It’s a wrap

Nikki Parkinson Life 157 Comments

It’s a wrap!

Hello Friday. I see you and you’re looking mighty fine.

This week has been a mixed up bag of fun and work thrown in for good measure.

Queensland doesn’t even have a public holiday for Melbourne Cup but it felt like I did. There’s something about tanning and frocking up mid-week and heading out to a fancy lunch that will do that, I guess.

Melbourne Cup racewear

Summer cocktail season is very much in swing around these parts. When life gives you a huge bunch of mint … I say mojito. You?

Mojito

The “Bigs” – the teens – are in full uni exam mode right. Even 27 years from finishing, I can’t help but see a Brisbane jacaranda tree and think of exams. It’s cruel really. They are so beautiful.

Brisbane and Jacaranda trees

Speaking of flowers, my love of peonies is realised for the next month. It’s such a short season they’re available that it seems only right that I treat myself every week, yes? These gorgeous blooms are from Francesca’s Flowers in Paddington.

peonies

And here’s a peony with a book that I’m keen to dive into this weekend: Diane von Furstenberg’s The Woman I Wanted To Be.

The Woman I Wanted To Be - Diane Furstenberg

Was very lucky to be on the receiving end of some beautifully fragrant candles this week from Anvil Creek Company Candles. They had me at the pineapple but then I also fell for the jars.  Love that the woman behind this range has followed her dream to create this small business.

Anvil Creek Company candles

Win

I’m not always so good on the menu planning of late but when my publishers, Hachette Australia, sent me Julie Goodwin’s new cookbook, 20/20 Meals – Feed Your Family for $20 in 20 Minutes, I declared it Julie Week in the kitchen and stocked up on the ingredients for four recipes from the book. This is my kind of mid-week cookbook. No-fuss food with maximum taste. Not sure we nailed the 20 minutes each night but we definitely didn’t take longer than half an hour to prepare and serve.

Julie Goodwin 20/20 meals

I’ve got five of Julie’s cookbooks to give away – thanks to Hachette – and if you’d like to win, just answer this question in the comments below:

What’s your go-to weekday dinner meal to cook at home?

{The competition opens 4.45am AEST November 7, 2014 and closes 8pm AEST November 8, 2014. Entries will be judged on creativity and winners will be notified via email. Winners’ names will be listed here.}

#symetallics

Thanks everyone who got on board and flashed some metallics in their #everydaystyle outfits over the past week.

#symetallics

Clockwise from left: @soniastyling | @bronthetaxchic | @escapewithkids | @prettychuffed | @beachstylemum | @tarsh97 | @styleonv | @stylingcurvy | @thefashionablemum | @little_slice_of_life

I tell you, a little shimmer and shine sure does bring a smile to your face. I fell in love with this Sussan jacket and just had to add it to the metallics section of my wardrobe.

Sussan jacket, Metalicus top, Mela Purdie pants, Stuart Weitzmann platforms

Style link love

Sarah’s Heart Writes: Sarah has written a personal post about being given a copy of my book, Unlock Your Style. “It wasn’t preachy at all and frankly, it embraced me as a woman at this moment in time.  Nikki encouraged me not to berate myself for the choices I made, but to look forward, to know that I can change all that was to create myself a-new.”

Forty Up: I met Shannon at my Perth events last week and she’s blogged about the #everydaystyle trends this season. “The tip I felt resonated the most with me, was to throw away “the rules”.  Feeling fabulous is what matters, not what the magazines pitch is “right” for our shape/type.”

Lifestyle Fifty: Jo also came to both my Perth events and as posted about my 7 top wardrobe and style tips. “Nikki said that the shopping mistakes we make are generally the garments that seduce us – the fun and the sparkly items – oh and don’t I know all about that! You can put in ‘colourful’ with that statement too for me.”

Blogging

The Illusive Femme: Em came to my Perth blogging and branding workshop last week and has written a post about what she learned. “I left feeling very inspired to grow my blog post course. Her tips and tricks were perfect for beginners as well as the more advanced bloggers and it was really interesting to see the different mix of writers, fans and small business owners who attended hanging on her every word.”

Business Chicks: I was interviewed about my career and business for the Business Chicks site. “My favourite quote is … ‘Pressure makes diamonds.’ It’s a favourite shared by my girlfriends in business. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – but not all days are diamonds!”

