Corned Beef Recipe

I’ve mentioned before (in this post) that my family loves Corned Beef made using my Nanny’s recipe. It’s quite simple but makes, in my opinion, the best Corned Beef ever. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does. ūüôā

Corned Beef 1

You will need:
A piece of corned beef (silverside)
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
6 Peppercorns

  1. Rinse corned beef, place in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Add brown sugar, vinegar and peppercorns.
  3. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour per kilo of meat. For example, my piece of corned beef was 1.1kg, so I cooked it for an hour and six minutes.
  4. Add vegetables to the pot for the last 20 minutes of cooking.
  5. Once cooked, remove from pot and cut meat into thin slices.
  6. Serve with vegetables, peas, and white sauce. Or however your family likes it.

Corned Beef 3

If you give it a go please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think ūüôā

#7 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday Mums! For those of you in the Eastern part of Australia, how did you¬†manage¬†in the heatwave over the weekend? ¬†It reached 43 degrees here yesterday. It was ridiculously hot! Much too hot to¬†be in the kitchen. So last night we went out for Chinese. We ate Mongolian lamb and fried rice in air conditioned comfort and it was heaven. Sometimes you just have to throw your plans out the window and do whatever it takes to get through, or not melt into a puddle. Thankfully some cooler weather is supposed to be on it’s way this week. I am very much looking forward to Autumn!

Monday – Chicken Schnitzel. This was on last weeks menu for Sunday but as we went out last night instead I just moved it to Monday.
Tuesday – Lasagna
Wednesday – Corned beef
Thursday – Chicken curry
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night
Saturday – BBQ. This has been my husbands go to when I’ve asked what he was thinking for Saturday night the last couple of weeks.
Sunday – Chicken Kiev

What’s on your menu this week?

5 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

I know some people aren’t huge fans of Valentine’s Day, but I quite like it. A day dedicated to¬†love filled with chocolate and hearts? Yes please! This is mine and my husband’s first Valentine’s Day as a married couple so I did buy him a little something, (I can’t tell you what though just in case he’s reading this, Hi baby!) but in the past we have had years I just couldn’t stretch the budget to include presents so I’ve had to be a little creative. I thought today¬†I would share some of my favourite ideas.

  1. Cook their favourite meal.¬†I think most people enjoy a good home cooked meal, but when you know someone has cooked something just for you I feel like that makes it that little bit more special. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just whatever you know they will enjoy. There’s a good chance we’ll be having lasagna¬†this Valentine’s Day.
  2. A list of things you love about them. My son loves treasure hunts and hide and seek, so a few years ago I wrote little notes of things I love about him on brightly coloured post-it notes and hid them around our living room. He had an awesome time finding them all and loved reading all the wonderful things about himself. Afterwards I stapled them together to make a little book of love for him to keep.
  3. Bake them something.¬†Who doesn’t love freshly baked cookies or muffins? That says love to me like nothing else. Similarly to cooking their favourite meal, bonus points if you make their ¬†baked good of choice!
  4. A book of coupons.¬†The key to this one is only making vouchers¬†for things you can deliver on. There is no point in promising someone a 10 minute foot rub if you hate feet. You will only regret it later. Some better ideas might be an uninterrupted bath, a date night, an afternoon nap, or the last piece of cake. Whatever your significant other would appreciate that you are happy to bestow. If you haven’t had time to organise anything, even just an I.O.U or two for the other options on this list would be a great idea.
  5. Yourself, wrapped in a bow.¬†Simple, yet effective ūüôā

What’s the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever received? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

#6 Meal Plan Monday 2017

Happy Monday! How are you all doing this week? I am doing pretty good. We have settled back into our school routine nicely and I am excited to have a little bit more time on my hands to spend on here. Starting with this weeks meal plan!

Monday – Burgers
Tuesday – Creamy mushroom chicken
Wednesday – Sausages
Thursday – Honey Mustard Chicken
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – BBQ
Sunday – Chicken Schnitzel

What’s on your menu this week?

Like Grandma Used To Make

I am lucky to have some pretty awesome women in my family. We are hugely outnumbered by the men, I mentioned in my 5 Things About Me¬†post that I have four brothers, and my Dad was one of three boys, but I like to think that just makes us that bit more fabulous.¬†All of them have their own strengths and talents, and I am so fortunate to have such a wealth of knowledge available to me through them. GG, my Mum’s Mum, is an avid reader who always has a good recommendation to offer. Auntie Lizzie, my Mum’s sister, is a sewing master who makes some amazing outfits. My Mum is a writer who has the quickest wit of anyone I’ve ever met and a way with words I aspire to.

Nanny, my Dad’s Mum, knows about food. Not in like a fancy cooking show type way, although I definitely think she could give some of them a run for their money, but more of a bellies filled with delicious warmth kind of way. If I have a cooking question, she is usually the first person I call. I remember going to my Grandparent’s house for dinner as a child, she always makes the best roasts, and now I am older I love to recreate her recipes for my family.

This week I made Corned Beef using Nanny’s recipe. It’s one of my family’s favourites and who doesn’t love a good corned beef sandwich the next day. These¬†days she¬†tends to email me her recipes, (she’s got this Internet thing down!) but I still treasure the few hand-written versions I have. Even if I can’t always read her writing. I’ve been thinking about sharing some recipes on here, to go in hand with Meal Plan Monday¬†and sharing some of Nanny’s recipes seems to me a good place to start. So keep an eye out in the upcoming¬†weeks for recipes of some of my family’s favourites, including Corned Beef, just like, though not quite as good, as Nanny makes.

I would love to hear in the comments below what have you learnt from the women in your family, or what you hope to pass on to your kids and grandbabies!