Big batch recipe: Lemon and Vanilla Cake Mix

  This is so handy to have in the pantry!  What you will need: 4 large, clean jars that seal really well. Label or paper that you can attach Ingredients 10 cups of plain flour 1 cup castor sugar 8 free range eggs 4 lemons 4 cups raw sugar 4 tablespoons baking powder On your […]

No-Cook Week: 5 meal planning hacks

*Photo by William on Unsplash Here at MamaBake we’re ALL about creating free time for women.  To think outside the box and find ways to spend LESS time in the kitchen, but still manage to put dinner on the table 7 nights a week. I don’t know about you, but the ‘idea’ of meal planning, […]

Big batch recipe: Chinese Chicken Kebab Skewers

Great for parties and BBQ’s. This makes a lot of skewers. You will need: 1-2 packets: Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 10 minutes Ingredients 2 kg chicken thigh and breast, sliced into bite sized pieces 4 tablespoons garlic paste 4 tablespoons hoison sauce 4 tablespoons oyster sauce 4 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons of a […]

Big Batch Recipe: Nutella Centred Chocolate Cookies

  This makes ALOT of biccies.  Great to stash in the freezer for when you’ve got a house full of kids.   Ingredients 4 free range eggs 4 cups plain flour 1 cup Nutella 2 cups raw sugar 1 cup castor sugar 4 tablespoons cocoa ¼ cup milk Baking paper Method First make the Nutella […]

Big Batch Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pork (GF/refined sugar-free)

Ingredients 1 kg of pork loin sliced into 2 cm sized pieces. 1 large red capsicum, sliced into long, thin stirps 1 large yellow capsicum, sliced into long, thin strips 1 large green capsicum, sliced into long, thin strips 2 red onions, sliced in half and then into thin half rings 1 medium sized fresh […]

Once-A-Week Cooking Plan: Asian Flavours (meat and veg)

MENU M Asian Beef Cups T Chicken Zoodle Soup W Thai Chickpea Curry T Chinese Fried Rice with Mushrooms F Chili Prawn Skewers S Asian Pork Rolls S Chinese BBQ Pork SHOPPING MEAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES DAIRY, FRIDGE & FROZEN GOODS DRY AND CANNED GOODS CONDIMENTS PANTRY ESSENTIALS 500 grams beef mince 500 grams of […]

Homemade Subway! Meatball Subs

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Mum tips to get calm when Overwhelm strikes

We’ve all been there:  overwhelm strikes and you find yourself feeling anxious and unable to function as you’d like to.  This can happen often during those years of early motherhood especially when sleep is scarce and you may not have family around to support you. Here are some tips that may help in moments of […]

Have a No-Cook Week! Get together, cook and share

  The chore of cooking family meals tends to fall to us women.  Thing is, it’s not that it’s just the actual cooking of the food is it? It’s the mental space and time that it takes to Think about what to cook Shop for ingredients Put away the groceries Prep ingredients for meals Serve […]

Tips to get the most out of your oven

  The oven is an appliance that many of us turn on without a thought to cook a single dish. I’m certainly guilty of turning it on to bake some cookies, which don’t end up being baked for another hour because baby wakes up from a nap or I get distracted and leave it running […]

Make Your Own Feta Cheese

  By Kylie Archer When you venture into the world of cheese making, you have a favourite cheese that you probably want to reproduce at home. Mine is feta cheese. I LOVE feta cheese. Whether I’m using it in a Greek salad, using it with spinach in a flatbread piadina, sprinkling it on pizza or […]

I Am Femivore, Hear Me Roar!

  “FEMIVORE – A homemaker who blends feminism and environmentalism and isn’t afraid to can her own tomatoes. A femivore wants to provide for her family from her own backyard, while reducing her carbon footprint.” Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Over the past 18 months, I have become a backyard activist. I live in a […]

Big Batch Recipe: Sri Lankan Fish Curry in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients 3 large red onions, diced 3 long green chilis, seeds removed and finely chopped 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 cm piece of fresh ginger, grated 2 cm piece of turmeric, finely grated ½ cup oil 8 large tomatoes, chopped into segments and then halved 1 bunch fresh coriander, leaves picked off 4 teaspoons […]

3 Ways to Cook Once Eat All Week for Families

weekly meal planning for families As mums, we are endlessly, thinking about food, preparing food, shopping for food, making meals, more meals, meals, meals, meals, meals – stop! I’m DIZZY! Bake-Off With Friends Ah, back to MamaBake’s roots!  We have such fond memories of our big batch group cook-offs back in the day. So, this […]

How Cooking With Others Makes you Happier

At the heart of everything we do, and indeed what started this whole thing, is how much we value getting together with our friends and fellow mums to cook a weeks worth of meals – sharing that relentless daily burden of dinner that we all carry. There aren’t many things we do together in terms […]

Big Batch Recipe: Homemade Amaretto & Pecan Nut Ice Cream

A special treat for us adults after the kids have (finally!) gone to bed. Ingredients • 2 x 500ml containers of thickened cream • 1 x 395 ml can of condensed milk • ½ cup Amaretto liquer • 1 cup of maraschino cherries, halved • 1 cup pecans, lightly smashed into uneven pieces • ¼ […]

Big Batch Recipe/Freezer Meal Recipe: Baked Mexican Chicken

Ingredients 2 kilos boneless chicken pieces 1 red onion, peeled and chopped 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 x 375 ml jars of mild salsa 4 large tomatoes, chopped 2 large red capsicums, diced 1 cup black olives, sliced 1 cup sweet corn kernels 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon chili Method […]

Big Batch Recipe: Homemade Mango and Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients 2 x 500 ml containers of cream 1 x 395ml can of condensed milk 1 x 825gram tin of sliced peaches, drained 8 fresh peaches, pitted and sliced into thick pieces 2 teaspoons vanilla paste Method Prepare a freezer safe container ready for the ice-cream. It will need to be able to hold at […]

Once-A-Week Cooking Plan: Clean Eating (includes x3 meat-free meals)

MENU M: Tofu & Herb Rice Paper Rolls T: Mango Macadamia Chicken W: Sweet Potato, Kale and Cashew Curry T: Clean Beef Stew F: Hearty Chicken Turmeric Soup S: Roasted Spicy Cauliflower S: Paleo Mexican ‘Rice’ SHOPPING MEAT FRUIT AND VEGETABLES DAIRY, FRIDGE & FROZEN GOODS DRY AND CANNED GOODS CONDIMENTS PANTRY ESSENTIALS 4 chicken breasts, no bones, cut into thin […]

Basic Meal Planning for Beginners

Meal planning can save you time, money and ALOT of brain sauce.  We love it because we don’t have to think about “What shall I make for dinner?” seven times a week.  Having said that, there are different levels of meal planning!   This level here is just about giving yourself a bit of time […]