldwide cuisines and restaurants they feature (A little bit like gourmet traveller I believe)

    Happy reading pumpkins!!!

    Today I love….Cookbook for Marysville

    23 Jun

    The Marysville Cookbook

    Saturday 7th February 2009, now known as Black Saturday, saw the state of Victoria devastated by uncontrollable bushfires. Many towns were wiped from the map, thousands of buildings were lost and 173 people perished.

    The devastation of Marysville was almost total.

    The township needed something that was theirs and theirs alone. So they created the “Cookbook for Marysville”. Almost 300 copies were printed and given to the residents of Marysville with a message of hope and of thanks to emergency personnel.

    Many people wanted to buy the book. They commissioned a second print run and the book is now for sale at $30.00.

    $10 from each and every book, will be returned back to the town through various community ventures. I shall publish updates on sales and where the money is going, along with recipes from the book, at the Marysville Cookbook blog.

    This book is 165 pages, including 28 pages of photos of the old Marysville taken by residents both past and present.

    Read more about the book and my thank you to the people of Marysville.

    Buy the book now!

    Marysville Cookbook

    * Title: Cookbook for Marysville

    * ISBN: 978-0-646-52760-4

    * RRP: $30.00

    * Postage $5.00 (Australia only)

    via Cookbook for Marysville – Marysville Cookbook.

    Today I love….My favourite risotto (Glamping food)

    22 Jun

    This is my recipe for my favourite risotto.

    I love, love, love this as it is an excellent recipe as it can be adapted to be cooked when you are camping (or you may call it glamping when you are cooking this lovely meal!) as it is very easy to do on a one burner stove.

    This will definitely feed the hungry hordes and keep them satisfied for hours to follow!

    As a bonus, you the chef are able to grant yourself the permission to finish off the bottle of white wine with your meal……

    No more stodgy boring old toasted sandwiches or canned soup for me when I go glamping next!

    Chicken, Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Risotto

    Ingredients (to serve 4 people)

    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 3-4 cups chopped fresh raw chicken or shredded cooked BBQ chicken
    • 2 cups arborio rice
    • 3-4 cups Chicken Stock (preferably home made)
    • ¼ cup dry white wine
    • 2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
    • ½ cup sliced sun dried tomatoes
    • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese


    1. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick saucepan. Add the onion and raw chicken (if using) and cook for 3-5 minutes until the chicken is browned and the onion has softened.
    2. Add the rice and toss to coat. Cook for a further minute.
    3. Add the shredded cooked chicken now (if using) together with the chicken stock and wine. Mix well. Cover and simmer very gently for 25 minutes, and continue to consume the rest of the white wine in a nice & large, chilled glass…oh, now don’t forget to stir often (ie. when you get a top up), until the rice is soft to the bite and all the liquid has been absorbed.
    4. Stir in spinach, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Allow to stand for 2 minutes. Serve garnished with extra grated parmesan and lots of black pepper.

    Cooking note: You WILL notice the difference if you use home made chicken stock as it turns out soooo much tastier!

    Happy Glamping!!!

    Today I love….my winter Mojito Recipe

    21 Jun

    I drink this regularly in winter (and frequently in summer for that matter!) and recently found a recipe for this on the interweb.

    I thought mine was much better though as it is so much easier!

    Ingredients to make one (healthy size) glass:

    1. Small mint sprig from the garden
    2. Lemonade/Soda water/Tonic/Plain mineral water – whatever works best for you!
    3. Splash of Schweppes Lime Cordial and/or fresh lime juice if you have it
    4. 1 tsp caster sugar
    5. White Rum


    Muddle the mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with the cordial and/or lime juice and sugar.

    Add ice cubes to fill a shaker and pour in the rum and lemonade.

    Gently shake a few times to incorporate (remember: lemonade is fizzy so don’t get too excited!)

    Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish, if desired.

    Today I love….Food dropped on the floor

    24 May

    I have a funny obsession with flow charts

    I love making them,

    I love following them and

    I love laughing at the possibilities of them.

    Flow charts can make your life so easy by making a decision for you or telling you which path to take!

    This one is just brilliant!

    We have a two second rule in our house that I may just extend to the five minute mark thanks to some ground breaking research from these dudes!

    You Dropped Food on the Floor.Do You Eat It? – San Francisco Restaurants and Dining – SFoodie

    Today I love….Italian Harvest : Marella Colorful Pasta

    24 May

    I saw this little beauty in my local Leo’s Supermarket the other day….

    Locations here

    I want to buy every single lovely little product and never, ever eat it and just put it all on display in lovely little containers in my kitchen because this is the best looking damn pasta I have ever seen!!!!

    I love, love, love it!!!

    And I don’t want to eat it – I just want to look at it!!

    It is a little on the expensive side of pasta….$15 per box! (ouch)

    but you do pay a premium price for premium products at Leo’s anyway….

    Black is squid ink, red is beet, yellow is tumeric, green is spinach.

    The color will not fade and the pasta will remain intact when cooking.

    Made by a small artisan pasta factory in the heart of Venice.

    via Italian Harvest : Food : Pasta & Sauces : Colorful Pasta

    Today I love….My awesome homemade salsa!!!

