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One Second Every Day-March 2018

Saturday, 31 March 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

I just love this app-1SE, so easy to use and so wonderful to look back over your month. You add a snippet of your life to the app everyday, living your everyday, or not so everyday, life. Enjoy March 2018.

Have a lovely afternoon

Last month-February 2018 1SE

What we bought, spent and ate this week

Hello Dear Reader,

I had high hopes of a cooler change coming through this week, sadly it is still quite hot and humid with unusual light, rain here and there, which makes it even stickier. I went ahead though and made another soup, a superb Pea and Ham this week, and it was just delicious, albeit not as enjoyable if my toes were cold. It made a truck load so we dined off it for 3 dinners, love it, cook once and dine thrice!

My menu runs from Friday to Thursday of the next week, with Friday being both the grocery shopping day (thank you lovely hubby) and the evening where we choose to have leftovers or an "on toast" night. I look forward to Fridays so much, it's the end of the working week AND I don't need to cook-double happiness!

One of the planned meals didn't happen this week, it was Wednesday and we were to have Honey Prawns with basmati rice and the Pak Choy you see below, lovely hubby had forgotten a planned evening out with his Aquarium meeting, they put on pizzas for their patrons so it was just me for dinner, I happily had another bowl of Pea and Ham soup with some amazing homemade Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia, little work for an amazing bread. So the Pak Choy will be used up this coming week.  If you wrap asian greens tightly or store them in a sealed container, last really well for a couple of weeks, this variety is especially hardy.
What we bought
Shopping from Northside Discount Fruit Barn 

Meat (and the pumpkin from the fruit barn, photo bombing??) from Marjax Meats, and yes hubby did forget the containers, so the meat came home in plastic bags-BOO! The bags were rinsed out and taken to the drop off bins at Coles for recycling with Redcycle at least I really, really hope that is what happens

Shopping from Aldi and Coles

What we spent
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$43.35
Marjax meats-$19.30


What we ate
Friday-left over Spicy Thai Soup

Saturday-Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Sunday-Pea and Ham Soup with toasted Chads Bread with a Twist

Monday-Tempura Whiting with steamed basmati rice and Bok Choy

Tuesday-Chicken Marylands with Sage and Bacon Stuffing, Mexican Potatoes and Nigella's Upmarket Mushy Peas. The chicken is slightly (cough) over done, it does have a honey and smokey paprika glaze, which makes it darker, but the reason it is so dark is that I thought it would be okay to leave them in the oven while I took the dogs for a walk, big whoops! It still tasted wonderful but it was rather dark!

Wednesday and Thursday-Pea and Ham Soup with a wonderful homemade Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia (recipe for both coming soon)

So, a soup that just kept giving and a rather overdone chicken dish that still tasted wonderful, was the highlights of this weeks meals, what was on your family table this week? I would love to know.

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-A New Beginning


This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Friday, 30 March 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

Firstly, lets unpack what I said last week about my life being mundane, I never meant it in a bad way, I love my simple life and wouldn't have it any other way. A while ago, on another blog, I read a comment about frugal living being boring and a lot of sameness and that people often lose interest in blogs that continually post about frugality. I just didn't want to lose readers who were here for another reason. I didn't mean to insult anyone or indeed upset any readers. I am frugal and love a simple day at home, above all else. I hope that clears things up.

Right, now that that is over with, let me tell you about my week. Work=holy-cow-it-was-busy! And I got a virus-y thing with a sore throat, runny nose and body aches + yesterday morning I got one of my classic migraines which always messes me up for the day. I am truly lucky that I don't get much of a headache but I do get blurred vision and feel wonky and unco-ordinated for the rest of the day. I knew I couldn't take a sick day as it was just so busy, I really don't think I am super woman and I know that they would cope without me, but as we are coming into the Easter break AND I have Tuesday off as an ADO, I don't think any one would have believed me if I rang in sick. So off to work I went, I struggled through and now I can relax for the next few day. Love a long, long weekend!

Now on with the frugal stuff-

1. Packed my lunch for work every day, it may not be gourmet but it is always kinda healthy and filling.

Chads Bread with a Twist with egg, lettuce and cucumber, peppermint tea plus my one piece of dark chocolate and a great book

2. Wrote up a list every day of jobs to get done around the house, how is that frugal? Being aware of my limited time and using it well, I believe, is also a fundamental part of being frugal.

3. Did some more de-cluttering and tidying next door (my late MIL's home) I am now doing about 3 x 30 minutes a week. Whats that saying "You can eat an elephant, just one mouthful at a time". Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I set a timer for 30 minutes, pick an area (I am now up to the kitchen) and methodically work away at sorting and cleaning for the whole 30 minutes. It's quite amazing how much you can get done in that time.

4. Menu planned and shopped only to the grocery list. My most favourite and ingrained frugal thing to do. It is a great place to start if you want to save money and prevent food waste in your home.

5. Bought some beautiful big bunches of parsley that were marked down to 50 cents a bunch from Coles on Tuesday arvo, I had run out of onions and garlic (for the Mexican Potatoes) whoops, so I went to Coles on the way home from work, to buy just those two items. I always have a look to see if any fresh produce is marked down, if I swing by and that day I was lucky. I will use the parsley in this recipe for Easter.

5 a. Made a fabulous Pea and Ham soup using the ham bone from Christmas (frozen for just this purpose) plus a small ham hock. I will post this, new to me, recipe soon, it is a corker.

