Wordless Wednesday: Grateful

Spent the school holidays sick. So it's good to find the little bits of happiness every now and then.
Spent the school holidays sick. So it’s good to find the little bits of happiness every now and then. Lovely company when doing chores. New relaxing hobby. New ereader. Perfect sunset.

My Little Drummer Boys

EatNow: The easy way to order takeaway GIVEAWAY

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EatNow is a quick and easy way to order food online from a network of 4,400 restaurants across Australia.

EatNow is an Australian owned and operated business that was founded in 2010 by a few hungry Australians, with the help from their mum. They were looking at providing quick and easy access to great local restaurants in local areas, providing a takeaway and home delivery service. They recently joined The Menulog Group, Australia’s number one online takeaway group.

The process is quite simple.

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  • Search for restaurants in your suburb.
  • Browse by restaurants or cuisine.
  • Filter results by user reviews, distance, latest deals/offers, minimum delivery.
  • Order using the interactive menus (You want extra spicy or hate mushrooms? Not a problem with the customisable options).
  • Get real-time notifications and a confirmation of your order, letting you know how long your order will be.
  • Pay via secure and safe payment options (PayPal, Visa or cash).

You can also use the ‘previous order function’ (which would be easy for hubby as he orders the same food from each restaurant every single time), making ordering your favourite meal super easy.

With EatNow you can order food from your mobile, tablet or PC by downloading the award winning EatNow app – named 2013 Winner of the Oria Best App, Online Retail Industry Awards.

If you don’t find your favourite restaurant on the list, use the ‘suggest a restaurant’ page to let them know. EatNow will track them down and see if they can get them on board.

There is now a review section on the site where customers can leave a comment about their experience with the restaurant. However, EatNow is quite strict about swearing and abuse and want the review to be as genuine as possible.

EatNow is giving away a $50 voucher for ONE lucky MummyK reader – a great meal for a night in! All you have to do is answer the question below in 50 words or less:

 

If time, space and money weren’t an issue, what food would you like delivered to you from another country and why?

 

Australian residents only. Competition ends April 17 end of business day AEST.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS JULES! Thank you everyone for joining!

Tefal April cooking challenge

After I signed up to be one of the ‘Cuisine Companions’ for Tefal, they told me they will be sending me ingredients for a regular “food challenge”.

I think it’s like ‘Ready Steady Cook’. Or more like ‘Iron Chef’ minus the cooky host and the time limit.

My first set of ingredients were a lot of random stuff. I must admit, I was excited trying to figure out what I could create with them. It’s like a new hobby – crocheted stuff you can eat. You know what I mean.

I went through the Cuisine Companion cooking book for some ideas and found three amazing recipes – one for entrée, one for main and one for dessert.

potato leek soup

First was the Potato Leek soup. I’ve never used leek before – ever. I don’t even know what you use it for or what part you are supposed to use. I asked Mr Google and found this very helpful hint.

I used the soup function for this and 50 minutes later, I had a very tasty very filling and nutritious soup.

fish tangine

For the main dish, I made Monkfish Tangine – another new one for me. I don’t usually deviate from fish recipes I’m familiar with (fish and chips, escabeche, fried fish, steamed fish, grilled fish) because when I get fish wrong, I don’t like eating it.

So I was a bit hesitant to try out this complex sounding recipe. But it was actually quite delicious. I lessened the paprika because my daughter is not a big fan of spicy dishes but overall it was a good first try.

choc brioche

Dessert was from another planet. The Chocolate Brioche Roll was to die for. I don’t normally try bread recipes because the last time I made rolls, they were hard enough to kill someone.

But the picture looked too delicious to pass up especially for an Easter treat. I was so glad that the end result did not disappoint. The little one was very happy as well. It was a good way to use up the ridiculous amount of free Easter chocolates around the house.

I made a lot of food, which was good because I had to bring something for the Easter brunch at a friend’s house. It all worked out well.

I took a risk and triumphed over the cooking challenge. But what I realised at the end of it was that not only was it fun to make, it was also damn good. People say when you’re not writing, it’s good to have something creative to do. I think I found a new hobby.

I’m the accidental novice food blogger.

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Cuisine Companion from Tefal for this partnership.

The volunteer

I have become one of those mothers. Yes. The ones who volunteer at school fund raising events and school activities. Those mothers who bake muffins to sell at sausage sizzles.

I never thought I would be one of those women. Mama, a former full time working mother (because you have to in the Philippines), avoided school volunteering like the plague. I couldn’t blame her. Those things were riddled with politics and Mama doesn’t have time for bullshit (so very much like me).

So when my daughter started school I told myself I was going to avoid volunteering at school. I don’t like attending meetings. I don’t like politics. I don’t like socialising.

But then this year started slow. I lost one of my biggest clients and wasn’t expecting to have the same busy work schedule as last year. So I put my hand up. Yes, I did. But I was clever enough to consult another mother I know who volunteers at her daughter’s school about the ins and outs of this school volunteering thing.

Her wise words to me were to stick with the “doing” and not the “not doing”. Basically, she bakes for fund raising events, she volunteers her time, she helps out with the kids, but she doesn’t do meetings or elections or politics.

What a genius idea.

So I put my name down and now I am preparing to bake muffins to bring to school (nut free, of course). I am also going to man our sausage sizzle booth at the school during the local election this weekend.

Work has picked up though and the quiet schedule I thought I was going to have is out of the window. So now I’ll have to figure out a way to juggle it because I still want to volunteer.

Oh and on top of that, I’m trying out pole dancing too. Hubby said I am a walking talking contradiction. Hah!