Condensed Milk

Condensed milk usually only gets used for rum balls at Christmas time in our house simply because  I don’t really have recipes that I like that use a whole tin, I don’t like to waste stuff.

I found out the other day that condensed milk is freezable, it doesn’t go hard or really change it’s texture because of the sugar content. I freeze coconut milk and cows milk as they are the ones I consistently use and some times have leftovers to use for a later date.

At the time I found out this wonderful piece of information I wasn’t even searching the net for anything in particular, this fact just jumped out at me. I feel I must now do more searching for recipes for partial tins.

Did you know you could freeze condensed milk?

Lemon pepper seasoning

Lemon pepper seasoning I feel is under rated. This is a seasoning I find you can mix with other herbs to give that little kick of extra flavour in cooking.

Lemon pepper on it’s own for fish.

Lemon pepper and rosemary for chicken or lamb.

Lemon pepper and sage or fennel, or both for pork.

Lemon pepper and dukkah for steak.

It can be used on it’s own and sometimes it’s a mixture of all the above on any of the meats as well roast potatoes. Just a sprinkle.

I’ve never made this seasoning from scratch but bought various lemon pepper seasonings from many brands over the years, to find the exact one I liked.

Is lemon pepper a seasoning you use?


Where do my days go?

I have discovered since having my wonderful Grandkids, 2 of each, that I’m not as young as I thought I was and I’m lucky enough to be a Grandma in my 50’s. I work part time and baby sit 2 kids each Wednesday, I can tell you now I sleep well on a Wednesday night.

Up until I started this baby sitting gig, one then two over time I actually thought I was fairly fit but I’m not sure now if it’s the mental or the physical that gets me in the end.

My boys are just either side of 30 now and at gatherings it’s so much fun to see the two of them chat  about their kids who are very close in age, who has what problem with what child and how they’re dealing with it.

I say this as my oldest two Grandies  turned 3 last week and this week (10 days between) and we had a party at our place for family.  Food, cake, games and a perfect almost winters sunny day with clear skies to be enjoyed outdoors …. mostly because the mess is outside. Keeping it all cheap and cheerful.

I’ve decided I don’t always need to be busy, I have the dogs to walk, the kids to play with, work and great family. Sometimes it’s good to do nothing.

Sometimes it feels life rushes by, other times you want it to slow down so you don’t miss a thing.




Meatballs and subs

Taking a plate of food to family or a friends informal gathering is something we all do over here in Australia.   The idea of “bring a plate” is to usually ease the burden of supplying the food on one person, cost. It also gives the plate bringer a chance to shine with a favourite dish or food that they are good at preparing and love to eat to share. It really depends on the event as to how it’s catered.

My contribution this weekend will be meatball subs. Easy to make and prepare before the day.

So today I made my meatballs and my sauce to heat when we arrive. All I have to buy are some small hot dog rolls. Some one else is bringing salad another will prepare some hot chips in the air fryer and provide a dessert.

My meatballs  ready to go into the rolls.



Happy New Year 2023

Life has it’s up and down and can certainly be interesting.

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