The holiday season is upon us once again, and if you’re hosting a family dinner this year, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to make.
Having to feed a large group of people can be stressful, especially when dealing with picky eaters, dietary restrictions, and allergies. While serving turkey can usually be a safe and classic choice, you may still be stuffed from Thanksgiving or just aren’t a fan of the dish.
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!
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
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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 with fennel and lemon
Za’atar Chicken Bowl
Chorizo and Chick Pea
Vietnamese Pork Noodle Salad
Steak with the biggest mushroom in the world and purple sweet potato fries.
So, I’m one for convenience and a bargain.
Here we go… Convenience:
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!
And there’s the Kylie Kwong range… I’m only had these dumplings at a drastically reduced price, but I love them!
Wouldn’t pay full price though, there’s too many awesome frozen dumplings for that!
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.
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.
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!