Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

Birthday Arvo Tea @ HippoBirthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Go Bombers!!!

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And aside from stuffing myself with silly with dumplings, I have

GORGEOUS roses from Amanda

and

A Moto G from my parents *squees*

Expect much better photos from now on! Much much better….

Arrrr me kitties… Adding this to my therapy wishlist!

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Nan's Dumpling House

OMG, so many dumplings.

One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town.

Nan's Dumpling House

We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period.

Pork, vego, crab, chicken. Different shapes and sizes.

And wound up with a bill under $14/head.

Nan's Dumpling House

With a dash of rice for variety.

Nan's Dumpling House

And THEN for some reason, we were talked into utilising our dessert stomachs for coffee and cake at Cafe de Beaumont

Lemon Meringue

Yeah, I rolled to the car.

But I’m SOOOOOOOO glad for good cheap dumplings in Newcastle!!!

(and that they dealt well with my useless booking skills and constantly expanding table!)

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont St, Hamilton
(behind EuroBar)
(02) 4961 6350

Cafe de Beaumont
70 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
(02) 4962 3671

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Emmet: I’m just gonna come right out, I have no idea what’s going on or what this place is at all.
Unikitty: Hi! I am Princess Unikitty, and I welcome you all to Cloud Cuckoo Land!
Emmet: So there are no signs on anything. How does anyone know what not to do?
Unikitty: Here in Cloud Cuckoo Land, there are no rules: There’s no government, no baby sitters, no bedtimes, no frowny faces, no bushy mustaches, and no negativity of any kind.
Lucy: You just said the word “no” like a thousand times.
Unikitty: And there’s also no consistency.

UniKitty has BPD.

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So excited to open my box and check out the ingredients!!

I ordered a HelloFresh box because I found a good deal online and really wanted to try it. I love the idea of things like Lite’n’Easy, but I like to cook too much to hand over my evening meal to something pre-prepared or – worse – frozen! I like a Lean Cuisine for lunch, but I can’t do them for dinner!

HelloFresh Chicken Soba Soup

The ingredients were awesome and fresh… with just the right amount for each meal! It came with the herbs and spices too…. I did have to provide oils and butter, milk, soy sauce and the white wine, but all staples I have an abundance of!

HelloFresh Chicken Soba Soup

The first meal we made was the Chicken Soba Noodle Soup. They forgot to send the chili, fortunately there’s a jar of chili in the fridge so I used a little of that. We couldn’t get through the serves, so there was lunch for us for Wednesday!! :) It was a well scripted recipe, and I loved it… though I did add a touch extra tamari to mine, but I’m a salt fiend with a cold, so that can be forgiven!

HelloFresh Chicken Soba Soup
Chicken Soba Noodle Soup

Next up was the sausages… with a surprising red onion and thyme gravy that was really tasty!

HelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and MashHelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and Mash

These guys were rather gourmet. Gluten free and sourced from Sydney.

HelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and Mash

It’s been awhile since I cooked with fresh thyme (I used the Gourmet Garden tubes a lot instead) so I was amazed at how wonderful it smelt.

The gravy was a mix of red onion, oil, thyme and white wine…. which I put a little too much in! ;)

HelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and Mash
Toulouse Pork Sausages, Mash, and Onion Thyme Gravy

The third meal in our three day box was a vegetarian paella. Again, not something I’ve cooked before, but had eaten a few times (always with seafood though!). This recipe was vegan, too, I can keep that in mind!

Super fresh ingredients, this one was VERY easy to make :) And delish!

@Hellofresh #vegpaella
HelloFresh Vegetable Paella

So, I’d totally order this box again at full price once I have a job. I probably wouldn’t get the five day, just because I’m a bit too sporadic in my cooking for that, and like a little more flexibility. But to come home from work three weeknights, have all the ingredients there waiting for you, but still getting to prepare something with fresh Aussie ingredients? I’d say that’s worth the usual price of $64 (three meals for two people.) I understand that if you put the effort and time in, you could get the ingredients for less (though this cost breakdown on the site suggests otherwise), but not really if you want a different meal every night for just two people without wastage and too many repeated meals (only so many nights a week you can eat the same meal).

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So, do you want to try HelloFresh? With a $30 discount on your first box? (yep, you can cancel anytime!!)

Well, check if you’re in the delivery area, then use the code R3CDUQ to get $30 off your first box at HelloFresh!

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That’s how to get attention, right? And apparently page reach, which is what it’s all about these days over on Facebook. Shame it was a post of terrible ideas rather than something useful.

hello kitty air freshener

Look! Hello Kitty air freshener. Vanilla. From SuperCheap Auto. Get one!

I have a session of birthday dumplings scheduled for Sunday. I intend to die of dumpling poisoning ahead of my 32nd birthday on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend!

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Creamy PastaCreamy Pasta

So, what was in the fridge?

A heap of mushrooms.

A couple of bits of bacon.

Butter, cream, sour cream, garlic, dill.

With pasta spirals and onion in the pantry.

We have dinner!!

Creamy PastaCreamy Pasta

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Fritata

This Fritata is one of my evolving recipes :) It always contains Greek Yoghurt and many eggs, but the other ingredients come and go, depending on availability and mood :)

Fritata

This week, I started with a whole heap of roasted kent pumpkin and orange sweet potato. Chopped up small, and roasted in an olive oil and tamari coating. I find the soy sauce/tamari brings out the sweetness of the orange vegetables.

Fritata

Next, I sauteed a leek with a heap of butter and crushed garlic. This made the house smell awesome!

Fritata

Once the leek was all soft, I put the heat down to 1, and added a bag of baby spinach leaves. I folded them in, letting them wilt. I turned of the heat, and popped the lid on the pan, letting them wilt and garlic up while I assembled the wet ingredients.

Fritata

In the end, I ended up using 11 eggs, but this is something I play by ear. Whisk these up with a fork.

Fritata

I used the whole tub of Greek yoghurt (1 litre) but I didn’t end up using the cream, that was just there for backup in case I didn’t have enough mix for the vast amount of veges I’d cooked. But the potato and pumpkin shrank quite a lot in the cooking process.
Here, I mixed the eggs, yoghurt, and a cup of grated extra sharp cheese. Then mixed through the veges, and the spinach/leek mix.

Fritata

Then I poured it into a large pyrex dish, and decorated with sliced cherry tomatoes. It was in the oven at 160 for about an hour.

Fritata

And it was noms. Especially with home made herb and garlic buttered bread :)

[please forgive my photo quality! I'm using an old iphone 3G until my new android arrives for my birthday!]

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Spanakopita

Since silverbeet is in season and abundant, I used this Spanakopita recipe from SBS Food as inspiration for this Spanakopita.

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

I have to say I think I upped the amount of cheeses in it, and I forgot the nutmeg, but this turned out awesomely, with all the ingredients (yup! even the fresh dill sprigs!), except the pastry (Aldi only has shortcrust and puff), from Aldi!

Spanakopita

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Sitting here…. writing the same things over and over.

Hoping to impress someone in the audience.

A manager. A recruiter. Admin. HR.

With my awesome skillz and experience.

Enough to get an interview at least.

And try not to stuff that up.

Steps.

PS CUTE ANIMALS!!!!

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