rooster pastie

  I don't know if you remember me telling you about Adam and the rampant rooster? Well that rooster made an incredibly delicious slow cooked stew with turnips and leeks and cinnamon last week, which we had with flatbread as we tore in from school before tearing out again to an early school concert.  And […]

noodle heads

For someone that talks a lot about food it might surprise you that I have a lot of trouble feeding my middle child.  I was spoilt by Henry who at two made me one of those incredibly annoying mothers who gave their child steamed broccoli to snack on, and he ate it. He's a terrific […]

for this good food

I'm pretty good with dinner. I usually make it myself, the majority of people at the table eat it, and we mix it up. With the exception of Saturday pizza movie night on which the kids have what they call "plain" (homemade) pizza every week. And we have a grownup version.  Sometimes though, I'm without […]

pumpkin’s not for pie

I've been super lucky to be given two homegrown pumpkins in the last week. One Butternut and one Jap (or Kent). Both glorious.  The first was in exchange for a bag of new mandarins off one of our trees (don't you LOVE a barter?!) and the second was a gift from new friends (who feel just […]

decision fatigue

Some decisions are easy.  Like this morning. When my new-to-us old car wouldn't start. And Adam wasn't here. And I'm a feminist and all but not a mechanic. And it wouldn't even tick over. Call my Dad? Of course I called my Dad. Who drove over (he can drive over! I LOVE living here!) and […]

all about the girls

These two, actually. This is quite an old photo of two of my favourite people in the world. Ten years old, in fact. On the left, my sister Naomi, on the right, my sister in law, Rachel. Yes it looks like they're in some kind of incarceration facility but it is, rather, the front door […]

Vegetarian “Sausage” Rolls

Really. So good. And no need for any animal to die for you to totally get the sense of a sausage roll! (Am I about to discover sausage rolls are really an Australian-ism?) Anyway, I made these up initially for Henry's birthday party. They were OK – I made them creamier with sour cream and […]

stir fry for small fry

I don't know about you but damn I've made a few stir frys in my time. Not so many lately; they were the kind of dinner I made a lot of before the kids joined us. The after-work, on-the-fly, protein-heavy dinner we used to love. Time to rekindle the love, I think. This one, above, […]

feeding small children (or Part 2 of 2: Flawed)

It's hard, right? And anyone with children under six who says * oh my children eat absolutely everything  * dinnertime is always such a relaxing time of day * I satisfy my creativeness in the kitchen and my children play quietly somewhere else while I'm cooking is a cyborg.  Really, they are. If you know […]

food for kids

Another super-quick and totally easy dinner that your kids might eat: Oodles of Noodles with Ham and Cheese. A couple of years ago when I told my truly excellent mother in law that I had taken a job cooking for a hundred children at a big preschool in Brisbane, she sent me this book, available from […]