Another week down? Can’t believe we are already heading into week 6 of this school term!! The last week has seen quite a bit of action in the Zamama household. Starting all the way back with last weekend, Zadada was away in Sydney for 2 nights, it was great to have him walk back through the door on Sunday afternoon as 3 little kidlets and one Zamama missed him lots. I will say we had some gorgeous company (Zagrandma, Kaymac, Uncle Brad, Zagorgeous Aimee and Zachick) on the Saturday night which helped take little minds off Zadada’s absence. I made a batch of Easy Beef Cheeks and they were a great hit and dessert was a mini ice cream, chocolate slice sundaes with Salted Caramel and Dark chocolate sauces. It was so lovely to spend quality time with beautiful people while enjoying a delicious home cooked meal!! On Sunday we had a little creek side picnic in the backyard, Zapuppydog joined in too.
We’ve also had swimming, scouts, pirate shows, preschool, school, state of origins and gym. I’m trying to spruce up the family room with some geometric shapes & colour. So in between working, blogging and Mothering I tried to make some headway, I’ll keep you posted with how everything shapes up in that department. Do stay tuned because in the very near future I have a Colourfulful little Geometric give away happening, bit exciting…… I have 3 gorgeous online businesses involved.
I managed to submit my entry into Mamamia’s competition , you’ve got to be in it to have a chance don’t you? The good news is I will be sharing the recipe I created to enter the competition with all of you next week! Trust me it was deeeelicous!!
Even though our week was pretty busy (I know there would be busier for some) that’s just how life is at the moment (I really wouldn’t change a thing except add a few extra hours in the day!).
Remember the smallest thing can make someone’s day, try it out if you haven’t already. My challenge to you for the week ahead, give out 3 genuine compliments to 3 different people! Giving is living lovely ones!
I hope all of you have had a good week too!
Enough of my waffle….. I believe I have a recipe with a dash of Morocco to share. This little treasure is a great one for the whole family and the beauty of it is that you can prep most of it in advance. It was a fabulous hit a couple of Sundays ago with our whole family of 5 (when the 3 year old at least attempts something new I refer to that as a hit). I give full credit to the lady who inspired me to cook this from her recipe book, that lady would be Jane Kennedy and her recipe book (The one I got for Mothers Day) is called ‘One Dish: Two Ways’ she gives you one dish with the option of making it two ways to suit little and big people. Love your work Jane!
Moroccan Beef Kebabs With Couscous
Must Have Ingredients:
2 Zucchini cut into 3 cm thick rounds
600g beef rump steak trimmed cut into 4cm cubes (this was delicious, chicken would be great too)
1 onion cut into wedges 1 cup couscous olive oil for brushing
8 bamboo skewers, soaked for 30 minutes (you can also use metal skewers)
Ingredients For Adults:
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons chopped mint 2 teaspoons chopped flat leaf parsley
1 teaspoon flaked almonds (I love almonds so I used extra)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I just used ground nutmeg)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1. Thread Zucchini, beef and onion alternatively onto the skewers and divide onto 2 plates.
2. In a heatproof bowl, prepare the couscous according to the packet instructions. Fluff it up with a fork and divide into 2 portions.
3. Preheat the grill of your BBQ to a medium heat.
Dish 1, For The Kids:
Lightly brush the skewers with olive oil, season with salt and grill for 3 minutes on each side (for medium), or until cooked to their liking. Keep the Couscous plain and serve with the juicy beef skewers.
Dish 2, For The More Adventurous Taste Buds:
While the couscous is still warm, add the lemon zest, mint, parsley and almonds to one portion and stir with a fork. Cover and let stand for 1 minute or more.
In a bowl, combine the spices with the oil. Season with salt and brush the spicy mixture onto the adults’ skewers. BBQ for 3 minutes on each side (for medium) or until they are cooked to your liking. Remove the beef, onion and zucchini from the skewers and serve on the fragrant couscous.
You so need to jump on the wagon and make this dish. We’ll definitely be making a return visit but next time as I said above I’m going to try chicken Breast instead of the beef.
We are planning to give Zapuppydog the best bath he has ever had in his doggy life this afternoon, he’s been suffering from some itchiness, I’m talking conditioner involvement!! The great people from Dr Zoo coincidently asked me to review some of their Itchy Dog range (I said yes please!!). There will be a full post to come on this little treat for Zapuppydog, hopefully we can kick that itch for him!!
Tonight’s dinner is going to be Enchilda’s, Zadada’s request!
In the meantime keep smiling and remember that compliment challenge 3 for 3 different people. I’d love to hear about it, just comment below.
Have a great weekend!!
Until the next time……