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Archive for February 2010

Thanks to our very healthy zucchini plants, we have had heaps of zucchini’s this week! This is what we made with them…

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Sounds weird, I know! But my 4 year old blue fish, who won’t have anything to do with zucchini  loved it and yes he knew what was in it!

1 ¼ cups SR flour
¼ cup cocoa
¾ cup sugar
splash of vanilla
pinch of salt
1 egg
½ cup oil
¼ cup milk
1 medium zucchini, finely grated 

I just put it all in big bowl and mix it with a wooden spoon. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake at 180C for 35 or until just cooked. 

You can eat it plain, or put chocolate icing on top, or sprinkle choc chips on top before you bake it. Yummo!

Chicken Lasagne, with 3 bean mix, zucchini and carrot

I’ve been trying to incorporate more beans and legumes into our diet, and a little less meat. So this is a recipe I made up as I was cooking, and was suprisingly really yummy! The kids loved it too which is always a bonus 🙂

500g chicken mince & 1 diced onion – brown the mince and onion, till the mince is cooked through.

1 tin of 3 bean mix (rinsed and mashed slightly), 2 grated carrots, 2 grated zucchinis – add to the mince mixture, cook for a couple of minutes

add pasta sauce (I often buy passata, which is cheaper, and add garlic and fresh basil – yum!) – and simmer on a low heat while you make the white sauce.

This is how I make my white sauce, it’s easy and quick, and I’ve never had a problem with it being lumpy. You can make it like this, make your own recipe, use premade sauce or even ricotta cheese works nicely instead of white sauce. Whatever works for you!

In a saucepan melt 2T butter, add 1 T garlic and 2 T flour. Stir quickly to combine. Add about a cup of milk and, using a whisk, keep whisking it until it comes together. It will look lumpy at first, that’s ok, keep whisking and it will get there! I just add a bit more milk until it’s the consistency I like. Then I’ll add parmesan cheese if we have some, to give it a bit more flavour.

Now you’ve got your 2 sauces, layer them up how you would a normal lasagne. I like to put some chicken sauce on the bottom, then the pasta sheets, chicken sauce, white sauce, and keep going until you’re nearly at the top. I finish it off with pasta sheets, white sauce then grated cheese. Bake at 190C for around 45 minutes. It’ll take a little longer if you used lots of pasta sheets. We have ours with salad and garlic bread, delicous!

not the best photo, but it was so yummy!


Sew of course!

It’s cold and wet here this morning, so after I dropped the kids off at kindy & school I came home, turned up the radio, and got sewing! I’ve been working on a boys shorts pattern, and I think I’ve got a good fit/style now. I’m still thinking I’ll add a cargo pocket to one leg, boys need pockets you know! (excuse the less than average photos, I’ll add modelled photos when the kids are home!)

Then I made this super easy skirt for pinkfish. The fabric is from retromummy and is so sweet! The ballerinas run down both selvedges, so I just cut it through the middle, sewed up the side seams and added an elastic waist. Told you it was easy! Just so you know, pinkfish wears a size 7, and this skirt only used 1/2 metre of fabric (and it’s long skirt on her).

Look what came from our garden today! We haven’t had much in the way of home grown veges lately as everything got fried in the summer heat. Well, I lie, the silverbeet just keeps growing and growing, but how much silverbeet can we eat?! The chooks have got most of it lately 🙂

Now what can I make for dinner with eggs, pumpkin, chillis, peppers, tomatoes and one lonely little zuchinni? I think I better look in the freezer!

Yippee! I am sooo excited to be going to what is likely Australia’s first ever crafty bloggers weekend!

Sheridan is the awesome crafty chick who is organising the whole thing. That’s right, a whole weekend for crafting, eating and a lot of talking! And she’s doing it all in her own time and is not being paid a cent! Talk about committed to the cause 🙂

So a big round of applause to Sheridan, and also to my wonderful husband who agreed this would make the best ever birthday present for me 🙂

You can find out more about it all here.

Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