Like with every birthday it's quite hard to believe... 8 years!!!
My sweet boy
I love you
I love your gentle nature
I love your thirst and gift for learning
I love your attitude and determination
I love your hugs and your beautiful smile
I love the way you look out for your sisters
I love the way you believe wholeheartedly in God
I love that you aren't ashamed to give kiss Mum goodbye
I love that you are our son and we have been blessed with you in our lives
Who doesn't love Masterchef? I am addicted to it! Introducing Taste of a Traveller from New Zealand's first Masterchef, Brett McGregor.
If there is one cookbook you NEED to have in your kitchen this year... this is it!!
On first look this cookbook is beautiful, the images are just lovely. They take you away to far away places and then bring you back home again... to some delicious takes on Kiwi fare we love.
I love the way the book is laid out. It is seperated into different sections for recipes from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, Morroco and New Zealand, with a few sweet treats at the end. There are also sections introducing the pantry essentials for each style of cooking and must have utensils.
We are very much into NZ inspired cuisine in our house so I chose 2 recipes to try from that section, and then a recipe from the Spanish and Moroccon sections.
Now before I tell you about the recipes, one thing that stood out for me in this book is that the recipes are about eating good wholesome foods. Everything is made from scratch which is something that really appeals to me when feeding our family. And most of the ingredients were easy to find, I found curry leaves at Bin Inn in the fridge for only about $2.70.
The first recipe to try with the Goan Fish Curry. It was delicious. I didn't make it too spicy as the kids were eating it but it was still so tasty and will definately feature in our future meal plans.
Ive had to take the photographs from the book as I am not very good at photographing food!!!
Next up we tried the Butternut and Lamb Stew from the Morrocon Section. A good hearty meal, great winter comfort food.
For my birthday Mum made Mum's Lambs Shanks (from the New Zealand section). OH. MY. GOODNESS!! They were delicious. I love Lamb Shanks!
The final recipe we tried was the Chickpea Stew and Pancetta from the Spanish section.
When making this I just wasn't sure it was going to work... right up the end I was questioning whether, what appeared to be glorified baked beans, were going to even taste any good.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised!! These turned out to be my FAVOURITE recipe of the whole book (so far!). The recipe was SO easy and oh the taste!!!! Superb.... I um got so excited by the taste I completely forgot to take a photo!... so here's another from the book!!
I am looking forward to trying more recipes from this great book. It is full of recipes that appeal to our family and also they are easy to adapt to my food allergies.
I would throughly recommend getting a copy for your own shelf!!!
Happy Mothers Day to all the Mum's out there. Hope you've all had a lovely day.
Happy Mother's Day to my Mum too :)
In keeping things real, I can't say Ive had a great mother's day here.
Yes, I am lucky to have my beautiful children and yes, I should be rejoicing that the first thing I woke to this morning was them fighting, one screaming followed by lots of banging as they all made and flew paper airplanes all around the room. Nice.
Then my eldest wanted to make pancakes... which of course, I ended up doing. Sigh.
But I guess I'm missing having hubby here to make the pancakes, referee the fights, allow me a sleep in. So yes, Im feeling a lot for those Mum's out there who do it on their own all the time! You are AMAZING women! all credit to you.
The day did get better.... (maybe it was my tears at the Four Square?)
Once they had agreed on who was giving what, they did spoil me some lovely Mother's Day presents and cards....
Mum and Dad came for lunch and I made a very yummy Roasted Pumpkin and Capsicum Soup (recipe to follow- made up by ME!).
Thank goodness for Mums... Mum saw the stress, the tiredness... and offered a sleepover to my eldest ...because for some reason my kids stop fighting when one is out of the mix??? (and it doesnt matter which one!)
I am so lucky to be a Mum and so lucky to have these three little miracles who are destined to do great things with all the great communication skills they are developing with each other (lol).
For that I am thankful.
I'm off to give them a big cuddle before they go to bed.
Loving that for the next few months... this is the view I will wake up to....
(not loving that for the first time in like FOREVER I won't have a dishwasher..but them's the breaks, I have three children desperate to be trained ......mwahahaa)
Catching up with very special life long friends....
and feeling like barely a day has passed.
my nutty kids at the Auckland Museum
and my darling boy's new 'do' (I had very specific instructions and am now called upon to gel it just right every morning before school, I may or may not stop the car and go back if we forget- just saying!)
isn't he just adorable!!!
and making birthday cakes ... its what I love.... (even for another special person's special little person)
aaah... bunting... it never grows old for me....
NOT loving my hubby heading back to Oz again - nuff said or slipping over this morning and twisting my ankle...so not cool with moving (especially when its up 20 stairs!!)