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Miss Marzipan’s Blueberry Muffin Baked Porridge Pots, plus an awesome IQS Chicken Burger

The house is quiet for a moment – the kids are watching Despicable Me 2 (just for the minions, of course!), so I thought I’d take the chance to pop in a brief blog post.

Spring has finally arrived in Canberra for real, after what seemed like a particularly long and cold winter. I have grown to love Canberra, but I find the winters brutal (although we do a sunny winter’s day quite well). I’m already planning a family holiday to Queensland next winter to escape for a little while!

This week I took the unexpected step of sharing my blog on my personal Facebook page, after I Quit Sugar published a post explaining why I reduced my children’s sugar intake. Although I’ve been blogging for around 18 months, until now only a handful of people have known about it. Sharing it with 100 Facebook friends, family and acquaintances was incredibly anxiety-provoking (and physically nauseating!), probably because I’ve always aimed to be open and honest on this blog. Which makes me vulnerable, I guess. But I felt so reassured and warmed by the kind words and support I received. [Literally at this moment, Despicable Me 2 is playing ‘Happy’, which seems like an appropriate soundtrack as I type!].

I’ll also take this opportunity to share a few new recipes I tried recently, that I loved, by Miss Marzipan (Marisa), and I Quit Sugar. I hope everyone has a great long weekend! Continue reading

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

Hazelnut Orange Cakes

I always keep these in my freezer, which means I have to bake them often! My fussy husband (originally I accidentally wrote fuzzy, which is also accurate) and son love them, even though my son has otherwise become skeptical of my healthy ‘cakes’. They are also a favourite of my diabetic mother, so I try to keep her freezer stocked with them. Although I have served them with whipped cream in the photo above, they really don’t need any topping at all. Continue reading

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