Friday, June 29, 2012

Menu Plan

Week 1

B - Baked beans
L - Wontons in broth
D - Chinese Chicken Wings/Tofu (Mums recipe) with fried rice

B - Oatmeal with chia seeds
L - leftovers
D - Winter Lentils (Laura Calder - French Food at Home) with fresh cheese and brocollini

B - Crepe Suzette
L - -
D - Roast chicken, creamy polenta and roast vegetables

B - Oatmeal with chia
L - Roast chicken sandwich/roast vegetable sandwich
D - Pumpkin soup with croutons and Lychee Kanteen

B - Baked beans
L - Pumpkin soup
D - Burritos

B - Avocado and tahini on toast
L - Brown rice bowl
D - Semolina gnocchi with a brown butter and almond sauce (Based on Maggie Beer recipe)

B - Baked beans on toast
L - Brown rice sushi - tomago, pickled ginger and cucumber
D - leftovers

Week 2

B - Miso soup and brown rice
L - Sausage/Vegetable sausage sandwich
D - Dahl with naan (Food Safari)

B - Baked beans
L - Miso soup
D - Lamb chops and roast vegetables

B - Greek Eggs (Jill Dupleix - Lighten Up)
L - Mochi with sesame and ginger
D - Home made pizzas

B - Oatmeal with chia and blueberries
L - Melt
D - Prawn toast (based on a recipe from Practically Macrobiotic) with edamame and bean salad

B - Banana and nut muffin
L - Curried egg sandwich
D - Leftovers/Frozen meal


B - Avocado and tahini on toast
L - Salad box with cheese
D - Korean Calamari (Nigella Lawson - Nigella Kitchen)


B - Peanut butter bread
L - Shopping day - out for lunch
D - Leftovers/Freezer meal

Monday, June 25, 2012

Inspiration on a Monday: Glamorous Mum No. 1

With impending Motherhood only 18 weeks away (OMG) - I have been seriously searching blogs and websites for mothers that have that something extra - everyday women who juggle work, home life and do it all very stylishly.  I am sure their little girls growing up will be thinking "I want to be just like Mum".  

In an attempt to steal some of their style I will be featuring a few on my blog over the next couple of Mondays.  Please click on the images to take you directly to that post or the header to take you to her home page.

Here is the first:

Bethany's blog The Glamorous Housewife is amazing.  As someone who has worked in movies (as a prop stylist I think) she has a great eye for detail and colour.  The bright, happy feel of her blog is a genuine reflection of her personality.  I don't think I have seen her wear all black on her blog yet, nor do I see much black when you look around her home.  And speaking of her home.  The kitchen - the flamingos, the dining room with the wallpapered ceiling - is there anything that I don't want to steal?

The amazing dining room with the wallpapered ceiling

From the "You Got That Where?" series
To fulfill the part of a glamorous Mum I think you have to be pretty clue-y when it comes to fashion and this is where I fall down but where Bethany excels.  She does a great series called "You Got The Where?" which details vintage-inspired items that she finds at department stores and how she styles them to fit in with her "look"

Bethany is completely honest with her readers, which makes for some very funny reads (ie - when comparing herself to Martha Stewart) and entertaining YouTube videos.  It's on her recommendation that I went and bought a good under eye concealer.  Here is her latest video from YouTube - fish tacos.  Don't you just love the way she says "Hi Dolls"?

When I look at The Glamorous Housewife blog - I honestly do not know who she finds the energy, motivation and time to create such a wonderful life for her family.  I will definitely be doing my best to emulate her.

Here are some amazing shoes and her beautiful Ariella

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cookbook Review - French Food at Home - Laura Calder

Pal Fried (Hungarian/American, 20th century), "Girl in Front of a Busy Paris Cafe", c. 1940
 After making another of her amazing recipes last night I have decided to do a review of Laura Calder's French Food at Home.

Soft backed Copy - the one I have

I fell in love with Laura Calder's style and food when I watched one of her cooking shows on TV.  Laura has such a huge personality and it comes through in her cooking and writing. I love this book for the way it is written, the recipes and the way everything just works together.

Laura writes exactly how she presents - funny, witty and engagingly.  The entire book is devoted to recipes that have a distinct French feel and Laura discusses how these recipes would fit into the everyday diet and menu of a French person.  All of the recipes in this book come with a little story attached as well as wine and menu suggestions and occasionally ideas for using the same recipe but with different ingredients.  This is very handy as once you have the technique down for the recipe - which are all pretty simple - you can create a wide number of variations.

The book is divided up into the following chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Aperitifs
  • First Courses
  • Dinner Fairly Fast
  • Dinner Slightly Slower
  • Side Dishes
  • Desserts

All of the dishes I have tried come from Aperitifs, First Courses, Dinner Fairly Fast and Dinner Fairly Slower.  I find that as I am only cooking for my husband and I - I only need to create one main item and we usually have that with a salad or cheese before etc.  However - last nights meal - Leek Tart - of which I halved the ingredients for - should ave served 3-4 but we ate it all ourselves!  So it seems that the serving size is probably very French too - something I am yet to master.

As a vegetarian (who occasionally will eat seafood) I also find that the four chapters that I have cooked from offer enough scope and variation that do not feel as I do with some books, that I have wasted my money.

The recipes that I have made so far are:

Parmesan Tuiles - from Lifestyle Food website - see right

My Mum has also made her Bistro Chicken (and even though she is now vegetarian) raves about how easy and yummy it is.  Everything that I have made has turned out to be delicious.  I have even managed to master what I originally thought were some very Frenchified and difficult techniques - such as making a court bouillon.

This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in French Food or the way that French people eat.  I bought my copy from here.

Laura has published two other books - see her website below for more details.


Here is the link to her great website which has bio information as well as her own blog.
Here is a link to the Lifestyle Food channel website where I first saw her on TV.  You can find some of her recipes there ) - 116 of them!.
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