Speaking of blogging, tonight I’ll be speaking about my blogging career and offering up my tips about blogging at the Apple Store in Brisbane City. It’s a free event – register here.

On Sunday, I’m speaking on a panel at the 2014 Spring Retirement Festival at Hibiscus Noosa Outlook, Noosa. Register to attend here.

Have a beautiful weekend everyone. x

PS. Mr SY likes to keep me informed on the new music front. Yesterday he sent me a link to this tune on YouTube … he knows me well. I love it. You might too.

 

Comments 157

  1. My mid week no brainer dinner is a healthy crepe especially if the hubby is working arvo’s and the boy is not around (very frequent at the moment!). I make the mix on a Sunday (with lite white milk) then fry em up in 10 mins flat through the week. I add cheese (red fat Mozzarella), ham, corn, spring onions, pineapple, red capsicum, baby spinach, pine nuts with plenty of black pepper and topped with a dollop of light sour cream … Yum!

  2. My go to week day dinner is two carrots, a zucchini and half a red capsicum in the food processor. In the frypan cook up some chicken mince and then add the processed food. Add some herbs and spices. Delicious meal done in 15minutes. Its so yummy and makes enough left over for the next day 🙂

  3. Zucchini pasta served with a really basic tuna bake consisting of Sirena Tuna, tin Asparagus Soup, Corn Kernels, Mushrooms and Celery, cheese…Perfectly simple!

  4. Mince Mince and More Mince. As long as I have mince I can make a dinner. Meatballs, Lasagne, Burgers, Koftas, Rissoles. Mince can stretch a short week budget, and doesn’t always have to be served with canned tomatoes!

  5. Our favourite meal is Julie’s Rissoles and sweet potato mash so that is our go-to weekday dinner meal that brings our family together.

  6. nothing beats a mild chicken curry done in the slow cooker, just pop on in the morning and it’s ready when we get home, whip up some rice in the rice cooker and we are set to eat!

  7. Fresh Salmon tails lightly coated in flower and spices, pan fried with steamed broccolini, beans, carrot and zucchini. Love it.

  8. I know people will think this disgusting, but I like to boil cauliflower until it’s completely soft and lifeless and then stick a slice of ‘plastic’ cheese on top with plenty of salt and pepper and just spoon it out of a big bowl. That’s my dinner. That’s also the times when the kids help themselves to cereal or fruit and eat it outside so they don’t have to eat in the House That Stinketh of Cauliflower!

  9. I like making Satay Chicken on Rice – I simply mix crunchy peanut butter with coconut milk powder and mild curry paste, cook the chicken in it and serve over jasmine rice with snow peas and carrots. Everyone loves it!

  10. Mine is pasta with creamy bacon and avocado sauce – if you don’t have avocado you can use broccoli or peas. It’s really easy to make and so so yummy!

  11. Mine are Chicken Coriander Meatballs – they’re delicious and made using chicken mince, spring onion, coriander, curry paste and breadcrumbs – easiest thing ever to prepare and take only 15 mins in the oven to cook. Great to freeze as well.

  12. My family is in love with Vietnamese cuisines. Our go-to
    weekday dinner meal is definitely ‘Pho’ (Vietnamese beef and rice noodle soup), served with lots of fresh bean sprouts, basil, mint and coriander leaves, with a nice squeeze of lemon juice! It’s a well balanced, refreshing and nutritious meal, full of vitamins and really healthy. The flavoursome beef broth always makes for a great dinner Pho-fection! We’d add some varieties to our Vietnamese themed dinner with rice paper rolls, served with grilled chicken fillet, prawns, fresh salmon or eggs with vermicelli noodles. They are really easy to make and great to get the whole family involved at the dinner table!

  13. My go to meal is curried sasauges. It’s guaranteed to be eaten and great for lunch the next day. Quick, simple and always enjoyed.

  14. Chicken Stirfry! So quick and delicious. It’s as easy as cutting up a chicken breast, throwing in some frozen stirfry veg, some noodles, then throwing a quick sauce together (garlic, ginger and soy works well).

    Don’t forget to save some room for dessert though Julie 😉

  15. Sausages with bread and onions too,
    Our go-to meal cooked on the barbeque!
    The smell alone makes us drool,
    Winning a book would be so cool!

