How to Find Mindfulness in a World Where Multi Tasking Rules

Are you a multi-tasker or a stay in the moment type?

It seems that we have all trained ourselves to not waste a single moment.  We fill in every tiny gap of time attempting to be as productive as possible.  To the ridiculous point where we find ourselves standing in front of the microwave shouting “hurry up”. Continue reading “How to Find Mindfulness in a World Where Multi Tasking Rules”

How to Support Your Blogging Friends

Simple Ways to Support Your Favourite blogger
Did you know that blogs started appearing in Australia as early as 2002? Often built on cumbersome platforms with dial-up internet, the pioneer bloggers needed to know how to write code to build their websites.  I am a newbie to the World of Blogging and I am very impressed with the amazing people who operate in this unique industry.  My gorgeous friends and family are super supportive of my blogging endeavours but I am finding very few people know how to support and exactly what that support really means to a blogger.

Continue reading “How to Support Your Blogging Friends”

Simple Ploys to Beat Imposter Syndrome and Find Your Inner Wonder Woman

Have you ever experienced Imposter Syndrome?

That moment when you are called upon to speak to more than one person in the capacity of “expert” and your heart begins to palpitate and you doubt your own credibility.

I think I have suffered with this syndrome for most of my life and not just in relation to public speaking.  Being a Mother and trying to convince my kids that I knew what I was doing – yep totally faking it. Training the dog – pretending that I am the one in control.  That time that a Doctor recommended removing my daughter’s Gall Bladder – totally faked that she lion don’t mess with my kid attitude. Continue reading “Simple Ploys to Beat Imposter Syndrome and Find Your Inner Wonder Woman”

Hosting International Students – Why Would They Stay at Your Place

Our house is ridiculously quiet because both of our international students have travelled home for the holidays.  It takes a little getting used to living at a different pace.

The girls that we host add so much vibrancy and energy to our home and it feels strange to have an empty house.  Sundae, our Cocker Spaniel went into grief mode the moment she saw the suitcases being packed. Continue reading “Hosting International Students – Why Would They Stay at Your Place”

Chicken Pie with Broccoli or How to Make an Easy Gougere

We are getting a bit fancy pants here with our Chicken Gougere and Broccoli Pie but stay with us because it’s really easy to whip up and it’s super delicious.

A Gougere in French cuisine is a baked savoury choux pastry made of choux dough mixed with cheese.

Do  not be afraid of the words Choux or Pastry.  This is a breeze to make and deliciously light and tasty.   Chef Anita has created a simple, wholesome pie which everyone will love.

Serve as a light dinner dish with a big salad or as a delicious lunch with the ladies (add some white wine and you’re good to go!)

Best of all, you can use left over cooked chicken!

It’s easy to make the recipe in bigger batches – just change the number of people you want to serve and the quantities will automatically adjust – I know, genius!

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Chicken Gougere and Broccoli Pie
A delicious light pie using a combination of choux pastry and tasty chicken and cheese filling.
Chicken Gougere and Broccoli Pie
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chicken Gougere and Broccoli Pie
  1. Preheat your oven to 190c.
  2. Blanch or steam the Broccoli and refresh in cold water to stop cooking. Drain.
  3. Heat Milk in saucepan. Toss the cornflour and grated cheese together and then add to hot milk. Stir until it boils and thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Choux Pastry
  1. Make the choux pastry by heating the butter and water in a saucepan until it comes to the boil.
  2. Add the Plain Flour and continue stirring until the mixture forms a smooth ball and comes away from the sides of the saucepan. Remove from heat.
  3. Cool Slightly.
  4. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Continue to whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny.
  5. Spread the Choux pastry evenly over the base of an ovenproof pie dish.
  6. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until the top is golden.
Assemble and Bake
  1. Layer the sliced chicken and broccoli onto the Choux pastry and then smooth over the cheese sauce.
  2. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until the top is golden.
Recipe Notes

Chef Anita can't remember when she first baked this pie and believes it's a Flashback from the '70's.

Some tips from Anita:

You can substitute the Broccoli for Broccolini if you prefer.

You can add alternative vegetables to the pie (just remember to steam them first so that they are cooked)

Use Chicken breasts or any leftover cooked chicken.


Anita & Debra

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