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Family Food, Fancy Food, Fast Food, Fat Foot

We can call this dish, Hummus with Spiced Lamb, Hummus b’lahmeh or Loaded Hummus. As far as hummus is concerned you can’t go wrong, but you can go even more right, which is what we’ve done here. Whilst it’s more common in Australia for us to treat hummus as a dip to serve with vegetable crackers, and there isn’t anything wrong with that, I stand firm, in other parts of the world it’s a whole meal.  This Hummus with Spiced Lamb is just that, its even more delicious, filling, moreish, fun, and interactive than regular hummus, who would have even thought it was possible.  You can load this with whatever you want, but the spiced, caramelised, gnarly bits of gorgeous mince lamb in this one complimented by the sharp pomegranate and fresh mint is definitely a dang fine place to start!  Give this a go!

My Notes on Lamb Mince

  • Mince lamb is incredibly versatile in terms of cooking methods as well as cuisine style, think of koftas, bolognese, pie filling, hummus topping, rissoles, chili, sausage rolls – the sky is the limit!
  • Mince lamb is budget-friendly, and especially for families, you can make a little go quite far. You can add vegetables and flavouring to bulk it out adding to its nutrition and quantity.
  • For busy families, finished mince dishes freeze quite well, cook in bulk so you can defrost when you’re time-poor!


Family Food, Fast Food, Fat Foot

These Cumin Roasted Lamb Ribs are going to be a fast favourite in your home.  Since I created this recipe a number of friends have made it a number of times, and I’m not even paying them to do so; they’re just that easy, that delicious and that repeatable.

First of all they don’t take very long lamb ribs can cook a lot quicker than other on-the-bone cuts of meat, secondly there is a lot of flavour fast with this recipe utilising high temp roasting and delicious cumin as the main spice, make these extra tasty.  If you can’t immediately find ribs available to you, definitely ask your butcher, they’re often less expensive than other cuts which is a great bonus.  If you haven’t tried lamb ribs before, this is a recipe to let them shine for minimum technique, expense, and effort – what more do you want from a fast dinner dish?!

My Notes on Lamb Ribs

  • This cut of meat makes for very tasty on-the-bone cooking!
  • Unlike other meats, lamb ribs can cook quite quickly, to a very tasty and pleasing standard!
  • Lamb ribs can work with low and slow, or fast high heat cooking – so versatile. 
  • Lamb ribs can accept a lot of flavour from dry spices, wet marinades, and slow cooking, complimenting a variety of cuisines.
  • One of the best bits – there’s no cutlery required- midweek mojo at its finest with finger food!!!


Family Food, Fancy Food, Fast Food, Fat Foot, Free Food

Vegan Mousse with Tangelo

Vegan Mousse I here you say?! Yes, it’s true! And… with Vegan Jellies too! With a hint or three of citrus and spice and all things nice!

For all you vegans out there, this is for you! For all you non-vegans that think they ‘couldn’t possibly’, you should try this! And for those of you who like to tease, make fun of or laugh at vegans – you should shut your mouth, with this dessert, and swallow hard because everyone deserves dessert!!! Right, let’s get into it!

As per usual, gluten free, grain free and refined sugar-free, this dessert may actually be too good, to be true! For other intolerant friendly desserts check out my Valentine’s Day entry.


Fancy Food

Depending on where you’re from, will potentially determine your opinion on the origin of the pavlova. Personally, I love that this dessert is so delicious and such a crowd favourite, that there is an ongoing debate; because everyone wants to claim it as their own, everyone wants to take the credit. A favourite in my house is keeping it super simple with a mountain of fresh, blushing berries on top of that crumbly framed, marshmallowy base.

But, being so rich in sugar it is definitely a sometimes food rather than an everyday staple. But, if we were to make it a bit better for us, maybe it could be a slightly more regular dessert on offer?! Like if we were making it sugar-free, perhaps! Boo to all you naysayers, it can be done! So here are two recipes for you, a favourite of mine infused with lemon myrtle for a slightly more Australian version. The second, a sugar-free base, which sure, doesn’t have an identical texture, but it’s pretty close and is definitely more inclusive to our party guests who don’t want or need that sugar spike.