  16. Chicken Alfredo, light and creamy the kiddies think it’s a real treat, I can “hide” lots of veggies in it… But shhh don’t tell my kiddies that though!!! 😉

  17. Tandoori chicken wraps- satisfies all of the family (even our picky 3year old) and if the left overs are a great treat for lunch the following day.

  18. Spaghetti Bolognaise is my go to meal. Not only is it fast and cheap, there are never any complaints and all bowls are always empty. Now that’s a “Goodwin”!

  19. Thai salad with meatballs; cucumber, lettuce, tomatos, red onion, sweet chilli sauce and some mint; toss with some small cooked meatballs and drizzle over dressing of lime juice, brown sugar and fish sauce! Yum

  20. Thai salad with meatballs; cucumber, lettuce, tomatos, red onion, sweet chilli sauce and some mint; toss with some small cooked meatballs and drizzle over dressing of lime juice, brown sugar and fish sauce! Yum

  21. We call it “Panko Schnitz”, it’s healthy chicken schnitzels made from chicken breast coated in panko breadcrumbs using egg whites to adhere. It’s about the one meal that all 4 people will eat without complaint!

  22. We call it “pantry chicken”! Chicken pieces, with whatever veg is dying in the fridge, and whatever I can find in the pantry 🙂 Usually does the trick 🙂

  23. Spaghetti bolognaise. I make a huge batch of it every couple of months and portion it so I can use it as is, or make Italian shepherds pie with it!

  24. Grab a jar of portuguese spice mix, throw some chicken in a bag and coat generously with the mix (not so much spice if you don’t like too much heat), place chicken in a dish and bake for 25-30 mins. Grab some mixed lettuce leaves and add whatever is on hand for a salad mix – olives, feta, tomatoes, cucumber etc, mix up some lemon juice and olive oil for dressing and you have the easiest meal ever!!! It’s delicious too as there is a hint of lemon in the portuguese spice mix as well so they team up perfectly. NO-ONE would ever guess how fuss free this is from the taste 🙂

  25. Tuna Alfredo easy as, Tuna flaked, fettuccini pasta, extra virgin olive oil, garlic salt, milk, butter, Parmesan cheese. Takes 15 minutes add a sprog of basil and a couple of olives and crusty bread rolls and there you have it! Bellissimo!

  26. My go-to weekday dinner meal is fresh tacos! Sometimes we mix it up and use lettuce as the shells for a super healthy version. It’s always so colourfull, yummy and easy – how could you go wrong!

  27. Lemon pepper chicken wings are my specialty and taste terrific too. Just sprinkle wings with heaps of lemon pepper and roast away! Simple, easy, quick (just like me)

  28. Home made pizza. It always brings a smile to everyones faces. Being able to create their own toppings. The kids feel like junior masterchefs!

  29. My go to meal for the troops is 8 MINUTE pressure cooker risotto! I bulk it up with affordable chicken and pack some nutrients in with pumpkin and spinach or whatever veg is lying around. The pressure cooker has revolutionised my life!

  30. With one child gluten free and the other not, my go to meal is Hard n Soft Tacos – the hard shells are gluten free and the soft ones are not. Plus it’s a great way to get the kids to eat salad!

  31. During the week what I need,
    is something easy for a feed,
    grilled chicken and mash does the trick,
    it tastes delicious and is quick!

  32. Flat bread pizzas. My son is allergic to dairy, so I make his with soya cheese. Otherwise tomato paste, ham or chicken (leftover roast or sandwich fillings), tomato, capsicum, mushroom, and olives. Delicious, healthy & easy to make an extra one to pop into lunch boxes the next day.

  33. Our boys dictate the go to meal. It has to be fast, tasty and nutritious. Yes, it’s pasta, with vegetables secretely hidden within the meat base. One day we”ll venture to gourmet.

  34. Our go to dinner is the humble asparagus spear;
    Of course it’s not what it first appears;

    Wrapped with proscuitto and puff pastry in a spiral;
    Even the little anit-vegie eaters are in denial.

  35. With olives,capers, anchovies, tomato passata,,chilli and garlic always in my pantry I whip up pasta puttanesca. Fast and furious like its name!

