Parmesan and rosemary biscuits

Parmesan and rosemary biscuits

Now that I’m back working again, I’ll be bringing a packed lunch from home most days I’m in the office. I find (especially since I’m still breastfeeding in the mornings, evenings and sometimes overnight) that I need something substantial to eat in the middle of the day and a few smaller snacks for mid morning and mid afternoon.

Lunch itself is normally pretty easy to get together – leftovers from dinner the night before, a salad using whatever’s in the fridge, or soup and toast on cold days.  However, I always struggle a little bit with finding different types of snacks, especially ones that can be eaten both at my desk or out and about.

Enter Parmesan and rosemary biscuits.  They’re delightfully savoury, have a wonderful cheesy flavour and pair beautifully with fruit…

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What’s making me happy: July

What’s making me happy: July

July 2020 has been a bittersweet month – we were meant to fly to England to spend time with Adam’s family, it’s my final month of maternity leave and unfortunately it feels like COVID-19 is starting to strengthen its grip on Australia again.  Despite the sadness and anxiousness that the above has evoked at times, I’ve had some really lovely moments too.

This is what’s made me smile in July…

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A winter’s weekend in Gundaroo

A winter’s weekend in Gundaroo

Adam, Paul and myself are meant to be in England at the moment but with Australia’s borders still effectively closed  due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had to postpone our trip.  Although we completely understand why we’re not abroad, the last few weeks have been tinged with a hint of sadness at the situation.  Adam and I were so looking forward to introducing Paul to our English family.  As a bit of a consolation prize we decided to scoot off on a bit of a mini-break – a few days away from home to recharge, reset and just get out of our normal routines for a little while.

We ended up in Gundaroo, a cute village not far from Australia’s capital city, Canberra

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Madeira cake with passion fruit icing

Madeira cake with passion fruit icing

The grey clouds rolled in this weekend past bringing with them rain, fog and thunder –  rather apt given the southern hemisphere saw in the winter solstice on Saturday night.  As it often does when the weather is moody, I got a craving to bake. Whilst something dark and decadent would’ve probably suited the conditions best, I felt the need for something bright and light.  So with a little inspiration from my fruit bowl, I whipped up an easy loaf cake, which filled the house with the heady scent of summer…

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The quest for crumpets

The quest for crumpets

I’ve had a long love affair with crumpets. To me, they’re the perfect snack – just enough to curb your hunger without spoiling your next main meal, and you can eat them with both sweet and savoury toppings (honey + butter and grilled cheese are my two recommendations).

Adam and I have consumed quite a few packets of supermarket crumpets over the last month, so when a recipe for homemade crumpets popped up in one of my social media feeds the other day, I took it as a sign that we needed to try making them ourselves…

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What’s making me happy: May

What’s making me happy: May

Although there’s still nearly a fortnight left, this month has felt good. The world’s felt a little lighter, the weather’s been perfect (chilly nights and just warm enough days) and there’s been lots to look forward to. This is what’s been making me smile in May…

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A night out, in

A night out, in

Last Christmas Adam and I were given a gift certificate for one of our favourite local restaurants, The Roundabout. We never found the opportunity to treat ourselves to an evening out before the COVID-19 lockdown rules came into play and we both agreed it’d be a nice little treat once the current restrictions were lifted. A few weeks ago though, the restaurant announced it was going to provide a takeaway service so one night last week Adam and I decided we’d have a ‘night out’, in the comfort of our own home…

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What’s making me happy: April

What’s making me happy: April

April has unsurprisingly been quiet.  As the days become shorter and the weather cooler, Adam, Paul and myself have started to settle into our new routines.  Even though this month has had its fair share of grey days, I’m thankful that our house has lots of large windows that let the light in.  Being able to look out at the sky and see the rolling hills in the very far distance provides comfort to me – a visual reminder that there is a world beyond our house and soon we’ll be able to go explore it once more.  In the meantime, this is what’s made me smile these last few weeks…

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Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns

The Easter weekend was a combination of brilliant sunshine and windy, grey days – the epitome of autumn weather in our part of Australia. It felt good to hunker down at home, binge watch a bit of television (Sky One’s Trollied on streaming channel Stan) and tuck into warm, comforting food. Hot cross buns are a favourite in our house in the lead-up to Easter but instead of buying them this year, Adam decided he wanted to bake them…

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The week that was

The week that was

How’s isolation life treating you?  I find have days where I enjoy being within in the confines of four walls – warm, content and protected from the outside world.  Other days I feel claustrophobic and yearn for normality and the ability to just go and do as I please.   It is what it is though and like all challenging situations I know this too will pass.

Here’s how my last seven days have looked…

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