Quick and Tasty Family Meals

If there’s one thing I’ve learned very quickly as a mum, it’s to have mealtimes planned well and in advance.  The alternative, as most parents would attest, is not pretty. What begins as a niggling ‘I’m hungry, Mum’ can blow out to ‘I’m-not-hungry, I’m-starving’ mode in minutes. So to save my sanity – and maybe yours…

Please Don’t Ask for Sausages, Again!

Why do kids love sausages so much? Is it because they’re soft and easy to eat?  Or that they can be smothered in tomato sauce?   Maybe it’s both!  Whatever the reason, it seems most children would happily eat them for dinner seven nights a week.  Not surprisingly, many adults would prefer to see them a…

Feeding Your Ears: Music to Cook By

I have yet to meet a home cook who doesn’t love to crank up their favourite tunes when in the kitchen.  There’s something about music which lifts the cooking experience to a new level. Whether your tastes centre upon classical, jazz, pop, country or heavy metal is immaterial: it has a unique ability to energize…

It’s a Wrap: New Ways to Put Food In Your Mouth

Have you ever watched a toddler or very young child eat their meal? It’s an all-hands-on-deck affair, with very little consideration paid to how the food gets in their mouth – as long as it does!  While it might gross us out as adults, there is also a lesson to be learned:  eating is a…

Top 3 Soup Flavour Boosters

As the southern hemisphere heads into winter, our thoughts turn to foods that bring warmth and comfort: casseroles, roasts, curries, pies and of course, soup.  Of all these winter favourites, soup seems to pose the greatest challenge for home cooks – hence the ready made soup market is booming!  However, armed with the right ingredients…

Not Another Mince Recipe

No matter how many food blogs, cooking magazines and culinary television series you consume, the highest rung of the learning ladder will remain just out of reach – because there’s always something new.  So whether it’s getting to know an unfamiliar ingredient, a more efficient preparation technique or perhaps a modern spin on a traditional…

Porridge for Dinner: Rethinking Meal Conventions

The conventions that frame our everyday eating habits are both diverse and entrenched.  Often, what we choose to eat at each mealtime is determined by what modern convention deems appropriate, so we have cornflakes for breakfast, sandwiches at lunch, meat and three veg for dinner.  Whilst it’s frequently seen as the path of least resistance,…

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Eating Well

No matter how much time they have to prepare meals or whether they enjoy cooking, most parents and care givers when asked their greatest mealtime gripe will respond with something like this: “Everyone wants something different.” “We watched Disney’s Finding Nemo. Now Susie won’t eat fish.” “Tom won’t eat anything green…” “They put tomato sauce…

Recipe hacks + tweaks to suit your pantry

Have you ever been seized by culinary inspiration and dashed to the fridge or pantry, only to discover that you lack a key ingredient for your intended dish?  Frustrating, isn’t it?  For those of us who love to cook, it usually means we’ll just make something else – but if you don’t, it can be…

Spice It Up: Simple Shortcuts for Big Flavour

We’ve long been told that variety is the spice of life, but in culinary terms the reverse is equally true.  For many people however, the kitchen is a place where only the known is perceived safe.  Aside from a faithful pair of salt and pepper shakers, few are confident about using herbs and spices. Ironically,…

Are Vegetables Your Dinnertime Villains?

Are you a natural born produce lover?  Or does the thought of getting your daily dose of fruit and vegetables put you in a spin?  Maybe you still follow the childhood philosophy that once doused liberally with tomato sauce, anything can be made palatable? Whatever your perspective, it can be hard to get a handle…

How to Refresh Your Grocery List… and Escape the Mealtime Rut

Whether you approach cooking with enthusiasm or resignation, we often find ourselves stuck in a mealtime rut. It’s easy to lean on the dishes or recipes we know and trust to simplify and bring order to everyday meal preparation – whether it’s because we know the kids will eat it, it’s quick to make or…