Mystery Blogger Award

I would like to thank Joelle from Sulfite-Free Cooking for nominating me for this award.  I recently found her blog and was attracted to it because our husbands seem to have similar stories, with working out about being intolerant to sulfites and other foods.  Joelle shares a lot of gluten free, dairy free & additive free recipes so please check out her blog.

Here follows information copy & pasted about the award:

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things about myself:

  1. I live in beautiful Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with my husband & 2 teenage children.  I am a born & bred Queenslander, though I have Scottish (my father was born in Scotland but has been in Australia so long, he would call himself Australian), English & even Indian heritage.
  2. I love summer and even though we have been experiencing a particularly hot summer, I still say Queensland is the best place to live.  We are fortunate to live in a house that often gets beautiful breezes in the afternoon.  I would much rather be hot than cold.
  3. Another passion of mine, apart from food intolerances and recipes to go with that, is passing on faith at home and including children in worship.  Thus I enjoy my work as a Family Pastor and particularly helping resource households with materials or ideas to talk about faith.

The answers to Joelle’s Questions:

Do you have a motto?

Not really but something that has come through strongly from my mother and I have tried to pass onto my children is “Do to others what you want them to do to you.”

What makes your day?

The simple things like when we get to eat dinner together as a family.  This is happening less often as my children get older & become more independent so I am grateful when it happens.  It also makes my day when my children do something that makes me think we have done/are doing a good job in raising them.

What do you find hardest when blogging?

The thing I find hardest when blogging is getting the time to blog.  I have lots of ideas but way less than half would actually make it to blog posts.  Sometimes when I do get time to blog I second guess myself and don’t follow through with ideas that I have had.

The name of an unusual dish you would like to share ?

Puftaloons – basically fried scones made from flour & milk.  I haven’t tried these gluten & dairy free but may give this a go soon.  This is a recipe originally from my mother’s family that we only ever had occasionally growing up, as a treat.  My father doesn’t like them & he’s always called them Pordage’s (my mothers maiden name) Uneatable Food That All Loonies Savoured.  My children love them & my daughter has often requested this for breakfast when she has had friends over for a sleepover.

If you were a tour guide, what place would you show me?

The Carnarvon Gorge – A beautiful National Park in Central Queensland that I visited often as a teenager, when we lived much closer to it.  It would be about a 7 -8 hour drive from Brisbane.

The Inspiring Bloggers I am Happy to Nominate:

My 5 Questions for them:

  1. What is your favourite kitchen item?
  2. When are you happiest?
  3. What is your advice for fellow bloggers?
  4. Where in the world would you like to visit?
  5. What do you eat for breakfast?

My Best Posts:

One of my favourite ones is Letting Go

and my 2 most viewed  food posts are Pasta with Leftover Roast and Corn Thins Pizza



Last Week’s Menu – 13 February 2017

Last week I managed to make a couple of quiche like slices for my children to try as lunch options.  I made No Green Stuff Veggie Slice which I took to my friends house for lunch with a small group of ladies.  There were a couple of slices left but my children didn’t try it.  I also made Bacon and Sweet Potato Slice which my son & I had as part of our lunch for most of the week.  I made it gluten free but my husband didn’t try it.

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Chilli Beef Meat Pies

This post about Individual Leftover Chilli Pies inspired me to make my own pies with some leftover Quick Chilli Beef.  I was planning my dinner menu for the week when I saw the post about making pies with leftover chilli mince.  As we usually have leftovers but not enough for a full second meal, I thought mini pies might be a way to stretch the leftovers.  However, I decided to use my pastry recipe which is loosely based on the pastry in this apple crumb pie recipe. Continue reading

Last Week’s Menu – 6 Feb 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I’ve been cooking but thought I would start this again.  I’m not sure that I’ll do it every week especially as I sometimes end up doing the same things.

Anyhow here is what was on the dinner menu last week:

Monday – Ham steaks & pineapple with homemade sweet potato & potato chips, along with carrots & peas.  My daughter made this as we were watching my son’s futsal game, so came home to a cooked meal.

Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff served with rice, carrots & peas.

Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – We went to Mum & Dad’s for dinner where we had Quick Chilli Beef.

Friday – Homemade Pizzas.  My daughter & her friend made theirs on a bought pizza base.  For the first time I tried the yoghurt dough.  I used coconut yoghurt & GF flour.  This was yummy & will definitely make this again.

Saturday – Chicken Risotto that had been stored in the  freezer around Christmas time as we had so much food.

Sunday – Fish & Chips at Sandgate.  We had a church social gathering on the waterfront & everyone bought their own fish & chips for dinner, from one of the local Fish & Chip shops.

Other things I made last week were:

My son has been enjoying the LCM bars & muesli bars in his lunch box.

What have you been cooking lately?  Do you have any good lunch box recipes?



Quick, Easy Caesar Salad

My children don’t particularly like sandwiches.  Though they both often have bread rolls for lunch.  I struggle with what to give my son for lunch.  He will like something for a while and then go totally off it.

Sometimes if we have leftover chicken I will make a quick, easy Caesar salad.


This week I have made it with chicken left from my Creamy Tomato Chicken.  If I have no hard boiled eggs I just fry an egg and put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.  Instead of croutons I just toast some bread before cutting it into small squares (good for using up crusts that no one seems to eat).  I love crusts but generally don’t eat wheaten bread anymore.

I put the salad in a small container & send to school in an insulated lunchbox with a freezer brick.  Don’t forget to pack a fork.

So here is my easy recipe:

Quick, Easy Caesar Salad

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • few lettuce leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 egg
  • leftover cooked chicken
  • 1 slice ham
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 tablespoon whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp perinaise


  1. Heat frypan & add oil.  Put bread into toaster and toast well.  Crack egg into frypan & fry.
  2. As the toast & egg cook, tear up lettuce leaves and put into bottom of serving container.
  3. Once egg & toast are cooked place into the freezer for 5 minutes while preparing the rest.
  4. Chop up leftover chicken & ham and add to container.
  5. Chop up egg, once cooled and add to container.
  6. Chop up toast & add most to container, leave a bit to sprinkle on top.
  7. Add mayonnaise & perinaise (if using) to the salad & stir to combine).  Add rest of toast croutons.
  8. Put lid on container & add to lunchbox.

What alternative to sandwiches to your children have for lunch?