Category Archives: 1 Hump – child\’s play

Baby Peas, love to love you…

Fresh peas are great, and this works well with them too….. Continue reading


QHM #5 – Bolognese – quick, kid tasty and full of hidden vegies

Great for a healthy lasagna

Let’s get it straight from the outset. This is not a traditional Bolognese sauce. This is a pasta sauce that is delicious, low fat and hides vegetables, so your kids get a great meal, and you get peace. They can even help you make it.

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Puttanesca – true love, QHM #3 and another great supermarket chique item

 This sauce is as reliable as the profession it’s named after. Here, I’ll show you the easy and wonderful way to a sauce you can use as a dip, a pasta sauce, and a spectacular variation for a lasagne with understated class.

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QHM #2 – pumpkin soup – 13 twists

Ubiquitous as it is, pumpkin soup is popular for a reason. Great, cheap and healthy.

This dawned on me when I was hitched to the post of a friend’s tent in Armidale. He is a great cook, and we all loved his pumpkin soup, served with a teaspoon of butter and parmesan. Even the kids loved it, and they hate pumpkin!

What was the secret, I asked my host?

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Hummus – chick chick, boom…


You can do this…The big issue here is the dried chick peas. Yes, they are a little more work, but it is worth it. If you absolutely can’t get your head around it, jump down a step, and used tinned…they just bring that tinned taste and texture that I think you want to avoid. Continue reading

Roast Garlic Puree – the great home made condiment

Poor garlic…we’ve been told how good it is for us, but can you think of another product where we accept such low standards? Yeah, ok most of them! the whole story

Harissa – some like it hot

Remember when Red capsicum was 25c a pound? Me either. I think all the old people of the world congregate each year in Switzerland or the Bahamas to fix the prices of staples 60 years ago. I’m sure half of them leave for the convention each year, and forget where and why they’re going…forever to meander the earth, asking people where the nearest RSL is.

Harissa is a great condiment. Not only will you amaze your friends, but they won’t assume you bought it, because they’ve never seen it at their local purveyor of Norwegian gluten-free Beaver milk.

It’s dead easy, and there’s no hard and fast recipe, so you can fiddle with it as I have. Continue reading