25 February 2015

Sweet potato and zucchini frittata

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This tasty little dinner, has been sitting in my photo archives for too long. Just waiting to be shared  with the bloggy world.

Sadly – I cannot find where I recorded the recipe anywhere. So I will have to go from memory (yes a little risky, I know).

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What I do recall – is that it was easy to throw together. Especially when you have a grater attachment on your food processor – to grate the vegetables in a matter of moments. No elbow grease required.

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The dish also called for ricotta – in place of its heavier cream counterpart – making for a lightened up dinner all round.

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Baked in a round cake pan – the end result being quite the sight to see!

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And, my friends, I seem to recall that the meal was toddler approved – without any suspicion of the vegetables hidden within.

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A winner dinner indeed!

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Sweet potato and zucchini frittata

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 large sweet potato, grated
  • 1 red onion, grated
  • 1 zucchini grated
  • 2 tbs semi dried tomatoes, sliced
  • Handful mint leaves, shredded
  • A sprinkle of dried thyme
  • 4 eggs
  • 125g ricotta
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a round cake tin.
  2. Spray a frypan with a little olive oil, and cook sweet potato and onion until starting to soften (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat, then add zucchini, tomatoes and herbs.
  3. Meanwhile – whisk eggs and ricotta in a medium bowl.  Add vegetable mix, and stir well to combine.
  4. Pour into prepared tin, and bake for 30-40 minutes – or until cooked through.
  5. Allow to stand in tin for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

What about you? How do you keep track of new recipes?

23 February 2015

Weekend

Happy Monday lovely people! I hope that you all had a great weekend – for we certainly did. Mr BBB wasn’t working, and somehow we managed to fit in a family walk, two parties, a christening, a swimming lesson, a ballet lesson and some visitors – all with two little kiddoes along for the ride. Actually, I am a little tired just thinking about it.

Did I mention there was also coffee?? Lots of coffee.

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Our sleepy  newborn is starting to wake up, and find her voice. The little pork chop is also feeding like a champion – with the weight gain to prove it (cue: happy happy mama!!).

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My energetic toddler is loving her weekend ballet class, and I well and truly melt every time I see her in her uniform.

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Smiles aside - we are still well and truly working out our new ‘routine’ as a family of four. Between feeds, nappies, sleep deprivation and trying to keep a toddler entertained – well there seems to be very little downtime. Oh and then there were the less than stellar parts of the weekend (think: toddler refusing to nap and “painting” the walls with something that was not paint….)

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But then, amid the chaos, we would suddenly find ourselves in quiet moments like this… that are just blissful to see. And be present for.

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Yes I quite like weekends.

What about you? What did you get up to this weekend?

18 February 2015

Falafel with simple couscous salad and tahini yoghurt

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Well, lovely people, I am pleased to report that my cooking mojo is BACK!! Gone are the pregnancy-induced “must only eat carbs” cravings, and my taste for salads and desire to cook have returned.

Thank goodness.

On the menu earlier this week? Falafel with a simple couscous salad and tahini yoghurt. Although I did cheat and buy some pre-made falafel (an ill-fated decision, on reflection, as these were quite dry).

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As for the accompaniments, well these came together really simply. Yoghurt and tahini – mixed together to make a ‘sauce’. A touch of lemon juice or zest would have been wonderful – but sadly  our lemon tree is struggling at the moment…

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Also – a couscous salad – made simply with couscous (duh), chopped fresh tomato and parsley.

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I threw some pita breads in the oven too – and we soon had ourselves quite the mid-week feast!

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As I mentioned above, the falafel were quite dry – but the tahini yoghurt did overcome that to some extent (as well as being a great ‘dip’ for the pita bread). Actually, it reminded me just how much I love tahini – so expect to see it in many future dishes Smile 

 

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Delish!

What about you? Are you a fan of tahini?

16 February 2015

Weekend

I think I mentioned it in this post, but we are trying to improve our ‘work/life’ balance this year.  Currently being on maternity leave helps, although we still need to consciously make the effort to take little adventures to keep the momentum going.

This weekend just gone, was no exception. Mr BBB had to work on Saturday, but we made the most of the time we did have together and get out and about for some fun. We are still adjusting to being a family of 4 (getting out of the house in under 20 minutes, for example,  is unlikely) but it is so very wonderful to have our newest addition along for the ride.

The weekend started with a family outing to the first Brumbies game of the season, where my little fan cheered to her heart’s content while eating her weight in hot chips.

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There was a family brunch outing after C’s swimming lesson, to satisfy a 10-month-long craving for poached eggs.

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And boy they were good.

There was a family “forage” in a nearby pine forest, as we collected pinecones to use at C’s upcoming birthday party.

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There was a walk to the playground, stopping along the way to feed J under the trees while C played hide and seek.

There was an impromptu photo shoot – with a beautiful model.

