Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chickpea and Pancetta Stew

Now don't anyone fall over.. yes two posts in two days!! smokin'!! haha...

As a part of our 'being prepared' for meals now I am working full time, we have made a weeks worth of meals on the weekend and popped them in the fridge and freezer ready to be thawed and reheated.

On Sunday I made this SUPER tasty recipe from the Taste of a Traveller Cookbook (remember my review here)

It is super tasty and everyone in my house eats it, even the capsicum, vege haters!

300g baby spinach
3 tbsp olive oil
7 cloves garlic, chopped
1 red onion or 4 shallots, chopped
1 slice wholemeal bread, chopped (I used gf)
2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika (La Chinata is MY favourite!)
1 dried chilli (I used powder and about 1/4 tsp for the kids sake)
1 tsp ground tumeric
2 cups chicken stock
300g pancetta, diced (we bought pancetta but had to use bacon when I read it had lactose in it)
2 roasted capsicums, skinned, cored and roughly chopped
2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Blanch the spinach in boiling water for a few minutes, then plunge into iced water. Drain and squeeze out any excess water then set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan and add the garlic, onion and bread and saute until golden. Blend until smooth with a stick blender.  While blending add the cumin, paprika, chilli, tumeric, and chicken stock and puree until smooth. Set aside.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan then add pancetta and fry until golden. Add the capsicums, the blended bread mixture and the chickpeas. Stir well over the low heat until heated through adding a little water if necessary.

Taste and season. Add the spinach and fold through.

We have ours on rice with a dollop of alioli on top (lucky me found a dairy free, gf, egg free one at the fruit and veg shop! YUM)

Monday, February 27, 2012


So we have big changes in our house at the moment.

After working part time for the first 6 years of my children's lives and then being blessed with 4 years at home with them full time, I have now rejoined the workforce.

I applied for a full time job last month, along with between 300-400 other people... and after a rigorous selection process, I was one of 12 who was hired, blown away!!!

So last week I started back at work full time, with misgivings and uncertainty right up until the moment I walked through the office door. 
How would I last all day? 
how would the kids cope with after school care? 
how would I get time to blog, craft, waste time on the internet, pin??? 
(oh and clean, cook...blah blah blah, Im a terrible housewife anyway so that won't change..hehe).

image borrowed from here

I arrived, found the training room, sat down and spent the week being blown away by the incredible company I have been blessed to get a job with. 

Turns out I do the working full time thing pretty well, so far... and so does our family! 
We are loving the big changes and adapting well. It is forcing us to be super organised (super!) and we are working together to make it all happen.

We decided to make meals on the weekend to pop in the freezer/fridge for the week to reduce stress for all of us at the end of our long days.  Tonight it was a blessing!

I am on a massive learning curve with three weeks of training before we start 'doing' the job. 
I continue everyday to be impressed by the company and can see it will be a job I really enjoy and a workplace that is committed to looking after, supporting and growing their staff. 

So that's me. As we settle into our new roles I will probably find more time to squeeze in a bit of crafting and blogging but for now its all about us... our little family adapting to our new pace of life.

I have a whole lot to share as life has been so busy of late... sudden trips to NZ, moving house (again!), some yummy recipes, meet ups with lovely bloggers, how I've survived without sugar for the last two months... yep, life is pretty much all go here!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Love

Just a quick post before I hop on a plane for a short notice trip to New Zealand.

I'm going to be away from my babies for a whole week so I saw this GORGEOUS idea over here and thought I'd make them a special little valentine each.

With a little note inside

I'm going to be technology deprived for a whole 7 days so I'm not quite sure how I'll cope...hopefully I can kick my Mum off her computer and check my emails!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Things Im Loving!

Wow.. its a bit dusty around here.. cough cough... seems like forever since I was here with a post to write!
Not really sure what happened to my mojo...but hey, I feel inclined so here's a loving post!

Loving ...

Having a day 'off' with this precious little munchkin (despite feeling rotten after accidently eating gluten)

Fancy milkshakes from a coffee shop for this girl who is growing too fast

Side ponies.. apparently  'the' hair do for six year olds :)

Meeting lovely bloggers earlier in the week for a day of op shopping!
Was so lovely to meet Jennie and Selina, in real life. Both lovely ladies and OH so inspirational!!
(more on the op shop finds in another post!)

Making laundry liquid...will last a couple of months, so easy, so cheap and always smells great! You can find the recipe here... actually ALL the recipes are great!
Joining in with the lovely Paisley Jade!