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Monday, 23 January 2012

Baked Bean Dip with Flat Breads

Sometimes, on the weekend you don’t feel like eating salad for lunch. You need a little something more, to congratulate yourself for the past week…Beans might not be your thing, but they are definitely my thing. Beans make a salad a meal and nachos delish, so why not enjoy them all on their own as a moorish bubbling and cheesy baked concoction…hungry yet? I am and I only recently had breakfast…

This dip has done the rounds at my place. So much so, that it has almost reached food-group status, like its second cousin twice-removed chocolate mousse.

The homemade charm and taste is enhanced by making your own flatbreads, soooo much better than store-bought “Frisbees”! Whilst they take a little more time than heating up packet ones, they really are simple to do, so trust me you won’t regret the extra effort!

Bean Dip

Lovingly adapted from a Coles brochure.


1 Small Brown Onion
400g tin Cannellini Beans (drained)
¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
½ cup grated parmesan
Breadcrumbs and Extra Parmesan


Preheat oven to 170°C (fan forced).

On medium heat, in a small pan, cook finely chopped onion until browned. Set aside.

Blend beans, mayonnaise, garlic, Worcestershire and half the parmesan, with a stick blender or food processor until smooth.

Mix in the onion and remaining parmesan. Place into a small baking tin, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and extra parmesan.

Bake for 20 minutes, until browned and bubbling.


Lovingly adapted from Donna Hay Magazine Oct/Dec 2011


1 cup Plain Wholemeal Flour
10g Butter
1 tsp Sea Salt (ground)
160ml Boiling Water


Place flour and salt in a heat safe jug. Add the butter and mix with fingertips, until flour is the consistency of breadcrumbs.

Add the boiling water, and mix in well with a spoon.

Place mix onto a well-floured surface, and knead until it forms a dough.

Cut into 6 even segments, and roll into 20cm diameter rounds.

On medium-high heat cook each round separately in a non-stick pan, for approximately 2 minutes a side, until browned.

Cover breads with a tea towel to keep warm whilst dip is baking.


Serves 2 for lunch. Double recipes, when serving at a party nibbles table.

If you have leftover dip, store it in the fridge and reheat in microwave or oven…Do not eat cold, as tastes feral!

Happy Baking.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Back To School Party

Sorry for the absence my LPOFD (little pinch of fairy dust) friends, I'm now back, and ready to bring you more cute and joyous things to do in your free time this coming 2012...

It’s been a long time coming, but here is my first party-theme post!

To celebrate the imminent recommencement of studies for the year, we had a little celebration Old-School-style. It was great fun dressing up in School-girl-esque attire (think netball skirts, long socks, pigtails and ribbons) and eating from our very own ‘tuckshop’ filled with scrumptious mini-foods and treats, before settling down for a Glee marathon sesh…such a fun night was shared by all!

This party layout would work equally well for a “School’s Out” celebration or a School Breakup shindig. Even if you are no longer in School, this theme is even more fun due to the cute nostalgia of it :)

Here’s a list of the ideas and items you can use to re-create the look...


·      Red, green, black, white and wood colour scheme
·      Mini blackboard
·      Locker
·      Jar of paintbrushes
·      Pile of books
·      Drawing mannequin
·      Apples
·      Owls
·      Milk bottles with ribbon
·      Posters of celebs and pictures of your memories
·      Paper bags
·      Milk cartons
·      Giant stationary
·      World map globe

Tip – You could make your event look more primary school or more high school depending on the little features you incorporate.


·      Milk and cookie shots
·      Whoopie pies
·      Apple cake pops
·      Mini sausage rolls
·      Mini sushi rolls
·      Lolly jars in theme colours
·      Mini pizzas
·      Individual serves of nutella (in mini bowls with paddle-pop sticks)
·      Mini sandwiches in various cookie-cutter shapes
·      Mini jam doughnuts
·      Lamingtons
·      Meat pies

Milk and Cookie Shots

Whoopie Pies

Mini Sausage Rolls and Sushi

Apple Cake Pops

Tip – You could do mini versions of your favourite tuckshop/canteen food, lunch-box inspired foods, or foods which are simply cute and thus ‘kiddy’.

Games and Activities

·      Film and TV – Watch Glee, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You etc
·      Choir practice - playing karaoke
·      P.E. - Wii sports
·      Maths - Uno, Cranium
·      Business - Monopoly
·      Recess - Eating!
·      Drama - Sharades/Guesstures

I hope that you are inspired to throw your own party as you head back to Work or School, taking the opportunity to celebrate, simply for the pleasure of embracing all those random events in the year besides your typical birthday and Christmas festivities! For there is always some special day or event upon which one can utilise an excuse to throw a themed par-tay!

Happy Celebrating.