Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sweet or Savoury Spiced Sweet Potato Waffles

I love waffles. What’s not to love? Slightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, fun to eat – with all those little grooves to catch the delicious toppings. As a parent I also like them because they’re easy to make. I don’t often have the patience for pancakes – all that flipping, and waiting around for bubbles to appear, while my children claw at my legs. So much standing around, and waiting, and being clawed at. The waffle iron, on the other hand, does all the work, which gives me time to do other things. Like eat waffles.

Sweet version of sweet potato waffles

I’ve written before about my love for sweet potato. I first came across its use in sweet dishes in Well Nourished’s Berry Nice Brownies, and I also developed a recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese and Candied Pecans. But these Sweet or Savoury Spiced Sweet Potato Waffles are my new favourite. I’ve been testing them out for weeks, much to the delight of my boys (husband included!), including trying out gluten-free and dairy-free variations, which are included at the end of the recipe. They are versatile and complement sweet and savoury toppings. Eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! The waffles are completely sweetener-free, as I prefer to add sweetness to the toppings. Continue reading

Moving house? My tips for making it slightly less hideous

My family moved house last weekend, and it was hideous. That is to say, it all went very smoothly: we only moved to the next suburb over, my Mum minded our two little boys for a couple of nights, and we hired removalists to do all the big stuff. But it was still hideous!

Moving house is a bit like labour and childbirth, I guess. No matter how organised and well-planned you are, you never quite know what to expect. It lasts hours or days longer than you think it will. There is a lot of grunting. You are spurred on by the hope of reaching the end point (and because you have no choice – no one else is going to do it for you!). When it’s all over, you’re completely exhausted, but have reached the (mostly) happy end point. A few years pass, and you forget the pain of what it was really like, and do it all over again…

(P.S. I’m not really comparing moving house to childbirth. Childbirth is still a thousand times worse. Not least because of all the bleeding for weeks afterward.)

So, with it all behind me, here are my tips for making moving house less hideous  – based on the things that worked for us, as well as our total failings. Continue reading

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