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Feeling meh, blah or brrrr?  

When winter gets you down, make this.  

Best lurgy killer I have found.  Simple to cook.  Minimal chopping.  No blending.  Tastes best on the couch with a fluffy rug, an old movie (like “Singing in the Rain”), and/or someone to snuggle.

Magic Chicken & Corn Soup

2 cup water
1 chicken stock cube
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 onion, sliced
4 parsley sprigs
4 chicken thigh fillets
310g can creamed corn
½ teaspoon grated ginger, extra
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 tablespoon water, extra
60g ham, sliced
1 spring onion, chopped

Pop water, stock cube, ginger, onion, and parsley in a medium saucepan with chicken.  Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, simmer for about 10 minutes or until chicken is tender.  Strain and keep the stock.  Take out the chicken.

Return the stock to the saucepan.  Add corn and extra ginger.  Bring to boil.  In a cup, mix cornflour with extra water, then add that to the stock.  Stir constantly, over heat, until mixture boils and thickens.

Chop the cooked chicken, and to corn mixture with ham and spring onion.

Tastes best when shared.
Serves four.
Best served immediately, but will keep overnight in the fridge.  
Do not freeze.

Hope this soup works it’s magic for you and helps you keep the winter ickies at bay.

This recipe is adapted from the Australian Women’s Weekly’s Basic Cookbook (which I stole from an ex-boyfriend).  

What do you make to get you through winter?


My May was marvelous in Melbourne.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Yep, that’s fourteen Ms.  And I’m sharing them with you in the hope of warming your winter a little.

Mums – May is the month that we celebrate motherhood. But why not every month, I say.  Call your mum today!  She wants to hear your voice.

Munchkin – My youngest turned two this month.  I’m mourning the fact that there’s no longer a baby in the house.  But we had fun making, then munching, a bright green Puff the Magic Dragon cake.

Mugs of Mulligatawny – When the chills kick in there’s nothing like wrapping your mitts around a mug of something toastie.  I’m loving Mulligatawny, the yummiest soup I’ve ever made.  It’s a gutsy Indian hug in a mug.  Try it.

Minimalism – I am enjoying Courtney Carver’s Be More with Less blog and attempting some of her mini-missions, starting with ‘five in ten’.  This  involved mining my wardrobe for five items that I have not worn in a year, then bagging and donating them.  Found this oddly exhilarating and hope it might spark a more ambitious (and long overdue) clutter cull.

Mind games – Changing my self talk from “I have to” to “I get to” is helping a little with the tedium of getting two strong-willed preschoolers to swimming lessons on time, dipped, dried, dressed and home again without meltdowns (by me or them).

Masterpieces – I’m no fine art buff, but I was lured into Monet’s waterlily pond by a gorgeous friend who has recently been appointed to a plum role at the NGV.  She treated me to a guided tour explaining the historical and social content, and how Monet literally flipped the art world on its head by painting reflections. I can highly recommend spending an afternoon getting acquainted with French Impressionism (words I never thought I’d say) by wandering through Monet’s Garden till 8 September.

Man on a mission – I love Jamie Oliver.  He inspired many in May with his Food Revolution Day.  According to Jamie, “Essential cooking skills are just as important as reading and writing, in this day and age, the rise of diet related illness has become the biggest killer on the planet”.  And so I took the kids to the market, they picked a pumpkin, and we made soup together, which they guzzled.  One small step towards hopefully passing on to them an appreciation and life long love of food.

Muddy puddles – Kinda forgotten how to entertain the kids on a rainy day.  It’s been a while.  And I’d fallen into the adult trap of seeing rain as an inconvenience, not entertainment.  But the boys convinced me to don our gumboots and get amongst it. Splashing in muddy puddles was super fun!  And the hot baths and warm Milo that followed were sweeter than usual.

MoviesACMI’s Hollywood Costume exhibition is so beautifully staged. It celebrates the costume designer’s contribution to cinematic storytelling.  I drooled over Dorothy’s red shoes, Scarlett’s green velvet gown, Tyler Durden’s blood red leather jacket, Marilyn’s delicious Seven Year Itch dress, and much more.  Eat it up movie buffs before 18 August.

Mindfulness – In my effort to live more consciously and deliberately, I’m keeping a food diary using the MyFitnessPal phone app.  It’s been an eye opening exercise.  Has not stopped me eating things I shouldn’t, but it certainly has made me more aware.

Music – Nothing lifts my mood quicker than dancing.  Mama Kin’s Apple Tree song (from the Talisman album) and The Little Stevies‘ Dear Daniel (from Most Requested) are on loop in my speakers because both are guaranteed to get the kids and I groovin’.  I love hearing my two year old sing “shoo-be-do-do-do”.  Sure beats repetitive Wiggles!

Marriage – Been surrounded by betrothed couples this month, which I love.  Went wedding venue hunting with my sister-in-law.  Lunched with a friend who’s planning a barefoot beach ceremony in Fiji in weeks.  Booked four celebrant gigs, a role which I adore playing.  Discovered gorgoeus Luminare in South Melbourne.  And found the perfect reading for a couple’s children to recite, Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss.  Weddings make me happy.

Markets – I have a hereditary obsession with handmade markets.  From jam to jewellery, if it’s been made locally with love, and packaged beautifully, I’m a sucker for it.  So my wallet got a workout at Federation Square’s Markit, which featured 100 of Australia’s most coveted independent designers.  My favourite finds included jelly mould hanging planters by Angus&Celeste, journals by Rebound Books, spunky boys gear by Furious Kingston, the fox coat by Sunday Morning Designs, creative packaging inspiration by Blank Goods, the stylish family tree by Bilingual, and lovely Martine’s Vintage Prints.  The organisers also stage The Big Design Market on 6-8 December.  Pop it in your calendar and come meet the makers, buy and admire.

Magazines – In May’s Women’s Weekly the gorgeous Sarah Murdoch talked about reprioritising her commitments according to what would most inspire her children.  She said “If I’m going to be away from them, working on something, it should be something that, when they grow up, they respect me for”.  Can I get an amen?

Thanks for indulging my May musing.

I make these monthly lists to focus on what make me happy, and stop my endless ‘to do’ task list from being the dominant demand on my brain space.

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What’s on your list of things to do for fun in June?
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PS – Don’t forget to call your mum!

This post is kinda stolen from a St Thomas More Primary School fundraising cookbook.  

I’m told that this soup originates from East India, but I discovered it thanks to my mother’s best friend.  And I’ve cooked it for lots of people I love.

This is, without a doubt, the yummiest soup I have ever made.  And my hubby’s favourite too.  It almost has me willing for wintery weather to justify this warming up.    



2 large skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 large zucchini
2 sticks celery
1 medium brown onion
1 large Granny Smith apple
2 tablespoons butter
1.5 litres chicken stock
2 teaspoons curry powder (less if you prefer it milder)
¼ cup rice, uncooked
¼ cup cream
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon chutney


Melt butter over a low heat in a saucepan.
Add curry powder.
Fry off diced chicken that has been tossed in flour.
Add diced zucchini, celery, onion, apple and fry off gently.
Add stock and bring to the boil while stirring.
Reduce heat and simmer for one hour.
Add rice and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
Add lemon juice, chutney and cream and stir through while simmering gently for five minutes.
Serve in deep bowls and eat heartily.

Try it and do let me know what you think.

Love to hear what you look forward to cooking/eating this winter.