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As requested, here is a simple recipe for making Frittata. I eat mine for breakfast to get some protein in with the eggs, and an extra dose of vegetables!
olive oil spray
Mix of cold roast vegetables (I use pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini and carrot)
5 to 6 eggs, depending on the size of your dish
Mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup cream
salt and pepper
– Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius
– Spray a non stick oven proof dish with olive oil spray
– Pour roasted vegetables into the pan
– In a separate dish, whisk eggs, cheese, cream, salt and pepper together
– Pour egg mix over roasted vegetables, and top again with cheese and parsley for garnish
– Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top of the frittata springs back slightly when you touch it.
Please let me know if you have any questions on the recipe!
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated one of these, and I feel like I have a LOT to go through, so let’s get started…
Articles / Conversation Starters
From Co Exist, How would you feel if your co-workers decided your bonus? Oooo, so controversial!
A super easy way to search your Evernote, Dropbox and basically every other app you can think of? Try CloudMagic!
Do you feel like a break from it all sometimes? How about from technology? I would love to try unplugging, via Fast Company.
Thinking of starting up your own blog but don’t know what to name it? I’m in a similar conundrum at the moment, and I loved this article, via SheKnows.
Products I Love
These gorgeous bathrooms, bought to you by HomeLife.
Country Road keeps getting it right for me. Their winter collection is amazing. I bought a blanket that I’m in love with, and some more crockery. Pity when they blanket arrived they left the security tag on it. D’oh! Adding a trip to Country Road again to me To Do List. And my wallet 🙂
New Meals to Make
I have to talk about Frittata’s, and that you should be making these! Once a week I would make a meal with roast vege’s, and I have now taken to making more than we would eat, and using the leftovers to make a Frittata that I have for breakfast. A great way to increase your vegetable count for the day. Hit me up if you want the recipe 🙂
I made this Key Lime Pie recipe via Taste.com, and it was delish!
101 Make up and Fashion Tips. I love stuff like this. Find it via this link on Real Beauty.
I am in desperate need of a white dress for my Sister’s Wedding! Please help – do you have any fave’s here?
Adding to my Nightstand
So I tried and failed to start reading The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. Can anyone please tell me why I should continue?
It’s doesn’t feel right visiting someone empty handed, and this is never more true when you are invited over to someone’s home for the first time. My Brother and Sister-In-Law recently moved into their new abode and I wanted to get them a nice housewarming gift to celebrate when we visited them this weekend.
So how do you decide what to buy? My hubby and I mulled over what we really appreciated getting when we initially started out, what gifts helped us, and what products we love to use now. And they are all kinda boring… washing liquids and our fav detergents never really make for exciting gifts although extremely practical! Other than that, they were all alcoholic. More exciting but common. I expect they will get a good dozen bottles when friends and family visit. So instead, I went with a more meaningful gift, one that I put a lot of thought into, but was really easy to put together. Let me know what you think! It was a lot of fun to do…
The contents of the tin all came with a label, which I have put below if you would like to reference for future use…
Bread – so your home will never go hungry
Salt – so you will never find yourself in a pinch
Candle – to bring love & light to your new home
Honey – to make it officially home, sweet home
White Wine – for mild summer night BBQ’s
Red Wine – for winter night snuggles
Soap – to wash away any troubles
Chocolate Chip Cookies – for old traditions, & the excitement of making your own
Jam – to spread the love!
Herbs – for a household full of abundance & prosperity
I will post my recipe for the bread should anyone want it, in my next foodie post 🙂
Let me know if you would add any items, and what phrases you would give them, if you were to give this gift.
What were the things you really appreciated getting when you moved in?
I always feel by the end of the day that I don’t have enough milk left for my baby! I was told about lactation cookies, and have adapted a recipe in the thermomix which has seemed to make my milk supply increase dramatically. Very funny to watch my little man giggle because he doesn’t have to do much to get it to pour into his mouth!
110 grams butter
50 grams golden syrup
10 grams water
100 grams oats
20 grams fenugreek
150 grams brown sugar
20 grams flaxseed / linseed meal
30 grams brewers yeast
55 grams shredded coconut
100 grams self raising flour
90 grams choc chips
– Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (160 degrees fan forced)
– Add butter, golden syrup and water into the thermomix, heat at 60 on speed 2 for 3 minutes
– Add all the remaining ingredients, bar the choc chips and mix on speed 3 for 1 minute
– Add the choc chips and mix on reverse at speed two for 1 minute
– Place the cookies onto a baking tray and cook for about 12 minutes (I like my cookies quite soft, so if you would prefer them to be harder, cook for up to 18 minutes.)
Voila! Great to have for your 3pm afternoon tea break to increase your supply for that fussy evening period…
I hope you enjoy, and more importantly, I hope they help should you need more milk for your baby!
Some nights after a long day at work call for an easy meal. This one isn’t too nutritious but everyone I’ve made it for has LOVED it!
Handful of spinach leaves
Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
1 chicken breast
Satay Sauce (I use a brand called Taylors)
Handful of cashew nuts
– Cover your Pizza base with a layer of tomato paste
– Add a very fine layer of cheese
– Add a layer of spinach
– Cut the chicken into 1cm cubes and cook in a saucepan with half a bottle of the store-bought satay sauce.
