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Im 30 yrs old very happy married to a wonderful man (Nathan) i have a 7yr old son (Lochlan) and one on the way! We live in a town called Davistown. Im an aussie that use to live in the states! But have recently returned back to Australia! And im VERY passionate about cooking and my family!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone just wanted to leave a short note wishing everyone a very merry christmas! Hope u all have a safe holiday and enjoy the company and food on this wonderful day! I woke everyone up bright and early (teheehee) I was very spoiled i got a new camera and i cant wait to show u all the pics off it! Its a Nikon D3000VR woohoo totally spoiled!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

~Cookies in a Jar~

1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of firmly packed down brown sugar
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 of chopped nuts (optional)
now time to pack it into a mason jar!
combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl, pour the flour mixture into your mason jar,
once in begin layering your other ingredients! Choc chips and nuts work best being one of the last things you place in your jar!
Instructions you attach to the jar!
Cream together in a large mixing bowl 2/3 of a cup of softened butter or crisco, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of water, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, mix until light and fluffy! Now take your cookies in a jar mix and empty it into the mixture youve just made and mix it all up really well! Drop teaspoon fulls of the cookie dough mixture onto a cookie sheet! Place into a preheated oven at 375'degrees bake for 8-10 mins or untill lightly browned!
This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

~Good Old British Shepards Pie~

So with all the stuff im doing for chrissy gifts i decided i needed to make my boys something tasty for putting up with the mess ive made in the kitchen and dinning room this past wk :D So after i got home from Angie's (i went over there to can my Turkey Stock/Broth) I quickly rushed home and prepared and made this very simple and tasty dish!

~What you need~

Lean mince/hamburger
Salt and Pepper
Worcestershire sauce
Tomato paste
Grated carrots
Grated/Finely Chopped onions (your choice)
Cassarole dish
3 Egg yolks
Heavy Whipping cream (optional)
Parmesen cheese grated
Breadcrumbs (optional)
Preheat Oven 395 degrees

~How to Throw it together~

Heat pan with some olive oil throw your mince in and begin browning the meat season with S&P, once the meat is brown drain the fat if any (no one likes oily gross shepards pie! it just ruins all your hard work icky!)
Add your grated carrots and onions add a lil salt to help reduce and draw out the liquid in the grated ingredients! Add a couple tablespoonfuls of Tom paste,sage and mix well, turn the heat down to a simmer and add the worcestershire sauce and stock mix well and let sit and simmer for about 15mins it will get nice and thick and saucey :) (this mixture goes well on sandwhichs as well like "sloppyjoes" while this is simmering you should wash and dice up your spuds so they boil quicker in the pot! Cook the spuds till soft remove from water and heat i used my KitchenAid Mixer to make my mashed potatoes! Add some butter a lil salt and pepper to your mixing bowl and some heavy whipping cream (optional) slowy add in large spoonfuls of your diced cooked spuds and slowly begin whipping your spuds with the paddle attachment(if your using a KA.M) continue to do this adding more potatoes as you go along when you have them nicely mashed add your 3 egg yolks and let the mixer slowly mix them in and about 1/2 a cup of your grated parmesan cheese.
Take your meat filing and spoon it into your cassarole dish press it down firmly how much you want in the bottom of your pie is up to you :) then spoon large amounts of your mashed spuds on to till you have a nice full topping :D make it pretty if you like! sprinkle with breadcrumbs if you like then S&P then a good amount of grated parmesan cheese throw the dish into a hot pre heated oven for about 20mins and taadaa your all set for an extremely tasty dinner! I served this with biscuts (american style scones i guess u could call them :D) and a nice leafy salad!

Hope you and your fam enjoy this recipe as much as mine did!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

~I Don't Know About You....BUT~

Ive been B U S Y!
i dont really have that long for this post so i am giving you all a sneak peak at what i have been up to and what kind of recipes i have installed for you all to have a look-see-at!

These and much more are going into gift bags for chrissy presents!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

~*Semi Homemade Simple Chicken Nachos*~

No body i know can resist a good ole heaping plate full of Nachos!
Now ive noticed that nachos done in the states are done so many different ways! But i havent come across a style like the way we do em back home in Australia!
Now these are real simple and u can add whatever u like to the tp of your baked Nachos!
Pictured here in the blog is chicken but if u have hamburger/mince thats fine too (pulled pork shredded beef what ever u fancy really!)
I took a rotisserie chicken pulled that bad boy to bits and shredded it put it to the side while i had the home made stuff simmering in the skillet!
~What You Need For Your Meat~
Meat of your choice cooked and pulled/shredded
Fresh Tomatoes/Canned (whatever u have on hand)
Minced Garlic
Tacco Mix ( i use home made mix)
Chicken Broth/Stock
Finely Diced Onion
~What to Do~
Dice and chop up all your ingredients nice and finely have our electric skillet warming up with a lil oil, when hot enough toss your onions and garlic in, when the onions are sauteed toss in your matoes i used the last of my home grown ones for these nachos and boy was it worth it! Toss in your stock as well so they dont stick and burn to the pan make sure u have enough liquid to support the seasoning your about to add! Make sure these ingredients arent dry keep adding broth/stock if need be :)
When its all cooked down nicely mix in your meat turn the heat down and let it all simmer in harmony!
Now preheat your oven i usually have ours nice and hot when im doing Nachos! So lets say about 390ish get your casserole dish/dishes now do a thin layer each time you do this :)
Layer 1 = Tortilla Chips
Layer 2 = Shredded Cheese
Layer 3 = Chicken Mix
Now keep layering your casserole dish until your last layer ends with Cheese! You can add beans to your meat mix as well if you like i didnt not this time around!
When done toss the dish into the oven and let it all get nice and melty!
This may sound complicated but its soooooo SIMPLE! And its a great way to use up left overs as well :) I dont usually add sour cream as my boys like and dislike at the same time LOL
So Add it where u like our slop a dople on top when you have your serving on your plate!

