Where have I been? – offline

It’s been quite a few weeks now since I have posted a blog – and I have been rather occupied in between. Firstly, for the last 5 weeks I have had the Dutch in-laws invade. If you can imagine a cosy 3 bedroom house with 9 people in it, including a baby, then you can…

My very own pumpkin patch

I love my pumpkin – favourite things to do with it include baste in olive oil, sea salt and rosemary from the garden and roast (delish), Fetta and Pumpkin frittata (yum), pumpkin soup, and also Thai pumpkin and coconut soup. I was surprised when I first ventured across the globe to the UK and Holland…

Cucumber and mint raita

A raita is always a great accompaniment with Broad bean and dill rice or onion bhajias, and nothing is more refreshing than the combination of cucumber and mint. I pick the mint straight from the garden, and it’s always great to find a use for something that grows like a weed! This recipe comes from…

Onion Bhajias

I am sure there are a million and one recipes for onion bhajias available, so I am just adding to the lot. However, you have to go with what you know, and I know and love this one. When you taste onion bhajias they are a convincing argument to going vegetarian. Who needs meat when…

Constructive maternity leave

I am obviously missing some of the core attributes you need to be a stay at home mum. When I had my first child Conor (now 9) I can honestly say I was terrified that I would be a good mother to anyone, and didn’t feel I had a maternal bone in my body. I…

Dukkah

I first tried this Dukkah at a baby shower about 8 years ago. I was intrigued by the bread dipping into olive oil and then the strange seed mix. Once you start, you can’t stop. This stuff is great. One of my friends recently came for lunch, and she is unable to eat wheat, so…

Hand made with love

9 years ago, I became a single mother when my son was only 2 years old. It was during the time when my son wasn’t in my care that I decided to do something I had always wanted to do, but never had the time to (rather than mope around or feel lost). I took…

Sustainable living festival

Good old Melbourne bought out some hot weather for this weekend. On Saturday I was at the Sustainable Living Festival held at Federation Square. The sort of place you could find everything from recycled tyre shoes to natural brews. Had it not been so hot I could have spent the whole day there. With a…

Chocolate chilli cinnamon ice cream

My wacky friend Fran is like Helga the milk maid – every few weeks she gets a delivery of organic ‘un-anythinged’ cows milk, and distributes it to a couple of die-hards like myself who would rather know what goes into their food. However, what’s there to do with lots of fresh milk when you don’t…

Plum, strawberry or peach sparkling wine

What do you do when your Dad turns up on the doorstep the day after New Years with the biggest bag of plums you have ever seen?  Well for starters, whatever else you had planned for the day just goes out the window. And if you have more plum sauce than you need, then naturally,…

Lara’s Pumpkin & Fetta Frittata

I wouldn’t call myself a frittata or quiche kinda gal, but when I tasted this one, I developed an obsession for it. I also ate most of the frittata, and went home the next day and made it for myself. This recipe is from the ‘House of Lara’ (or little legs as I like to…

Domestic goddess? No way!

It’s not every day you find a new description for what you do that sums it up so nicely. I used to say that I am a stay-at-home mum, but it doesn’t sound very sexy, now does it? It describes where we are located, and very clearly that we aren’t drawing a salary, but very…