– Add the layer of chicken to the pizza
– Coat the top of the pizza with more cheese
– sprinkle the cashews on top
– Cook in a pre warmed oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees celsius.
Should have dinner on the table in 20 minutes! 🙂
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I had a great week as it’s getting easier and easier to be out and about. Sometimes I think I have been given an angel instead of a baby, as my little man is just too easy on us a lot of the time. Here are the things that made my week…
Articles / Conversation Starters, Internet Discoveries
A very interesting article on how to deal with that bitchy colleague, via Perth Now.
Could an hourly exercise break at work be something your company allows? If you can say it makes your colleagues fitter and more successful? Via Fast Company.
I loved this article on doing something that you are passionate about… How many of us can say that we are? Via HerCanberra.
I’m assuming most people follow Design Sponge as it’s one of the most popular blogs on the internet, but this article on growing your blog via google, is a must for all bloggers…
I love Apartment Therapy and this post got me in the mood to spring clean. Hello to my newly clean house!! 🙂
Products I Love
This week, I have been covering my face with Rosehip Oil. It is AH-MAY-ZING. Makes me look less tired just by taking a whiff of the stuff. I swear. Get on to this stuff ladies! (And SNAGs of course)
This week, via Polyvore…
Adding to my Nightstand
The Donna Hay Autumn edition of her Magazine. Love!!
New Meals to Make!
I’ve started getting right back into the swing of using my thermomix, but more on that next week I think. This week, these meals struck my fancy –
I’ve been looking into the Photo Apps, trying to decide which to download to edit my photo’s… So which do you think is best? iPhoto, PhotoGene or Snapseed? Or something entirely different? Any advice would be much appreciated!
Until next week, hope yours is fabbo! As always, let me know the things that made your week, would love to hear them…
I love making macarons. No scratch that, I love eating macarons so I put up with making them. I have had so many disasters, I couldn’t count them, and if I look at my first batch which I thought were pretty ahhhmazing, I’m a bit embarrassed now.
I have searched for the perfect recipe to make a pistachio flavoured macaron for a while now, and I haven’t been successful. Most of the recipes call for a lot of pistachio – which is expensive – and they make about 8 macarons which would last all of 5 seconds in my household. So after a lot of research, I tried to make my own recipe, which I am going to say is foolproof because it worked first time (no mean feat with macarons) and was a great success!
3 egg whites (it helps if these have been outside of the fridge overnight, or for a few days)
1 tablespoon castor sugar
1 small bag of pistachio nuts, unsalted or 1 cup of pistachio meal (I struggle to find pistachio meal in any store so if you can get it, that is wonderful!)
Almond meal (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/4 cups of icing sugar
125g softened butter
1 vanilla bean
1 cup icing sugar
– First of all, I whizzed up a small bad of pistachio nuts in my thermomix to make pistachio meal. I bought a 250g bag which did just under 1 cup. You can make pistachio meal in your blender instead, but it may not be as fine and will be a pain to sift, so this is where the pistachio meal if you can get it already made, is helpful.
My thermomix made the meal in a few seconds, on speed 9 to 10.
– Add almond meal to the pistachio meal, so you have one cup total of pistachio and almond meal. I just did this because pistachio meal is so expensive, and the flavour is rich so almond meal is a quick and easy way to get the amount needed (And if you make the meal from almonds in your thermomix as well, it’s much cheaper!).
– Sift the combined meal mixture into a bowl.
– Sift the icing sugar mixture into the same bowl, and mix to combine.
– In a mixer, using a whipping attachment, whip the 3 egg whites for 30 seconds before gradually adding the castor sugar.
– Whip for 8 to 10 minutes. Your mixture will be really white and not at all runny by this stage.
– Pour half of the icing sugar and meal mixture into the egg whites and mix quickly and well before adding the rest and doing the same.
– Pour the mixture into a piping bag and make small rounds onto a baking tray. Make sure the macarons are spaced well apart so they have room to breathe in the oven.
I find using a circular nozzle works the easiest.
– Tap the baking tray lightly on the bench, and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
– Turn your oven to 150 degrees celsius.
– After 20 minutes, check the macarons have a light coating on the top. The consistency should have changed so you can’t change the shape or top texture of the macaron when touching it lightly. If your macarons don’t have this, put them under the heater in winter, or air conditioner in summer until they do. I find it helps to put them in a sunny place too.
– Turn the oven down to 130 degrees celsius.
– Cook the macarons for 17 minutes.
– Meanwhile, add the softened butter and vanilla bean seeds into the mixer, and beat for 6 minutes or until light and creamy.
– Add the icing sugar directly to the bowl, and beat for another 8 minutes.
– Sandwich the filling in between two macarons and refrigerate.
When serving, it’s best to leave the macarons out of the fridge for about 10 minutes earlier.
Hopefully you will have the magical macaron feet, and a nice round consistency. If you didn’t let me know! There are a number of forums I have read on the web that have the solutions to any problems you encounter, and we will have you making perfect macarons in no time, that taste absolutely delish!
Happy baking 🙂
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