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21 weeks you tasty pumpkin

So I’m over 21 weeks now! Feeling absolutely great but man the bump is big alrighty. Much bigger than first time round with Reuben but I guess that’s to be expected. Definitely exhausting my maternity gear in the warm weather too. Baby girl is already so different to Reubs, moving all the time and waking me up at night already. I feel so much pressure low down when walking around and the need to wee all the time just has not stopped! My heartburn has taken a vacation for the last few weeks too which has been so good!

It’s been all about the roast butternut squash for the past few weeks, loaded with salt, pepper, garlic and whatever fresh herbs we have on hand (this was thyme) and roasted in plenty of butter! YUM. Oh and sprinkled with cheese? Hello carby goodness. They reckon 21 weeks is when the baby starts picking up tastes for things through swallowing the amniotic fluid so we’ll see if this little lady turns out to love pumpkin!

I’m still so amazed and enthralled with the fact there is a PERSON growing inside of me. It is such an amazing amazing wondrous miracle.. there have been babies born at 21 weeks that have survived as well (obviously far far too early, please stay safe inside little one!)

Also oddly I’ve been a bit into tidying and nesting things, which is completely pointless as we are about to pack everything up and relocate to New Zealand! I need to be channelling this energy into packing boxes and selling stuff on eBay!


Lamb Sausage Fritatta

This is a fab meal, pretty paleo (if you do dairy) or easily adaptable to be so. Add whatever meat or veges you have, toddlers pretty much all love it so it’s a great way of cramming concealed veges in and so flavourful for adults too. Super high protein. If you don’t do dairy swap the cream for coconut cream or milk, and the butter for coconut oil.

This meal may or may not have come from Reuben dropping an entire carton of eggs on the floor and every single one of them cracking :)

I want to say thanks to Waitrose for making these awesome lamb sausages, I have a mega hard time finding decent sausages in this country (no offence but I hate pork sausages) and found these at the deli counter, only 1.50 for 5! Score. Cheap meal. Well… 7 free range eggs aren’t the worlds cheapest but still.

7 lightly beaten/mixed eggs
1/2C cream (or milk, coconut cream, whatever)
5 lamb sausages – thanks waitrose
Capsicum or Red Pepper sliced finely

If you have an oven proof skillet/frypan now is the time to use it. Other wise you will have to bake your fritatta in a cake pan like me which makes more evil dishes!

Fry off chopped onion, garlic, carrot and sausages in a knob of butter. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Put into your oven safe dish and bake at 200C for about 20 minutes until the edges are puffed and golden.

ENJOY .. with some healthy spinach leaves :) x



It has taken me a long time to get up the courage to make hummus after a disastorus (read: garlicy) experience a few years ago. This however, has brought back my faith in my hummus-making-abilities. It was even worth the walk in the 100% humidity sweltering heat to pick up some garlic. No more $4/tub supermarket hummus for us! Yum.

If you are not used to using dried chickpeas, I guess you could use canned but dried taste so much better and not to mention are so much cheaper. Just soak them overnight in a saucepan with lots of water, rinse and then cook for about an hour or until they are quite mushy. I like to peel my chickpeas before making hummus but I think I may be in the minority with this. Infact next time I will try without peeling .. what a rebel.

2 cups soaked cooked chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3/4 cup sesame seed paste
1 lemon or more worth of lemon juice to taste

blend garlic, sesame and salt. add 1/2 cup water and blend until smooth.
add chickpeas and blend until desired consistency is reached, season to taste with salt and pepper.

garlicy chicken chilli beans

Im always tryna find some way to disguse the disturbing amounts of protein I cook for Jonno and I now that we are both gym junkies, and since we have had this 2 nights running I hereby declare it a success. It is ready to eat in the time Jonno has had a shower and is a one pan dish which are huge bonuses too.

Garlicy Chicken Chilli Beans