Just a little update to let you know I was on ABC Brisbane radio earlier this week talking about Buy Nothing New Month. For the curious, you can listen to the short interview by following this link (skip to about 1hr 18min). It was my first time chatting on the radio, and I'll admit to… Continue reading Nothing new, part 2: a radio conversation
October is Buy Nothing New Month. It's a social movement that started about eight years ago, which has slowly gained momentum. Essentially, it's asking Aussies to question their consumption habits and do something about them. Most of us are aware that our planet has finite resources and we (particularly those of us in western cultures)… Continue reading Nothing new
Before I had a husband and children, my Friday night dinner with flatmates would happily involve cheese, crackers, olives, dips and wine. It covered almost all of the food groups (*ahem*), and was, more importantly, an enjoyable way to wind down from the week and step into weekend mode. These days, there's more plates of… Continue reading Frugal food (and hidden veg): dips
On Wednesday, my eldest girl turned five. FIVE! I can't quite believe I have a child who is soon to start school and definitely not a toddler or baby anymore. I am no longer a young mother with a baby on her hip. I have a big kid, with big feelings and a strong sense… Continue reading The week that was: tourists at home, a birthday, and sewing.
I'm ashamed to say that I was almost 30 when I realised I could easily make my own stock. Until that time, spoonfuls of powdered stock had been my go-to for boosting the flavour of a recipe. An episode of River Cottage was my catalyst, along with the recent acquisition of my first-ever slow cooker.… Continue reading Frugal food: chicken stock
Popsicles, ice-blocks, ice pops and ice lollies. Whatever you want to call them, warm weather is made for iced treats. They're the perfect snack on a humid sub-tropical afternoon, or can be presented as a dessert when good behaviour warrants something special after dinner. Ice blocks can also be a great way to perk up a… Continue reading Seasonal eating: iced treats
Sickness tends to strike our house in waves. Sometimes there are long and leisurely lulls between the waves, and other times the swell hits like the unruliest of surfs, dumping you again before you can catch your breath. This winter has been like the latter. I think I was sick for the entire month of… Continue reading Sick days: a parents survival guide