  36. My sons only wants chop.chop.and carwots, my husband wants gourmet and I have a limited diet due to extended surgery revovery. Im yet to find a go to that ticks.those boxes!!

  37. My go to dinner is pizza. I have an awesome, fail-proof base recipe made with self raising and plain flour and Greek yoghurt. Everyone chooses their own toppings and I make individual pizzas. Always make too much so there are leftovers 🙂

  38. Ok this is slightly embarrassing but to be completely honest when I am short on time and inspiration, a common weekday occurrence, my go to meal is usually something of convenience – frozen fish and chips, frozen pizza, frozen lasagne etc – its quick and simple to pop in the oven while I continue using time for chores.

  39. My weekday meals are:
    Monday Meatballs
    Tuesday Tacos
    Wednesday Wraps
    Thursday Tuna Mornay
    Friday Fish
    Help Julie help, I need inspiration!!!!!!!

  40. My weekday meals are:
    Monday Meatballs
    Tuesday Tacos
    Wednesday Wraps
    Thursday Tuna Mornay
    Friday Fish
    Help Julie help, I need inspiration!!!!!!!

  41. I love to experience with sliders; pulled pork, grated apple and coleslaw on a bun, the messier, the better. Quick, easy and delicious, they disappear quicker than a streaker !!!

  42. I eat everything (yep I really do) and I love a quick cook too. One of my favourites is Briami (it’s a Greek vegetable, garlic and tomato bake) with a serious chunk of good feta and another serious chunk of crusty bread. It is beautiful – tons of vegies, good oils, dairy and grains in one little powerhouse tray bake. 5 mins and it’s in the oven – unfortunately it needs to stay there for an hour – but there is always stuff to get done while it cooks. It’s my Friday night (and I’m exhausted) special … and I can smell it cooking as I type this. x

  43. Our mid week go to meal is Sticky Caramelised Chicken & Rice with Cucumber Relish. 30 mins max. to cut, chop, dice, slice and throw in the Wok. All 3 kids eat it which is always a bonus 🙂 and NEVER any leftovers. In the door at 6.00pm dinner done and dishwasher packed by 7.00pm, that’s my kind of weeknight!

  44. I love to cook up a treat in the slow cooker, you put all the ingredients and let it cook itself, a curry, stew or even a roast

  45. Our “go-to weekday dinner” is oven baked bacon and mushroom risotto with Danish feta and baby spinach leaves. It’s quick, easy and super-tasty!

  46. My families (and mine) favorite wholesome go to mid-week marvel is stir-fry noodles. Filling, nutritious, delicious and super fast.

  47. My families (and mine) favorite wholesome go to mid-week marvel is stir-fry noodles. Filling, nutritious, delicious and super fast.

  48. My version of a lazy go to weekday meal – is BBQ lamb chops and chicken thigh fillet (with teriyaki chicken marinade), a tossed green salad, and if I have the energy a potato salad with egg 🙂
    We live in Melbourne but will do the chops and chicken on the BBQ regardless of the weather – where we eat it does change however 🙂

  49. Hi Nikki
    Roast veggies, haloumi roasted in the last 5 mins.. Squeeze of lemon , a drizzle of EVOO & toasted pine nuts. Sometimes I add mixed salad leaves beetroot & spring onion &viola … A super sexy salad served with a slice of toasted ciabatta ! Simple ,super easy & delicious

  50. Go to summer meal… great big salad with vegies from the garden, boiled eggs fresh from our hens, and a tin of salmon. Good for us, good for our budget, and doesn’t heat the kitchen up on a hot day!

  51. Hi Nikki,
    Our most go to weekday meal is Roast Chicken and pumpkin salad. I put absolutely everything in it and then top it off with Paul Newmans Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese. Yum!!! My mouth is salivating as I type !!!

  52. Thank you x for the link love 🙂 you are always so good at reciprocity despite the enormous amount of things you have to fit into a working week. And what a working week you’ve had … again. I hope you are looking after yourself properly too … mind you a Mojito (with minty green herbs) is in part medicinal 😉 Have a lovely weekend. We’re off to see Rodriguez in King’s Park.

