Lamb Cutlets

Nat cooked a delicious dinner for us tonight of super tender cutlets, grilled mushrooms, shallots and tomatoes, brown rice and salad with balsamic vinaigrette.


I'm signing off for Christmas. If you're lucky I'll back post with photos of Christmas dinner and any other memorable meals. But otherwise I'll be posting everyday dinners again in January.

Merry Christmas!

Mince Spaghetti

Mince spaghetti last night and tonight as leftovers.

Olive oil, onion, garlic, pepper, beef stock, can of tomatoes, good squirt of tomato paste, oregano and rosemary. (Served with parmesan cheese)

Burritos 4

Tonight I mixed the mince and beans together (which I don't normally do) and snuck in some peas and corn. The kids didn't mind them! Yay for more veges in their tummies! If you want to do it I would recommend the corn, it belongs in there flavourwise, but the peas really don't. It doesn't make it gross or anything but you can tell it's an extra.

Beef Scotch Fillet with Stuffed Mushrooms

Nat cooked steak for us tonight, and I made my delicious stuffed mushrooms. I was a bit generous with the cheese tonight so they weren't as good as last time, "Too cheesy for me" Nat said, but they were still delicious. They were good with the steak, just like I suspected they would be. We also had rice to fill the plate (and tummies).

Lasagne, Stew, Brown rice and Salad

We went to a friends place for dinner tonight, so no photo. They served up a delicious dinner of lasagne (with veges, which I can never pull off tastily. So I normally leave out the veges), stew and rice (brown! I love brown rice) and salad (with TONS of extra veges). It was great!

Christmas #1

Can you believe I forgot to take my camera to Christmas dinner? The first of two: with Nat's family. We'll by with mine Christmas day this year. Nat says no one wants to read this if I don't have a picture, but for record keepings sake:

Afternoon nibbles:
Flavoured nuts and seeds
Corn chips and rice crackers with fresh homemade guacamole
Men shaped shortbread cookies
Fresh cherries

Roast pork (with perfect crackling)
Apple sauce
Roast potato, kumara, pumpkin, shallots
Bok Choy
Fresh garden salad with dressing

Red sparkling grape juice

Pumpkin pie (my mother's recipe)
Whipped cream
Apple pie
Vanilla ice cream

Supper (intended for entree but forgotten till later):
Butterflied prawns on soft fresh lettuce

To finish:
Red sparkling grape juice
Truffle chocolates

And just so you know there were only four adults (Nat, me and his parents) and two children (2 1/2 and 10 months) at the celebration today. We really ate to celebrate.

Midnight Spaghetti 3

Midnight spaghetti again. I overcooked the shallots though. And we had prawns with it this time.

A Lazy Friday Dinner

First course:
Peas and corn from the freezer.

Second course:
Fish/sausage/hot dog/spring roll and chips depending who you are (Nat, Theo, Sadie, me).

Course 2a (I was the only one eating it):
Gotta love leftovers!


Tonight was my first time ever making a Silverside. And actually I ran out of time to prepare it and then went out for the afternoon, so Nat made it, but I put the veges in and drained then served it all up on plates so it kind of feels like it counts.

Salmon Pasta Salad

So. This was dinner tonight:

Recipe here. Two words: Epic fail. This was so gross. I thought "What a waste of my nice wholemeal pasta, and my carrots, brocolli, olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce and all other ingredients. Except for the salmon." I've decided I have an irreversible bias against canned salmon. It's sooooo gross. I inherited a bunch of canned goods when someone moved, including canned salmon. Tonight was one of those nights where I just had to make what was in the cupboard. I will never make this again. I was so glad that I didn't slice in some avocado which was recommended in one of the comments on the recipe. I did not think this was "Delicious Salmon Pasta Salad".

Mexican Spiced Tomato Soup and rice

I whipped up some Mexican Spiced Tomato Soup tonight. I cooked it in a large frypan, so that the simmering time was shorter. Worked a charm! I also suggest that out of 6 cups of stock you actually use 4 cups of water and 2 of stock. I only ever use stock cubes, so really I'm saying use 6 cups of water and only 2 stock cubes, I don't know what real stock would be like. And make sure your cubes are dissolved before pouring it in!
Lentils and rice is a full protein, so here you go! A well rounded meal! (Especially if your rice is brown, yum yum.)

An enormous salad

It was a hot day today. I didn't feel like (or have the time to, after lounging in the sun) make a big dinner. So the kids got sausages and chips from the freezer, with carrot and cheese sticks and fruit for dessert. And I had an enormous salad. It was perfect for the weather today.

Roast lamb 4

Big leg of lamb at the in-laws tonight. Sides of roast potato and kumara, rice, courgette and onion topped with cheese, peas and gravy.

Dessert of apple pie and vanilla icecream.

Sorry no photo.


We went to a potluck dinner at our church tonight. Must to my dismay I forgot the camera (read why I was so upset about forgetting the camera here). There was too much food to list and remember, but what I ate was carrot, cucumber and capsicum sticks and brocolli florets with hummus, ommelette, burritos and maybe more I can't remember. And the kids had chips (like fish and chips type chips) and sausages and beans (oh yeah I had some bean salad), and probably more I'm forgetting.

For dessert, of the selection I had some South African milk tart and oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Theo had cake. There was also icecream. And Nat had pavlova.

Tons to eat. Sorry for no photo.

And sorry for the late post!

Peas and Pasta

After looking through recipes online I conglomerated them and made peas and pasta tonight. Really it was a lot like midnight spaghetti with a can of peas thrown in and slightly mashed. It was alright. Nat and I ate ours with wholemeal penne...
and the kids had theirs with lasagne.

It looks gross, I know, but it wasn't too bad. Won't be doing it again any time soon though.

Meat and two veg

It's better than it sounds. I had beef porterhouse steak tonight with onions, broccoli, salad and rice. It was good! I don't know if it's an abomination or not, something tells me a proper chef wouldn't do it, but I cooked my onions and steak (seasoned with salt and pepper) in olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar. Just a splash of each. I liked it. And it paired real nice with the balsamic vinaigrette on my salad.

And if you don't like meat you might want to look away because LOOK AT THIS!

For the first time ever I didn't overcook my steak! I cooked a perfect medium steak. I'll say medium because it wasn't bleeding, but I found it was quite red still. Yay! Go me!

Homemade Kumara Chips and Veges

Nat had a big lunch today and so didn't need a big dinner. And I hadn't even thought about what to make and all of a sudden it was 4:30pm. So we just had something light.

I made kumara chips by slicing the kumara thinly, tossing in olive oil, salt and pepper, and baking them flat on a cookie sheet just till cooked but still soft (some were crispy). Then rice, salad, and peas and corn.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

I made Rachael Ray's Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner. The verdict: the meatballs were GREAT but the sauce only so-so. Nothing exciting. I'm still on the look out for a good, made at home, straight, tomato pasta sauce.

(Apologies for the earlier version of this post if you saw it. Late last night I asked Nat to post the photo for me and I'd update it today. That was his idea of funny.)
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