sweetcorn pasta salad

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It’s not often Miss G. becomes fanatical about her food but of late our little miss has become utterly obsessed with sweet corn.

Each and every time I make my way into the kitchen and stand at the bench I hear the chants of a toddler demanding ‘corn, corn, corn’ pacing incessantly behind me.

So not to disappoint (or more importantly to avoid the dreaded terrible toddler terror tantrum) I’ve managed to work the bright yellow kernels of sunshine sweetness into most meals of late and this sweetcorn pasta salad is our favourite corn incarnation by far.

Not only is this gorgeously zesty salad chock full of nutritious goodness but it couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  It can be on the table and ready to devour in the time it takes to boil a little pasta and stored in an air tight container nestled in the fridge this salad is just as wonderful the next day.

Although Miss G. concentrates most of her eating efforts on the corn and pasta, she also manages to gobble up a good amount of fresh tomato, cucumber and mint as well, making for a very happy mummy.

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lovely lemon loaf

lovely lemon loaflovely lemon loaf

Todays lovely lemon loaf really couldn’t be more simple.

It so simple that Miss G. and I managed to stir the batter together and have this heavenly loaf baking away in the oven in less than 10 minutes.

And the results though couldn’t be more sublime.

This gorgeously golden loaf is not only heady in lovely lemony scent but is chock full of wholesome, totally good for you ingredients; yoghurt, macadamia nut oil, agave syrup and wholemeal flour.

Along with a little fruit, this loaf makes the perfect baby led weaning morning or afternoon tea snack and is also the perfect addition to any lunch box.

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pea, asparagus & chicken pasta w’ lemony ricotta sauce

pea & asparagus pasta w' lemony ricotta saucepea & asparagus pasta w' lemony ricotta sauce

Today’s pea, asparagus & mint pasta with lemony ricotta sauce has to be one of Grace’s all time favourite pasta dishes.  Even more so today thanks to the cutest little elk pasta shapes I bought over the weekend.

Miss G. adores the ricotta, lemon and mint flavour combination as well as the bright green peas studded throughout and I love this pasta dish because it couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  This is the simple supper I most often turn to when I am all out of time and patience and just need to get dinner done and on the table.  It really is that easy.

For the little ones first beginning baby led weaning this dish is a winner.  The pasta, chicken and asparagus are simple for the little ones to hold and nibble on and once your little one has mastered the pincer grip the peas will be no trouble at all.

To create this easy peasy pea, asparagus & mint pasta w’ lemony ricotta sauce simply…

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chicken tacos w’ grilled corn & avocado salsa

chicken tacos w' grilled corn & avocado salsa

chicken tacos w' grilled corn & avocado salsa

Miss G. is officially walking!

YAY!!!

Watching her take those first wobbly steps, smile beaming, eyes lit up with a mixture of amazement and excitement was just beautiful.

R. and I cheered her on whilst her beautiful tubby little legs carried her across the living room floor all the time knowing it was one of those magical family moments we’ll treasure forever.

To celebrate her big girl moment I decided to put together one of our favourite family meals, chicken tacos.

Miss G. loves mexican food, especially salsa so I knew this was the perfect simple supper to celebrate with.

Todays taco incarnation consists of softly toasted tortillas topped with lightly spiced chicken and a gorgeous salsa.

The chicken nestled in these tacos is perfect for the little ones because I ditched the usual hot and spicy flavours usually associated with mexican food and instead opted for a more mellow spice mix of a little cumin, sweet paprika and lemon zest.  The coating is just enough to give the chicken a sweet subtle flavour without any of the heat, Miss G. loved it!  Also, rather than chopping the chicken, I decided to roast the breasts whole then use a couple of forks to shred them creating the perfect shape for little hands to hold and nibble on with ease.

Whilst the chicken was baking I decided to grill a little corn to add to the salsa and am so happy I did.  The sweet kernels of just charred corn added a beautiful brightness to our usual salsa of avocado, cherry tomatoes, coriander and lime and had us coming back for more.  And more.  And more.  It’s seriously moreish.

These tacos are a joy to prepare and a complete pleasure to eat.  A beautiful way to celebrate.

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greek salad, tzatziki & toasted flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

greek salad, tzatziki & flat bread

Summer seems to have arrived early.

Our afternoon summer storms are already here along with the heat and sticky humidity.

Instinctively we’re craving salads.

Fresh, simple, cooling and refreshing salads.

Ones that can be put together effortlessly, are light and nourish us just enough until the next meal time.

Miss G. loves them.

Wearing just a nappy and singlet she sits happily in her high chair nibbling away on cool pieces of cucumber, juicy tomato wedges and refreshing salad leaves.

Summer bliss.

For lunch today I whipped up this super simple greek salad.

Just a mix of mint, rocket, cucumber, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives and feta.  All dressed in a gorgeously zesty red wine vinaigrette and served alongside homemade tzatziki and toasted flatbread.

For such a light lunch this salad is truly satisfying.

Miss G. and I sat on the balcony, feeling the breeze carry with it a little cool respite and enjoyed our salad for lunch.

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creamy lemon penne w’ spring peas & asparagus

creamy lemon penne w' spring peas & asparagus

creamy lemon penne w' spring peas & asparagus

Miss G. wasn’t quite herself yesterday.

Fully versed in the awfulness that is teething I knew this time was different.

Warm, flushed, extra cuddly, very quite and continually sleepy I decided to bundle her up and head to the Dr’s.

With a very high temp we were rushed in and quickly prescribed antibiotics.

Poor bubby had an infection.

Returning home I couldn’t wait to smother her in cuddles, kisses and spend the day snuggled on the couch napping, resting and getting better.

And just like most kids do when they’re unwell, Miss G. completely lost her appetite.

She refused everything.

My heart broke.

Seeing your little one unwell and refusing food is just horrible.

As the afternoon stretched on she improved slightly.  Not enough to eat dinner though.

Completely mortified at the thought of sending her off to bed with nothing in her tummy I coaxed her into eating a few sultanas.

This morning she rose with a little extra spring in her step and I couldn’t have be happier.  

Hoping her appetite had returned also I decided to put together one of her favourite pasta dishes, peas and penne.

Rummaging through the fridge I also found a lemon and bunch of asparagus so I decided to add them to the mix also.

This creamy pasta sauce is a family favourite.  Not only is the creamy concoction gorgeously zesty but it’s a breeze to prepare and requires no cooking.  Just pour the sauce through a pot of steaming hot penne and the heat of the cooked pasta does it for you.  I cook this pasta sauce more than anything else.

As I stirred the pasta together I could see out of the corner of my eye Miss G. eagerly watching me, getting more and more excited.

I quickly popped her into her high chair and dished up a generous helping of the basil and parmesan adorned penne.  

She devoured it all with a huge smile on her face.

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roast pumpkin & feta couscous salad

roast pumpkin & feta couscous salad

roast pumpkin & feta couscous salad

This weekend we’re heading down the coast for a day at the beach.

Beach.

Sunshine.

Sand.

Ice blocks.

Sunscreen.

Sandcastles.

All the makings of a perfect weekend.

To have with us on our travels I decided to put together this little roast pumpkin and feta couscous salad.

So simple to make and chock full of fresh herbs this delicious couscous salad is the perfect lunch for a day at the beach.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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