      1. So sorry you missed out 🙁 We were so very lucky Cheryl as friends spied and bought tickets for us when they first came out. It was a magical night, packed … and his songs brought back so many memories 🙂

  53. My latest go to meal has been a roast with veggies – pop it in by 5pm and we have lots of leftovers for sandwiches and dinner the next day! Bonus is that I get time to sit down with the kids while it cooks itself! No more witching hour here! :o)

  54. our heavenly fresh vegs picked from our garden for a stir fry so yummy and looking for more nothing like growing your own it is a highlight fresh from the garden pick what you need no waste

  55. My go to dinner is fried rice. I can throw in any vegetables I have in the fridge and some meat (can be just some sandwich meat), add the soy sauce and it’s a hit.

  56. Mango and Chicken Salad is most definitely my go to meal – made with goodies fresh from the veggie patch out the back this little gem delights the tastebuds and thighs at the same time 🙂

  57. Pasta.Every.Single.Time.
    Pasta actually used to be my favourite food, I could eat it until the cows came home but since having kids I’m over it. Every single time I ask “What would you like for dinner?” I get “Pasta with tomato sauce” Shhesh! I even try to jazz up the sauce by adding new things to it but I’m told to “just stick to your original recipe mum”
    I do not breed adventurous eaters 🙁

  58. I chop up and throw whatever salad veges I have in the fridge into big pasta bowls (spinach tomatoes mushrooms capsicum cucumber carrot avocado beetroot parsley mint)..drizzle some balsamic over the top..then cook up chicken thigh fillets marinated in garlic ginger soy and a bit of chilli on the BBQ..slice it up and serve over the salad…It is quick and easy and YUM !

  59. Our go to meal sounds a little odd but it’s totally delicious especially as the weather warms up.. Cook packet of spinach and ricotta ravioli add some cooked peas and mix lemon juice and olive oil together, pour it over the peas and ravioli, top with Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper yum! It comes in under $20 and takes less than 20

  60. My go-to dinner is tacos! Super quick to prepare and we just serve all the sides in the middle of the dining table. Sides can be as simple or as complicated as time/budget/pantry allow. The novelty of “making your own” means the kids clean their plates without any fuss.

  61. Lately, my go to mid-week dinner is BabyMac’s sausage pasta – everyone loves it which is a winner and you can add as many vege’s or not as you like. Prior to that, it used to be Chicken Lasagne which was made with bbq’d chook and lasagne sheets – dead easy! Love today’s post 🙂

  62. Lately, my go to mid-week dinner is BabyMac’s sausage pasta – everyone loves it which is a winner and you can add as many vege’s or not as you like. Prior to that, it used to be Chicken Lasagne which was made with bbq’d chook and lasagne sheets – dead easy! Love today’s post 🙂

  63. My go to meal in the week is slow cooker surprise. I love my slow cooker and the kids always ask what’s for dinner – I tell them it’s slow cooker surprise and it avoids the inevitable comments from at least one of them of “I don’t like chicken/beef/carrots…..” !

  64. My go to dinner is pizza! I top Lebanese bread with a mixture of tomato paste and barbecue sauce and then add roasted sweet potato, chicken and feta cheese. After it’s cooked, top with spinach leaves or rocket! Super easy to make, delicious to eat and very healthy too!

  65. I went to Griffith Uni which had a lot of trees (probably still does but it is a long time since I was there last) and I can’t remember any flower traditions. I am going to say that is because I was so busy being studious that I didn’t notice them. Hmmm, yep let’s go with that. I love the #symetallics wrap up too. Lots of lovely shiny and sparkly things to admire.

  66. Our go to dinner is rice paper rolls (flexible with anything we find in the the fridge and different family preferences). BBQ chicken, prawns or leftover roast meat, salad of our choice, vermicelli noodles, hoisin or sweet chilli sauce. We place all the ingredients in the middle of the table – alfresco style – make your own – as you desire – everyone’s happy 🙂

  67. Our go to dinner is rice paper rolls (flexible with anything we find in the the fridge and different family preferences). BBQ chicken, prawns or leftover roast meat, salad of our choice, vermicelli noodles, hoisin or sweet chilli sauce. We place all the ingredients in the middle of the table – alfresco style – make your own – as you desire – everyone’s happy 🙂

  68. My go to mid week meal is rice noodle salad.
    While the noodles soak I grate carrot, chop capsicum and cucumber, mint and coriander. Maybe add spring onion, snow peas and bean shoots if I have any. Then I mix soy, lemon juice, vegie fish sauce and sugar to taste. Mix it all up and top with peanuts or cashews, whatever is at hand. I might add chicken or tofu too. Quick, fresh and easy.