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There was also quiet time, amid the fun, during which we were besotted by the depth of newborn sleep and sibling affection.

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A lovely weekend indeed.

What about you? How was your weekend?

13 February 2015

Asian chicken noodle salad

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As we settle into our new routine as a family of four (!!??), meals have to be one thing: simple. I’m trying to avoid the temptation of takeaway, despite its convenience, but easy and quick meals remain the key.

One such meal was this chicken noodle salad. I saved time by purchasing a cooked chicken, and all I had to do was soak rice vermicelli in boiling water and slice up the veggies (cucumber and carrot).

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Then, when Mr BBB arrived home from work, we threw it all together, and added some extra herbs, crushed peanuts and Asian dressing (also store bought).

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Dinner – is served!

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We both loved the freshness of this dish, with the added bonus that there were lots of leftovers for lunch the following day! My usual ‘cheese sandwich’ lunch certainly pales in comparisonWinking smile 

What about you? Do you make extra for lunch the next day? I don’t tend to, well not deliberately at least, but I really should!

10 February 2015

Welcome to the world, little Josephine

As I type this post, I have my gorgeous 6 day-old daughter asleep on my chest. Her divine newborn aroma is ever-strong, and I can’t help but feel nostalgic, and reflective, not only about the last week – but also about the last year.

For this time last year, we were in the throes of IVF. Yet now I sit here cuddling my second daughter.

How so much can change…and how so much we have to be thankful for.

You might recall that C was born via emergency C section – after my body apparently didn’t get the ‘memo’ that dilation and engagement might assist in the whole childbirth thing. With that history in mind, my OB felt that a natural birth was very unlikely – so we opted to schedule a C-section this time around.

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(One last bump pic…)

So bright and early last Wednesday, we headed to the Hospital knowing that we would be meeting our second child in a matter of hours. We were checked in, gowned up, and not too long later - whisked away to theatre. I had a spinal – which in itself was rather scary – and I was somewhat nervous about surgery generally knowing that my iron levels and blood pressure were both quite low.

But aside from a moment of low blood pressure 5 minutes in, and little J hiding out inside to the extent my doc needed to use forceps to get her out (?!) the procedure went well. And when they dropped that curtain – and I heard that amazing newborn cry – well its hard not to get teary just thinking about it.

There, before us, was our second daughter.

Little Josephine Elizabeth – all 3.59kg of her (almost a pound heavier than Charlotte!!). 

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And she is simply perfect!

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When pregnant, I just had a feeling that we were having another girl. So that part didn’t surprise me at all. But what did surprise me, was how much bigger she was than C, and how fair her hair was.

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(C on the left / J on the right)

But what they both share, however, is a hearty appetite, and I am so pleased to report that J took to feeding like a champion!

As for her big sister, well I wish I had captured the moment she first met J on video. For she excitedly rushed in the room, eyes bright and full of awe, and promptly asked if “broccoli had been born yet”. 

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Yes, my darling, she certainly has.

Since then, she has offered nothing but cuddles and kisses,  happily introducing her little sister to anyone that we meet. And I could not be more proud.

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As for my recovery, I was again blessed with a speedy one. The hardest part was being ‘attached to the bed’ for the initial 24 hours after surgery (oh and the morphine-induced uncontrollable vomiting in the first few hours), but once I was able to get up and get moving, the pain lessened each and every day. So much so that since leaving the hospital I have been off all pain medication and moving freely.  I’m happy to share more about my experience with C-sections if you’d like me to – but I can save that for another day?

Otherwise - I feel as if I have so much more to say about the transition from 1 child to 2, and this latest pregnancy in general, so I will no doubt post more on both at some stage. But for now, I plan on relishing these first few ‘sleepy’ newborn weeks for they really do pass by all too fast (and I am acutely aware that the ‘witching hours’ will soon be upon us…)

Thankyou also to all of you that followed this first week via Instagram and passed on your best wishes. You sure know how to make a girl smile Smile

03 February 2015

Banana oat bars

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The other day – I got to baking. And boy have I missed it. On the menu? Banana oat bars (which were inspired by these banana oat chocolate bars – with a few additions / subtractions along the way).

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I opted for a natural nut / seed and sultana mix (instead of a straight seed mix), and left out the linseeds (I didn’t have any). Oats, dried cranberries and cinnamon rounded out the remaining dry ingredients.

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As for the ‘wet’ ingredients – I used coconut oil and honey (in place of the rice malt syrup). Oh and a couple mashed bananas, of course.

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Mixed together – then pressed into a lined sliced pan.

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Baked for 35 minutes or so at 180C, and our house smelled amazing!

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The recipe called for a dark chocolate drizzle – but with the dried fruit I found these were sweet enough for my liking.

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So I kept the bars as is….

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A tasty return to baking indeed!

What about you? Baked anything yummy recently?