Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bacon Cheese and Corn Muffins

A savoury muffin for the coming week's lunch-boxes.

3 rashes of bacon, diced

1 3/4 cup self raising flour

2 cups grated tasty cheese

1 1/2 cups milk (I substitute with 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 cup buttermilk)

1 egg

60gm butter, melted

1 1/2 corn, remove kernels from cob (125gm corn kernels)

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

dash of cracked black pepper

pinch of salt (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to moderate heat about 160-180C. 

  2. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with baking cups. Alternatively, you can grease the tray. I find it easier to use the paper cups to minimise washing.

  3. Sift flour into a bowl, add in the grated cheese, smoked paprika, bacon, corn kernels, salt and pepper. Mix to combine.

  4. Slowly add in the milk, melted butter and beaten egg. Mix quickly and lightly together. 

  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin holes.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

  7. Cool on wire rack.
Muffins can be freezed. Just reheat in microwave when ready to eat. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mums - Let's Stick Together and Support Each Other

A girlfriend share this post by Dr Carolyn Nee on Facebook yesterday - "A Letter from a Working Mother to a Stay at Home Mother and Vice Versa" .

It is a well-written post acknowledging the hard work of both mums who stay at home and those who work. Neither role has less value than the other. In fact, both roles are equally important. I am tired of these constant debate in the media about whose role is better, and the on-going thrashing by both parties turning on each other.

For me, it's all about personal choices and what suits your family. I strongly believe that if Mum is happy, then the family or household is happy. That's definitely the case in my family.

I understand that sometimes, women don't have a choice and need to work for financial reasons. And that's OK too. As women, we need to support each other regardless of the role we play. No one truly knows the true circumstance of each family, so we shouldn't be quick to judge. Instead of being bitchy, envious and turning on each other, let's support all Mums as they carry on their role.

Stop the mummy bashing!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Blueberry Muffins by Abby from Manila Spoon

I came across Abby's blog "Manila Spoon" through another blogger Linda (aka Biren) from Roti n Rice. Both Biren and Abby reside in US of A. That's the beauty of the blogging world, it knows no boundaries and many share their recipes with everyone.

Blueberry muffins are a staple lunchbox item in our home. When I found Abby's recipe, I bookmarked it to try. It is now a family favourite. The sour cream helps keep the muffins moist.

Blueberries can be expensive when not in season. I usually stock up in summer and freeze them for baking or smoothies.

You can't go wrong with this recipe.

Thank you Biren for introducing me to Abby's blog.

Thank you Abby for sharing your recipes. Much appreciated.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


When we visited our friends in the Southern Highlands late last year, we were served this simple yet yummy meatloaf for lunch. It was served cold but still tasted very good. It's a great meal to make for children as you can hide vegies in the meatloaf.

500gm lean minced beef
1/2 onion, chopped
handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 carrot, grated
1 small zucchini, grated
2 tbsp tomato sauce
cracked pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp BBQ sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Place the mince, chopped onion and parsley, grated zucchini and carrot into a medium size bowl. Add the tomato sauce, pepper and salt, beaten egg and breadcrumbs. 
  3. Using your clean hands, mix until well combined. 
  4. Scope the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until firm to touch, remove from oven. Drain excess fat.
  5. Spoon the BBQ sauce over the top of the meatloaf. Cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the top is glazed. Stand on tray for 5 minutes. 
  6. Slice the meatloaf and serve with beans and mashed potatoes or any vegetables. 
Foonote: Adding the vegies makes the meatloaf moist and juicy. Another option is to top the meatloaf (from step 5) with mashed potato and cheese, then back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is brown.