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thermomix :: vindaloo curry

November 29, 2013
vindaloo curry


This is one of those amazing curries with BANG! of flavour. It has all the amazing flavours with a good amount of heat from the chill powder and spices. If you like it really hot, just increase the amount of fresh chilli – but be careful, too much can be very hot! This recipe is originally from the Fast and Easy Indian Cooking thermomix book. An amazing addition to your thermomix library.

1 1/2 tsp corriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 cardamom pods
2 whole cloves
1 x 2.5cm cinnamon stick
1 fresh green chilli
2.5 cm ginger, sliced into 2mm size pieces
4 clove garlic, peeled
1 tbsp lemon juice
500 grams meat, diced into cubes (lamb, chicken or beef)
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 tsp oil
3 fresh tomatoes, quartered
1/2 tsp tumeric
1tsp ground chilli powder
1/2 can diced tomatoes
pinch of salt
10g apple cider vinegar
150g water

♥Grind seends, cardammon, cloves, cinnamon 1 minute/speed 10
♥While the blades are still running, drop the chilli ginger and garlic and mince for a further 5 seconds.
♥Tip out the marinade into a bowl and store in the lemon juice along with the meat juice. Make sure the meat is well covered with he marinade. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 3 to 24 hours.
♥Chop onions 5 seconds/speed 4. Add the dash of oil and saute for 4 minutes/varoma temperature/speed 1.
♥Once meat has been marinating, put it back into the thermomix along with add diced tomatoes, tumeric, chilli powder, salt and 150g of water. Cook for 20 minutes/reverse/speed 1.

Serve with some rice, cous cows, vegetables and some fresh coriander on top. YUM!

 Do you have a favourite curry recipe? 

{photo credit: sara marlowe via photopin cc}

Sweet Temptations

5 delicious cookie recipes

October 18, 2013
cookie recipes

Since I basically failed my last batch of cookies, dismally, I have been on a mission to find and bake the perfect cookie – if there is such a thing.

I don’t often have a sweet tooth, but a cookie tooth I do have. And so do the kids. They are the kind of treat that can last a little while when stored well in a tin, and given on those random occasions when you want to get the “your the best mum” words from the little ones.

So here are just a few that I have found and fallen in love with. Personally, I love vanilla cookies and choc- chip cookies. They just add a level of simpleness that makes life a little easier.

Yum Yum!


Loaded M&M Oreo Cookies – Recipe from Jelly Pin


Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies – Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies – Recipe from Glorious Treats 

breakfast cookies
Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies – Recipe from Kumquat 

vanilla cookies

Sweet Starfish Shortbread Cookies – Recipe from Hungry Couple

Do you have a favourite cookie recipe? Please share it below, or your blog post or cookie website 

Weekend Cooking

classic chocolate cake

September 27, 2013
classic chocolate cake

It was that Sunday afternoon when the bubba was sleeping and the little Miss and I had some quiet time together that we decided to bake, as what every Sunday usually involves these days. To give her a sense of autonomy, I am now giving her choices and letting her decide a few different things, within reason of course. She decided on chocolate cake.

I often collate a list of favourite recipes I find on either my Pinterest board or Evernote account. For some bizarre reason, there was no chocolate cake to find. So this Mumma had to go searching. To my glorious delight, I found this gorgeous looking cake quickly and easily by no other then Donna Hay. I love this lady. I love her cakes. And we loved this classic chocolate cake. To the disappointment of many, I however did not include the buttercream icing. I did however put choc chips on top, giving me a few extra smiles.

170g butter, softened
1½ cup (265g) brown sugar
2 eggs
1½ teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
1½ cup (375ml) milk
2¼ cups (335g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
3 teaspoons baking powder, sifted
½ cup (50g) cocoa, sifted

♥Preheat oven to 160ºC. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well.
♥Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and add to the butter mixture with the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Beat until combined.
♥Spoon into a lightly greased 22cm-square cake tin, or round, lined with baking paper. Add choc-chips on top and then bake for 1 hour or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
♥Cool on a wire rack.

Are you cooking this weekend? What’s on the menu?


