Boy you’ve got to prove your love for me – No Madonna, I’ve got to prove my love for food. I’ve been working more on my #chomporchuck challenge but also decided to join up on a fellow blogger’s cooking challenge – Rediscover your kitchen mojo challenge with Cooker and a Looker. Here’s Amanda’s blog page:

Amanda’s challenge involves cooking a different recipe 6 nights out of 7. I’ve had to rearrange the days due to working with the van this week so I cooked Day 4 on Day 1 – Mince and Macaroni. This would be a great meal to have with kids due to the macaroni in it, not an overly strong flavour and lots of cheese on top. Very generous serves and it’s going to microwave really well.

But I digress – throwback to the cookbooks that I’m currently working on (it’s going to be interesting to see if I can push on with doing 2 lots of cooking every day).

My first recipe from The $50 Weekly Shop was Pikelets. I was a tad concerned about this one because yes, I’ve made “buttermilk” before by adding lemon juice or vinegar to milk and letting it sour for 10 mins but this recipe called for malt vinegar which I thought would make it taste like fish and chips. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much these babies rose and how light and fluffy they were. I also used Laucke flour, a South Australian quality brand. Here’s the result:

The disclaimer on this one is that I would normally whip my own cream however I’ve had spray can whipped cream (sacre bleu!) from the van sitting in my fridge & I just want to use it up. I served the pikelets with maple syrup and the leftover pears from previous pear cake recipe. Loved, loved, loved these pikelets and will make them again.






The second recipe from $50 shop I attempted was Easy Cheesy Muffins. The recipe said to add 1/2 cup of vegetables or bacon or the like. I chose to sacrifice left over chorizo, spring onions and some celery that I blitzed to 1 inch of their lives in a food processor prior to adding to the flour. I also stuck a sun dried tomato on the top. These are great when they are just out of the oven but I think they will be heavy as lead tomorrow so I’m pushing them onto the girls to eat up today.


I find this scoop fantastic for cakes and muffins, no more using spoons to scrap mixture out of the bowl.

I asked Darcy to give me a hand with this shot 😛

What’s for dinner at your place tonight? Hopefully my guys will eat all of this without wastage and they will sing my praises for how delicious the recipes are. I’d like to see that 🙂

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