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Meet my friend the Slow Cooker

I’ve had this blog post on the go for a few weeks now, but because such awesome sweet recipes kept popping up and I felt they needed to be shared post-haste, this recipe was put on the back burner. OK, so back to my obsession with slow cooking. Before I bought my slow cooker (I do believe they are sometimes called crock pots), I did my slow cooking on the stove. I’d chuck my large stock pot on the stove top, turn the heat on low, and let things cook over a low flame for hours. I’d get great results and a wonderful meal at the end, but I couldn’t leave the house for the duration of cooking time. This also goes with slow cooking using the oven. The idea of leaving the house whilst the oven is on freaks me out. As much as I love food, life does go on and I have things I need to achieve! That’s when I decided to get myself a slow cooker. Read more…

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Spaghetti Cheapballs

Whilst exploring the blogosphere, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend when reading other people’s posts about food. The three things that come up quite regularly are that food should be: 1) cheap; 2) quick, and; 3) easy to prepare. A couple of years ago, I came across a recipe for Spaghetti Meatballs in a Women’s Weekly cookbook. What’s so special about this recipe, I hear you ask? Well, instead of making the meatballs from scratch, the meatballs are made from the meat in sausages. How clever is that? And if you use bottled pasta sauce or passata, then you are saving a whole heap of time and money; the two things that are very important to me now that I’m a Uni-bum. This recipe can easily serve four people in about 25 minutes.

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Pingy Prawn Saganaki

You could be forgiven for thinking that it is the middle of summer in Adelaide right now, with the city having a good run of hot days (it was 38ºC/100ºF a couple of days ago). In my opinion, the best type of food to eat when it’s hot is seafood and I had been pondering for the last couple of weeks over what seafood-y dishes I could cook this summer. One of the foodie blogs I am really enjoying at the moment is Cook. Eat. Blog. This blog has a plethora of sensational recipes from all over the World with the dishes cooked by the blog owner, Lee. I highly recommend checking out Lee’s blog! I also follow Lee on Twitter, and he regularly tweets a random recipe from his collection. On this particular day, Lee just happened to tweet about his Prawn Saganki recipe. PING! Light-bulb moment! Read more…

These are a few of my favourite things – Gusto Ristorante

As my partner and I were driving home from having dinner at a restaurant, I thought to myself that there are so many things that I consider as ‘my favourite’.  I have favourite foods, favourite places to eat, favourite items of clothing. Any category of ‘thing’ you can think of, I probably can name a “favourite”. So, why not start sharing what I consider my favourite things? If it’s good enough for Julie Andrews, it’s good enough for me *insert Sound of Music reference here*. Read more…

Challenge alla carbonara

Earlier this week I was asked by another blogger, Jennie (check out her blog at Ohh, honey!), to post a carbonara recipe. I’ve never made carbonara before so I took this request as a personal challenge. I thought to myself that if I was going to honour this request, I better bloody do a good job of it, so I started doing a little research. But what I found was a bunch of recipes with a conflicting mash of ingredients. Not really off to a great start. That’s when I turned to my wonderful Manager at work (who just happens to follow my blog – hi!) for advice. Read more…

My big fat Greek-style pasta bake

Life in the modern World is all about being up at sparrow’s fart, rushing to work, working late, rushing home, wonder what the hell you’re going to have for dinner and then open your fridge only to find there’s nothing in it. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is cook (despite loving it so much), but I really don’t want to go out and get food either.  That’s when cooking in bulk comes in handy.  I’m all for economies of scale, so I will make the time to cook a huge batch of something to shove in the freezer.  That way, I can still have a home cooked meal when I’m in a ‘meh’ mood, but not have to make the effort. Read more…

Spaghetti alla hussy

hus·sy/ˈhəsē/

noun
– an impudent or immoral girl or woman

Also known as spaghetti alla puttanesca (or as I sometimes call it, put-it-in-Vanessa), when translated into English means ‘whore’s spaghetti’. Apparently, this quick and easy dish was invented by the Napolese ladies of easy virtue so they could ‘eat and run’.  As they say, “time is money!”.  Indeed, this dish is incredibly quick and easy, and is one of my favourites to make when I’m low on time and/or motivation to cook dinner. You could easily make and serve this dish for four people in 20 minutes. Read more…

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