(This version pictured here in the Blog was done on a plate and in the microwave as a simple after school/work snack)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I am so sorry that i have been missing in action in bloggy land...BUT i have good reasons i promise! So last week my husband comes home early from work with some sucky news... The centre he works for is being closed in March and they can either relocate or take a severance package....Now if it wasnt bad eough that was my hubbys news BUT Kevin who is our best friend and my sons god father also works for this now i have both of them going threw this....What did we decide? After talking...and more talking......and searching the internet....we have decided to take the severance package and migrate home to Australia...What does this mean? I wont be home sick anymore for starters! BUT i am also very attached to everything we have here....i have spent the entire day today getting the house ready for 2morro (thursday) as our real estate agent will be here to check out the house and tell us how much he thinks we should sell our house for....this makes me a lil sad cuz even though we have had some problems with this house we have worked really hard to make it OURS! But anyway those are my reasons for being MIA i hope you all can understand why i was missing and why i may not be blogging for a lil while...i will try and keep everyone updated as we go threw this...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

~Left Over Turkey? No Worries!~

So i got home from work today headed to the fridge and had a looks see and discovered a small chunk of turkey breast that i had taken out of the freezer the night b4 for my sons samiches! Knowing i needed to do something with it soon or toss it i looked in the veggie bowl for a rip avacado a small onion a clove of garlic a lime and so my lunch came about! Im not giving u amounts i will give u the ingredients everything is to taste as per usual when it comes to me :D

Sea Salt
Turkey Breast

Mash the flesh from the avacado finely dice up the onion and garlic toss it in with the flesh roughly dice up the turkey breast mix it up add the lime juice and sea salt and ta da! It was tasty and delish yes yes pretty much like guac but with meat! Enjoy!

Monday, November 30, 2009

~What do you do with Dough that refuses to rise??~

You make stromboli's and pizza with it!
So i had a full container of 10+ grain bread dough that REFUSED to rise...and i couldnt or should i say WOULDNT throw it out! So 2nite i tossed it on the counter added some flour to it and divided it up and rolled out pizza and stromboli sized pieces of dough!
I made up a few different kinds of both :) i had plenty of left over smoked turkey from thanksgiving to use! I made Sweet chilli sauce crab meat and cheese stromoboli and pizza at my sons request :) we had bbq turkey cheese toppings home made pizza sauce pepperoni and cheese as well i just used what was in the fridge and freezer for a very simple dinner and packed lunches!

~Non Food Related Post!~

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Please make sure you let her know you heard about this fab give away threw my blog!
Take a look at just one of the give aways up for grabs!

~Whole Wheat 10+ Grain Bread~

Yep 10+ grain bread! I know looking at these pictures you really cant tell theres 10+ kinds of grains in this bread... Truth be told i played around with some of Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal (picture from website) which is made from stone ground high protien hard red wheat, rye, triticale, oat bran, oats, corn, barley, soy beans, brown rice, millet and flaxseed! Wow huh! i added 2/3's of a cup to my usual bread dough recipe plus wheat germ and wheat bran! And the bread turned out so tasty! I tryed using small personal bread tins to see how my recipe would go made in these small tins! One thing i must say about making your own bread is that i find it lasts longer you know? keeps better it doesnt spoil go moldy like store baught bread does... and when it does go stale/hard it makes for wonderful bread crumbs! And fab croutons! :)

~Home Made Bread~

This has to be some of the easiest breads to make! I basically use the master recipe in a wonderful recipe book some of you know i call my bread bible! If you dont have a copy ask santa for one for chrissy!!
The only difference to the master recipe is all the healthy stuff i add to it :D I almost always add ground flaxseed meal to all my bread doughs! In this batch i also added wheat bran, oats and some barley!
I dont make sweet breads :) as i like the savory type i grew up on savory bread in australia and i found it very hard to get use to american bread because it was so sweet..
When i first started making bread i was so happy hearing the crunch of the bread as i broke it in half and then to smell that savory smell of yeast! I cant say my mum made bread from scratch but back home there was always a bakery round the corner selling top knotch loaves of bread just like this!
If you've never baked your own bread from scratch you should really give it a try! It is so rewarding! To know that that loaf of bread your family is eatting was made by you :) Have any questions dont be afraid to ask im not a pro but i will try my best to answer best my knowledge!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

~Sour Dough Bread~

~Sour Dough Bread~
This was my first loaf of sour dough bread i made from scratch and it was A M A Z I N G!
My boys enjoyed this with a huge pot of chilli! It was pretty easy but it definately was strong! Paired well with the chilli thats for sure!
Unfortunately no recipe for this as i was playing around and didnt write anything down! I will hopefully have time to try playing with this again and have a recipe in the future to share!