Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Win 2 passes to the Good Food & Wine Show, Brisbane

To celebrate the upcoming Brisbane @goodfoodwine Show (Oct 30 - 01 Nov) I'm giving away a double pass! Simply visit the Good Food & Wine Show website and in the comment field at the end of this post, tell me which celebrity chef you'd love to see for your chance to WIN! (Don't forget to include your email address so I can contact the winner.)

Celebrities & Experts

Some of the wonderful celebrity chefs attending this year include Miguel Maestre, Alistair McLeod, Adam Liaw, George Calombaris and Paul West from the Australian River Cottage series. They'll be appearing in the "Good Food Theatre" and admission to these shows is included in your ticket price.

Besides some of the best wineries in Australia being at the show, there'll be plenty of food to taste and see. Some of the exhibitors include Bruny Island Cheese Co, Great Southern Truffles, Jac Wagyu, Jalna Dairy Foods, Laucke Flour Mills and many more local and national producers of fine food.

Visit for more information #goodfoodie. The winner will be drawn at midday (12pm Brisbane time) on Monday, 19 October 2015. 

Terms & Conditions
  1. This competition is open to Australian only.  
  2. This prize is not redeemable in cash.
  3. This competition is open from now until 12:00pm (Brisbane time), Monday, 19 October 2015 AEST.
  4. The winner will be announced on this blog,  Domesblissity Facebook page and Twitter accounts and I will contact you via email.  
  5. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise the prize will be redrawn.
  6. Two (2) tickets to the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show 2015 will be forwarded via post to the winner directly from the promoter.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

No Bake White Chocolate & Marshmallow Bars

I don't know whether I've just become lazy, more creative with my time or my kids are getting bored with my usual baking but I've become more and more reliant on no bake bars for the kid's snacks and lunchboxes. As you know, I never go out and buy an ingredient especially for a recipe and how these bars ever came about is a mystery but believe it or not, I had a few white chocolate chips and a handful of small marshmallows in my pantry along with a packet of plain store bought biscuits. It was absolutely delicious. These kind of recipes are fantastic for using up all the leftover biscuits from the bikkie barrell.

It goes back to my point I've made before about being frugal with your baking and keeping a well stocked pantry so you can always make something out of nothing even when it seems like you've got nothing in your pantry. I always like to keep a tin of condensed milk in the pantry for times like this as well. It's just a matter of topping up from standard pantry lists each week which helps you keep your grocery shopping budget in check and a good supply of ingredients on hand.

This recipe is not unlike any other no bake bars I've made before like the No Bake Orange Slice but it's just a little bit more decadent with white chocolate chips. Any flavour chocolate chips would do well here.

Once you've combined the biscuit crumbs, coconut, choc chips, marshmallows, condensed milk and melted butter, press into a slice pan and chill. That's it. So simple.

Everyone loves Mum's cooking in this house and please note, no one licked the whisk after Willy had his turn and it was washed well.

After a couple hours (or overnight) the bar will be set and easy to cut into bars. You could drizzle melted white chocolate on top but mine didn't last that long. With summer just around the corner, I think I'll be relying on these no bake bars more and more.

Do you have any good no bake recipes you'd like to share?

No Bake White Chocolate & Marshmallow Bars
  • 80g (3 oz) butter, melted
  • 1 small can sweetened condensed milk
  • 250g biscuits, crushed into crumbs
  • 1 cup coconut
  • white chocolate chips
  • small marshmallows

  1. Combine biscuit crumbs, coconut, chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  2. Add condensed milk and melted butter and mix well.
  3. Press into a 25x20cm slice pan lined with baking paper.
  4. Refrigerate until set (approximately 2 hours or overnight).


Monday, October 12, 2015

Lamb & Potato Frittata

There's nothing like leftovers from last night's roast dinner to help with your menu planning. In fact, in our grandmother's days the Sunday roast was the base for most of the next week's meals. Without refrigeration like we know, the meat had to be used up as quickly as possible.

Meat is pretty expensive here in Australia so when it comes on special, I tend to grab a roast and get a couple of meals out of it. I don't like to pay any more than $10 per kilo for proteins. This Slow Cooked Greek Lamb was going to get every inch of it's life used up and with eggs and potatoes in my pantry I came up with this Lamb & Potato Frittata.

Both of my children love to help in the kitchen but my son loves cracking eggs so he was on egg duty.

I peeled and thinly sliced the potatoes and par cooked them in the microwave for a couple minutes just to speed up the cooking process. Once cooked, mix with sliced onions, the leftover lamb and beaten egg mixture.

