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Chicken Omelette

Quick Thai Chicken and Kale Omelette


Chicken Omelette

A range of very quick Friday night meals that are healthy and satisfying for everyone in the family is essential for me to stay sane. Since my eldest son start school last year we have either Auskick or Milo cricket each Friday night after school. For little people, a week of school, after school activities and then getting home later than usual = very hungry tired people for me to feed QUICKLY! Failure to do so can result in melt downs of epic proportions…Tired, hungry children are not fun.

An omelette is something that I am sure you have on your menu already (assuming that you are not vegan of course). It is a versatile meal because you can add whatever you have on hand and it is ready in less than 10 minutes.  I love this version because it is fresh and light and totally satisfying. There is no heaviness of cheese in this omelette, the flavour burst is provided by the freshness of the kale, the herbs and the fish sauce.  I added kale to instead of spring onion which would be included in a traditional Thai version. We have such an abundance  of kale in the vegetable garden right now that I have been adding it to meals almost every night.

This recipe is inspired by a recipe I learnt at cooking school in Thailand. The addition of the fish sauce and soy sauce give a regular omelette a fresh lift.  Leave the chilli out for the kids and get it started for dinner tonight.

Chicken Omelette
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Easy Thai Chicken and Kale Omelette. Quick and easy with fresh flavors. A healthy family meal
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 1
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • 100 -150 grams chicken mince
  • 25 grams fresh kale
  • ½ tablespoon tomato, chopped
  • 2 eggs whisked quickly to break up
  • drizzle of soy sauce or Tamari
  • drizzle of fish sauce
  • fresh coriander leaves to serve
  • 1 long red chilli finely sliced (optional)
  1. Add the oil to a pan on low/medium heat and add the chicken mince when the oil has warmed
  2. Stir the mince to ensure that it does not clump together
  3. Once the mince is almost cooked add the tomatoes and kale to the pan
  4. Drizzle the eggs around the pan and jiggle the pan to settle the ingredients
  5. Once the omelette is starting to cook drizzle a small amount of soy and then fish sauce over the top and allow the omelette to cook until the egg sets
  6. Serve with fresh coriander leaves and sliced red chilli if desired
  7. Add a side of salad, asparagus or vegetable of choice
The ingredients are listed for 1 omelette (per person)

Quick Thai Chicken Omelette

Are you a fan of quick Friday meals? Are omelettes on your menu plan and if so what is your favorite flavor combination?






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Italian Squid Recipe

Squid Casseruola and dreams of Italy


Italian Cooking School La Cucina del Gusto

What do you dream about? Since we returned from Italy a little over a year ago it has remained firmly in my sub conscience and dreams as the thing that I most yearn to do again. A return trip is not imminent as I was fortunate enough to win the trip. It was a trip of a lifetime, that is the only way I can express how wonderful it was. Upon arrival in Rome, and then progressively, until the end of our trip I became completely and utterly besotted with Italian cuisine, the people, the landscape, the architecture, the clothing, the shopping, the language and the lifestyle – everything Italy!  Since our return I have come up with all sorts of schemes to get us back there, including:

  • Buying and renovating an Italian mountain village (yes I did research this and try to work out the feasibility of it!)
  • Taking the kids on an international life adventure
  • Trying to think of a brand who would like to sponsor me to return there to share our adventures and experiences

Realistically I think that we just need to keep on putting away our hard earned savings and work towards our dream to return some day. Reality really does suck sometimes!!

In the meantime,  food is a great way to relive memories and wonderful experiences – so please indulge me. This is one of the recipes that I learnt to cook at La Cucina del Gusto on the Amalfi Coast, Italy last year. It is a simple recipe with classic Italian flavors. Simple but fabulous.

I make this recipe about once a month.  It is outlined below pretty much as it was taught to us by Chef Carmen. You can find it here if you would like to take a look at the school, or just day dream about a wonderful food adventure on the Amalfi Coast. ….

