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When Life Gives Me Lemons… Sometimes I Just Squeeze Them in All My Open Wounds

When Life Gives Me Lemons… Sometimes I Just Squeeze Them in All My Open Wounds

I buried myself in to a little hole. It started off as a little rut, then I got sad about being in a rut so I dug a hole. Then the hole became bigger and before I knew it I was wallowing in an open cut mine of misery. I...

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The 'Holy Moly It's Easter Already' Orange and Almond Cake

The 'Holy Moly It's Easter Already' Orange and Almond Cake

Is it just me, or do these holidays just seem to appear out of nowhere? One minute you're driving to and from school, the next you're hosting friends and family for days on end of eating, drinking and egg hunting. Easter is a beautiful holiday, it is in my favourite...

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The Easiest Brownies on the Planet

The Easiest Brownies on the Planet

An unreal lunchlady reader emailed me a recipe for zucchini brownies after I posted the chocolate zucchini cake a while ago. I was pretty excited to make them, but then my email had a meltdown and I lost my entire inbox (yay and sad all at once). It was a...

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Secret Pear Pie

Autumn has come and she is beautiful. It is still warm enough to not be uncomfortable, but cool enough to rug up in your favourite coat and scarf. The soft gentle rain and the low cloud make these days dreamy. It was the perfect day to check up on our...

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Lunchlady Legend, The Baking Bandits

As some of you might know, I am slightly obsessed with instagram. I love it. I love taking photos and I love seeing what other people are taking photos of. It is so great sitting at my kitchen table with my lappy (laptop for you normal speaking non Australians) and...

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Lunchlady vs McCain, Round Three, Frozen Pizza

I was driving home from school the other day, singing along to some song loudly and out of tune, with the girls, thinking about pizza. Nothing really concrete, just how I really like it. And salami. Pizza and salami could seriously be my last supper, in fact I had a...

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With Staples, You Can Do Anything!

How weird is this. Yesterday I thought "I should really write a post about staples, and how it makes life so easy when your pantry is stocked with them, hmmm… Kate that is a BRILLIANT idea!". Then I received an email from a lovely lady called Julie asking me to...

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Take a Chance on Me

Take a Chance on Me

As I was driving the kids to school, something amazing happened. Well not really, amazing amazing. But in my world it was amazing. The sun punched through the trees in beautiful rays of light, hitting the mist of the mountain morning. I pulled the car over and the girls knew...

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My Mate Stacey's Same Old Crap, Dal + Spicy Potatoes

It is pretty lovely to have another lady I have known for a while here on Same Old Crap. I shot her wedding (yep, I do that stuff) and now she has a little baby girl Clementine. Aaahh… it's so great when life works out and makes little people. I...

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Lunchlady vs White Wings, Round Two, Apple and Cinnamon Cake

We know where this series is going, we all know that lunchlady will save the day with her homemade cake and make the White Wings cake come off second rate. But that's because we all know what's good. We all know that making food from scratch is better for us....

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Make Hay While the Sun Can be Bothered!

Hey there! These last few weeks have been so insane in our house. Our home looks like a clothing, passata and general crap bomb has gone off in every room. It is a little deflating, but with a week clear of obligations we will rebuild. This post is about dealing...

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Lunch Lady vs White Wings, Round One, Anzac Biscuits

Lunch Lady vs White Wings, Round One, Anzac Biscuits

I have learnt recently that it is easier to not get all high and mighty and annoyed about pre packed things. See my pavgate experience on instagram. But when I came across these White Wings Lunchbox Heroes in the supermarket the other day I thought enough was enough. I understand...

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Passata Day 2014, Get Those People You Love Over!

Passata Day 2014, Get Those People You Love Over!

Passata Day 2014, Get Those People You Love Over! 18 March 2014 This weekend was the most special weekend in our little family’s calendar. It is a weekend where we crush 200kg of tomatoes and make our yearly supply of passata. It is a day where we invite the people...

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Rohan Anderson's Same Old Crap - Ugly Grilled Summer Veg

Rohan Anderson's Same Old Crap - Ugly Grilled Summer Veg

Well we all know what I think if this week's Same Old Crapper. He is the love of my life, my kid's life, the one who makes me giggle like an idiot and makes me believe I can do anything! He is my guy, Rohan, well I call him Ro,...

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Gourmet Girlfriend's  Same Old Crap - Spinach Slice

Gourmet Girlfriend's Same Old Crap - Spinach Slice

Here is another one of those super clever women I am lucky enough to know. As well as being a clever clogs (go check out her classes!) in the kitchen, Ruth like Michelle, has impeccable taste in music, a gorgeous home and amazing kids. She has also been another one great...

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Little People are Bigger Than I Thought

Little People are Bigger Than I Thought

I remember when I thought I was too busy to sit down with my kids. To take time out and give them my full attention. So they could tell me about their world, what was on their mind or just for a cuddle. I always had 'something' to do, or...

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Michelle Crawford's Same Old Crap - Fried Rice

Michelle Crawford's Same Old Crap - Fried Rice

It is such an awesomely amazing pleasure to have this lady here. Her beautiful blog, Hugo and Elsa, is such a treat. She is super duper clever, talented, beautiful and pretty bloody funny too. Oh and she has awesome taste in music. She also lives in one of my favourite...

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Nicola Galloway's Same Old Crap

Nicola Galloway's Same Old Crap

This is pretty exciting! It is my first Same Old Crap from a new friend, someone who emailed me after reading the first Same Old Crap. Awesome! Keep em coming people!  Meet Nicola, she has an awesome blog, Homegrown Kitchen, please go and check it out, it is very pretty...

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Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Pea & Goats Cheese Pesto

Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Pea & Goats Cheese Pesto

Try this easy and fresh spaghetti dish – enriched beautifully by the super delicious pesto. Shared with us by our lovely friend Pip Lincolne.

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Hakuna Frittata

Hakuna Frittata

Ok, I'm sorry for the naff name (not really, I think it is awesome). But when I was driving the kids to school today it hit me like a bolt of comic genius lightening! It's a worry free dinner that doubles as a lunchbox winner! It's our problem free philosophy....

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Life Changing Crumble… Seriously

Life Changing Crumble… Seriously

Each week I come up with a recipe using things the kids have grown in the school garden. The group of kids, who look after the garden, harvest the required fruit and / or veg for our weekly cooking, we cook it up and then share it at the end...

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Photo of a zucchini cake by Kate Berry for Lunch Lady Magazine

The Secret Zucchini Cake

Drowning in home-grown zucchinis or being gifted zucchinis by people who are? This is the perfect recipe to get you through a zucchini glut.

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Introducing… The Same Old Crap

Introducing… The Same Old Crap

Introducing… The Same Old Crap 5 February 2014 Welcome to Same Ol’ Crap, another regular series of posts for lunchlady. Same Ol’ Crap was inspired by a conversation I had a couple of weeks ago with a woman I share office space with (I know I have my own office...

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Rhubarb  + Zucchini Pickles

Rhubarb + Zucchini Pickles

This year has seen my two girls head off to school, leaving me with more time to get on with stuff. Somehow one of those things ended up being hanging out with them at school teaching the kids cooking. I am not sure whether this is a desperate attempt to...

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