Katsudon (A yummy Japanese favourite)

Katsudon - A yummy Japanese staple

I blogged our absolute favourite dinner recipe ideas earlier in the week. Last night we enjoyed Katsudon - a recipe that has a few different steps, but is so worth it for the authentic Japanese flavours. This dish is pretty much the only fried dish I make. It's just not a cooking method I usually turn to. But if it's Japanese it can't be all bad, ...

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25 go-to family dinner ideas

25 GO-TO FAMILY DINNER IDEAS - food EVERYONE likes

I'm a meal planner (quite new to it, but never going back) and I've just realised that over the past 6 months we've had 25 different family dinners, on high rotation. There are a few exceptions to this, of course - the time I attempted a vegetarian lasagne that even the chickens wouldn't eat (eggplant is no friend at our place); or the time  I made ...

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Chicken and leek pies

Chicken and leek pies

I love making these chicken and leek pies for family picnics. Actually, I don't think I've ever made them to eat at home! There's just something about a pie that demands outside eating. These pies seem a bit fussy, but they're really not. You can add in extra vegetables if you like a vegie flavour and you can also make one big pie and bake it for ...

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Making pizza with the kids

Cooking with kids - making pizza

I’m not a natural ‘cooking with kids’ kind of mum. I see images around the web of gorgeous mums and their gorgeous children doing lovely, patient things with cupcakes and it makes me sigh a little. There are three main reasons for that sigh. 1. Cooking with kids is hideously messy. 2. Cooking with kids is incredibly frustrating. 3. Cooking ...

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Veggie and lentil cottage pie

Veggie and lentil cottage pie - yum yum

Is it vegie or veggie? I've gone with the latter out of respect for Veggie Mama, but it feels wrong. I suspect that 'veggie' is actually the American spelling. The internet is like American spelling's Trojan horse,  soon we'll be writing favorite, color and, hold me, organization. But I digress. You've come here for the food, so I'll stop ...

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Simple eggy fried rice with cashews

Simple eggy fried rice with cashews

This is a 'throw it all together' one pot meal that my family are ga-ga for. It's pretty much made with all the stuff you have in the freezer on any given Sunday and it's yummy. That's all we really need to know. The nuts add texture and crunch but if you're not nut-friendly, leave them out. Or if you don't like cashews (and honestly, that's ...

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Slow-cooker butter chicken

Slow-cooker butter chicken-3

My kids love butter chicken but before we all decided that butter was a good thing (happy days), I used to panic at the thought of them eating it. It just sounds so... lardy. Then I discovered that butter chicken needn't have butter in it at all to taste great. In fact, this version of butter chicken is actually rather good for you. Served up ...

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Homemade naan bread

Slow-cooker butter chicken-5

Get outta town, we're making naan bread?! This is definitely not something I would have even thought to have tackled a year or so ago, but the more you cook, the more willing you are to try. See, eventually you figure out that if something doesn't work out quite how you wanted, well, it doesn't matter at all. So I made this naan to accompany our ...

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Creamy chicken, bacon + spinach pasta

Fab family dinner - creamy chicken pasta

I could eat salad until the cows come home right up until mid-June. After that, my food needs to be hot and comforting to see me through cold, wintry days. I'm a bit like a bear. This delightful pasta dish is a new favourite at our place and makes good use of the baby spinach that is still stubbornly growing in the garden. Baby spinach, cherry ...

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Best-ever tasty meatballs with romesco dipping sauce

Super-tasty meatballs with romesco sauce

If you have never had the pleasure of dipping into a romesco sauce, now is the time. This is a Catalan dish, full of robust flavours like roasted capsicum, almond, paprika and garlic. It's somehow moreish and deeply satisfying at the same time. Though here I've chosen to serve it as a dipping sauce for the tastiest meatballs ever, the kids love ...

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