Monthly Archives: September 2015

Throwback Cream Soup Recipe…Well, ‘Sort Of’


A few days ago I used some small Pork Cutlets with rice, some chopped veggies and yes, taboo I know, Campbell’s Cream Soups.  There are 3 of us, I had 12 Cutlets, so I’m expecting a couple meals from this at least.  Two guys, son is soon to be 18 and hubby just loves my cooking.  When I went back to the casserole … Let’s say..all that will be available is the rice.  Must’ve been okay. Passed with 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!  What can I say!  (BTW) just 2 cutlets on top of rice first day..2nd day rice. Only!


I each green & red pepper, chopped

1 bunch green onions (I like to use a good bit of the green), thinly sliced

3 celery sticks, sliced

I small can pimiento, chopped

2 can Campbell Cream soups, Celery & Golden Mushroom, Healty Choice because they’re lower in sodium

1 can diced tomatoes

Combined all above, stirred well with 1 1/2 c. uncooked rice, 2 1/2 soup cans hot water and some No Salt, black pepper and placed in a 13×9 baking dish sprayed with oil.  Sprinkled original blend Mrs. Dash on each side of Pork cutlets.  Baked at 380 degrees, uncovered, about an hour, or more just to be sure rice was completely done.  I did turn cutlets over about half way through…yes, a big hit!

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Congratulate PetersFoodAdventures with me on his Versatile Blogger Award nomination. Check out his Blog. And, hey, he resides in Perth…Oh my goodness.


This week, I got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award from Charlotte at Tales of Chinese Cooking . Thanks for the nomination and please check out her blog, she features authentic Chinese recipes and her photos are great and easy to follow along! It’s really cool to be nominated for an award, as this is my first blogger award from a peer, which I’m grateful for!

Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Show the award on your blog
2. Thank the person that has nominated you
3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

Seven Facts About Myself:
1. I live in the world’s most remote capital city, Perth, which is also the world’s sunniest capital city. Love the sun! (was that another fact?)
2. English was not my first language.

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Roast Pork Loin with Salted Lemon and Thyme…

Roast Pork Loin with Salted Lemon and Thyme…

Oh my, doesn’t this look & sound mouthwatering.

Loving Leisure Time

“Whether grilled or pan-roasted, there’s a pork tenderloin recipe for every taste and occasion.”

-Betty Crocker

This is my Sunday dinner-for-two recipe, but you can easily adjust it to feed the family.


Fresh and fragrant…


Score the meat deeply and in a diamond fashion.


  • 500g Pork Loin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • Fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • Lemon zest
  • 6 shallots


Unwaxed lemons are best for zest.


Remove the thyme leaves from their stalks.


All prepared…pop in the oven!


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F Fan/Gas 6.
  2. Using a sharp knife, score the skin of the pork in a diamond pattern.
  3. Rub the skin all over with olive oil, then rub in the salt, thyme and lemon zest.
  4. Place in a deep-sided roasting tin.
  5. Quarter the shallots and place around the pork.
  6. Add enough water to cover the base of the pan; this will keep the pork…

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Pum’s favourite recipes…Lamb Ragu

Pum’s favourite recipes…Lamb Ragu

Looks great. Have to prepare for family.


I’m on dog-sitting duties this weekend while my parents are on holiday.  I love being back at their house, it’s my childhood home and I just feel so relaxed here.  All I want to do this weekend is eat good food, go big walks and spend some time with the doggies.

Already been sent a little embarrassing selfie from the parents on holiday so I know they’re having a great time!  And there’s the double-trouble-doggy-duo Mac and Jade…


I had my lovely friend Catriona round for a chilled Friday dinner (and overdue catch up) and decided to make my lamb ragu.  This is inspired very much by Nigella’s ‘Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu’ recipe found here:

Instead of pasta however I chose to serve mine with lettuce wraps, a simple leaf salad and a mixed quinoa salad…and sauvignon blanc of course!

Pum’s Lamb Ragu with Lettuce Wraps, Quinoa and Salad

  1. Handful…

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Organic, organic, organic


Cooking Without Limits

vegetable garden

A few years ago, I start hearing about organic gardening and start reading about it.

What’s all the fuss about organic produce? When you see it stacked and misted on in the produce section, it all looks about the same.

Organic gardening, once seen as something practiced only by health nuts and hippies, is no longer a fad. Everyone wants the food we serve to our families as well as our environment to be safe and healthy.

Wanting to do no harm to our families and the world around us is the central reason people grow organically.

Growing organically is a way of taking control, an attempt to make the foods you serve full of the good things your family needs, and free of the things they don’t.

For me, organic gardening was easy, because we use only organic materials. We still do our gardening in the old fashion way, so…

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