I’m lucky that my kids are pretty good eaters. They eat most things happily – and the things don’t even have to be cute, that’s just my own little obsession – and eat meat (chicken, pork, beef) like it’s going out of fashion. I try and get fish into them at least once a week, and my go-to dishes (which I know they’ll like) are either steamed barramundi with ginger & black bean sauce, or salmon & sweet potato patties. Last night¬†I tried a new one on them – baked honey soy salmon.

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pavlova

Can you believe it’s only two sleeps until Christmas? And for those of you panicking at home because you haven’t finished Christmas shopping, you still need to get food, heck you still need to decide what to even make for Christmas feasting – spare a thought for me. Scandinavians celebrate on Christmas eve, so for me the big shebang is tomorrow. Tomorrow! PANIC!

Well, luckily, I’m on pavlova duty.

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watermelon spread

Every FriYAY, my¬†friends¬†and I (and our six little munchkins) get together and because we so desperately needed a mix up of our groundhog FriYAY routine, we¬†threw¬†a watermelon themed birthday party.¬†Watermelon is super¬†sweet right now and shops are going gaga for¬†watermelon paraphernalia (guilty as charged:¬†Seed,¬†Kmart¬†and Cotton On) because you guys, it’s summer tomorrow!

And you know you’re onto a winner when the prep is easy, the food is healthy, the kids love it, and who am I kidding,¬†the most important thing of all, it all looks bloody awesome in photos ūüėÄ

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walnut fudge brownies

There are a number of signs that point to getting old(er). Grey hairs, aching joints, wrinkles. Except I don’t have wrinkles because #asiangenes! Greys, definitely. But that’s another story.

A change I didn’t expect is my sudden urge to be friendly. Usually as you get older you become less friendly, or rather, you tolerate less bullshit so basically you cut out the bullshitters ie most of your “friends” during your 20s.¬†And it’s not like I want to be friendly with just anyone, but for the first time in my life, I actually want to be friends with all of my neighbours.

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