Sunday, 29 December 2013

Reflection: Best bit of 2013

Today's Fat Mum Slim photo a day prompt is Reflection: Best bit of 2013.

I found this really challenging because while 2013 has been a particularly difficult year for me it has also been a year dotted with amazing moments, some of which have brought tears of happiness, joy and pride to my eyes.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Busy Kitchen Mum would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope your day is full of love, laughs and maybe a little bit of Christmas spirit ;-)

I spent the day celebrating with my family in one of our smallest Christmases ever (one brother and his family are interstate and another is with his wife's family this year).

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Candy Cane Fudge

I planned to make some festive fudge for my work peeps weeks ago but had been putting it off (procrastination is my middle name) thinking it was going to be messy and difficult...

Monday, 2 December 2013

Reese's Pieces Cupcakes with PB and Cream Cheese Frosting

"These bad boys are packed full of peanut butter richness. And the frosting....oh my words!
Best peanut butter frosting EVER!"

Monday, 28 October 2013

Two Quick, Easy and Delicious Seafood Recipes

This recipe is courtesy of my sister (who hence forth shall be known as BKM sista). I truly appreciate your immense patience while get back on my feet. I am nearly there and am slowly enjoying more time back in my kitchen.

Friday, 11 October 2013

World Mental Health Day 2013

Everyone has a role to play in creating a mentally healthy community. That’s why I’ve made a mental health promise to myself. Check it out and make your own personal commitment to good mental health at After all, mental health begins with me

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Banana, Choc Chip and Craisin Muffins

Working part time means that for three days of the week our house is usually chaos. Only the essential housework gets done and meals are usually simple and fast. Time just seems to go so much quicker.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Almond, Rhubarb and Orange Syrup Cake

Whenever I used to read a food magazine or a cook book I'd get to the desserts and my eyes would immediately search for and locate all the indulgent, gluttonous, chocolate desserts. To me, a dessert wasn't a dessert unless it was somehow cooked in, drizzled with, coated in, triple dipped and sprinkled with.....chocolate.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Carrot Cake

It's no secret that one of my most favorite things to do in the whole world is to enjoy a lovely elegant ladies afternoon tea.
I love that's its a tradition that my mum used to enjoy with her mum and now its something very special and sentimental that my sister and I get to enjoy with Mum.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Lasagne with Spinach, Ricotta and Pumpkin

As I have probably mentioned before, my mum raised all of us 5 kids to be pretty self sufficient, especially in the kitchen. This unfortunately meant (in my experiences anyway) that aside from a select few of my friends, the only men I knew who did the cooking in their households were my brothers.
This in turn meant that I could count on one hand the number of times a man, that wasn’t related to me, had cooked a meal for me.

That was until I met my whiz in the kitchen boyfriend. It was a big adjustment for me to relinquish not just half of the cooking duties to someone else (that part I didn’t mind so much hehe) but also half of my kitchen. But I must admit that it has come with some damn delicious results, this twist on lasagne being one of my favourites.

It is a little bit involved and unlike many of my recipes it is a little bit time consuming so you may way to save this one for a weekend but trust me it is well worth the effort.
To help you out BF has given me some helpful tips to share:

·        Make sure you buy extra lean beef mince. BF also suggests straining the mince once it’s cooked to drain any fat and oil.
·        The amount of spinach is usually just done by sight and colour of the mixture, so add more or less as desired.
·        This dish, like most lasagnes, requires the sauce to be thinner than most bolognaise sauces. This is because the liquid from the sauce cooks the lasagne sheets.
·        You can easily turn this into a completely vegetarian dish by replacing the meat in the sauce with more veggies or even lentils.

3 cloves garlic – crushed
1 brown onion – finely diced
1 can diced Italian tomatoes
2 tbl spoons red wine
700gm jar passata
1 tbl spoon dried Italian herbs
500gm extra lean beef mince
1 carrot – diced
1 red capsicum – diced
100gm mushrooms – diced
250gm pkt lasagne sheets
Half a butternut pumpkin – thinly sliced
500gm fresh ricotta
Handful baby spinach – roughly chopped

Bechamel Sauce:
40gm butter
¼ cup plain flour
410ml milk
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan


1. Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat. Pour in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and onion. Sauté until the onion softens.Pour in the tin of tomatoes, along with the red wine, passata and the Italian herbs. Season generously with ground black pepper and a little salt. Once mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for at LEAST an hour. The longer you cook this, the better. 

2. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat, cook the beef mince until browned, ensuring you break up any large lumps with a wooden spoon. Add the meat to the tomato sauce with the carrot, capsicum and mushroom. If the sauce seems too thick at this stage then add a little water. Simmer for at LEAST another hour. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta and the spinach.Set aside in the fridge.

3. Pre heat the oven to 180. Take a large lasagne dish; spread a thin layer of meat sauce over the bottom. Now build your lasagne in layers as follows:
  • Layer of lasagne sheets
  • Thin layer of meat sauce
  • Layer of thinly sliced butternut pumpkin
  • Thin layer of meat sauce
  • Layer of lasagne sheets
  • Thin layer of meat sauce
  • Layer of the ricotta and spinach
  • Layer of lasagne sheets
  • Layer of meat sauce
Cover the lasagne dish with foil and place in the oven to cook for an hour or until the pasta and pumpkin are soft.

4. Meanwhile make the béchamel sauce; Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Add the flour and cook, stirring,until the mixture bubbles and comes away from the sides of the saucepan. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan.

5. Remove lasagne from the oven and discard the foil. Pour the béchamel sauce over the top. Place back in the oven and cook until golden on top. Remove from the oven and set aside for 10-15 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve with garlic bread or a garden salad.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Busy Kitchen Mum Returns

Hello all my lovely readers,

As many of you had no doubt noticed, I disappeared from the online world a while ago. This was due to various family and personal issues that required my full attention.

I thank you all for your amazing patience and am please to announce that I am back, with a cupboard full of ingredients for lots of delicious new recipes!

A big shout out to my lovely sister for stepping up and helping out while I focused on my health.

I have some fantastic things lined up and I can't wait to start sharing them all with you again. As always, if you have something you want to see on the BKM blog or anything you want to share then head over to the Busy Kitchen Mum Facebook page and let me know.

The Busy Kitchen Mum

Friday, 1 February 2013

Cake Batter Pancakes

In my year and a half of blogging I have noticed one thing; Just like in fashion, there appears to be food trends. I have seen people online go crazy for cupcakes, peanut butter, cookie dough, cake pops, Oreo pops and now it appears the flavor of the month (no pun intended hehe) is Cake Batter.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Passion Fruit Sponge Cake

One of the things I remember my Nan baking a lot when I was growing up was passion fruit sponge cake. I can barely remember a family gathering or special occasion where it didn't make an appearance on the dessert table.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Easy Peasy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Welcome to 2013 at the Busy Kitchen Mum. I hope all my readers had a wonderful Christmas and a rocking NYE. And most importantly I hope the holidays were stuffed full of delicious food and great company.