    19 May

    I could eat da Mexican food every day!!!

    Most likely for breakfast, lunch AND dinner….

    So I’ve had to learn how to make my own salsa properly….I just had to because I love love love the stuff so much!

    Oh, yes and da Margaritas!!! All day thanks….

    Anyway, tonight was taco night (again = yay!)

    So I made da salsa….

    Mr. Big had already devoured one taco by the time I got to take a pic of his!

    (And the Unazukin say – Yes!! Double Yes!!)

    If you want the recipe, you have to comment!

    I need to know you’re out there….

    Today I love……Chocolate Party Spoons!

    19 May

    I have purchased this sort of spoon before – I think it was from Haighs (??) and they absolutely rock for stirring a little bit of chocolately love into your hot coffee or chocolate (overdosed) drink.

    These gorgeous lovely little spoons completely take the cake (pardon the pun) they actually look way too good to be wasted and eaten!!!

    Also very easy to be made by big kids and little!

    Delicious Delicious Delicious: Chocolate Party Spoons!

    Today I love……Recipe Look

    17 May

    Visual recipes!!

    Makes cooking oh so much more fun!!

    Kids will love these and can help with the cooking too!!

    Recipe Look

    Today I love….How to stretch a Chicken….

    14 May

    American based recipes, prices and ingredients…but….

    This just goes to show that with a little planning and creativeness, we can all be inspired to make our one single and lonely roast chicken go a long way by making a few different meals…..

    What is your favourite way to make a chook into a number of meals?

    I can’t find a site anywhere in Australia that has done the same sort of thing so I’ll be back next week with a list of your suggestions and also my own ideas! I myself think I could only do about five meals from one chook, but we’ll have to wait and see…..

    I want to know who can make the most meals from one chicken?


    1 Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, $26 Bucks, No Mayo

    Today I love…..Beer-can chicken

    14 May

    I reckon Mr. Big will be oh so proud of me when I make this one for him!!

    Yum, yum, yum…..

    The little chicken below looks nice and willing and ready to be eaten!

    My mouth is watering already…..

    Beer-can chicken

    Today I love…..The 30 Minute Mozzarella and Ricotta Kit

    13 May

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

    I’ll have to get one of these little beauties asap!!!

    What fun! I’ve always wanted to make my own cheese……

    Many other kits available on this site and best of all they will ship to me in Aussie Land!!!

    30 Minute Mozzarella and Ricotta Kit

    Today I love….Cheats Mini lemon meringue pies

    10 May

    I saw these at a market on the weekend and the seller wanted $3 each for them! No way…..

    So I am now determined to make my own and let me tell you that Mr Big is extremely happy about this!!!


    24 mini pre-made sweet pastry cases
    280g jar lemon butter
    2 egg whites
    ½ cup caster sugar
    Preheat oven 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

    Place egg whites in a medium bowl, beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; gradually add sugar, beating until dissolved between additions. Spoon meringue into a piping bag with a 1cm nozzle.

    Place pastry cases onto a baking tray and using a teaspoon fill each one with lemon butter. Pipe meringue onto each case in a swirl.

    Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

    Makes 24.

    Picture source

    Today I love….How to Make your own Kahlua

    7 May

    I will

    I will

    I will

    try to make this one day!!!

    How to Make Kahlua: 7 steps – wikiHow

    Today I love….Banana Muffins

    7 May

    These are so damn easy you could even make them in the morning!

    (if you are more organised than me!)

    Picture Source

    A nice treat for Mother’s Day and they take less than five minutes to mix and only twenty-five to bake, so piping hot, fresh muffins are ready in under 30 minutes!

    Banana Muffins

    2 cups self-raising flour
    2-3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
    2 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup chopped walnuts

    Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Combine all ingredients, beating with a fork until just mixed. Pour into greased and floured or paper lined muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool before icing with lemon icing or cream cheese frosting if desired.

    Today I love….Fruit Pizza!!!

    6 May

    I am always on the lookout for a good pizza and can’t eat them enough!!

    But this recipe sounds really good…..and I think the kids will love it!!

    Picture source


      • 1/2 package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
      • 8 ounces of whipped light cream cheese
      • 1/3 cup sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
      • 1 tablespoon water
      • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
      • Fruit of your choice (sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, seedless grapes cut in half, blueberries, melon balls sliced in half)


    CRUST: Spread the ½ package of sugar cookie dough over a 14-inch pizza pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool in the pan.

    TOPPING: Blend the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla until completely mixed. Spread in a thin layer over the cooled crust.

    FRUIT LAYER: Creatively arrange the fruit in circles while slightly overlapping the slices around the crust.

    GLAZE: Bring the water and preserves to a boil, stirring constantly. Lightly brush this glaze on top on the fruit to preserve the color. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Makes 10 servings.

    Mangos, Mojitos, Margaritas & More…..

    5 May

    Man, I love Mojitos so much I seriously do want to marry them!!!

    So I think I’ll definitely be trying this cake out very soon!!!

    Source: Betty Crocker

    What The F*#@ Should I Make For Dinner?

    4 May

    Awesome site and quite self explanatory….

    With vegetarian options….

    “Giggle, giggle”

    What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner?

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