My love of cooking

Since I was a little girl, I have loved being in the kitchen cooking up a storm. I loved going to cooking bees with mum or being involved in a big cook up at home. At nine years of age, I could prep and cook dinner for our family (6 of us). Still to this day, there’s nothing I love more than planning a cooking day at home, especially now I have a Thermomix AND a Bread Maker!

I love planning a cook up – planning what I’m going to make, in what order, what ingredients I already have at home and the ingredients I have to buy. I love grocery shopping these days, all hail click & collect! – Find a park, go in, walk to the front desk, sign and collect your trolley full of your shop, push trolley out, pack groceries into car – Done! In record breaking time!

Before I start, I get out every kitchen tool out and I wash up as I go. Having a clean work space makes you so much more productive! I find being as organised lets you fit more in to your day. I recently went and had a cook-up day at my mother-in-law’s and because I didn’t know were anything was, I only had time to make 3 of the six dishes (in 8 hours!)

I love how still to this day, mum and dad praise my cooking. I have never been afraid of experimenting with different flavours and I’m always looking at how I can improve my favourites, or anything I cook really.

Once I had my first child, I was always looking at what baby food I could make him. He ate from three months, and I mean he ate anything and everything! Pea & pear, pumpkin & sweet potato, apple & raspberry – just to name a few. I always said “your not going to be as fussy as your father!” Still to this day, he eats very minimal processed anything, I make him different snacks and he LOVES his veggies & fruit – at 2 years of age!

About 6 months ago my husband and I got a Thermomix, it legit changed my life! It’s worth every penny. It saves me up to $70 a fortnight shopping as I make most of the basics myself. Things like like bread, rice flour, pizza dough, spaghetti, you name it!

I make a mean spaghetti sauce, curried sausages, greek style baked fish (omfg!!!), banana bread, salmon, dill & caper pasta, quiche (which I make & freeze for my boys’ lunch), weetbix slice, choc chip muffin’s chocolate cookies and rocky road – just to name a few. My newest craze is Woolworths mudcake hacks! A cake that tastes amazing, chop the top off, add some prities & call it your own! win win!

I’ve started to pass my recipe book around to family members for them to write their winning recipes in, that way once their gone I will still be able to have my favourite foods.

If you enjoy an activity, make time in this busy world to do it! There is nothing I love more than a big cooking day! To make lunch snacks, dinners, the basics

Aquo Xx

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