Monday, October 5, 2015

Thai Chicken Salad

This is a great kiwi version of Thai for those who only just like Thai (like me).

Chicken marinade

1/4 C oil
1 Tb rice vinegar
1/4 C sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
Fresh coriander leaves chopped
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into pieces
Leave for as long as 4 hours. I only had time for about 1 hour. And the chicken was super tender.

The Salad Dressing

1/4 C rice vinegar
1/4 C sweet thai chili sauce (although I am a sooky and I only added 1/2 this so adjust to your taste)
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper


Red cabbage sliced finely
Celery sliced finely
Grated carrot
More coriander leaves chopped
Cucumber chopped into small pieces
Capsicum sliced thinly then cut into small pieces
Mango chopped ( I used tinned because its out of season)
Spring onion sliced thickly
Snow pea shoots

Dress the salad with the salad dressing and put onto serving plates

Cook the chicken in a hot frying pan

Leave to cool slightly

Slice and place on top of salad

Drizzle with peanut sauce (I used de Siam Peanut and Coconut Satay Sauce)

You can make your own peanut sauce just google recipes, I split the last one I made and wasted my last bit of peanut butter. Let me know in the comments below if you have a fail proof delicous not too thick peanut sauce please and thank you.

You can also add cashews or peanuts, crispy fried noodles and a wedge of lime

You can also add thai basil and/or mint leaves to the salad too.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Cooking Bucket List

Savoury Pinwheel Scones (they won't be as good as Nana's but I can try)
A teacher aide at school brought in a batch for us while I was acting principal for a day.  I worked in the staffroom a metre away from the basket of warm scones tempting me with their delicious aroma.  They had chow chow, cream cheese, onion etc on them.

Never made one, baked or otherwise.

Fondant iced cake (Mack or Fin will get a special birthday cake one day)

Cooked salmon (tasted some kind of salmon bake in white sauce on a conference,  I was a wee bit dubious but starving and there was no other option so I served myself a hefty portion, sat on the ground outside in the sun- as you do on a conference and was very pleasantly surprised- hunger is the best seasoning.

Preserve something

Wontons from scratch

Cauliflower pizza

Homemade Stock Winter 2014
Piece of cake ={D

French Onion Soup with cheesy bread
I remember making this in 3rd form, haven't had it since.

Chicken Noodle Soup Winter 2014
Nailed this! Made it twice this winter with homemade chicken stock from a rotisserie chicken.  Very happy with the results
Should have written down the recipe because I mashed together what I found on Google and went by feel, I mean taste.  They both had a buttery quality which made them decadent without any butter in sight.  

BBQ Meatloaf

How good does this look!! BBQ meatloaf.  It is delicous.  The BBQ sauce has an odd assortment of ingredients that you just have to trust like lemon juice, coffee....
Thank you Claire for this recipe.

The Facebook Group NZ Mummies in the Kitchen has brought us back together after all these years and we now have our families and share a love of cooking.


  • 500gm sausage meat
  • 500gm mince
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 water
  • Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup worchester sauce
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 30gms butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  1. Combine all ingredients till well mixed and smooth.
  2. With wet hands shape into a loaf in oven dish.
  3. Cook for 30 mins at about 180c.
  4. Pour over sauce and cook for another 45 mins, basting frequently
Combine all ingredients, bring to boil, simmer for 5 mins.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Gingerbread Men

We don't celebrate Halloween as a family.... well maybe the consumer in us as been tempted over the years and finally we have given in.

I love that Fin used his dress up book to find a no cost costume...

We had about 15 kids come trick or treating they were all teenagers with masks and stuff bought from the warehouse.

Food in a Minute Ginger Bread Men Recipe


I went as far as halloween themed nails.  Daddy went all out and went to work as the joker.

We had Hells Pizza for tea with Eyeballs in Blood (Tropical Fizzy with lychees stuffed with grapes)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tin o Salmon

Here's my lunch. Salmon, lettuce, capers, celery, dill, EVOO, lemon juice, cracked pepper. I can't believe I used to just eat the salmon straight out of the tin for lunch. These quick few additions are so worth it. Happy lunching

What to do with a few chick peas

  Hummus, just google it.  Don't need tahini

How to empty the fridge


Made a B& E pie. This is what I do with the leftover ready rolled sheet. Step 1- empty fridge in semi organised way onto pastry, I used whole grain mustard, tomato, capsicum, onion and bacon. Sometimes I use onion marmalade, spring onion, ham or salami... Step 2 roll, slice, lay slices on cooking paper, Then cook high heat 10 minutes. Next step- try to save some for lunch boxes- very difficult.