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Every Day

20 minute one pan pizza

August 30, 2013
easy and quick pizza

I think I have discovered a winning dinner dish. When my girlfriend showed me this 20 minute one-pan stovetop pizza recipe, I have to admit that I was a little sceptical. I mean, who can make a pizza base, and pizza topping in one pan in 20 minutes? It just so turns out that you can. And it is a winner.

There is a little secret to this pizza though… it is all in the type of pan. You may be thinking right now, ‘as if one pan can make a difference’, but I think it does. I was very fortunate enough to receive a Bessemer pan for a wedding present. It is still my favourite piece of cookware (second to my thermomix) because it is so versatile and so easy to clean. And to make this pizza work, you need a dish that circulates the heat evenly, has a sturdy and secure lid and does not stick on the bottom.

With this being said, there is no reason why you can’t try it with another pan that has a well secure lid.

easy and quick pizza

Let me tell you, this recipe is FABBBBULOOOUSSSS!


1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup Plain flour
1 pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon of dried yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup luke warm water
50 gram tomato paste or pizza sauce
1 handful of any cheese
1 cup of chopped vegetables of your choice

♥ Combine all dough ingredients in your pan and mix well. If the dough appears to not be so manageable, add an extra drop or two of water.
♥ Using your fingers or a spatula, spread the dough over the base of the pan until it is covered.
♥ Spread the pasta sauce onto the dough taking it as close to the edge as possible
♥ Add other toppings of your choice.
♥ Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat and covered, making sure the vents are closed.
♥ Turn lid to open side steam vents, reduce heat to medium low and cook for a further 20 minutes.

Enjoy xo

Weekend Cooking

weekend cooking : crockpot chicken enchilada soup

August 2, 2013
chicken and enchilada soup

When I came across this gorgeous looking soup on Pinterest, I instantly thought YUM! It literally has everything that you could ask for in a meal; chicken, taste, spice, difference, and ohh soooo goodness! Yes, I am pulling out my crockpot this weekend.

And then I went to the blog that gorgeous recipe came from to be dazzled by the most incredible recipes. Krissy from Dainty Chef not only has this crockpot recipe, but dozens and dozens. Crockpot lovers, I am telling you that you MUST go and check out this fabulous blog.

There are blackbeans in this soup. Yes, blackbeans! This is a perfect soup for those cold wintery nights to get you through the last month of winter…. BRRRR.

Top with cheese, and you are in heaven.

For the full recipe, just click here.

What is on the menu for you and your family this weekend?

Every Day

weekend cooking : 5 meal ideas for one

July 19, 2013
meals for one

This household has been hosting meals for one. Who’s invited? Me. So what has been on my menu? In all honesty, I am a salad queen. I just love my salads. So this week I have gone to salad planet for one, with a little tofu on the side.

You may have read about this salad I put together not too long ago. Cabbage is my latest ‘must have’! And then there is pomegranate. Yes, cabbage and pomegranate. And a few fresh peas when I have been able to duck out to the fruit grocer.

And then there is tofu, sweet potato and roast pumpkin. And roast garlic! I kind of now feel a little boring! But sometimes it is the simple meals that appeal to me.

So… my meal tips and ideas for one:

1. An omelette with vegetables

2. Salad with cabbage and pomegranate

3. Easy stir fry 

4. A pre-packed soup from the cold section in the supermarket (dare I confess)

5. Next time you make a big batch of bolognese sauce or that veal cooked in the slow cooker, portion out a serving for one… just for those odd occasions.

I am hoping you are not alone this weekend. But if you are, or if you have ever been, what is your perfect meal for one? 

{photo credit: DoremiGirl via photopin cc}

Sweet Temptations

weekend cooking: fabulous simple cookies

June 14, 2013
simple cookie recipe

Before I became a Mumma I was totally scared of anything to do with baking, let alone cookie making. I had this fabulous Kitchen Aid in pretty red, sitting there, literally collecting dust, never used. And then motherhood hit. And BAM! Baking happened.

For the munchkin’s combined birthday party, one of the favourite food items were my cookies with gorgeous royal icing on top. A hit! And I realised the other day that I still had cookie dough in the freezer. Yes, cookie dough freezers!