The main tip that Chef Carmen taught us about this dish – besides the practical skills to clean a squid – was to use a very wide based pan (as wide as possible to prevent the squid from stewing and becoming tough). The heat should medium/high. The cooking time is a little longer than I would have anticipated but it works.

Italian Squid Recipe
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Classic simple Italian flavors, quick to prepare, quick to disappear off the plate. A recipe learnt at cooking school on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red chilli - finely chopped (de-seeded if desired)
  • 4 garlic cloves - finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white wine (dry)
  • 2 cleaned squid tubes - sliced into thin rings
  • 250 grams cherry tomatoes, or tinned tomatoes
  • dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley
  • rice to serve
  1. Add the oil, chilli and garlic to a wide based pan over a medium hot heat
  2. When fragrant, add the white wine and allow to evaporate by about half
  3. Add the squid and the tomatoes and mash them a little
  4. Add a pinch of dried oregano and salt and pepper
  5. Cook for about 10 minutes
  6. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve on a bed of rice, or with pasta or bruschetta

Italian Squid RecipeQuick, simple fresh flavors of Italy made in a jiffy at the end of a busy day. Can you think of anything better?  Beside being back there eating it and learning some more recipes from the wonderful Chef Carmen…..I think not.

Do you dream to return or to travel to an international location? Where is it and why? 



Egg Free Apple Cake

Egg Free Apple Cake

Egg free and refined sugar free, this cake has an interesting flavor twist that comes from the addition of nigella seeds. Why did I add nigella seeds to a cake? Just because I wanted to try them.

I loved seeing my eldest son (6 years old) trying to express the flavor when he took a bite of the cake. I asked him to tell me if he liked it, and then to describe what he thought it tasted like.  It made me giggle a little (on the inside of course!) watching him try to explain to me the flavor of the cake, there was some head scratching, frowning, and umming and aahhing as I watched his active little brain try to source a flavour connection, all the while taking bite after bite of his piece of cake. I have not used nigella seeds in any cooking previously so he most definitely had no reference point. My son described the after taste as a little bitter and I was extremely impressed and proud that he came up with that description. They are slightly bitter.  I found the seeds balanced the sweetness of the apple and gave the cake a moreish quality. The cake is not sweet, I would even say that it verges on savory. Give it a try and tell me how you would describe it.

My fussy little 3 year old also enjoyed this cake so that was enough for me to add it here for you to try at home.

Many kinders, schools and mother’s groups no longer allow food on site that contains ingredients that are considered to be high allergy risks. Egg is one of these allergens that may be on the banned list.  This cake is a lovely option if that is the case. It can be a challenge coming up with baked goods that are allergy-friendly and will not pose a risk to those impacted.

I sourced the nigella seeds from the South Melbourne Market. If you have trouble finding them, or it sounds a little too weird for you then replace with cinnamon, chia seeds or raw cocao nibs.

I hope that you enjoy my Egg Free Apple Cake with Nigella Seeds

Egg Free Apple Cake
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Egg free apple cake with nigella seeds. Egg free and refined sugar free, this cake is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea, or addition to school lunch boxes. An allergy friendly baked option for those locations that do not allow egg, nuts and other high risk foods to be brought on site.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups of grated apple - 4 x granny smith apples
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • ¾ cup Rice Malt Syrup
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Nigella seeds
  1. Set the oven to heat to 160 degrees
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine
  3. Line a cake baking tin with baking paper or oil lightly and then add the mixture to the pan. I used a loaf tin.
  4. Once the oven reaches the desired temperature bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes
  5. Test for readiness by inserting a skewer to the center of the cake. If it is removed cleanly it is ready.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to sit for 5 minutes prior to removing from the tin to cool on a cake rack
If you are unable to source nigella seeds use cinnamon, chia seeds or raw cocao nibs instead.

Egg Free Apple Nigella CakeIs your school/kinder/mothers group egg free?  Have you used nigella seeds in cooking before? Did you enjoy them?