Sunday Girl

Today Missy’s dad and I took her to the Sydney Opera House for a show. Her first ever concert, Giggle and Hoot.

Even though Missy has been to the city before, she has always been too young to appreciate what she can see. So today we took full advantage of showing her the city that I love so dearly.



All of these photos were taken from inside the Sydney Opera House

The show itself was so good for the kids. Missy’s face lit right up when the show started and she was so excited. I think she really believed that Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle were there just for her. She also was such a little trooper. She’s sick with a cold currently and is generally miserable, but managed to have a lot of fun.

I’m being excited for her

Even though I’m not wanting to wish her life away, I am looking forward to when she’s old enough to take to the museums, the zoo and the aquarium.

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!




Guinness Pie

My husband has recently switched over to gluten free food, as a result if feeling constantly unwell after eating. He had heaps of tests done (including for coeliacs) and they all came back negative.

Being the registered nurse I am, I switched him over to gluten free food on a hunch and it’s worked.

Now the challenge has been to find food gluten free! Besides the obvious fruit, vegetables and meat, garnishes and favourite meals such as pie, pasta and toast of course all contain gluten.

It’s become a bit of a tradition in our family that on St Patricks Day (his family is of direct Irish descent) I make a tradition beef Guinness pie and potato bread for the family. So this year is no different, however has been a challenge to find gluten free ingredients. Considering beer itself isn’t proven to be gluten free!

700gm diced heart smart beef
250ml of Guinness beer
1 cup of frozen peas and corn
1 carrot diced and pre boiled for softness
Rice flour (I find better than the combined maize and rice flour in consistency) until thickness desired
1 teaspoon of ground garlic (or 1 clove fresh)
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 mushrooms
Oregano, pepper and parsley to season
4 beef stock cubes (or less if you prefer less salty)

Then of course, gluten free puff pastry.

Now the rest of this entry is written in real time (over 40 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius, or 392 degrees Fahrenheit in a fan forced oven)


Slow cooked over about an hour and cooled for an hour before baking


Halfway there!

This is always the hardest part, because the house smells of delicious baking pie, but we’re not actually eating it until tomorrow night. Thankfully I’m able to occupy my time with another Irish tradition, Baileys.


I just said to Husband “The pie looks amazeballs” and he replied “A hipster dies every time someone says that word”. Well okay then!


Finally! Please excuse the stained oven tray, it’s clean I promise.

So there you have it, my Guinness pie. A family favourite. I hope you enjoy it too.

lá sona naomh Pádraig