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The glory of meal prep

The glory of meal prep

For a long time I thought that ‘meal-prepping’ was reserved for enthusiastic gym-goers who needed to monitor their calorie and protein intake by way of steamed greens and creepy, pale chicken and sad brown rice. HOW WRONG I WAS. Since having Hunter, I have gained […]

Day Thirteen: Christmas Morning Breakfast Menu

Day Thirteen: Christmas Morning Breakfast Menu

When I think of Christmas morning, what tends to come to mind first are the smells that come with it. The smell of the real Christmas tree, the smell of fresh coffee grinds and steamed milk, the smell of bacon and slightly burnt toast and […]

Gnocchi Arrabiata, baby!

Gnocchi Arrabiata, baby!

Last week on my lunch break I was craving my usual chicken and salad banh mi with extra salad and no onion. This particular craving has lasted about six weeks so far with no end in sight. My friend and colleague Mika, on this particular day, felt like pasta from The Italian Bowl on King Street. I have been off past for most of my pregnancy – whenever I make it for Pete I cook some greens for myself and have that instead – but when she got her gnocchi arrabiata, my desire for it became almost insatiable (luckily the serving was huge and she didn’t finish it.. so I did).

The next trip to the shops that I did, I bought some gnocchi. Pete was going to be away and so I knew that I was going to be able to make a simple, spicy sauce (where I usually can’t because he can’t handle chilli) to have with my gnocchi. That night while watching The Holiday, I devoured a huge bowl of gnocchi arrabiata and there is no sign of that craving slowing down now either.

So I thought that this morning I would share my very own arrabiata sauce with all of you chilli fiends today because, not only is it freaking delicious, it is also SO simple and SO quick to make (and it also stores really well for a few days).

 

Gnocchi Arrabiata a la T(O)NM

Ingredients – 

1 x packet of ready-to-cook gnocchi

1 x can of diced tomatoes

fresh basil

minced garlic

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

salt

pepper

chilli flakes (or fresh chilli, whichever you prefer)

Method – 

In a pan or small pot put two tablespoons of minced garlic, chopped basil, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and oil

Heat until aromatic

Add entire can of diced tomatoes, half fill the empty can with water and add that to the pan too

Add a generous amount of balsamic vinegar as well as a pinch more salt and pepper

Let simmer for ten minutes

Bring water to the boil and cook the gnocchi (this will only take a minute or so and you will know when they are cooked as the gnocchi will float to the top of the water)

Serve, eat and enjoy!

Day Six: Best Christmas Reads for Kids and Adults

Day Six: Best Christmas Reads for Kids and Adults

Christmas and books and books about Christmas – THIS POST HAS IT ALL. I have always wanted to have a tradition where I read Christmas books throughout December. Until now, this has remained but a thought and a wish.. this year however, I plan on […]

The (Oblivious) New Mama’s 25 Days of Christmas

The (Oblivious) New Mama’s 25 Days of Christmas

It’s December! It’s Summer! It’s the festive season! Our Christmas tree is up! Our cat has discovered a love of tearing baubles off the tree and waking us up at 5am by chasing them down the hallway! Seriously though, I am so freaking excited that […]

The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies

The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies

This coming Saturday is our baby shower, and over the weekend Pete and I were all systems go. Over the weekend, Shari and I did a huge shop for all of the food for next weekend, as well as ordering the balloon bouquets and buying napkins and plates and decorations and everything else in between. We also visited a few clothes shops to try and find me a dress for the occasion.. alas, my boobs proved far too problematic. Nearing a G-cup now (…yep), my maternity bra has its work cut out for it. The thick straps are a godsend for my back but also mean I can’t wear anything with a thin strap. The high cut of the bra again, an absolute dream for me but it means that pretty much everything I wear has to have a high neck cut. I did try some dresses on without a bra to see if it could work.. It can’t. Not at all. No. Shari and I both learned that there is definitely such a thing as too much breast.

Yesterday, Pete spent most of the day outside getting our garden and outdoor area ready for the barbeque. He gurnie-ed (I don’t know how to make that a verb), and weeded, and mowed, and raked and anything else you can think of that is an outdoor domestic task. He did it all and the place looks freaking immaculate.

I, on the other hand, made about a thousand cookies.

I have really gotten into my baking lately, especially since purchasing fondant icing tools from ebay among a plethora of different shaped cookie cutters and letter embossers. I ordered a baby shower set of cookie cutters last month that included a bib, a onesie and a baby bottle. I also love anything that is homemade (we all know that by now) as well as anything personalised. So, I am so chuffed to share The (Oblivious) New Mama’s Personalised Baby Shower Cookies!

