Kong stuffing for pups!

Crockpot cooking for doggos edition 1! Who knew the crockpot was SO versatile. I’ve never bought the Kong stuffing in a can, but I can guarantee this version is healthier for your pup. I’ve made a batch and frozen them in the original Kong to give him each morning to keep him occupied. Yesterday he…

Honey soy chicken drumsticks

Ingredients 6-8 chicken drumsticks 1/4 light soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tsp rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup warm water  1/2 tsp white pepper 1 Tbs sesame seeds Method Combine all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and stir…

Vietnamese pork stew

A delicious, sticky caramelised pork stew. Pork seems to be super cheap where I live at the moment so I have been making it at least weekly. The end result is a sweet, salty and slightly sticky sauce with fall apart meat. Ingredients 1kg pork shoulder or pork leg – boneless and remove the rind/skin…

Perfect mac and cheese

Everyone has their own way of making mac and cheese but for me, this is perfect. Each piece of macaroni coated in a glossy creamy sauce and no hint of dryness. Ingredients 1 cup macaroni 1 cup milk 1 cup water 1 tsp garlic powder 2 Tbs butter 1 Tbs flour 1/2 cup shredded cheese…

Lamb shanks in red wine sauce

Lamb is a household favourite in Australia for good reason – it is juicy and flavoursome, more so than beef but it does have a distinct flavour that can overcome a lot of sauces/marinades. Choose a deep red wine in this dish like Cabernet Merlot – also a locally produced varietal from my part of…

Creamy chicken and bacon pasta

Who doesn’t love a creamy bacony pasta dish?! This recipe is so easy even my hubby had a go – using the crockpot for the first time ever, and he nailed it! Ingredients 3 rashers bacon diced 1 chicken breast chopped into 3x3cm chunks 1/2 packet linguine pasta broken in half 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms…

Thai green pork curry 

We are always craving a good curry, especially Thai curries as Thailand is one of our favourite places in the world to travel to. When we went to Chiang Mai we spent a day at an amazing countryside cooking school. I brought back some recipes for home made Thai curry paste which I’ll share at…

Caprese pesto chicken

This style of chicken is so versatile, I slice it and use it for sandwiches for during the week, but it can also be used in quesadillas, wraps, salads and pasta dishes. Ingredients 1 large chicken breast 1 tablespoon basil pesto 1 tsp olive oil 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp Italian herbs Salt and…

Steak with garlic mash and rosemary sauce

A deliciously creamy mash with a punchy flavourful sauce. The sauce gets so much flavour from the steak seared in the crockpot. Be sure not to rinse out any meat juice after cooing the steaks! Ingredients (serves 2) 2 small beef rump or fillet steaks  4 medium white potatoes 1 bunch silverbeet, roughly chopped 1/2…

Creamy pesto pasta

This is a quick throw together meal that is delicious and not as unhealthy as it sounds. As I’m lactose intolerant I use a small amount of lactose free milk instead of cream, resulting in a much lighter sauce. Ingredients 1/2 packet spaghetti pasta 3 cloves garlic crushed 1 chicken breast or thigh diced 1…