  69. My go to meal is chilli con carne because it’s easy and my 16 yr old can cook it for me. So if I am busy or just want a night of cooking my sweet daughter cooks dinner for us..she also does a fab butter chicken

  70. Hi Nikki – great post with lots of links to follow up. Superb jacarandas this year, must be the lack of rain I think! My go to meal has to be salmon risotto. I’ve had the recipe for years, so easy – just rice, lsrge tin salmon, onion & garlic and a stock cube – plus whatever leftovers in fridge. Always works a charm!

  71. Our Go-To meal is an old Weight Watchers recipe called Chilli Ginger Beef. It’s an all-in-one-pan jobbie that’s on the table in under 20 minutes (about as long as the rice takes to cook simultaneously). It’s flavoursome, universally enjoyed and guilt free. Win, win!!

  72. Thanks Nicki for the wrap up, in Canberra it’s the ‘fluff’ at exam time – these funny trees which give off oodles of fluff which looks a little like snow. Ooh it’s giving me shivers thinking about it, 20 years later!
    Go-to dinner is BBQ steak or chicken with either a salad, stir-fry veggies or roasted veggies, we have a fortnightly Veggie/Fruit delivery box so there is always something healthy in the fridge. By the end of the 2 weeks all that is left is oven-roasted in some olive oil – corn, potato, zuchini, carrot – you name it. Only mistake I once made was accidently roasting a cucumber that I thought was zuchini (yes I was tired that day) – bleurgh!

  73. Can’t believe it’s November already 🙁
    My go to is steak, vegies and potato wedges.
    Low fat and healthy, it sooooo lacks imagination.
    Need me a touch of 20/20 inspiration!!

  74. Spaghetti bolognese is always my go to weekday meal. Nice and easy to prep, super fast to cook up, readily available if you make bulk and freeze and i can hide a multitude of vegetables and the children never ever know!

  75. My go to meal is chicken pot pies,easy quick,and they even look a little bit fancy and everyone likes them so winner chicken dinner!
    Beatituful wrap up I think I am going to treat myself to some peonies for my birthday next week,you have a lovely weekend too Nikki Xx

  76. My go to meal is chicken pot pies,easy quick,and they even look a little bit fancy and everyone likes them so winner chicken dinner!
    Beatituful wrap up I think I am going to treat myself to some peonies for my birthday next week,you have a lovely weekend too Nikki Xx

  77. My ‘go to’ meal is Brown Rice, Tuna, cherry tomatoes and cucumber. I generally always have these ingredients in the pantry/fridge and it is super healthy and my teenager loves it!

  78. My ‘go to’ meal is Brown Rice, Tuna, cherry tomatoes and cucumber. I generally always have these ingredients in the pantry/fridge and it is super healthy and my teenager loves it!

  79. My ‘go to’ meal is Tacos… Mainly because they’re quick, can be healthy if you add lots of lettuce, carrot, tomato etc and I’m obsessed with Mexican food. Pre-kids, we once had Tacos about 8 times in a fortnight – let’s just say the hubby was less than impressed! There may have been a drunk rant involved about hating Tacos! Lol.

  80. This is such a quick & easy cheat meal for when I have very little time. I just boil a packet of any flavour of ravioli or gnocchi then pour over a jar of any pasta sauce then top with grated cheese. Voila – dinner cooked in a few minutes & even better – my family loves it! If I want to make this a bit healthier I add whatever vegies I have available such as spinach leaves, sliced mushrooms, grated zucchini which is also a great way to disguise vegies for fussy eaters! I always keep a packet of ravioli &/or gnocchi plus a jar of pasta sauce at home for emergency situations when I don’t have time to cook a proper meal.

  81. BBQ lamb koftas with a bit of salady green stuff on tortillas – san spice for the kids, a little spice for the adults. Yum – think I might make them again tonight!

