Archive for the ‘Dinner’ Category


The weather, so much rain! Which meant I spent the day at the library.

The sheer amount of reading I have to do for ONE Social Work lecture.


too much reading.

Having a sinus infection and waking up all gross and blocked up.

Buttons falling off new coats. Sad panda.

The shark finning piece on 60 minutes. Come on NZ!


Nigella Lawsons Roast Chicken Pasta, which Mr Apple and I had for dinner tonight.

This and this. I love waffles sooo much when I showed Mr Apple he actually laughed out loud.

Getting Save the Date bookmarks started (I think they’ll look awesome)

Hot chocolates made for me by Ms. Organised, who also went out to brunch with me on Saturday where I had this…


Chicken and Leek pie


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The weather here has been a tad average today i.e., lots of wind and rain. Rain generally involves me sitting on the couch, looking outside and yelling stuff to Mr Apple who is usually doing something important on the computer. Honestly dude deserves a medal, he must hear me say “Wow, it’s really coming down out there”, at least five times when it’s raining.

Anyway wet and cold weather normally result in us wanting something warm and comforting for dinner and to me a warm and comforting dinner means roast potatoes. I adore roast potatoes, probably because my Mum makes the best roast potatoes on the planet. When I first moved out of home I used to make them like she did to make me feel less homesick. Sadly though roast potatoes are not a complete dinner (though I think they could be) and I live with a male which means there should be meat. One of the easiest meals is pesto lamb cutlets with wilted spinach. Taken from Donna Hay’s ‘Simple Essentials: beef, lamb and pork’ the recipe involves about 5 ingredients – none of which are that fancy or expensive.  It’s also really quick to make which I like especially in the middle of uni when there are loads of assignments due.

The first step is to brush the lamb with any store-bought pesto. I like the Jamie Oliver green pesto. Put lamb in fridge for 30 minutes or more. This isn’t stated in the recipe but I’ve found that it helps the meat to really absorb the pesto flavour. 

Jamie Oliver Green Pesto

While the meat marinades, get the potatoes ready. Cut them into chunks and parboil. Preheat oven to 200 c. When the potatoes are just tender when pierced with a knife, remove from heat and drain.

Put a tablespoon of oil in a roasting tin and place in the oven for 5 minutes, until hot. Remove from the oven and quickly add the potatoes along with any seasonings/spices you may like e.g., sliced garlic, chopped rosemary, salt. I like a spice mix which a friend in Nelson introduced me to. It contains smoked garlic and a whole lot of other yumminess. You can but it online at http://www.smokeandspice.co.nz/

smoked NZ garlic seasoning

Roast the potatoes for an hour, tossing halfway.

When the potatoes are about 45 minutes through cooking you can start the lamb. Heat a frying pan over high heat and cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking. Remove and wrap in foil to keep warm.

Add a knob of butter and a clove of sliced garlic to the pan and cook for about a minute. Add the spinach (about 150g) and cook for 30 seconds or until wilted. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve.

pesto lamb dinner

Simple and delicious! Enjoy your weekend everyone.

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