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Family Dinner Night

Family Dinner Night

One of my favourite nights of the week is Family Dinner Night. With a family of adults all leading very busy lives and not living at home, it is the one night that we all try to get together. It’s usually a Tuesday or a Thursday night, depending on what other commitments we all have. Funny enough, it wasn’t really something that was purposely planned. It just came to be and has become a welcome weekly connection for all of us.

I love to cook and have fun in the kitchen, so some nights there is a theme for Family Dinner Night. I know it can be OTT on occasions, but hey, I really get great joy and sastifaction from spending the afternoon in the kitchen, cooking up something delicious for us to share and enjoy. What’s on the menu varies considerably but I always try to cook the things I know my family will love. Time is often in short supply, so short cuts have been known to occur. (Sometimes the shortcut extends to ordering in take away). 🙂

Mostly, it’s an evening of not only sharing food but discussing topical events in the news, having a laugh, debriefing about our weekly experiences, making plans or even debating philosophical ideas or dreams for the future. It can get quite loud and noisy – making it difficult to get a word in edgeways – but that’s all part of the fun.

I thought I’d share our Family Dinner Night OTT Parmigiana Menu. It might inspire you with easy ideas for making a mid-week dinner that pleases everyone’s taste buds. (Yes, I did print out the menu and ask everyone what they would like on their parmi – what can I say? I am probably a little crazy!) All I know is it’s hard work but great fun for me. A pursuit of happiness!

Your turn…..

What’s your favourite night of the week?



Garlic Prawns on the Barbie

Garlic Prawns on the Barbie

Garlic Prawns on the Barbie (Barbecue)

Throw a prawn on the Barbie Or cook in ramekins in the oven


1 kilo of RAW prawns peeled and deveined

¾ cup olive oil

1 knob of garlic – crushed

Juice of a lemon

Salt and pepper 

Serve with chunks of sourdough bread


Mix the peeled prawns with the other ingredients and let sit for about ½ hour. 

Don’t let the mixture sit for too long otherwise the lemon juice will cook the prawns. 

Throw the prawns on a “Barbie” or cook in ramekins. 

If you cook the prawns in ramekins you can soak up the juices with slices of sourdough bread.

The prawns must be fresh.  Don’t buy prawns that have been pre frozen.