Online grocery shopping

November last last year I took the plunge and did my first online grocery shop. I did a click and collect with a pick up straight to the boot of my car. No bags thanks.

So on the way home from work I had my first ‘shop to boot’ pick up experience. I’m happy.

I don’t do this all the time, once or twice per month there are some things I like to pick out myself. I get basic vegetables included but not things I’m very picky about and I usually do 2 fruit and vegetable buys during the week. I also state no substitutes, I’ve heard of some weird stuff being substituted.

I enter my payment method each time as I have a thing about my bank details.

I’m very happy and wondered why I’d not tried it sooner I guess it’s that fear of something new.

Today between us my Mum now has been set up with online grocery shopping click and collect at her local  store.  A big step for my mum and it will be so much easier for her to be able to go out and pop into the other stores then  just drive her car to the back to get her groceries, have it loaded before going home and have her.  All done in half the time. Yes it could be delivered but if you have to go out anyway why not get some one else to do the boring stuff.

I’m not one for new years resolutions but maybe it’s just time to do something new and keep it going into the year.

Who does their grocery shopping online? Delivery or pick up?

Easy Vegetable Bake


Easy vegetable bake

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Salads & Vegetables
Servings 2 People


  • Broccoli. florets
  • Cauliflower. florets
  • Carrot. chunks
  • Potato. cut 1/8's
  • 1 Amount Basic white sauce. see notes link
  • 1/2 Cup Grated tasty cheese.
  • 3 Tablespoons Bread crumbs. dried
  • Optional Parsley. chopped


  • Pre heat oven 180*C
  • Steam or boil the vegetables until al dente, only just on the cusp of cooked.
  • While vegetables are cooking make basic white sauce.
  • Gently fold white sauce into the vegetables then pour all into an oven proof dish. Push vegetables around so that you get a varied mix in each spot and it appears nice and colourful with the vegetables.
  • Mix the bread crumbs and cheese together with optional parsley (or herbs of your choice) and sprinkle on top.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until cheese is all melted and browned on top. Serve.


This is my basic white sauce link.
Of course you use whatever vegetables your family likes, these are my basic veges with other vegetables being added as the seasons come and go.
This can be prepared the day before, covered and stored in the fridge. You will need to bake it longer until it's all heated through.
Bigger family, just double the amount of white sauce and vegetables it's a very forgiving recipe.
The dish as a whole can be frozen but I prefer to make and eat straight away or to prepare the day before and bake on the day.
Note: white sauce can be frozen so if you make a double batch and only use 2/3 of it pop it in an air tight container or ziploc bag (no air) and pop it in the freezer for those moments when you just need a little  white sauce to add cheese to so you can pour it on your corned beef, vegetables or ??
When defrosting white sauce it can be left in the fridge overnight or in the microwave, you will need to microwave for short bursts and mix with a fork as you go along, it make look curdled but mixing and heating will fix that.

Merry Christmas

Be Merry.

Be safe.


What I call ‘Not quite french toast’

Easiest for 1 but can be done for more quite easily.

For 1 serve heat a small pan.

1 slice of bread buttered on one side.

Beat 1 egg with any herbs you like if you wish.

Pour the egg into the heated pan and quickly pop on the bread with the buttered side facing up.

When egg is cooked to desired firmness, flip.

Brown buttered side of the bread in a pan until cooked to your liking. Serve with either side up.

For more serves this is easily done in a bigger pan with more eggs and bread, you may just need to cut/push your bread pieces apart before flipping (if bread does not fit cut in half).

Great served with pan fried/grilled tomatoes or bacon or both.

Excuse my squashed bread it was the last in the loaf but still tasted delicious.


Kitchen appliances, there are many!

My pie maker decided not to work anymore.  I did have many good years with it. My quandary was whether I wanted to replace it or not. 

I hadn’t really decided one way or another when I was out shopping one day and I saw a little samosa maker on the markdown shelf in a store for $5 much cheaper than a pie maker.

As you can make many non pie things in a pie maker, cakes, pancakes etc I had to see what this samosa maker could do.

Yes the first thing I made was a pancake, well 6 little triangle pancakes that came out pretty good in 2 minutes. As per usual the hardest thing is not to open it up every 5 seconds to see how it’s going.

This is great for my grand kids snacks.

No I’ve not made samosas in it yet.


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