Meal Prep: Philly Cheesesteak

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 Ever since Ashley started full-time work, he’s asked me for “help” to meal prep (do 90% of the work)

The main challenge I had was to find recipes that were easy, tasty but still healthy. Each week, it started to become an activity for us to find a new and exciting recipe for him to try out. Thankfully, Ash is a great sport and eats everything that I cook, even if these “healthy meals” end up not tasting so great (I’m looking at you roasted chicken and cauliflower lol). Every now and then, we get some winners!

One of these winners is the Philly Cheesesteak

Recipe was adapted from MealPreponFleek

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The best (but not the cheapest) meat to buy for this meal are some Scotch Fillets, sliced as thin as you can. While I mentioned earlier that I usually do 90% (or sometimes 100%) of the work in creating these meals, this is one that Ash did quite a lot. As you would know, he’s a big meat-eater, so he took it upon himself to ensure the right meat was bought, and that they were cooked to perfect. He, however, did not slice the meat himself hahah.

After seasoning and cooking them over high-heat on a cast iron skillet, chuck the cheese on top to let them melt and ooze over the beef. We like to do a mix of both Provolone and American Cheddar cheese to give it that delicious flavour. Now, you can stop here and throw them in to some hoagies (white sub) for a normal sandwich.

But, because they were “healthy” lunchboxes for Ashley, we opted to include the salad in the above recipe, but on the side. Mushrooms, capscium, onions with some Worcestershire sauce to boost up your veggie intake.

Not for the lactose intolerant, but great if you’re after a low carb meal!

Ragnar’s 1st Birthday

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 Can you believe this little guy is already ONE YEARS OLD???

Adjusting to having this little guy in our lives wasn’t too hard, but definitely something new. For someone who’s never had a pet before, I really never knew how much I could love an animal until I met Ragnar. He’s brought us so much happiness over the last year, and although there’s always challenges (like how he’s the fussiest eater!!), I wouldn’t change a single thing about him!

To celebrate his birthday, I baked him a puppy-friendly pupcake filled with banana, carrots and maple syrup. He ate a bit, but to my expectation (and disappointment), he really only was interested in the cream cheese lol.

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I somehow managed to get this hat on his head, and it resulted in the cutest birthday photos ever!

Apart from the pupcakes, he also got to enjoy an assortment of treats, thanks for my parents. His absolute favourite is the Venision from Wag, so that was definitely in the pile of gifts. Ash & I also took him out on a special adventure to Mathias Track in the Dandenong Mountains, which was great.

Happy Birthday little guy ♥

Fire Gardens @ Royal Botanical Gardens

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For four nights in October 2018, the Royal Botanical Gardens was transformed in to Fire Gardens, a magnificent piece created by French Artists, Compagnie Carabosse. 

As we walked through the Fire Gardens, the feeling that we had stepped in an otherworldly place hit me. Entrancing and intriguing music wafted through the darkness of the night, calling us to continue venturing deeper in to the heart of the gardens. The cold and darkness of the night contrasted heavily against the bright and burning flames, dancing along to the soft hums of the Fire Garden guests.

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With only flames to light our pathway, the gardens felt endless. As our feet followed the beats of the musicians, we lost all bearings and found ourselves deep within the heart of the Fire Garden. This night felt so surreal and can only describe it as if we were stepping in to an otherworldly space, with an almost cult-like atmosphere.

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This was really a fantastic transformation of the Royal Botanical Gardens by the Compagnie Carabosse – I forgot I was still in Melbourne, and felt transported in another world and time.

Fire is so fickle; beautiful and warm, but yet unwieldy and destructive.