Well friends, somehow, it’s the end of February which means, the end of what has been one of Australia’s most challenging summers. We all welcomed the rain with heartfelt gratitude and praise and now, for perhaps the first time for many of us, I think we will welcome the cooler months with just zeal.

As many of you know, I love food, and I love gathering my family around the table for meals. Christmas is obviously famous for this and instead of the heavy preparation and excessive portion sizes and headcounts, I thought we could say farewell the summer of 2020 with some tasty recipes that are EASY, QUICK and NUTRITIOUS.

I know how busy our homes can get with the new year in full swing. Dance schedules have been sent out, soccer tryouts and rosters are being put in place, singing lessons, math tutoring, and that new season of your favourite show on Netflix ready to binge. But who has the time? It seems like we have more stuff to do at the end of the day than we do hours in the day.

Hopefully, the following recipes will help and you will be able to get the kids into the kitchen as well. Enjoy!

1. Buddy Oliver’s Spaghetti Bolognese.

Talent for food doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family. How easy is this recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese? Maybe next time you cut onions, you’ll remember your ski goggles. Watch and enjoy how easy it is to make your kids fall in love with cooking and preparing food (helps if your dad is a famous chef….Jamie Oliver).


2. HEALTHY Macaroni and Cheese.


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Yep, you heard it right. If your kids are tough eaters and not veggiesaurs then it can be hard to get them used to eating what they won’t put in their mouths.

This recipe is sneaky – there are onions, cauliflower and zucchini in there and chances are – they are invisible to the children’s eyes.

So try out this great recipe here from the My Kids Lick the Bowl blog, and let us know if your veggie sneaking worked!

Cooking Time: 20 mins
Preparation TIme: 20 mins
Serves: 8 people

3. BBC Good Food Top 10 Burgers for Kids


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Green Burgers, Sunshine Burgers, Mini Chicken Bagel Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Fish Burgers, lots of Burgers.

Making burgers at home is often so hands-on and the kids just love it. They get to choose their own fillings, they don’t have to be enticed by the fast-food versions if you present them with healthier alternatives.

This whole list gives you a wide spectrum of choices for burgers – for picky eaters, down to fishy eaters and just lets the kids be inventive. Not to mention they’re great for school lunches.

Check out the BBC Good Food Top 10 Burgers for Kids list here.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading (and eating with your eyes), and I hope you doubly indulge in my joys of cooking and preparing and sharing incredible food with your families as summer comes to a close.