You can decorate with sunshine warm, yellow bright, mango flesh atop its creamy whipped, best friend. There’s just something so special about fresh summer fruit with billowy clouds of pure white cream that is just so satisfying. Weiss bars successfully captured evoking childhood memories with this sensational combination. For extra crunch and a toasty depth of flavour, sprinkle over some macadamia nuts, a contributor to our country’s most lucrative horticultural exports. For a fresh, eye-popping, textural explosion, add some fruity, natural, finger lime caviar. These are available in a most spectacular rainbow of colours, more variation than any other citrus, just gorgeous. Stone fruit a summer favourite and pair beautifully with the mango. Or keep it year-round friendly by sprinkling over your favourite frozen berries!

Wherever you’re from, make this wonderful dessert your own, your way, with your favourite ingredients. Kiwifruit, strawberries, passionfruit are all brilliant classics, but why don’t you give my new look pavlovas a go, they are awesome.


Family Food

I’m quite a fan of muesli, cereal or granola, on occasion. I don’t feel like it for months then all of a sudden I could eat it every day for four weeks.

But like you probably all know, there’s stacks on the market that are full of empty, junk carbs, loaded with sugar and so minimal in nutrient content they might actually be extracting it from us upon consumption. Not good!

But it doesn’t have to be like that, take control, have some fun and enjoy your cereal time with celebration and vigour because it’s full of nutrient-rich vitality and slowly releasing energy in the form of goods fats and proteins, to maintain your blood sugar levels. This is not a dish that will leave you feeling hangry! It’s great quality, so in general, you’re more satiated and desire less.

This granola is game-changing and you can make it!!! You can even gift it in beautiful glass jars or paper bags, so the recipients know it’s bespoke, special, homemade and just a little bit trendy. You’ll be printing your own branded labels and setting up a roadside community stand in no time! Get around this granola, get it into you and give it away! Let me know how you go!


Family Food
If we focus on making more of our own things from scratch, we are more in control of what we’re putting into our bodies.

We can rely on jars, bottles, and packets less and less. There are many environmental factors that can affect our health which are out of our control, so why not take back control, of what is within our reach?  

Let’s do it, together! Lets cook and eat REAL FOOD!!!

Family Food, Free Food

I love my Nan, I miss my Nan, and she was the greatest.

I have a lot of food memories shared with Nan and they all are thoroughly saturated with her kindness and gentleness.  So saturated that if I wring them out, even a little, joyful tears well in my eyes, enough to fill an ocean if I let them.

My Nan was an incredible family cook; the wife of a butcher and four hungry children, there was always lots of food and generosity wherever she was. 

My Dad has told me stories about her baking six large apple pies ready Saturday at 4 pm, and the three older boys would devour them by the Sunday evening. 

She had a big chest freezer when I was a kid that her canaries sat on top of; you had to move the cage to get in. The contents included the old 1L Blue Ribbon vanilla ice-cream container, which was a rare treat from my usual sugar-free ice-confection; my clever Mum could recognise very early on I had an issue with sugar. It was always stocked, full of par-cooked meals ready to heat up for family and friends visiting. I often got to help with whatever she was batch cooking, which I adored.

But some of my most favourite moments with Nan were the more intimate ones, the ones between just her and I.  I cherish those moments especially. Soft-boiled eggs with toast soldiers were often on the menu when I would sleep over. I remember the muted apple green ceramic plates with deep-ridged edging, the tiny teaspoons a perfect fit for my tiny mouth – I still take great joy using her cutlery today. How did she make toast cut into long rectangles seem so magical, fun and just for me? Their vague soldier-like appearance conjured up imagery of The Queen’s Guard with their big fluffy hats. I guess they almost created a rectangular silhouette if you squinted your eyes. A fitting image seeing as I always thought my Nan and the Queen shared similarities in appearance as well as poise and grace.

I never had a problem with eating, and I wasn’t particularly fussy so the entertainment provided wasn’t to encourage me to ‘eat my greens’ so to speak. It was pure joyful interaction, for fun, with love.

I don’t have it once a week these days, but I cannot have soft-boiled eggs in cute little cups and toast, without cutting it into soldiers and enjoy a good old dip.

There are lots of methods for boiling eggs just the way you like them. My preference is for soft boiled and I choose the method, which has the least variables, therefore most consistent result. I don’t say at room temperature for no reason, this is one of the variables you regain control of because each fridge and location they’re kept can be different. 

If you’re a fridge-egg-keeper, take them out earlier than you need them. I’d recommend where possible getting your eggs from friends’ chickens or farmer’s markets where you know they’re pastured and free to open range – the fresher the better. 

Fresh eggs are easier to peel. Plunging the room temp eggs into boiling water then dropping them in cold and bringing them to the boil also helps shock the internals away from the membrane and shell, making them again, easier to peel. Check it out below:


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