Pour into a casserole dish, top with grated cheese and bake until set and golden on top. It couldn't be any easier. It's great served cold too.

Served with a side salad, you've got a complete meal with leftovers, yet again (if you're lucky) for lunch the next day. Any kind of roast meal (or cold cuts for that matter) would work well in this dish. A great standby for a quick mid week meal. I might add, this frittata isn't cooked in the traditional way but it tastes just as good.

Lamb & Potato Frittata
  • leftover roast lamb, roughly chopped in bite sized pieces
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 brown onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt or cream
  • salt & pepper
  • grated cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 170 deg C.
  2. Par cook thinly sliced potatoes in boiling water or microwave until just tender.
  3. Combine beaten eggs, yoghurt/cream, potatoes, onions and lamb with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour into a greased casserole dish.
  5. Top with grated cheese.
  6. Bake until egg has set and cheese on top is golden brown. (Approximately 20 minutes.)
  7. Serve with vegetables or a side salad.
  8. Suitable to eat cold.
For more recipes to using up leftover roast meat, try these:


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 153


Welcome to Thriving on Thursdays, a place to share some fantastic blog posts relating to thrifty living. There are so many wonderfully talented people out there who continue to amaze me with their new recipes, inventive crafts and frugal ways of life. Just when you think you know it all, someone else creates something new, which I'm eternally grateful for. I'm always looking for new inspiration and this is a fantastic place to find it. Halloween is just around the corner so make sure you link up your (new or old) Halloween posts for a special feature in a couple weeks when I'll feature all the Halloween posts from this month's linky parties. In the meantime, here's my top 3 food and non food blog posts from last week. (PS don't forget each featured post is shared on my Facebook page, Twitter and my Pinterest boards.)



Round Up of Free Coffee-Nook Printables + Nails-Free Decorating Hack - Masking Tape! Rental and Dorm Friendly, via Devastate Boredom

Lavender Sachets



Wow! What a great linky party we had last week. So many talented people out there. If you were featured, please feel free to grab a featured button from above. I really, really appreciate you all linking up each week. You're such an inspiration to me. Now, for this week. Don't forget about your Halloween posts. Anything goes! Recipes, crafts, decor or costumes. All posts, new or old welcome. Now, let's party!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Easy garlic naan bread

two pieces of homemade garlic naan bread on a blue plate

It was a cold Saturday night a few weeks back and just the husband and I, no kids and it was late and we couldn't really be bothered cooking dinner. I was craving Indian food for some reason and I looked online for a local Indian takeaway. I was dreaming of a hot, fragrant, spicy curry and some chewy, soft, garlic filled naan bread to soak it all up. I had all the ingredients for ALL of it and said, "don't be lazy, get in the kitchen and make it" so I did. I had this garlic naan bread made in about 20 minutes flat while the curry was bubbling on the stove. By the time it would've taken us to order it, pick it up, bring it home and serve it, I had dinner made.

Every country has their own bread. The Mexicans have tortillas, the Turkish have pide and lavash, the Lebanese have pita bread and it goes on and on. Indian breads are some of the nicest and so, so easy to make. Cooking them on a griddle pan on the stove stop works just fine. It's just a matter of mixing plain flour, baking powder, a little sugar and salt, adding oil and milk and in this case, garlic and finish off with melted butter once cooked.

I believe the best utensil in the kitchen is your hand so get stuck into it, bringing all the ingredients together until a soft dough forms.

After resting for 10 minutes, take a small piece of dough and roll out flat (about the size of your hand) and place on top a little crushed garlic. Fold that over and roll out flat again.

On a griddle pan (or any pan will do), place a piece of baking paper and the rolled out naan bread dough onto the pan over a high heat.

Once cooked and charred on the underside, flip over and repeat.

You don't have to worry about the bread being uniform in size. I think it looks better a little uneven and odd shaped. Once cooked, brush with melted butter and serve immediately.

If you can walk to the kitchen, you can make this naan bread yourself without having to order take out. Indian food at home isn't all that difficult. You only need a few basic spices and basic pantry ingredients to recreate similar dishes, like this naan bread, at home. Save yourself a few bucks and make this at home. You'll be glad you did and you'll be surprised just how easy it is.

