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start the week right : strawberry smoothie recipe


Let's start the week right with a delicious Strawberry Smoothie! I'm sure your mornings are extremely time poor like mine. After a mandatory early morning caffeine hit, my inner Sergeant Major takes hold as I scream orders at any passer by in a vain attempt to get everyone out the door on time. The dog hides under the sofa (as is his preferred lounging area) rather than outside, the kid has last minute print out of homework due that day and you have a mark on your new suit. Ugh! You're probably living this nightmare right now and you run out of time for breakfast. Am I right?

Recipe after the break

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steamed white fish fillets in a bag with lemon, parsely and tomatoes recipe


What's the best way to eat fish? You might say.... sitting at the beach, with deep fried fish in a golden crispy crunchy beer batter smothered in dill tartare sauce and a side of chunky salted wedges. Oh, I love that! I can smell it right now as I picture swatting at seagulls before they swoop at my oil stained cardboard take-away box full of greasy delights. On the other hand, perhaps the healthiest way to eat fish is to steam it in its own juices wrapped in a little steamer bag. No fat, just a beautiful light and delicate flavour without the extra unwanted calories and perhaps the unwanted seagulls

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'paint the town Ford' challenge : rural escape

Kuga-with-GraphicRear car montage

Life is a journey not a destination. Profound, hey? At the moment life is fast, it's super-charged, break-neck, on steroids fast. You notice your daughter and has grown 3 inches in the last 5 minutes and your 'puppy' now suffers from old age arthritis. What happened? Where did the time go? Feeling the strain of city life with deadlines to meet, homework to do or dog poop to pick-up, we headed to the country for some desperately needed R & R

Our rescue remedy came in the shape of an all wheel drive Ford Kuga Titanium, all shiny, new and on loan for the next six weeks. Six weeks to travel anywhere our little heart's desire as part of Kidspot Voices of 2014. Aren't we the lucky ones? Make sure you catch the next two instalments coming soon! Please grab a coffee and be our backseat driver as we journey to the countryside to a friend's horse stud 2 hours north of Sydney near Mount Vincent

Before I go on, I want to tell you a bit about the car. Sure, I'm here to inform you of the Ford Kuga's most redeeming qualities, but I wouldn't be doing so if I didn't think this was an awesome car. It's the perfect size for our small family in the city as it parallel parks by itself using Active Park Assist (yes, that's right, no hands required!), it's not too big for city sized parking stalls and it's robust enough for country life. Shhh, don't tell Ford but we took her off road on the farm to pick Australian native bush lemons growing on the hillside paddock past the creek. It tested her all-wheel drive capabilities and she didn't break a sweat

Have a peek at the video of our rural escape and the cheeky Haflinger horses on the stud ....

On our rural escape, the Haflinger horses followed our every move around the farm, I'm not exaggerating. They're more puppy than horse, up for a scratch + cuddle + nibble and were fascinated by our lemon picking to make lemon tarts for morning tea. At the end of the video you see the affectionate horse (pictured below with the crazy eyes) nibbling my stomach as he corners me up against a rock while I'm videoing his good side

Rusty-barn One-cheeky-Haflinger-Horse

The only matter of the day was avoiding horse-pies when picking the Australian bush lemons flourishing on the property (you can tell I'm a city girl) . One missed step and it was all over....your boots. Next time we bring gumboots. Having said that, it was well worth the effort to pick the lemons. Their skin is really unusual. Very bumpy texture and soft to touch almost like over whipped butter. But let me tell you about the juice... bursting with a tart/sweet flavour and a poorly aimed squeeze will squirt you from eye to navel. There were hundreds of lemons everywhere like little beacons of gold 


Here's another really, really cool feature of the Kuga Titanium that we are using daily...if you have your hands full, opening the tailgate is a breeze. Simply kick your foot under the bumper and, voila, up comes the tailgate with no hands required! We love it so much we might not give the car back


Here's the recipe for the lemon tart. You don't need native lemons and can substitute regular ones. I'm not sure you'll want to go meandering through the bush to find these but if you do.....

It was a wonderful couple of days getting back to what's important in life and that's friends and family….time to slow down and smell the hay

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summer chilled tomato gazpacho soup recipe


In some strange way I'm willing Summer to return to Australia by posting a chilled tomato soup recipe in the middle of winter. We shot these images just a few weeks ago when the weather was still balmy. Right now I'm channelling my inner Senorita and walking the streets of Southern Spain with my nostrils filled with the aroma of Paella, Sangria and delicious morsels frying in olive oil, basking in the warmth of the Spanish sunshine. I can live in hope as I sit here encassed in thick woollens and jeans huddled next to the heater

If you enjoy eating fresh, then you're going to love this recipe any time of year. Made predominantly from tomatoes, it's like eating a big, exquisite vitamin pill chock full of good stuff

Summer is only a few months away and I'm not going to stop eating this yummy meal even in the colder months

Gazpacho-soup Gazpacho-recipe

chorizo omelet with cherry tomatoes, olives and basil leaves recipe


If you're a keen follower of Go Make Me, you'll come to realise that we love our breakfasts around here! We also don't like much prep work or hours of cooking as breakfast should be a very casual and simple affair. My idea of an easy breakfast is to whisk-up a couple of eggs, toss in a few ingredients and bung the pan in the oven. Easy. Done. Then yum.

If that's your style of cooking, then you'll love this recipe too. The main preparation is gently frying the chorizo sausages and letting them cool slightly so when they're cut into slices, they retain their shape. Of course, every good breakfast deserves a short black, time to relax and enjoy


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