Dinner, Eating In, Winter Food

Slow Cooker Lamb Shank Soup

May 11, 2017
Slow Cooker Lamb Shank Soup in Pot on patterned towel with wooden spoon and bread

With winter looming, days getting shorter and nights getting longer, many of us don’t want to be in the kitchen for hours (or even 30 minutes) after a long day at work and a cold commute home. The humble slow cooker is the hero of many a weary person, and this slow cooker lamb shank soup is deliciously warming and comforting.

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Dinner, Eating In, Lunch

Vegeta Baked not Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Chips

May 26, 2016

Fried chicken is probably one of my favourite foods. Unfortunately it is not the healthiest of foods to have as a favourite and it is sometimes hard to replicate the crispiness that you get from deep frying when baking in the oven.

The humble cornflake has helped me in this and once the crumb is well seasoned you will be adding this to your repertoire. I used Vegeta Chicken Stock to really enhance the chicken flavour and it worked very well. As a regular stock user, Vegeta Stock is a great pantry staple to have on standby and just 1 teaspoon produces a flavourful 500ml of liquid stock which is great for soups, stews and curries.

I also used Vegeta Vegetable Stock to boost the flavour of the sweet potato chips and what we got was delicious crispy sweet potatoes with a lovely herby vegetable taste. Now that I’ve had Jonathan having a product like this to deliver fast, tasty, and healthy dishes is a real bonus.

I served the chicken and sweet potatoes with a green salad but this would work with wilted spinach or a coleslaw.


A range of Vegeta Stock was given to me at no cost, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Vegeta Baked Not Fried Chicken 
An original recipe from Eating With Katie


6 chicken drumsticks
2 eggs
3 cups cornflakes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 1/2 teaspoons, smoked paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons Vegeta chicken stock powder
1 tabelespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line an oven tray with baking paper
  2. Pour cornflakes into a medium size bowl and using your hands crush the flakes until you are happy with the crumb size.
  3. Add the thyme, oregano, smoked paprika and Vegeta chicken stock powder and mix through the crushed cornflakes.
  4. In a seperate bowl, beat the eggs.
  5. Dip the drumsticks in the beaten egg and then roll in the cornflake mix. Place the drumsticks on the baking tray.
  6. Using a pastry brush, gently brush oil over the drumsticks.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.

Sweet Potato Chips with Vegeta

4 sweet potatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons Vegeta Vegetable Stock
1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Cut the sweet potato into chips or wedges and parboil until slightly soft. Drain.
  3. Add the olive oil to a baking tray and place in the oven for 5 minutes so that the oil gets hot – this will help give the chips a crispy skin.
  4. Take tray out of oven and quickly add the chips along with the Vegeta Vegetable Stock. Toss
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
Baking, Eating In

Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Filling

February 8, 2016

As growing pregnant lady (this explains my radio silence) my cravings have steadily increased. The craving for chocolate has become quite strong, and I often have to take an afternoon walk to go get a slab of chocolate. This chocolate cake recipe which I found here hits the chocolate craving spot every time. It is deliciously moist  and decadent. Chocolate lovers be warned.

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Dinner, Eating In

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

May 4, 2015
slow cooker pulled pork taco

One of my favourite things in life, is to walk through the front door and be welcomed by the smell of dinner. The smell of a chicken roasting in the oven or a bolognese sauce simmering on the stovetop, for example, are smells that envelope and comfort me. Sadly since both Nathan and I work and are sans a live in chef so this is not something I am greeted with on a regular basis. Unless I use my slow cooker.  Continue Reading…

Dinner, Eating In

Salmon and Fennel in Paper Parcels

April 26, 2015
salmon and fennel in paper parcels

Sometimes spending hours in the kitchen is thoroughly enjoyable. Sometimes it is not. Saturday night was the latter. It’s always good to have a recipe on stand by that is fast but still healthy and is better than take out 😉 This baked salmon recipe will take less time to prepare than getting a pizza delivered.  Continue Reading…

Baking, Eating In

Mocha Cheesecake Tart with Philly Chocolate Cream Cheese

December 22, 2014
Mocha Cheesecake Tart slice and coffee

I do love a good cheesecake. My several cheesecake recipes attest to this. When I was asked to try Philly’s Chocolate Cream Cheese my mind got wandering as I thought of all the possibilities. I wanted to try something different while still staying realistic and, as I also love pastry, I thought I would make a chocolate short crust pastry with a no bake cheesecake filling. Easy as pie (sorry that was terrible). I found a wonderfully simple pastry recipe at SBS food, so it was all systems go from there. Continue Reading…