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It pays to ask

I never knew there was a difference between almond flour and almond meal.

Almond Flour is made using blanched almonds.

Almond Meal is made using almonds with its skin.

The reason I say this is because Carrie Brown uses both in her recipes, but she will say weather you need almond meal or almond flour.

Well the other day I went to the supermarket to get JUST milk.  Well I came out with milk, but almond meal and coconut milk (they were on sale ok).

So what happened? Ok so as I mentioned they were on sale, but I have to tell you my story.  So I was done the dried fruit/baking isle.  I was looking at the almond meal.  It was on sale.  $8 for 400g.
I then got my milk and then went down the cereal isle to the check out.  The cereal isle in our supermarket is also the ‘health’ food isle (supplements, and gluten free stuff).  I stopped because I saw Almond Meal. Not only was it cheaper $6 for 400g, but it was actually almond meal (Woolies Macro brand).  The other almond meal I had in my hand (Select Almond Meal), I put back.

I then paid for my stuff and went home.

When I got home, I decided to email Woolies. I knew it would take a while for them to get back to me as it was kind of an obscure question/request.

Got back to me they did.  This is the email that I got back from them,

Dear Matilda,

Thank you for your email regarding our Select Meal Almonds 150g.

The Select Meal Almonds 150g are made with blanched Almonds, this has been confrimed by our Quality assurance department.

I hope this answers your enquiry.

Once again we thank you for contacting Woolworths and look forward to seeing you in store soon.

Kind regards,

Hollie | Supermarket Specialist Team
Woolworths Contact Centre

PO Box 8000, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153
t 1300 767 969

So it just goes to show, it pays to ask.  Now I know that the Almond Meal in the dried fruit section is not Almond Meal, but in fact Almond Flour! I was very excited to have my suspcions confirmed.

So yes, sometimes it pays to ask. Besides as I tell me kids, if you don’t ask, you don’t know, even if you think it’s stupid, it’s not, because to you it’s important.

So Ask.



The last time I made a souffle was back in high school.

So why so long before making another? I had no ramekins. And that’s the honest truth.

Then one day a friend loaned me her ramekins after we were discussing recipes one day. So I decided to do something about the soufflé drought.

The thing is my kids as like any kids can be fussy when it comes to foods they are not familiar with. So I figured that I.would stick with something basic and not over powering, this is why I decided to go with a cheese soufflé.

The next dilemma was trying to find a cheese soufflé recipe. I ended choosing one from

They turned out awesome, and the kids enjoyed them too.

So I decided to make them again. This time a little more saner/paleo.

imageStraight out of the oven!

They didn’t rise as well as the last time I made them but I put that down to the coconut flour. I found that the ‘sauce’ didn’t thicken up as much as I would like, so I was a bit hesitant on how they would turn out.

I also used ricotta and cottage cheese to give it a really mild, subtle taste.

I ate two, kids ate one each, so there are left overs for tomorrow’s lunch.

Carrie Brown’s – Almond Pear Porridge

So I stumbled across this recipe of Carrie’s about a week ago.  I was going on a printing frenzy (testing out my new mono laser printer), and printing off heaps of stuff, a lot of this ‘stuff’ was SANE recipes by Carrie.

I already knew the Strawberry Seed porridge was a winner, cause I’ve made it a few times.  Mostly with mixed berries (just as good), and the other day with blueberries (use only a 1/3 of the suggested amount, I just found it ultra blueberry sweet).

Since I had all the ingredients for this particular recipe in my pantry already I thought I would give it a go.

I wont lie, I did make a mess. I have  tiny little food processor, so I had to do it in two lots.  At least I know I can easily half this recipe if I ever want a single serve.

Source: via Matilda on Pinterest

This breakfast is seriously filling.  It has a blend of flavours.  Yeah it’s very almondy, but I was surprised the coconut milk wasn’t overpowering (as I found in the strawberry seed porridge, where I had to sub normal light milk instead as the coconut milk was just too much). The almonds meal give it a really great texture too.  And the pears, yum!

I’d love to try this warm, I might have to give it a go when the weather cools down.

Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod

So I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I thought I would give it a go.  I had 3 huge (like 9″ long) banana’s, that were getting brown.  Normally I would make Banana Bread, or Cake, or biscuits, but then I saw this recipe, thought it looked easy, so I would give it a go.

Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Recipe | Two Peas & Their Pod.

Um wow! Who would have thought that you could have banana icecream just from banana’s!

So my daughter is allergic to peanuts, so I didn’t add peanut butter, but you could sub it with sunflower seed butter, or almond butter.  Or you could just use a bit of yoghurt like I did.

Seriously really easy, and so good for you.

Try it you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Roast Turkey Casserole

So I’m a fan of Carrie Brown on Facebook (because of the Smarter Science of Slim).

Well one particular day she posted that she had made this particular recipe.  I looked it up and was like, well this looks super easy, I will have to put this on the list to try out.


Well O M G!!!!!!!!!!!!! This recipe is just AH-MAZING.

Not only is it so super easy, it is so super yummy.  The kids loved it too.

Will definitely be making this one again.

Tackle new Recipes

Challenge Accepted!

When you are are parent, you know what your kids like, and what you’re kids don’t like.  So you tend to make the same meals over and over again.  It can get a bit boring.

This year I have un-intentionally made a goal of trying new recipes.

It came about because well, I want to go more SANE ie Paleo way.  I see the benefits already by not eating so much rice and pasta and bread.  My son has also un-intentionally gone gluten free.  He doesn’t really care for bread, he’d rather have rice or corn thins.  He does eat bread every now and then.

So I’ve baked some things that I know that the kids will like but done a twist. For example, my kids like eggs, so I tried a cheese soufflé.  Big hit with my daughter. My son ate it but didn’t fall in love with it.

I’ve created a Pinterest Board where you can see the recipes that I’ve tried and tested here.

Other recipes that I haven’t found online, but in recipe books I will write up and post on my blog, just look up Tags of food or recipes.

The goal is to obviously have new recipes to add to the list of kid approved.  I’ve already written up my menu plan for the next 2 weeks.  I’m excited!

Cheesy Omlette

I have a new love of eggs.

In fact one of my goals for the year is to have a chicken coop, so I can have free range eggs at my finger tips.

Egg whites are high in protein, and when you are trying to increase your protein intake then egg whites make it a little bit easier.

So this recipe is so super easy, and really low in calories.


1 whole egg
1 egg white
50g of low fat cottage cheese (I use the Bulla Brand)
25g of frozen peas (optional)


  1. Whisk the eggs and the cottage cheese together in a bowl. 
  2. Coat a small (non stick) fry pan with cooking spray (i use canola).
  3. On medium heat (for me it’s in-between gas mark 3-4 even though I have an electric oven), poor mix into pan.
  4. Add peas if using.
  5. Flip or fold when top of mix becomes solid.
  6. Serve

Macro’s – 133 calories, 4g carbs, 6g fat, 15g protein
(based on no peas)