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Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers’ Xmas Dinner

newcastle bloggers dinner

Well, we did it. The Newcastle Bloggers managed a (small) Xmas get-together last weekend at the Lass O’Gowrie in Wickham. mega thanks to Marissa from Beautifully Organised for organising the event and decorating the table!

the lass burger

hunter valley bloggers xmas

Who went?
Marissa from Beautifully Organised
Reena of The Mummy Project
Andrea from The Pineapple Cake and Jess (Peachy Keen Mumma) who both miss their North American Christmases, are embracing new Aussie traditions, and made us jealous talking about their Canadian and US Thanksgiving feasts!
Kel from Who Knew I Was A Housewife? (newbie blogger! check her out!!!)
Annette who explores all things French at A French Connection
and me!

disappointing fish and chips

pizza

Sign up the the Newcastle and Hunter Bloggers Facebook Group and join us at the next event!

nachos!

Latest Hello Fresh Meals

Had some money sitting in my PayPal so thought I’d spend it on some healthy Hello Fresh meals. Use my code R3CDUQ to get $35 off your first order!

Oven Baked Ocean Trout

Oven Baked Ocean Trout with fennel and lemon

Za’atar Chicken Bowl

Za’atar Chicken Bowl

Chorizo with Spanish Chickpeas

Chorizo and Chick Pea

Vietnamese Pork Salad

Vietnamese Pork Noodle Salad

Steak with Field Mushroom & Purple Fries

Steak with the biggest mushroom in the world and purple sweet potato fries.

Sold Out, or Simple and Delish? Kylie Kwong and Jamie Oliver Ready-to-cook meals…

So, I’m one for convenience and a bargain.

Here we go… Convenience:

jamie oliver fish bake

The Jamie Oliver range at Woolies is actually quite good and not too overpriced. Seasoned lamb shoulders, spiced chickens, finsh abkes, like below. Ready to pop in the oven and enjoy in and hour…. like this bake!

jamie oliver fish bake

kylie kwong dumpling kit

And there’s the Kylie Kwong range… I’m only had these dumplings at a drastically reduced price, but I love them!

kylie kwong dumplings

Wouldn’t pay full price though, there’s too many awesome frozen dumplings for that!

Coles Asian Meal Kits

Coles Asian Meal Kits

I was just going in to get some more miso soup sachets when I saw these meal kits on special at 2 for $8 (usual price $5.99 each) and I thought I’d give them a go. Inside each is the bare basics – the Pad Thai one only had the noodles and the Pad Thai sauce, so at $6 would not have been worth it as a kit (you think they could have stumped up the crushed peanuts, right?), while the Mussamum was better – rice, marinade, paste and coconut milk… though again, a small sachet of nuts would have been a nice addition rather than having to buy a full bag, and the coconut milk wasn’t enough for my tastes (both heat and creaminess wise) so I added about a third of a tin extra when I cooked it.

Pad Thai

The Pad Thai was rather tasty, though again, there are better value kits out there, or you you just buy the noodles and sauce for cheaper individually at the supermarket or Asian grocer.

Mussamum Beef Marinating

Tasty, and did inspire me to try different things this week, but next time I Mussamum, it’ll be in a slow cooker with tamarind paste and loads of coconut cream with the curry paste. I did like that I used potato along with sweet potato. A moment of inspiration from the potato drawer!

Mussamum Beef and Rice

Singapore Noodles with Pork and (insert random leftover veges here)

pork noodles

So I was wandering in the “international” aisle at Coles, mostly just planning on getting some instant miso soup, but I got a bit distracted by some of the new products on the shelves…

singapore and hokkien noodles

And one thing was the shelf-fresh noodles, at $1.80 a packet. Bargain my dears! No wonder I rocked up some ingredients and made a thing!

singapore noodles ingredients

Noodles, eggs, potk mince, onion, sauces, oils and veges. What more do you need?

omelette

Got the omelette happening first.

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Isn’t it pretty with a dash of soy? Remove this then fry up your mince, then any eveges yiy need cooking.

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I fried up the onion and mine, then added the veges

Stirred them up good til cooked then added the egg and noodles

pork singapore style noodles

Eat me.