October 23, 2014

Mushroom and Pancetta Potato Bake


Potato Bake is a great accompany to any warm dinner but most people shy away from making it as it is too hard to make - but today I am sharing a 6 ingredient potato bake that is bound to make your life easy in the kitchen

Mushroom and Pancetta Potato Bake 

Ingredients

4 x potatoes
100 grams hot pancetta
100 grams button mushroom
1 x brown onion
1 Cup Pure Cream
Mozzarella Cheese

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
2. Finely slice onion, button mushrooms and pancetta and add to a fry pan and cook for 4-6 minutes on medium heat - stirring occasionally.
3. Whist your mixture is cooking peel and finely slice 4 potatoes and place into a baking tray 
4. Place mixture, cream and a small handful of cheese over the potatoes and use a spoon to cover all potatoes.
5. Cover baking tray with foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes
6. After 40 minutes remove the foil and cover the top of the potato bake with mozzarella cheese and place back in the oven for 15 minutes 

Serves 4-6

Do you make potato bake for your family?



October 22, 2014

Book Review - The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer



I have always had the idea that being an intern would be a fabulous job especially at a magazine publisher or in my dream world a book publisher! So I knew debut novel, The Intern, by Gabrielle Tozer will be a must read.

There are always different perceptions of being a intern, the glitz and glamour compared to collecting lunch and coffees for the senior team. Josie Browning has been offered an internship at the high end magazine, Sash, must to her younger sisters dismay and embarrassment. Josie is academic and not engrossed with the magazine commitments unlike her sister, she will need to jump out of her comfort zone. 

Her sister, Kat, takes her shopping after saying none of her existing wardrobe will suit. Out of her comfort zone Josie struggles with the high heeled shoes but is determined, until she falls in some juice and stains her new dress and now even more determined to not give up.

Arriving for her internship Josie realises there are two other interns working with her for the next 12 weeks and the editor-in-chief Rae Swanson has offered the girls an incentive for the girls over the next 12 weeks - the best intern will receive $5,000 from a magazine sponsor and also a column in Sash, Josie could not believe how much $5,000 could change her families life at the moment.

Josie was going to succeed regardless of the outcome but with more incentive she will putting her all into this internship, but will it work out as smoothly for Josie as she hoped? 

I loved The Intern, it only took me a few hours to read this book as I needed to find out what happened to Josie and would she love a career in magazine publishing rather than newspaper.

The Intern is Gabrielle Tozer's debut novel 

Can not wait to see what Gabrielle releases next! 

Have you ever completed an Internship? 

October 19, 2014

Enjoying the things I love to do



Time is the biggest thing that slows everyone down, time affects everything we do especially in the world of blogging. It takes time to read and review a book, create and perfect a recipe and create the next project and it is so much more time than that....but I wouldn't change it for the world.

I am not a full time blogger, it would be a dream to be able to do this full time and commit to my backlot of post ideas waiting to be created and written, but I love what I do!

I love interaction with my readers and although Facebook doesn't always share my posts to everyone, I love to learn and discuss what is important to you. 

It is the small interactions that can really make your day

Yesterday morning I woke up to one of my favourite authors Monica McInerney replying to a tweet of my recent book review of her new novel Hello from the Gillespies, I may have screamed with delight it is great to get recognition from the author about sharing your love of their book and when I shared it to Facebook and Instagram my readers were also excited, another reason I love what I do


It really is the little things that make the world a happy place and ensure that you are loving what you do

What are you doing that you love? 

October 18, 2014

Chilli and Garlic Beef Stirfry



A stirfry can be so quick and simple for when you think you don't have time to create or make dinner.

Today I am sharing my Chilli and Garlic Beef Stirfry it is simple yet delicious 

Ingredients

500 grams beef strips
1/2 Cup Chinese Soy Sauce
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Long Red Chilli
1 bunch of broccolini 
1/2 red Capsicum 
1/2 brown onion


Method

1. Place a saucepan on medium heat with a small splash of extra Virgin olive oil.
2. Finely slice garlic and chilli and place in a bowl, mix with soy sauce
3. Marinade your beef with the Chilli and Garlic mixture
4. Finely slice the brown onion and capsicum and add to the pan for 2 minutes
5. Add marinaded beef and stirfry for 4-5 minutes or until browned
6.Add broccolini to the mixture and stirfry for 1-2 minutes until broccolini starts to go slightly soft
7. Serve with rice or noodles

Serves 4

October 17, 2014

Book Review - Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney



The one book this year I have been waiting for has finally been released. When Monica announced that a new book was going to be released late 2014 I was perhaps stalking and anticipating the year to be over so I could indulge in another classic Monica McInerney book and Hello from the Gillespies was well worth the wait! 

Each year at midnight on December 1st Angela Gillespie sends out her Christmas Letter, Hello from the Gillespies, giving family and friends an insight into the year that has passed for her husband, Nick, and their four Children, all but one lives outside of the family home. This year Angela can not think of any positives to write in the Christmas Letter and the deadline is near, she decides to pour her heart and honest feelings into a letter for herself which might show the positives in her negative mind.

Indulging in the honest truth shows how inconstant and also how far away each member of the Gillespie family are. Nick has sold off half of their estate with discussion and possibly having a new relationship over Skype and emails with Carol who is assisting with his sudden love of the Gillespie family tree and history, while their children have made some questionable decisions in Angela's mind. Angela is also dreaming and sending what would have happened had she not met Nick and stayed with her boyfriend in London, would life had been easily and would she be happier? 

While reminiscing over what could have been Angela's son Ig hurts himself by slicing his finger off and needs to be sent to the hospital 4 hours away, with her motherly instinct she packs him into the car and forgets about the Christmas Letter. 

While away Nick decides to discuss some further family history with Carol and notices Angela's letter waiting to be sent, with the midnight timeline approaching Nick decides to send out her letter without a second thought, he is doing what she would have loved.......isn't he? 

With the letter becoming viral and everyone applauding or completely hurt by this years letter Angela must try to pick up the pieces especially with her 3 eldest children moving back into the family home after heartbreak and lifestyle changes. 

Without giving too much away the Gillespie family will work on their family values and rebuild their relationships from the ground up especially when tradegy strikes and everyone's life will be turned around again. Will they all continue as a happy family or will they never forgive one another when the truth is told.

I loved this book and it was well worth the wait and was lucky enough to indulge in it in no time at all. I love Monica's style and story telling whilst all families go through some rough and testing times the Gillespies go through this so publically and honesty that I really enjoyed it. 

As with every Monica McInerney book I have read I felt emotionally involved with all the family members and even Joan. their neighbour and Angela's best friend. A part of me wants to know more about each character and maybe one day we will especially after Monica wrote Lola's secret after the success of The Alphabet Sisters.

I highly recommend this book, you will become one of the Gillespie family members in no time! 

Have you read Hello from the Gillespies or any Monica McInerney books? What do you love about her style of writing and story telling? 

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