Sunday, March 26, 2017

Local Farmers Markets

Three years ago this July our suburb organized our local Farmers Markets after the Residents Association had a "suggestion clothesline" for things we wanted in our suburb.  Here is a link to the post where I talked about it back in 2014.  At the top of the list was a Farmers Market and five months after the suggestion the Farmers Markets commenced and the profits from the rent of the stall holders goes back into our local community.  I'm pleased to say that the markets are still going strong.  As it's on a Sunday we usually don't get to it that often because we have football games to attend to.  There is an area underneath the trees with tables and lots of people were sitting down having breakfast listening to the music.  Here's a couple of pics from yesterday.



I bought some tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil and roasted these in the oven and then pureed for a tasty pasta sauce.

I also made this tasty granola this week for breakfasts.

Two jars ready for the week.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Around Here

Here's what's been happening around here over the past month.

The most beautiful sunset from my back yard. No filter just beautiful Mother Nature.

Backyard views over the clothesline.

Brisbane city from Mt Cootha Lookout.

Sienna turned 11 on the 27th February.

The new bike she got for her birthday.

We still love a quick Freddo Ice Cream cake around here.

Doing tricks on his bike.

24 hours at the hospital and surgery on his finger (not related to bike tricks).  He got his finger caught in a door at school and it was pretty serious.  We got to the hospital at 11.30 am and surgery was 10.30 pm that night out of recovery at 2.00 am and back to the ward.  We were both exhausted.

A game of chess at the dining table.

Family pic for Sienna's birthday.  I can't get over how tall the kids are getting at 13 and 11.

Sienna's crafting making a bracelet with her name on it.

The finished name bracelet.

Dinner was delicious... home made crumbed chicken the healthy way

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Best Pizza Base Recipe

I've written about this pizza base recipe before and since I made it again on Saturday night I wanted to write about it again.  It's super simple and really tasty without the yeasty flavour you sometimes get.  I made two pizzas and this time had two bowls and made one full recipe in each bowl.  Previously I've made this recipe and stretched it over two pizza bases however I feel like it's better if you use one recipe and make one pizza base. 

I used a mixture of tomato and BBQ sauce as the base then put red kidney beans on top with some capsicum (I just had a little tin in the cupboard so I didn't even have to chop it up).  I then sprinkled some crumbled feta, bocconcini and tasty cheese on top and finished with some dried Italian herbs.  It was so delicious I will be making this again.  It's a nice change from ham on a pizza I think and the kids loved it.  You can find the recipe here on my blog.  Here's a few pictures to wet your appetite.

Two bowls to make two pizza bases.

Pizza dough ready for toppings.

Toppings on ready for the pizza oven.

Straight from the pizza oven so yummy.

Up close the crust was perfect.

Now to divide it up between everyone.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Around Here - Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Version

Last week we went to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) to see the current exhibitions they have.  GOMA is celebrating 10 years and is such a great space.  It's free, air-conditioned (great in this summer heatwave) and has great things to see and do.  A few years ago they had the "Finches" on display and we saw them then and we wanted to see them again.  The display has lots of wire coat hangers looped together and little nests.  You get to go in for 5 minutes to see the birds.  As a teenager I had a few finches so loved seeing them.  The white lego interactive display was a big hit with the kids where they spent about an hour making things.  They also got to go on the slide from the top floor down to the bottom floor among other things.  One of the weird things was the giant lady in a bed.  You can see by the size of the normal adults in the picture how big this display was.  It was so life like but really weird to see up close.  It's so great to have such an amazing free community space for kids and adults to enjoy.  Here's a few photos from our afternoon.


















Monday, January 30, 2017

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

I love a good slow cooker recipe whether it's Summer or Winter and this one will not disappoint.  It's a matter of putting your ingredients in and turning it on which is great with sports starting up soon in the evenings.  I've made this before with the beef coated in the cornflour (corn starch) and I have stood at the stove browning in batches. This recipe is so much easier and the meat is so tender.  We all loved it.

SLOW COOKER MONGOLIAN BEEF

INGREDIENTS
1 kg of skirt steak (or flank steak)
1/4 cup of cornstarch (corn flour)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon mince garlic
3/4 cup of Soy Sauce
3/4 cup Water
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup of grated/julienne carrots
1/2 capicum (optional...I added this as extra veggies)
2 Onions sliced
Green onions (sliced for garnish) I also stirred some into the pot 5 minutes before serving
Rice (for serving)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice onions and carrots.
  2. Slice spring onions/shallots and set aside for garnish.
  3. Place olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, onions and carrots into slow cooker and stir ingredients.
  4. Slice steak into thin strips and place in a ziplock bag with the cornstarch (cornflour) and shake until all pieces are coated.
  5. Place into slow cooker and stir until meat has been coated in sauce.
  6. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours until cooked throughout and tender.
  7. Serve on a bed of rice and garnish with spring onions.



Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Easiest Bread Rolls ever

It's been a while since I've baked any bread and yesterday decided I would make bread rolls for lunch today.  You need to start these 3 hours before you want to eat them but in total it took me 10 mins to measure ingredients and mix in the Thermomix then 1 hour rising and 5 mins to shape the rolls and that's it ...just another 45 mins rising time on the tray and then bake them.  These are the best bread rolls ever..... a little bit crusty on the top and so soft and fluffy in the middle.  Whilst this recipe is done in the Thermomix I also have the instructions to make them from scratch.  If you ever want to make your own bread seriously this is your recipe.  You could make it into a loaf of bread if you wanted to rather than rolls.  I've written about it previously and here is the link to the recipe.  You must try and make these as they are so easy and turn out perfectly every time.  This is a lot simpler than any sourdough recipe (in my opinion).  I know this is not sourdough but if you want to make bread give this recipe a go.

This is the proved rolls ready to go into the oven.  

Fresh out of the oven.

OMG...so yummy..........and it's so easy to look like a professional baker with this recipe.

Lunch today ham rolls.....my kids love these rolls.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Around Here 2017

Around here we have taken down the Christmas decorations and are still very much in holiday mode although the heat is taking it's toll and you don't feel like doing much when it's so hot.  I've taken the kids to a nearby park a couple of times which they love to get out of the house.  We also had a lovely day trip to Rainbow Bay and the water was so lovely.

This park is loads of fun for the kids.

Glad my 13 year old still loves going to the park.  

This one loves any outdoor activity.

Chilling out on holidays with You Tube videos.

Chilling out in her room where she made a chubby house with sheets and is watching a DVD on her new portable DVD player that Santa got her.

At Woollies shopping for a new kettle with me.

Keeping cool in the hot weather.

Sienna has lost 2 teeth in two weeks....she's getting richer by the day.

I made some mini quiches for New Years Eve get together with my family.

Our family Christmas Cake is made by my Mum and my sister.

James got these fabulous speakers with water in them that when the music is played the bubbles go up and down and light up...they are really cool.