Put in the fridge, a moment to spare, and today I rolled out the dough to make fabulous cookies.

I have to be honest, I have had a few inspirations along my cookie journey. The Decorated Cookie is just one of the fabulous blogs I have discovered that have AAAMMMMAAAZZZZIIIINNNNGGGG cookie recipes. Well actually, cookie decorating tips. I constantly flick through the pages and am inspired to just make something fabulous. In the meantime, I am sticking with my simple vanilla cookie dough with a few smarties on top.

And the kids love them all the same!

Sugar Cookies:

220 grams unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt

♥ Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and blend well.

Add extract and blend. Mix flour and salt and gradually add.

Cover dough with plastic wrap or in a Ziploc bag and chill dough for about 2 hours. Don’t skip this. You must chill the dough.

Working with about 1/3 of the batch at a time, briefly knead the chilled dough and roll out the dough. Cut out shapes and place a Smartie (or many) on top of the dough for car wheels and gingerbread buttons.

Bake cookies on parchment paper-lined baking trays at 180 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Thicker cookies may need up to 20 minutes. Just watch for edges that are nicely golden.  

Remember, you can freeze dough too after mixing.

Do you have a fabulous simple cookie recipe?

Weekend Cooking

weekend cooking : easy bok choy salad

June 7, 2013
bok choy salad

You know that feeling of when you need to whip up a salad, you want it to look kind of fancy, but want something simple too? Well this is me, whenever I entertain. A simple green salad is always nice, but I also like something a bit different. This salad has been around for years, and had been around my family for years. It is that ‘go to salad’ when you don’t know what else to do. Really, the only tedious and kind of time-consuming task is chopping the bok choy. But when you think about all the little things you have to wash and chop for a garden green salad, this is actually nothing at all.

People also often think you have to cook bok choy to eat it. No. It is great raw in the this salad. You could probably cook it a little, but it would then get rid of that crunch. And it is the crunch in this salad that makes it really yum.

And another little trick, only add the noodles and dress the salad when you are ready to serve. Once dressed, it makes the noodles go soggy after awhile, so you don’t want to prepare this in the morning to only serve in the evening. It is the crunch of the noodles that gives an extra wow factor.

What you need: 

3 bunches of bok choy
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried crunchy noodles
1/2 cup toasted slithered almonds (or any other nut, if you don’t have almonds on hand).

For the dressing: 

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
5 tablespoons of soy sauce
5 tablespoons of white sugar


Cut the ends of the bok choy and rinse really well. Let dry, or pat dry with a paper towel
Cut the bok choy into thin slices or chunks.
Throw in the cranberries, toasted almonds and noodles.
Whisk together the dressing, and toss through the salad. Serve immediately.



weekend cooking: easy pumpkin soup – only 3 ingredients

May 31, 2013
easy pumpkin soup

So I had some pumpkin in the fridge. Sitting there, sitting there, not moving for days. My little man has his molars coming through, an experience which is not only painful for him, but painful for his mumma too. Yes, there are those sleepless night, but the food rejection has increased immensely. Soft, easy, non-chewing foods are on the menu currently.

I feel so blessed to have my thermomix waiting and ready to come the rescue. The thing I love about my thermomix is the ‘all-in-one’ meals you can do, super quick and super easy. And this recipe is no exception. Three ingredients, no joke and it is the most gorgeous, smooth and tasty soup.

easy pumpkin soup


Quarter Jap pumpkin (or any other pumpkin you may have in your fridge or pantry)
1 brown onion
half a sweet potato


Cut the pumpkin into diced size pieces, removing the skin and the seeds.
Place into the thermomix bowl
Cut your onion into quarters, and place into the bowl, along with the cut sweet potato
Add two cups of chicken stock or water.
Start cooking for 20 minutes at Veroma temp, speed 3.
Once cooked, puree soup for 30 seconds, speed 9.


If you don’t have a thermomix, you can totally do this in a pot, soup maker or something similar. The ingredients and everything else would not change.

The best, most easy, most yummy soup there is. Loved by all!

Do you have pumpkin lovers in your house?