Your turn, how did you save money this week?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-No Blog Post
Two Years Ago-What we ate this week


Mexican Potatoes

Thursday, 29 March 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

This recipe came about as I had some sweet potato to use up last week along with a few potatoes, I wanted something quick and delicious, but wanted to make something a little more adventurous than mashed potato (even though I do love mash, sometimes I want something more). Enter this great little recipe, I made it again this week as an accompaniment for roast chicken Marylands with Sage and Bacon stuffing and it was truly delicious.

I love the combination of sweet potato and everyday white potato, the textures, colours and flavours work so well with the Mexican vibe of the herbs and spices and the method is so simple. Peel, cut, boil and finally sauté. A great side dish that would lend itself to so many mains.

Ingredients for Mexican Potatoes, clockwise from top right-1&1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes (or to your liking) 1 teaspoon smoked Paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 2 teaspoons ground cumin (not pictured) 3 garlic cloves, grated on a microplane, 1 onion, diced and 600 grams of potatoes and 400 grams of sweet potatoes (approximately), peeled and cubed to similar size chunks

In a large non stick, heavy based frypan add a good glug of oil and sauté the onion and garlic until the onion is just turning transparent

Now add the herbs and spices

And sauté until fragrant and remove from heat

Once potatoes are done (just soft enough, not falling apart) drain off the water and pop the saucepan back on medium heat to dry off the potatoes

Pop the frypan back on medium-low heat, add dried off potatoes to the onion mixture and gently continue to fry off for about 5 minutes or until just starting to "catch" on the bottom of the frypan, giving it a gentle but good stir every minute or so

Ready to devour

These potatoes are sensational, just so delicious, I could easily just have these by themselves, they are that good.

What is your favourite way of eating the humble spud?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-No Blog Post
Two Years Ago-The Best Roast Potatoes (how appropriate)

Corn and Bacon Mini Crustless Quiches

Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

These little quiches came about as I wanted to take something quite portable to have as part of a picnic with my sister and her grandchildren on a days outing. Well, while I was making these cute little quiches my sister rang to say that her plans had changed and the outing wouldn't be going ahead.  Boo, I was so disappointed as I don't get to see my little family very often, we are all busy unfortunately.

These little quiches are quite delightful though and we had them for lunch the next day, I went with really soft flavours that would be child friendly but interesting enough for adult to love them too, I think I succeeded as they were polished off the very next day. You could easily double the recipe and freeze some for later and they are sturdy enough to carry for a school or work lunch as well.

Ingredients for Corn and Bacon Mini Crustless Quiches, clockwise from top right-
2 bacon rashers, sliced into small batons, 1/2 cup grated cheese plus extra for sprinkling over the top of mini quiches before baking, 1 spring onion, finely chopped, 3 tablespoons plain flour, 1 garlic clove, grated on a microplane, 4 large eggs, 2 tablespoons of cream (not pictured) and 140 gram creamed corn

Preheat oven to 175C. Sauté bacon until starting to crisp up, go golden and is cooked through, set aside to cool

In a large bowl, whisk 2 eggs until light and fluffy then add the flour and whisk again until lump free and smooth. Then add the other 2 eggs and whisk again until smooth and silky

Now add the creamed corn and the 2 tablespoons of cream

Again whisk until well combined

Add the cooled bacon

Spring onions and the grated cheese

Spoon into greased and lined muffin trays or use silicon muffin moulds like I did. I have had these silicon moulds for years and have used them countless times. Sprinkle a little of the reserved cheese over each mini quiche

Bake in a 175 C oven for 20 to 25 minutes until just golden and cooked through

There you go, a lovely, easy to carry lunch, suitable for the whole family. What do you make for a portable lunch that the whole family loves?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-No Blog Post

Chads Bread with a Twist

Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Hello Dear Reader,

I read about this recipe from Julie over at Simply Joolz, but it is originally from here, it is a very easy bread recipe, made even easier by my Thermomix, however it is still very achievable without a Thermomix, you will just need to hand knead it for 12 minutes or so. I have used a combination of white bread flour and Rye flour as I always like a bit of goodness in my breads. Don't get me wrong, I love plain white bread but I love me a bit of fibre too.

I have done step by step instructions and photos, using my Thermomix

Ingredients for Chads Bread with a Twist, clockwise from bottom left-160 gram Rye flour, 350 gram white bread flour, 30 gram oil (I use Rice Bran Oil), 2 teaspoons instant yeast, 310 gram water and 1 teaspoon each of brown sugar and salt

Weight out water=310 grams

Heat for 2 minutes at 37 degrees

Place all other ingredients into the bowl in this order-yeast, sugar, salt, oil and finally flour's

Mix for 10 seconds on speed 6 until just combined

Remove lid and give it a good scrape down

Knead dough for 6 minutes or if doing by hand-12 minutes

The dough will come away clean from the bowl when done

Put dough into a large bowl that you have sprayed with oil (I use Rice Bran Oil spray)

Let prove for 1 to 2 hours, I left mine for 2 hours as the Rye flour need a little more time

Turn out onto a floured bench/board

And flatten and stretch into a long rectangle 

Roll up from the short end to form an oval loaf (or really any shape you like)

Brush with water and sprinkle over Caraway seeds 

Slash with panache

And let rise again for 1 hour

Bake in a preheated 200C oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap it

Devour with a slathering of butter, so good.

You could, of course just make it with white flour but as I said, I love any chance to get more fibre into my body, and the Rye flour adds an interesting flavour and texture. I used Caraway seeds as Rye and Caraway are best buds but again you could use any seed you like or indeed leave it bare.

Over to you, have you made Chads Bread? Have you fiddled with the original recipe and used different flours?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-No Blog Post
Two Years Ago-Setting the Table