Monday, November 24, 2014

Sweet Potato Skins with Pizza Topping

So, technically, these are not skins; and I guess to be honest the topping could be deemed less than pizza like, but hey, it's the VIBE man, let's go with it. 

I wanted to eat potato skins with the cheesy bacony goodness on top, but I wanted it to be a little healthy and I had sweet potatoes in the fridge, so this was born. Delicious! And perfect on a hot night with a cool crunchy salad on the side. 

Sweet Potato Skins with Pizza Topping

  • Sweet potatoes! I used about 2 kgs of smallish ones.
  • Olive Oil
  • Ham, shaved, from the deli
  • Spring Onions, chopped
  • Grated Cheese (I used Cheddar)
  • Avocado, thinly sliced
  • Sour Cream and Chili sauce, to serve
  • Salad of your choice

  • Peel the sweet potatoes. I know, we are throwing those skins away, they are covered in dirt. You could scrub them instead of peeling, but I peeled them and gave the peelings to the chickens.
  • Halve them length ways, brush with olive oil and roast in a hot oven until crispy on the outside and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with some shredded ham, shallots and cheese. Go wild and use any topping you'd like! You can see that some of these where toned completely down with no spring onions at all, for the youngest monkey who is a picky eater. Anyway, suit yourself with the toppings.
  • Pop back in the oven until the cheese has melted and browned sufficiently.
  • Drizzle with sour cream, avocado and chili sauce (I heart Sriracha), serve with some salad and you are good to go!

I've got to tell you, this was perfection on a stinking hot night after little league baseball, washed down with a very cold beer; but it would also work as a great side dish for a larger buffet, perhaps with some roast pork or lamb, or some prawns charred on the BBQ. Bring it on, Summer!

Friday, November 21, 2014


Ben Elton (Blackadder, The Young Ones) has written a play so full of biting satire and witty sarcasm you will alternate between laughing so hard your cheeks hurt, and literally gasping in shock at the words coming from the stage. GASP! was first staged in 1990 starring Hugh Laurie, but has obviously been heavily researched and rewritten to be relevant to Australian audiences. 


Remember when that crazed loony, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, head honcho of Nestle, wanted to privatize water? I know, what a psycho! GASP! takes this premise one step further by exploring in hilarious fashion what would happen if big industry privatized the very air we breathe. I loved that the story continues to it's natural conclusion while showing the big industry players for the wankers that they are. 


A small, brilliant cast directed by the super talented Wesley Enoch (Artistic Director, Queensland Theatre Company) take us on this journey of market greed, from the first inspiration to the top of the bell curve and beyond. The bloated, amoral, cash crazy characters take swipes at Asians, the poor, and the size of Julia Gillards rear end to name a few. Market expansion, attacks from competitors, PR spin; it is all fuel for an incredibly entertaining production. 

GASP! is on at The Playhouse, QPAC until 7th December 2014. 

More information including ticket sales can be found here. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Have you ever felt like everything that could go wrong, does go wrong? I've been feeling a lot like this lately, so when the Chaos Family was invited along to the movie preview of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day I packed my bag with tissues in case some of it hit a bit close to home. Then I also took a pile of napkins from the concession stand, just in case. Don't be alarmed, the movie is excellent; really really good. Most of my tears were tears of laughter, promise.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (lets just say Alexander, OK?) the movie is based on the much loved childrens book of the same name, authored by Judith Viorst. It tells the story of Alexander (played by Aussie actor Ed Oxenbould) who has the absolute worst day of his life - gum in his hair, some embarrassing cyber bullying, the discovery that the coolest kid in school is hosting a birthday party on the same day as his, setting his crushes lab book on fire - you know, the usual. When he complains to his family they don't seem to understand, so he uses a little birthday wish magic to guarantee they do, with hilarious results.

My boys laughed and laughed at this movie, like honestly, their sides hurt. They had tears running down their faces. They thought it was super funny that Alexander's brother spectacularly fails his driving test, is forced to wear a powder blue tux to his prom, and is suspended for damaging school property in a freak accident. They almost wet their pants watching Alexander's sister have an adverse reaction to couch syrup and take to the stage as a drunk Peter Pan in the school play. They loved watching Alexander's Dad (Steve Carell) take the highlighter-munching baby brother along to a job interview, set his sleeves on fire over tepanyaki, and get flattened by a kangaroo. As for Alexander's mum (Jennifer Garner) racing on a pushbike to stop Dick Van Dyke from reading a very funny typo laden book to a room full of toddlers, well....they where howling with delight.

The premise of the movie is that you need to have the bad days to appreciate the good ones, and in true Disney fashion the ending is a happy, satisfying, heart expanding finale.

I highly recommend it if you need a good laugh yourself.

Opens in cinemas everywhere, December 4th 2014.
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