Vanilla Snap Cookies

Ingredients – 

185g butter

1 cup caster sugar

1 and a half tsp vanilla extract

2 and a half cups of plain flour

1 egg

1 extra egg yolk

Method – 

Blend butter sugar and vanilla in a bowl or food processor

Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth dough forms

Dive the mixture in half and roll to about 5mm thick on baking paper

Refrigerate for about ten minutes

Using your cookie cutter, cut out cookies and bake until a light golden colour

Icing

I have tried a few different ready-to-roll icings now but have found that the Coles brand one is the easiest to work with and, therefore, gives better results

If you are wanting to work a colour into the icing, tear the icing into chunks and place in a bowl

Squeeze as much colouring as you want onto the icing and knead until it is consistent the whole way through

On baking paper, roll the icing out to the desired thickness and use cookie cutters or icing stamps to shape icing

Dip your finger into some water, rub onto the back of the icing and press gently onto cookie and let set

For our baby shower, I tried to stay away from everything being BLUE. Instead, we are going for a more natural palette including a lot of whites, light browns and dark greens. It is a very rustic theme that we are going for, and I will be adding pops of blue throughout the decor including a couple of blue balloons, blue lollies and some light blue napkins. I wanted to keep that theme going with the cookies however I did make more blue coloured ones just to add that little bit more blue to the mix.

This may sound completely lame – but I am definitely past the point of caring about how soppy and love-dovey I sound – but I loved making these for my little man. I loved creating the ‘Baby Boyle’ cookies with our son in mind, and every time I finished a batch I would run down to Pete in the yard and show him and we hugged each time and then he would say, “For our little man” and rub my belly and then we would kiss. It’s just such a simple touch that adds so much warmth and love to a baby shower, and come on – how freaking adorable are they?!

If you or someone you know is having a baby shower and would like to order some The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies please shoot me an email or a direct message on Instagram. There are boy and girl options and I can customise orders to pretty much whatever your heart desires!! I would love to be a part of your special day in the sweetest way possible!

Homemade Meat Pies

Homemade Meat Pies

Meat pies – one of the staples of the Australian way. Four n’ Twenty, Mrs. Mac’s Pies and Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, collectively as a nation, we appreciate the meat pie in all of its simple, wonderful glory. Me, as a pregnant woman and someone […]

Gingerbread Voodoo Dolls à la T(O)NM

Gingerbread Voodoo Dolls à la T(O)NM

Halloween has never been a big deal for me however I never need an excuse to participate in some themed baking.. I looked online for some inspiration and absolutely fell in love with Donna Hay’s Gingerbread Skeletons – but, I am a realist and I […]

Wholemeal Pasta Salad

Wholemeal Pasta Salad

Pete and I eat very differently when it comes to lunches throughout the week. At the moment, all his body wants and needs is carbs and protein which means a lot of rice and pasta and meat and big, hearty meals. I, on the other hand, need lighter meals with lots of vegetables and wholesomeness and goodness. Part of our new life routine is a big clean, a big shop and a big cook on Sundays. A really quick go-to meal of mine is my version of pasta salad (which is nothing like what you picture when you hear the words, pasta salad). It is great for pregnant mamas because you get healthy carbs from the pasta as well as a good dose of vegetables and it fills you up (for the standard twenty minutes before we must feast once more). And it’s great for un-pregnant people for the exact same reasons.

Enjoy!

 

Warm Wholemeal Pasta and Vegetable Salad

Ingredients – 

wholemeal pasta (whatever kind you fancy, I like the tubey twisty ones)

onion

basil

eggplant

broccoli

pitted kalamata olives

grape tomatoes

semi-dried tomatoes

baby spinach

minced garlic

salt and pepper

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

tuna (if you’re into it)

Method – 

Cook the pasta and leave aside, it doesn’t matter if it gets cold as you will finish it off in the saucepan

Slice onion thinly and place in a large saucepan with a generous amount of olive oil tablespoon of minced garlic, salt and pepper and fresh basil

Dice eggplant and broccoli and add to the saucepan. Let this cook until the onions and broccoli start to soften and the eggplant starts to brown

Follow this by adding a big handful of uncut grape tomatoes, a handful of semi-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and a splash of balsamic vinegar

Continue to cook until grape tomatoes start to soften and eggplant starts to brown

Add the cooked wholemeal pasta and a bag of baby spinach and stir through (I also like to a small amount of water just to help soften and mix everything)

If you fancy some tuna, now is when you add it – GO GO GO

EAT, BABY, EAT!

My Kind o’ Big Breakfast

My Kind o’ Big Breakfast

As all of you are probably aware of by now, being pregnant has not curbed any of my eating habits. Sure there are days where I will desperately feel like one thing in particular, however the very next day that same thing could repulse me. […]