Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Recipe: Bacon and Silverbeet Pasta Bake

We're not big fans of silverbeet, but it's easy to grow and really good for you so we're making more of an effort to eat it. This recipe is soooo delicious and what's even better .... you can't taste the silverbeet! Even Riley ate it and asked for seconds. It is a little bit naughty though, so definitely a once in a while kind of dish.

300g pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 rashers bacon, finelychopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
3 stalks silverbeet, stems removed, finely shredded
1 1/2 cups cream (I used half milk and it was fine)
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 cups grated cheese, plus extra 1/2 cup for top
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
Extra olive oil, for drizzling

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Cook pasta, drain and return to saucepan off the heat.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Cook onion and bacon until bacon starts to colour. Add garlic and cook for a further  minute. Add the silverbeet and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

Add mixture to the pasta. Pour in the cream, egg yolks, mustard and 2 cups of grated cheese.

Pour into a baking dish. Scatter over breadcrumbs and 1/2 a cup of grated cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

KCW Wrap Up

Another Kid's Clothes Week has come to an end ....

I'm really pleased with what I've achieved this week and it feels so good to be back behind my sewing machine.

Bring on the next edition of KCW.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

KCW: Day 7

A pair of shorts for the boy ....

Fabric: Cotton drill from Spotlight.

Pattern: My own.

I've had these shorts cut out for a couple of months now and it feels so good to finally have them finished. They're a little on the large side so I'm hoping that they'll be a good fit for next Summer.


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

Joining in here.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

KCW: Day 6

Another pair of pajama pants ....

Pattern: Kid's PJ pants pattern by Toni from Sew Jereli.

Fabric: Flannelette from Spotlight.

I recently had the chance to test out a kid's pajama pants pattern by Toni from Sew Jereli. The pattern was easy to put together and the pants turned out great. I made them in size 5 and the sizing was pretty much perfect for my little guy (5 1/2). They would be a great beginner project so make sure you keep an eye on Toni's blog for the free pattern and tutorial.

Friday, April 26, 2013

KCW: Day 5

I took a break on Day 4 since it was Phil's birthday though I did manage to cut out a pair of pants which I've sewn up today ....

Pattern: Another variation of my pajama pants pattern.

Fabric: Black corduroy from Spotlight.

I've gone for a more fitted look with these pants. They look a bit on the short side when he has shoes on so I'm thinking I may have to let down the hem a little but apart from that I think they turned out well.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

KCW: Day 3

More pajama pants ....

Pattern: My own.

Fabric: Flannelette from Spotlight.

Another pair of pajama pants that I can tick off my list. I love the robot print, now I just need to make a cute robot applique top to go with them.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KCW: Day 2

I'm excited to be finally making a start on sewing some trousers for the boy, he's grown so much since last Winter and is in desperate need of some new ones ....

Fabric: Red corduroy from Spotlight.

Pattern: I made my own pattern using both my shorts pattern and pajama pants pattern as a guide.

I'm trying to add a bit more colour into Riley's Winter wardrobe this year and these pants certainly fit the bill. They're soft and comfy with plenty of room in them for running and jumping - perfect for my active little boy.

Monday, April 22, 2013

KCW: Day 1

I'm starting off Kids Clothes Week with a pair of pajama pants ....

Fabric: Flannelette from my mum.

Pattern: I drafted my own pattern using my shorts pattern and an existing pair of pajama pants as a guide.

These pants are so simple to make and can easily be sewn in under an hour. I've made them so that they are nice and roomy around the bottom area to accommodate a night nappy (though we'll be working on getting rid of that over these school holidays).

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kids Clothes Week: April 22 - 29

Tomorrow is the start of the Spring edition of Kids Clothes Week, but since it's not Spring in my part of the world it will be more like the Winter edition.


I haven't done much any sewing lately so I'm hoping the challenge will help me tick some projects off my sewing list. Wish me luck!


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

You had been begging me for weeks to get out my electric guitar. When I finally did, you spent ages sitting on the couch, strumming and singing the National Anthem. You are too cute sometimes ....

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Sunday, April 14, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

One morning before school you asked me if this was a nice smile and requested that I take a photo of you. Considering you're not a fan of having your photo taken I wasn't about to pass up this opportunity.

Joining in here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Recipe: Fresh Pasta

A while ago I bought a pasta maker off one of those daily deal websites. I'd always been keen on making my own pasta and while you don't need a pasta maker to do it, it does make the process a whole lot quicker and easier.

2 cups flour
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp olive oil

Mound the flour on a clean work space. Make a well in the center.

Break the eggs into the well and add the salt and olive oil. Gently mix together with a fork.

Gradually start incorporating the flour.

Once your dough starts to take shape, use your hands to continue working the dough until it comes together.

Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.

Set aside and cover in gladwrap. Leave it to rest at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.

Divide the dough into 4 equal sections. Keep each section covered.

Flatten 1 of the dough pieces until it forms a thick oval disk. Lightly dust with flour and make sure to flour the rollers and your hands.

With the roller set to the widest setting, pass the pasta through a few times until smooth.

Fold the dough over into 1/3 and continue to pass through the machine a few times until nice and smooth again.

Adjust the pasta machine to a thinner setting, passing the dough through a few times at each setting (you want your pasta sheets to be fairly thin but not so thin that they rip).

Now you can leave it as sheets if you're making lasagna or put it through the spaghetti or fettuccine part of the machine.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013"

You are doing so well at school and you love practicing your writing and spelling on our chalk wall.

Joining in here.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Weekend 2013

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend, I know we sure did.
x x x

(Photos taken at Staglands)