Easy Garlic Naan Bread

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 cup milk (more or less, enough to bring the dough together to a smooth dough)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbs butter, melted

  1. Place the plain flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Make a well in the centre and add the oil and the milk. 
  3. Add the milk a little at a time, adding more until a smooth dough is formed. (You may need more than 1/2 a cup.)
  4. Leave the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Take small handfuls of dough and roll out into shapes approximately the size of your hand.
  6. Place a small amount of crushed garlic into the centre of the dough and fold over.
  7. Roll out again, ready for frying in the pan.
  8. Preheat a griddle pan (or similar) on the stove top and line the pan with baking paper.
  9. Cook each naan bread in the pan until it is cooked on one side and flip over.
  10. Once cooked and nicely charred brown, remove from the pan and brush with melted butter.
  11. Serve immediately.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Outdoor furniture makeover with hessian (burlap) cushions

One good thing about my new husband and I is that we love a bargain especially if it's free. He's right into recycling and making do like I am and if we see something put out on the side of the road, we'll grab it like the above 2 outdoor chairs.

We have a lot of little outdoor spaces that we like to sit at all year round so we had enough chairs but when I saw these 2 (2 of 6), I grabbed them. I didn't take the chair pads because they were in pretty poor condition and beyond saving.

We had major drainage works completed at the side of the house earlier this year and there was quite a mess left. Damien decided to make this little paved area reusing pavers we already had so we needed a couple of chairs so the finding the above two was perfect timing. This area down the side of the house is really warm and sunny in the morning so perfect for cold winter mornings and in complete shade by midday so perfect for hot summer days in the afternoon.

Damien gave the chairs a spray of black paint with paint we already had. Being a couple weeks out from the wedding, my first reaction was to go and buy some chair pads but I really couldn't justify the cost. My second choice was to buy some fade resistant fabric from the store and make some cushions but have you seen the price of that per metre? I wondered what I could use from my stash that would hold up to the weather. I was also wondering what I could use for the cushions and then I had a light bulb moment.

I have quite a few cushion inserts and pillows so I thought I could use them. They were exactly the same size as the chair but I thought I could disguise it by making the fabric a little bit bigger.

Then my brain went into overdrive and I remembered I had a few hessian (burlap) sacks in my stash for various crafts and they would be just perfect. When I measured the width and total length of the chair it was going to be a little bit short lengthwise and a little bit longer on the width. I didn't want to cut the hessian as it has a tendency to unravel so I just sewed in to fit. I also needed 20 centimetres of fabric because the hessian bag was just that little bit short and I really didn't have anything appropriate in my fabric stash until I remembered I had 1 black pillow case in the linen cupboard which probably wasn't going to be used for it's intended purpose and it worked out well for the extra 20 centemetres required for the length of the chair pad plus ties to tie it onto the chair.

After cutting the black fabric to size, sew onto the opening of the hessian sack which has been sewn in to fit the width of the chair.

Turn right side out ready for sewing ties on.

You'll need 6 ties per chair, two at the top, two at the middle and two at the front of the chair pad. Sew strips of black fabric and turn right side out. Insert open seam on ends into itself and sew to close.

Give the hessian sacks a bit of a press with a hot iron, ready for sewing the black ties onto.

I thought I'd get a little bit creative with the chair cushions and make a stencil with the word "CHILL" on it just for the sake of it. This was just typed up in Microsoft Word and using a Stanley knife cut out the letters.

Place on the hessian and mark out the letters with a permanent marker.

Colour in and finish with a full stop (which is just a circle). Make sure you have an old piece of card or paper underneath or the permanent marker will come through on the other side.

I toyed with the idea of making removable cushions but I just couldn't be bothered. I have quite a large washing machine so they would fit in there or a good scrub with a scrubbing brush and some soapy water would clean them with a rinse off with the hose. Once you've sewn the ties on in place, insert the chair seat cushion and sew into place.

Insert the cushion for the chair back and pin the top opening ready for sewing. It can be a little cumbersome with the cushions inserted but by taking my time and persevering, they worked out okay. It was a quick afternoon job and I didn't have to spend a cent. (Although technically I bought the hessian sacks some time ago, the black paint and cushion inserts, it's all about using what you've already got.)

So there you have it. Two outdoor chairs for our newly created outdoor space that didn't cost a thing. This space came in very handy on the wedding day because it was a great space to just 'chill out'.

They may not fit 100% or look professional like the store bought ones but they do the job and they're individual which is what I like. Next job is to paint the house and the fence. Slowly but surely we're getting through all the things on the to do list.

PS I must've been baking on this particular day and had greasy fingers which marked the camera lens.

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