Today’s daily prompt asks what we think is the best thing since sliced bread.

Well there are a couple of gadgets and apps that I have that I really think are the bees knees :).

Firstly my Roland BR-1600 digital recorder. This gadget allows me to record my acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar and piano and create a song, I can even add backing tracks. I do add voice but my singing is not fantastic. So this gadget is the best thing since sliced bread for me.


The next thing is an application that we have on our iPad’s, iPhone’s and Macbook. This application is primarily a recipe organiser but much more. We plan our weekly meals with this, then add the ingredients to a shopping list. It saves time and money and helps us continue eating healthily. The app is called Paprika and is available from – This for me is the best thing since sliced bread.


If you have ever read the label of pasta sauces you will find a number of less than healthy ingredients in there. So we decided it would be better to make our own. That goes for the dry pasta too, it usually has a lot of added salt. So if you add salt yourself you end up with way too much.

Last Christmas we were given a pasta machine. It was only recently that we decided to give it a crack at making it ourselves. We are so glad we did. It may take a little while and a few goes to get the right consistency and texture you want. It does take longer than the dried pasta but it is fun to make.

Here are the results and the recipes, enjoy. You can always substitute dry pasta if you don’t have a pasta machine.

This is for two people, obviously scale to suit how many you are cooking for. (more…)


Yet again our trusty iPad app Paprika came through. This simply yet very tasty recipe really hit the spot. If you are looking for something light, slightly spicy with a refreshing taste, this will do all of those things, enjoy.

Makes: 4 Ingredients:

  • 3 small chillies, chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stem (inner core only), finely chopped
  • 3cm piece ginger, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbs honey
  • 1 1/2 tbs rice wine
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 700g chicken breast fillets, cubed
  • 2 tbs soy sauce (I used sweet soy)
  • 1 cup (200g) rice
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 200g snow peas, blanched, refreshed, thinly sliced


    1. Whiz chilli, lemongrass, ginger and garlic into a paste. Add honey, mirin, fish sauce and 1 tbs oil and blitz until combined.

    2. Toss chicken in a bowl with half the marinade. Chill for 15 minutes. Combine soy with remaining marinade. Set aside.

    3. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to packet instructions. Keep warm.

    4. Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok or large pan over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken and cook, turning, for 5-8 minutes until browned and sticky. Repeat with remaining 1 tsp oil and chicken. Keep warm.

    5. Meanwhile, toss spring onion, basil, coriander and snow peas with the rice.

    6. Spoon rice into serving bowls and serve topped with chicken and reserved sauce.


1 tbsp macadamia or olive oil
1/2 cup macadamias, roughly chopped
1 small white onion
1 tsp grated ginger
3 cups diced pumpkin
1 apple, chopped
3 cups chicken stock
Natural yoghurt for serving
Roasted macadamias, whole or halved, for garnish


1. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan, add the chopped macadamias, onion and ginger and sauté for two or three minutes, or until golden brown.
2. Add the pumpkin and apple, and cook it another two or three minutes, then pour the stock over it. Cover it and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the pumpkin is soft.
3. Transfer the mixture to a blender and process it until it’s smooth and creamy.
4. Serve it in large bowls with a swirl of yoghurt and a few roasted macadamias tossed on top for garnish.


We have been enjoying a variety of healthy and tasty recipes lately, and this one is no exception. Very tasty, very easy and very healthy. Give it a try, of course you can have more of the couscous if you choose, it just looks nicer on the plate like this.

50 g couscous (1/4 cup)
some cherry tomatoes
1/4 mango
fresh parsley
olive oil
lemon juice
salt and pepper

Put the couscous and some salt in a bowl and pour 100 ml (1/2 cup) hot water over it. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile quarter the tomatoes, cube the mango and chop the parsley. When the water of the couscous is absorbed, add everything to it and season with olive oil. Generously sprinkle with lemon juice.

Cut the avocados into halves, leaving the skin on and arrange them on a plate. Fill them with the couscous salad. Sprinkle with olive oil and serve.



Looking for a quick and healthy lunch for two, try this. It was delicious and not too filling.

Tomato and Basil Salmon with Perino Tomatoes and Rocket for two

2 Salmon Steaks (Skin on if you like)
1 Roma Tomato (Cut longways into 4)
200g Basil
80g Rocket
Dash of Balsamic Vinegar
16 Perino tomatoes (Like mini Roma Tomatoes) Cut in half

1. Season Salmon with Pepper and salt if desired. (I just use pepper).
2. Cook Salmon season side down in a fry pan with Olive oil until cooked half way through. Season uncooked side.
3. Turn over and cook through to middle. Add the Roma tomatoes and basil to pan.
4. Arrange rocket in centre of plate, add dash of Balsamic Vinegar. Arrange sliced Perino’s around the edge.
5. Serve Salmon on rocket, add Roma’s and Basil on top, season with pepper.


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