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Bourbon caramel nuts with black sesame and sea salt.

17 Dec

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My original plan was to do cookies, as usual. But then I was trolling around Pinterest (as you do), and found this recipe.


Easy, delicious, and different. I’ll definitely be making these again.


Tonight, pizza. Tomorrow, the world!

25 Jul





Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shopping for ingredients.

Pizza Pizza.

5 Feb

Since time out of mind, Friday night has been pizza night here at the House of Frog. We used to buy take-away pizza, usually from one or another of the franchise places in Orange. Then, about a year ago, I started making them myself, because I have all the equipment and ingredients, everybody can choose their own toppings, and home-baked is just… better.

Tech Support’s diabetes has meant changes, most notably having to eliminate almost all carbs from his diet: he has a low GI cereal for breakfast every day, and once a week he has a small serve of pasta (al dente = low GI), and that’s about it. We’ve tried a few different so-called diabetic and/or low GI crust recipes, but they weren’t very nice, and still pushed his morning sugar way too high, so he reluctantly gave up pizza. I think that sacrifice has been the hardest for him, even more so than potato (and he lurves potato).

Every other night of the week, I eat the same as T.S., but he insists that the rest of us still have pizza of a Friday night. I feel really guilty sitting beside him, eating one of his very favourite foods while he has frittata (we’ve found that eggs work for him – high protein, NO carbs at all, and he doesn’t have a cholesterol problem, so there’s no issues with the yolks). It’s almost impossible to eat pizza without making happy noises, and how can I do that while my darling is sitting right there, not eating pizza?

So, when T.S. announced he was going to be away for a couple of nights on business, I changed Friday pizza night to Sunday, and tonight the boys and I made and ate our pizzas with all appropriate happy noises and no guilt at all.

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How I know spring is on the way.

19 Aug

1. The peach tree is budding.

2. The daffodils are sprouting.

3. The wattle is blooming.

4. Yesterday I woke up feeling like someone had marinated my eyeballs in napalm and then cooked them a la flambé (and trust me, you do NOT want to see a pic of that. Ever).

5. I want to eat salad all the time. This happens about this time every year. After a long winter of soups stews and casseroles (all of which I love), I suddenly want leafy greens and crispy veg. Today for lunch it was roasted pumpkin and red onion with spinach, feta and pine nuts.

And it was delicious!


I love winter because winter means soup.

24 Jul

Here in the House of Frog, we are big lovers of Tex-Mex. Tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas: you name it, we never met a Mex recipe that we didn’t like. I’ve even been known to make my own tortillas. But our hands-down favourite is chicken enchiladas. We have them at least once a month.

I use Old El Paso’s enchilada kit and slow-cook the chicken in the crock-pot, and then come dinner-time it’s a simple matter of assemble, bake and fling together some salad.

Anyway, last month I did them up as usual, and the next day when I looked at the leftover chicken, I thought “Nah, I don’t really want this as-is…” So I threw in a tin of beans, some chicken stock, and a couple of handfuls of frozen corn niblets.

Soup! Tangy with tomatoes, zingy with capsicum, chunky and filling with beans and corn and chicken and mushrooms. What’s not to love?

I did it on purpose this time, making extra chicken so
I’ll have enough for several days worth of lunches.

Happy happy joy joy.

Thursday Weigh-in #18

3 Sep
  • Weight: 74.5 kg
  • BMI: 26
  • Loss this week: 1.2kg
  • Total loss so far: 13.5 kg
  • …and with this week’s loss, I am officially thinner than I have been since I fell pregnant with Boyo. Also, I’m six weeks and five days from D-Day, and 4.5kg from goal.

    Boo-yah!  😀

    Progress: slow but steady.

    24 Aug

    The shoulder-seam plan worked. I unpicked the cast-off edge from the middle, picked up the live stitches and worked a three-needle bind off as planned. It worked very nicely indeed. That was Thursday evening.

    Friday was my volunteer day in the school canteen, so that night after dinner I sat down and got to work on the next step – grafting the collar pieces at the back neck. Three attempts, flubbed ’em all. There may have been a certain amount of sotto voce swearing. There was certainly a great deal of lying awake half the night, staring at the ceiling, obsessing about my sudden-onset grafting disability.

    Saturday morning I had a scrapbooking thing on in Orange, after which I met Sharon for our monthly S’n’B at the Railway Hotel in Millthorpe (if anyone local is reading this, we meet from 2-4pm on the third Saturday of the month. We’d love to see you there next time – 20 September). So no further grafting attempts were made during the day, and after my grand total of two hours sleep Friday night, I was just barely smart enough to know I was too stupid-tired to even try. So I put a few rows on the Mulberry shawl (Rav-link) and then went to bed.

    Sundays are generally a write-off for anything requiring focus. I had umpty-‘leven loads of washing to do. I always start out the week with the best of intentions to do a load every day so that I can stay on top of it, but it never quite happens that way, and I inevitably end up spending the whole of Sunday oscillating back and forth between washing machine and clothes-line, with an occasional foray into the kitchen to bake lunch-box treats for the week (this week – turning some very elderly bananas into muffins). No knitting last night – I finally managed to get this book from the library this week, so last night I was deeply ensconced in the chemical structure of gluten, and the effects of different enzymes on same, and all of a sudden it was 11pm, so I went to bed.

    This morning should have benn a perfect opportunity to get it done – rainy Monday, no kids underfoot, except that I had to go to Orange to sort out some TAFE stuff. That done, I had myself a latte at my favourite cafe, went to the greengrocer’s for supplies, and then to the whole-foods shop for a leisurely wander (something I never get to do, as the shop is out of the main shopping area, and I usually just have time to dart in, grab the essentials and bolt back out again), and I have been home just long enough to put away the fruit and veg and make myself a remarkably inauthentic salad Niçoise (Kalamata olives instead of Niçoise, poached egg instead of hard boiled, sugar-snap peas instead of green beans, and a not a caper or anchovy in sight – quick, somebody call the Salad Police! She’s using what she has on hand! And it’s delicious!).

    Once I finish my lunch (which I am eating as I type this) I will take another stab at that grafting. I will finish this cardigan, I promise. At this rate, sometime around Christmas, but I will finish it!