A glass with yellow toned trifle in an individual serve.

Amber (not her real name), like some children with autism, prefers only pale, yellow or white foods. Pasta and potato are on top of her list.

When catching up with Amber she knows I will always make her favourite potato salad. And when we spent Christmas together last year, I made sure our "dessert to share" was a pale-coloured trifle.

A photo of biscuits. Star shaped shortbreads ties with red and white twine. Christmas Baubles and ribbons.

This is Kim's Nanna's shortbread recipe. She makes several batches (feeling sick after as she eats half the mixture!) prior to Christmas and packages up to give as gifts (placing shortbread into glass jars).

close up of rosemary cake with rosemary sprig on top

Rosemary is a symbol of remembrance, so what better way to commemorate Remembrance Day than a Rosemary Cake. Try baking this cake on 11th November to remember those who passed away or suffered for Australia in all wars and armed conflicts. 

A bluberry muffin drizzled with white icing and two strawberries, all on a plate.

This recipe was originally my Aunt's "visitor cake", the recipe you have on hand when you are expecting visitors and need to make something quickly and easily. I remember many visits to her with the delicious smell of blueberry muffins and eating them warm from the oven.

A wooden tray with multicoloured rice within. A childs hand is playing in the tray. There are toys and tools around the tray.

This recipe is not to eat, it's to play with! Sensory play can be calming and often has the benefit of helping fine motor, and hand-eye coordination skills depending on the exercise.

Two chia puddings, one with mango smoothie and mint, the other with berry smoothie and blueberry.

When breakfast can be a dessert, that has to be a great recipe, right? Make this the night before for a ready-made breakfast. If you need breakfast on the go, store it in a spill-proof jar and bring a spoon.

A creamy style spaghetti on a plate. Parsley garnishes the dish

This simple pasta dish is lovely as leftovers for a work lunch. Light and creamy for warm spring days. 

passionfruit slice on a white flat lay with passionfruit in right hand corner

Now that Spring has sprung, why not try this delicious recipe for an afternoon treat in the sun? Try pairing it with a glass of sparkling lemon water for an extra citrus twist.

A person is holding a wooden spoon above a A white bowl with boiled rice and Japanese curry of vegetables and meat.

This version is a mild curry in the Japanese Style. Traditionally eaten in a bowl with a spoon, it is a Japanese adaption of western cuisine.  It is hearty, and our family often cook it as comfort food. The texture is a thicker curry, with a light sweetness, and as it is mild, it tends to be a favourite of children who do not like spicy curry. The recipe can be adapted to a slow cooker, to set and forget, adding the apple later, and the curry just before you finish cooking. 

Clear glasses with a pale green panna cotta dessert, are topped with strawberries and white chocolate shavings.

Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from tea leaves that are dried then ground. It is high in antioxidants and has a vibrant green colour. With a "grassy" taste, it is not to everyone's liking. If you enjoy the taste of matcha, this velvety panna cotta is simple to make, and you can glam it up with decoration as you wish.