Monthly Archives: February 2015

Recipes, as requested…


So there has been a call for the chicken and for the bacon and lentil soup, particularly.  Both are Donna Hay recipes from her ‘What’s For Dinner’ app.

Enjoy!  I’m typing this with a Very Sore Finger, such is my love for you all. This is pain, this is.



1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes

1 tablespoon thyme leaves

1 tablespoon shredded lemon zest

1 tablespoon olive oil (I used 2, I found I needed more)

4 x 200g chicken breast fillets, trimmed

For the salad:

1/2 cup or so of thick natural yoghurts

2 tablespoons lemon juice

sea salt

Cucumber, sliced lengthways with a veg peeler (I used one very big cucumber to feed me and the boyfriend)

1 cup mint leaves

1/2 cup chopped dill


Preheat oven to 200C. Place cumin, chilli, thyme, lemon zest and oil in a bowl and mix to combine.  Add the chicken and toss to coat.  Place the chicken in a baking dish/on a baking tray and roast for 15 mins or so until just cooked through.

Whilst chicken is cooking, make the salad.  Put the yoghurt, lemon juice and salt into a bowl and mix.  Add the dill (Donna doesn’t add the dill to the yoghurt BUT I DO SO ADD THE BLOODY DILL).  Divide the cucumber and mint between plates, spoon over the dressing.  Slice the chook and serve.


2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2-3 rashers of bacon, finely chopped

1 teaspoon tyhyme leaves

150g (3/4 cup) red lentils

1.25 litres chicken stock

sea salt

cracked black pepper

Finely grated parmesan and sour cream, to serve


Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oil, onion and bacon and cook for 4 mins or so until lightly browned. Add the thyme, lentils and stock, cover and simmer for 20 mins or so until the lentils start to break down.

Stir in some salt and pepper (check for salt first as stock and bacon pretty salty, yo).  Ladle between bowls and top with shaved parmesan and sour cream.  Serve and slurp.



I think about you a lot. Every night I cook something and I think, ‘shit, I need to blog’. My phone is full of photos of stuff I’ve cooked and they’re all just waiting there, silently judging me (like you lot, I bet).

Things are just BORING here at Casa Average Baker. We eat pretty much nothing but Donna Hay meals and I am only baking on the rare occasion, mostly pushing them onto pregnant friends because we can’t have such contraband in the house. I enter conversation only to say, ‘NO. NO NO NO NO!’ to NewHuman all day, wandering around after him uselessly as he lays a path of destruction through the house. And the dog. The poor, poor dog. The dog he loves, the dog he torments, the dog who, when he hugs her, looks at me with giant, liquid eyes, pleading for me to help her.

I never help her. This is her life now.

Anyway, below is a series of pics of some of the yummier things I’ve made lately. Just tell me if you want recipes for any of them.

I need to go dry my swimmers. I’m at that bloody pool four times a week now, minimum. I’m such a regular that I now spend at least 10 mins of every visit there chatting to the other people who also frequent the pool daily. I suppose it’s only polite, seeing as we all flail around in a pond made (a bit, at least) of each other’s body fluids. I show off by doing butterfly drills. It’s all I have, not that it’s making a jot of difference. Boyfriend has lost 10 pounds or so by just eating a bit less. I am mostly eating a fair amount less, actually, AND swimming, and am still as fat as before.

I want biscuits, now. Speaking of:


These are brown sugar and cinnamon biscuits from an Aussie Women’s Weekly little cookbook thing – they are kind of like gingernuts – hard and crispy. Well, not crispy, just hard. Best taken with a glass of milk or a hot drink. Very tasty, though.


Above is what we ate last night – chicken roasted in a mix of cumin, thyme leaves, dried chilli and lemon zest, served with cucumber and herbs and tzatziki style stuff. BLOODY YUM.


Prawn and tomato soup. Yum but only quite yum I think because I went off-recipe and shoved in some hot smoked paprika. Good diet supper.


Bacon and lentil soup. PROPER YUM. Totally recommended, specially loaded with sour cream and parmesan and parsley.

And below is a typical shot of my excellent attempts at parenting – offering NewHuman the amazing experience of viewing the spin cycle as he eats his lunch. We also enjoy watching the water drain from the bath. It’s high level intellectual stuff here, every day.

Anyway, if you want recipes, do say so.