Friday, September 16

Another week

has flown by already but I really don't mind because the girls start their school holidays today.  I can't wait for sleep ins and day trips, catch ups with family and friends, trips to the art gallery and lazy days at home.
I've been busy cooking up a storm making this easy orange cake and flap jacks for lunch box treat.  There's also been baking for end of term celebrations which had me making a batch of Cinnamon Anzac biscuits.
And last night the big girl used her magic in the kitchen and made some meringues for her classmates for their break up party today.
There has been savoury cooking too.  To use up some of the boy choy in the garden I made these Bok Choy and Feta triangles for dinner with a simple salad.  And enjoyed Roast vegetable pasta gratin made by hubby.  I was asked last week if I would share the pasta gratin recipe with you so here it is for you to give a try.  I'm really enjoying eating more vegetarian dishes, I think I can definitely tick this off my list of goals for this year as being achieved.
2 cups spiral pasta
500 g pumpkin, seeded, peeled, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
1 tomato, seeded, chopped
½ red onion, thin wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
60 g butter
4 garlic cloves, crushed
¼ cup plain flour
2½ cups milk
1 cup grated tasty cheese
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup chopped parsley
30 g butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180℃.
2. Cook pasta.  Drain well and set aside.
3. In a large baking dish, toss vegetables in oil.  Season.  Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden.
4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan on low.  Saute garlic 1-2 minutes.  Add flour.  Cook, stirring, 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Gradually stir in milk until smooth.  Return to heat and cook, stirring, until mixture boils.  Simmer 3 minutes.  Season.
5. In a large baking dish, combine cooked pasta, vegetables and sauce, mixing well.
6. Topping. In a small bowl, combine cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley and butter.  Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
7. Bake 15-20 minutes, until crisp and golden.

I hope you are enjoying some beautiful Spring weather today.


  1. What a yummy thing starting the day reading about your baking efforts (it is breakfast time here). The photos are very inviting, I like the meringues' one in aprticular.
    And the pasta gratin looks very Italian to me, the 'real thing'!

  2. Yay for holidays! Looks like lots of yummy things have been baked in your house this week, will definitely give the gratin a go soon. Enjoy your weekend xx

  3. You always make such yummy food, Catherine!!

    Enjoy the hols. Do you really get to sleep in? Alas, mine seem to only want to sleep in on school days. x

  4. That gratin looks delicious! I sometimes make something very similar but with tuna in it as well. Daniel took some to work one day and his workmate asked for the recipe. Those Cinnamon Anzacs are the best - been making that same recipe for years and it's always a hit. Have a good weekend xo

  5. Might have to give that gratin recipe a try. I've been vegetarian for a few years and love one dish meals. Have a great weekend. Tammy

  6. I'd love a meringue please!

  7. I need to channel some of your cooking energy and do me some baking too! Hope you are having a wonderful school holidays :)

  8. Oh my goodness, I'm getting so hungry reading your blog. It ll looks so delicious!


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