  82. What a lovely chatty post! Aren’t the flowers beautiful at this time of year – peonies and jacarandas – stunning. I went to Uni in Armidale, so it was the purple wisteria that wrought fear in my heart. I’m glad it wasn’t jacarandas, because I really love them! My darling huzband does the cooking during the week – he’s no cook but he does his best, and I’m super grateful. We get lots of vegies and salad, usually just with pork chops or steak or schnitzel or sausages. And some mash. And occasionally, mac cheese 😉 I gently introduce him to a new recipe every now and then and make sure the ingredients are in the fridge for it when I”m really wanting him to cook it. I reckon we’re all ready for him to try something new again about now…..Julie’s book sounds perfect.

    1. There was a beautiful wall of climbing roses at Duval College. In my day, if you hadn’t started studying by the time the roses were out, it was too late!

      My go to meal is definitely steak and salad. So quick and easy

      1. Thanks Nikki – I told Mark about it last night and he’s excited. He might turn out to be a more adventurous cook yet! With a bit of prompting 😉

  83. love it’s a wrap nikki!
    the girls looked good for mc lunch and loved the look of your ice cream that day!
    love the cocktails and the jacaranda views of brisbane
    love the sussans jacket and outfit!
    love that girl’s voice on the music video
    a go to meal is my butter bean smash with finely sliced celery quick panfried fish and green salad … all good thanks nikki! love m:)X

  84. My go to dinner is making an omelette with various fillings. Quick, cheap, healthy, filling, tasty and so easy. Also a good way to use up a number of ingredients in the fridge that would be otherwise thrown out.

  85. Our go to meal is Lemon, Chilli and Garlic pasta, with a (cheat) of a store bought BBQ chicken… So simple and quick to make, and devoured by my 4 boys (Husband included).

  86. Our go to meal is tacos – if we are feeling particularly healthy we use lettuce leaves instead of taco shells to wrap up all the yummy ingredients!!! 🙂

  87. Woke up this morning to find myself on your blog being quoted no less!! Thank you so much Nikki. I love your book. It is just like you (as I have come to know you through your blog) – kind, generous, beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend. Much love, Sarah xx

  88. Our go to weekday meal is cheap, yummy and very easy- pesto and Haloumi pasta. Cook pasta and stir through pesto, thinly sliced red capsicum, snow pea sprouts, snow peas, lemon juice, salt and pepper and top with pan-fried slices of Haloumi. My meat-loving husband loves it as do our two girls. We try and have one meat-free meal a week and this is a regular item!

    1. Hi Natalie, Sounds yummy & I might try your recipe but just wondering whether you just use a jar of basil pesto for the sauce please?

  89. Spaghetti Bolognese – only two large items to hand wash, everyone eats it without complaint (winning) and a good excuse to open a mid week bottle of red. Bliss!

  90. Spaghetti bolognaise with the sauce being cooked in bulk in advance and frozen in meal sized portions. Dinner is pulling the container out in the morning to defrost, cooking the gf pasta and stirring in the sauce. (Hidden veggies and all).

  91. Our go to weekday meal is our family version of Fried Rice and pan fried Fish. My 13 year old son loves helping and we have so much fun in the kitchen!

  92. Delicious but ridiculously simple.. steak and salad or vegetables.. Can however get quite pricey given that the husband will ONLY eat fillet steak!!

  93. My go to dinner is taco bowls or wrap
    Taco mince, salad and home made guacamole.. Always fresh quick and easy and a summer pleaser

  94. That cookbook looks fab, have been admiring your insta photos!

    Our go-to meal is bbq meat with steamed veg. Not exciting, but very quick, super healthy and delish. I don’t even care when the kids groan!

  95. Frozen Salmon straight from the freezer simmered in a thai coconut sauce with chopped bok choy and julienned carrot wilted in the last few minutes with some steamed brown rice on the side Takes 20 minutes and is fresh and tasty and a favourite go to in our house

  96. Julie is really my last hope. My go to meal is the hope that one of my teenager girls cook, as then there is a guarantee we will have a meal that can be consumed. I am the worst cook in the world and need recipes that are easy but still delicious!

  97. I wish I lived in Brisbane, just so I could come to your Apple store talk. There’s an Apple store, in Sydney too, you know?! Just saying! I’ve been salivating over your dinners on Instagram this week and would love to win that book! I think our go to quick dinner is pizza. We make the base with only 2 ingredients and can have it on the table within 20 minutes. Plus it never gets old, because we can mix it up with the toppings. Cheaper and more delicious that eating out and we can enjoy it in our pyjamas!

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