Home Life and Winter

So much going on. A very picture heavy post as a inadequate catch up. Over the winter we have skied, cooked, played, staycationed and generally enjoyed a steady unrushed flow.

Making my own toasted muesli. Super easy – I ‘measure’ but filling the jar I will be keeping it in with the ingredients. For this batch it was whole oats, coconut flakes, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and mixed nuts. I then pour that into a big bowl, add a little oil, some Himalayan rock salt and maple syrup and give it a really good mix. Then into a hot oven for 10-20 mins turning really regularly.

Mountain parrots (Kea) at the ski fields. They are so naughty – these were busy ripping the rubber off the ski and roof racks and generally being destructive little monsters.

Gymnastics competition. The kid did good. Happy with her self, and how she did. We were proud parents. She made some great personal bests and did herself proud.

Staycation at our local ski field, the cutest mountain cabin with generators that clocked off at 10pm and dont come on again until morning. Amazing views. Mixed weather and some great skiing from the kiddo. She was doing jumps and skiing the whole mountain by the end of our stay. Not bad for someone who came down with a cold on the first night and curled up in bed at 6pm.

Currently – January

Currently, I’m ..

Watching – Babylon Berlin on Netflix and Greys on demand as the episodes arrive express from the US. The former is weird, not awful, but definitely weird.

Listening to – The Greatest Showman soundtrack. On repeat, the kid loves it also.

Reading – I’m re-reading Legend by Marie Wu. Mostly because I forgot to get new stash of books out of the library and needed something to read and it was on my kindle ready to go.

Making – Trying to get back into more baking, mini frittatas and muffins this week

Sewing – cutting a jersey cards for the kid and a drawstring backpack for the kids copious dancing gear

Garden – pulling out old tomatoes and zinnias from the patio boxes that got battered in the winds and popping in some flowers for the end of summer into autumn. Also planning tree planting once the temps drop and the rainfall increases.

Dreaming – of patio furniture and autumn getaways


Spring has come very slowly to us here, or so it feels anyway. Seeing the spring flowers and feeling sun on our faces has been really welcome. We have been struggling to really get into a groove with travelling about (Canada was great fun, post on that to come) health issues and feeling a little out of sorts.

I’m hoping that the nicer weather and more sunshine will bring some lighter spirits and make finding our rhythm a little easier. We have an exciting Easter with family and lots of activities planned and I have grand plans for trying to revamp our diets in the next few weeks to try and help with some of the health issues that are still rumbling on.

I’ve started slow with lactose free and cutting out gluten. Next week I’m going to try and cut out 90% of dairy as well. Hubby has been caffeine free for a few weeks. I will have to flex my cooking muscles and come up with something different from the usual 6 meals I rotate each week!

Little peeks of Autumn











A walk ona cool morning yielded some delicious and unexpected delights. Blackberries which we spectacularly missed last year. Well we hit the metaphorical and possibly literaly blackberry jackpot. So many. So few tarty ones.
Because lets be honest here. While natures bounty is all well and good, blackberrying is russion roulette for your taste buds. And it’s brutal if youre not spot on timing wise.
Well, we were spot on. The kid ate loads and loads. As many as I could pick her, and time after time she exclaimed “sweet and juicy mama”.

It was an over all lovely walk, even taking the blackberry awesomenss out of it. Cool morning air with a faint woodsmoke tang, a little mist on the far hills as we set out that burned off as the morning progressed and warmed up. Leaves beginning to turn. Elder berries heavy on the branches. Dry grasses spiling seeds. A greenness that, where we live, spells the ending of a hot, dry and fire laden summer.

Hello Autumn. Welcome. We have missed you.

From the kitchen

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I’ve been focusing on the clean eating, real food side of things recently and there have been these crackers made, fruit and nut whip made from this lovely ladies recipe book (picture taken pre-blitzing in the thermomix) which made the most delicious breakfast. Not to mention some home made granola (ish) stuff to put over yoghurt. And more peanut butter, for toast with banana – little ladies new favourite or for use in satay sauces. Unphotographed were my quinoa flour crepes – which were delicious. And hubbies amazing, made from scratch health version of this butter chicken.

With a child in the mix I find it a careful line to walk. We want to eat good wholesome real food. Things we make from scratch and know each and every part. But in the flip side of that I grew up in a crunchy wholefoods, nothing out of a packet or carton home. And to be truthful it wasn’t always all that fun.

I think that the cookbooks out there now, and the recipes available over the world wide web have made whole foods far more appealing and well known than they were 30 years ago. And thats a great thing. Books like My Darling Lemon Thyme and Quirky Cooking are creating foods that are healthy and fun without rendering the child eating them social pariah.

It has taken me years to accept that actually sometimes, plain white flour is just the right thing for the job. Sugar has a perfectly valid place in my pantry when used with moderation. Those weird fruit string things – kids love them and the odd one on a play date or to take in a packed lunch is not going to hurt my little lady. Its all about moderation. I do not need to feel guilty about it.

My goal moving forward is try try and document better the foods we are trying, the successes (see above) and the failures – I won’t speak of my abysmal baked stuffed zucchinis or the parsnip soup that could have been used to glue paper to walls and tasted no better.

Yes, lets stick to the successes.