Five on Friday

Its school holidays here and this week has just flown by. We’ve been busy with park meet-ups and play dates, card games, baking, gardening and dog walking. I wanted to share a post of my spare room makeover this week but time just went and its friday already! Time to link up with Amy from Love Made my Home for Five on Friday!

1. Dog walks on the beach

Its been nice to have the kids for company on some dog walks this week. Our pup Kess is 3 months old and I have never had a dog before, so I am getting used to dog world. Having a few extra pairs of hands helps me get a bit more confident being out and about with her. There is a beach that is off leash for dogs where she can run with the kids and learn to socialise with other dogs. I’m still a bit anxious, but I know the more we go out in public with her, the better it will be.

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2. Making pumpkin soup

This is the lunch of choice at the moment, simple homemade soup, perfect for the cooler weather.

homemade pumpkin soup

3. A gift from my husband

My husband bought Dawn French’s book ‘oh Dear Silvia’ at the airport for me the other day. Have any of you read it? Sounds like it will be a good read. I have never read any of her books before and I’m looking forward to starting it. Just need to find the time!

oh dear silvia, dawn french

4. A dinner recipe

I bought a chicken from the farmers market the other day. Not just any old chicken, this was ginormous! It was more like a turkey, and weighed 3kg! I asked the farmer what he had been feeding his chickens. He told me a load of them escaped and they couldn’t find them anywhere and thought that was that. A couple of weeks or so later they turn up again, and they are massive! He reckons they had been hiding out in the pig pen eating the pig’s food and thats why they got so big! Anyway, I roasted it the other night for dinner, knowing I would have heaps of leftovers. The next night I found a recipe for leftover chicken curry, which I adapted by adding a few other bits in, and it was a big hit. Absolutely delicious. The chicken cost me 15 dollars, very cheap for such a monster, and fed the five of us for two nights dinner, plus extra for sandwiches for lunch. Bargain!

leftover chicken curry

Here is the recipe for leftover chicken curry, which I adapted from this link for leftover chicken ideas:

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
300ml chicken stock
Tomato passata, or tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1-2 cups cauliflower
1 small sweet potato
leftover roast chicken, roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 can coconut milk
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
half tsp ground cardamom
half tsp ground cinnamon
half tsp ground turmeric
half tsp ground chilli powder (or to taste)
fresh coriander, chopped, to serve


Fry onion with salt until soft, then add garlic and ginger and fry for 2-3 minutes more. Add the spices and coat onion evenly, gently fry for 2 minutes. Then add the tomato passata and puree, cook for 1 minute then add the stock. bring to boil then add the cauliflower and sweet potato and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, then add the chopped chicken and warm through. Serve with steamed rice and sprinkle with fresh coriander.

5. A dishcloth swap

I am happy to be joining in with Kimberley at Creative Chaos for her dishcloth swap this year, and I have been paired up with Kimberley herself! I’ve not taken part before, so this should be fun, and you know how I love my dishcloths! I won’t share any photos now so I don’t spoil the surprise, but I will keep you posted on how it turns out.

Have a lovely weekend, if you get chance, hop over to Amy’s blog to visit the other bloggers joining in.


12 thoughts on “Five on Friday

  1. Yourcurry looks very tasty. What a lovely sandy beach quite different to Brighton where I spent the weekend. Enjoy the holidays. 🙂

  2. Lovely soup, and your beach walks look wonderful, what a beautiful spot. I’m glad you’re getting used to being a dog owner now. CJ xx

  3. Your beach walk looks lovely, we used to have a dog when I was a child and often think about getting a puppy, it’s a great way to get out and get fit maybe when I retire, I love homemade soup and your curry looks delicious, have a great weekend. 🙂

  4. I wish my dog walks involved the beach! Instead I journey down suburban sidewalks early in the morning! we have a few camping trips planned down by the lake so those mornings I’ll make a real effort to get the dog out on the sand!

  5. Both the soup and the curry look delicious!!! Bit too warm here now for soup, but we are having curry for dinner tonight so I will think of you! The beach where you take the dog looks so beautiful, what a wonderful place to be able to go and play with the dog! Thank you so much as always for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  6. Kess is so cute! We are two years into being owned by a Black Lab ( yes I have that the right way around ha). He has been such a wonderful addition to our family, I hope Kess is to yours too. A great five! Have a lovely weekend x

  7. The dishcloth swap sounds fun! Oh my–super chicken!!! 🙂 We here in America love Dawn French. One of the funniest things I ever saw was a skit she did with Jennifer Saunders— she was a ballerina being interviewed. Since my daughter was a ballet dancer, it just made us howl. She has such a dry wit. I bet the book will be good. The beach photos are beautiful! I know you are going to enjoy your new pup.

  8. Wow! Thanks I totally enjoyed your five on Friday! The beach is so beautiful and cute to see the kids and dog having fun! Love the soup and chicken dish too! Have a wonderful weekend and week. Thanks so much for visiting my 5 on Friday too!
    Julie xo

  9. It’s great to be able to walk your dog on a beach – ours absolutely loves it, he dances in the waves! Unfortunately, he also drinks the seawater and the results of that are not pretty! Love your photos! xx

  10. Five great things! The soup and the curry look delicious and I so envy people who live near such lovely beaches. 🙂
    We loved Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley, but I haven’t ever read her books.
    Thank you for sharing and have a lovely Sunday!

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