Just give me sausages!

Mix the following ingredients together…with your hands (go on, you know you want to!):

500gr Pork Mince (Aussie Farmers delivers a delicious 500gr pack)

1tsp ground fennel

1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes (this is the 3 year old version….go to town if you are making them for adults!)

1tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

60grams LSA (original recipe had almond meal…but I was out!)

1 Onion finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

Shape into patties or mini sausages – whatever it is easiest to cook. Cook in a pan (I used a non-stick pan sprayed with coconut oil spray). Not too high heat.

These are really delicious the next day squished in a toasted tortilla with cheese and some chilli sauce!


Lunchbox idea #4 – Disappointment cookies

CookiesBasically these are choc-chip cookies…the disappointing part only happens when you substitute the choc chips for sultanas (but don’t do that because apart from that being REALLY disappointing sultanas are just little sugar hits anyway, so probably not any better than chocolate – if you buy good chocolate).

I made them extra healthy today but I include here the not so healthy substitute ingredients, so you can make them how they taste when I call them “I’m really trying to be good cookies”

Either way…you can’t go wrong with a home baked choc-chip cookie in the school lunchbox!

This QTY makes about 55 cookies. So roll some of the mixture up and freeze it in a container. Fresh cookies ANYTIME!

Cream the following ingredients together:

200gr butter

125gr brown sugar

125gr coconut sugar (this is super expensive, but much better for you – or so I have read. You can use caster sugar too)


When it is all fluffy add:

1 egg

2tsp Agave (or 1tbs honey)

2tsp Cinnamon powder

2tsp Ginger powder

1tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

Pinch of maldon salt (1tsp salt)


When really light and fluffy add:

300gr Oats (blitz them in the food processor first)

125gr Spelt flour (or regular flour)

1tsp baking powder

1 pack of choc chips (I actually use the home brand ones from Safeway which are surprisingly good in these. You could be a really good parent and get expensive high % cocoa chips…)

Put tablespoons full on a baking tray. Bake at 180 degrees for 11min.


Lunchbox Idea #3

Lunch Boxes

Confetti Scones

Technically I served these today with Barley and Vegetable Soup as a practise “after school snack” but they would be equally good in lunch boxes….probably buttered if not serving right out of the oven.


60gr butter into

2 Cups SR flour (try different types….mix it up!)


1 Cup grated cheese

1 Cup grated pumpkin (technically the recipe said carrot, but I had already used all my remaining carrots in practise brain food for lunch and the barley & veg soup)

1/2 cup milk (although I used about 1 cup today…in fact I used soy because it was open in the fridge…that’s just how I roll peeps)

1 tsp salt (I just ground a pinch of maldon in…so tasty, why include any other salt really!)

2tbs chopped parsley (straight out of the garden)

1 small onion finely chopped (you could also use spring onions or leek here…whatever you have laying around)

1 egg – beaten.

Mix everything today. Mixture should be a slightly sticky consistency. Put dessert spoons full onto lined baking tray.

Bake for 12-15 min at 220 degrees (yes, quite a hot oven)

The message on the original recipe (from my second Mother, Margaret Rose) says that they freeze well and make around 30.


Lunchbox idea #2

Pantry blissLunchbox Muesli Bars
This recipe is good if you like the idea of using “real” ingredients, like real butter and honey etc. Also good if you like the taste of honey joys….as they taste suspiciously like them!

Melt together:
125gr butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2tbs honey

Mix together:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup SR flour (wholemeal or plain would work fine, as would spelt or other flours)
1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, blueberries…whatever your child will eat, I suppose)
5 chopped dates
1/2 cup seeds (try a mix of chia, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower)

Add the melted ingredients to the mixed together ingredients, combine then bung into a tray (23x15cm or similar).

Bake for 20min at 180degrees. Cut once cooled. Keep refrigerated.

On non-school days, try this slice including nuts!


Lunchbox idea #1

Blythe Danners Blueberry MuffinsI was recently asked, via Gina’s Kitchen facebook page to suggest my top 5 lunchbox baked treat ideas. Here is number 1!
The really good thing about this recipe is that there is no egg in it, so it is easy to divide and make fewer muffins – always good as muffins are really best eaten super fresh. Having said that, these ones are chock full of berries so they remain delicious (I was going to say moist, but EVERYONE hates that word!) even days later.

Gwyneth Inspired Blueberry Muffins
Mix together the wet ingredients:

125ml Bran rice oil
125ml soy milk
125ml maple syrup
2tbs agave nectar (or honey or golden syrup or nothing at all, they are fairly sweet anyway)

Mix together dry ingredients
100gr white spelt flour (Why spelt? Well, I suppose it is higher in protein and is supposed to be better for you, but if you don’t have any nor care to hunt it down it will work equally well with regular flour)
125gr wholemeal spelt flour
2tbs baking powder

Combine wet and dry ingredients and add 300gr of blueberries. Usually with muffins they day don’t overmix, but this recipe is really runny and doesn’t seem to mind about being mixed, having said that, don’t really go to town with the mixing!

Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper or silicon moulds and bake for 25min at 190degrees.


Smartie Cookies

Makes about a million cookies, so you might want to divide the recipe into thirds!
You will need a set of scales for this.
Beat until light and fluffy:
Butter – 230grams
Sugar – 495 grams
3 Eggs, continue beating until light and fluffy.

Add 250gr of Golden Syrup. Mix well.

Finally, add 1020gr of plain flour and 40gr of baking powder. I suppose you could sift it together…but that would go right against my near enough is good enough method!

Bake tablespoons full, rolled into balls (with smarties stuck into the top) at 180 degress for about 11mins.