Tuna Pastabake

Looking for a quick, healthy meal? Look no further! This meal can be made ahead of time and frozen or kept in the fridge, ready to be baked at a moments notice.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6-8 servings

  • 575g jar of Leggo’s spinach and garlic pastabake sauce
  • 500g pasta (we use large shells)
  • 425g tin of tuna
  • 1 cup of frozen vegetables
  • 1 cup grated tasty or shredded cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (to serve)


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Chicken Pie

This is my all-time favourite recipe. The pie is so full of flavour! I love preparing this meal almost as much as I love eating it. It may look like there are a lot of steps, but don’t let that intimidate you as they are all very simple.

Our creamy chicken pie goes so well with Mashed Potatoes.

To see full-sized photos of this recipe (including some not shown on this post) click here. You’ll be so happy you did!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 4 slices of good size pie

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Spray oil (for greasing the pie dish)
  • 600g chicken breast
  • 3 bacon rashers
  • 1 Small onion
  • 1 Cup frozen vegetables (we use peas and corn)
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 Cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 Cup cream
  • Pepper to taste
  • Lawry’s (or substitute steak seasoning)
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 sheet of shortcrust pastry (you can omit or use puff pastry on the base too if so desired. Also, I use store bought shortcrust/puff pastry, but if you have time to make your own I strongly encourage you to do so.)
  • *Optional 1/4 cup white wine.


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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes is a tasty side dish that works great with any meal, but especially with our wonderful CHICKEN PIE.

Mashed Potatoes are delicious. I know you can buy it in a packet mix or frozen portions, but nothing beats fresh, creamy mashed potatoes. Everyone has their own way as to make it, this is just how I do it. I like to buy the type of potatoes from the supermarket that don’t require peeling as the skin has a lot of nutrients in it.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • You’ll need 1- 1 ½ potatoes per person
  • Chives
  • Salt (iodised)
  • Pepper
  • ¼ Cup milk (the more potatoes used the more milk required)
  • 1 Tbsp Butter

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My Guy Friday Geeky Gift Ideas

Hey again folks, it’s your favourite Branden!

With Christmas fast approaching, I’ve decided to list off some good gift ideas for that special geek in your life.

Captain America Hoodie

Captain America Hoodie from thinkgeek.com

Superhero Hoodies:
Does that “friend” of yours like to dress up as a superhero? This is the way to do it. The hood even acts as a mask, if you…I mean, “they”…want to go into full superhero mode. The Captain America and Boba Fett ones are the best quality, but if you really need Spider-Man and you don’t mind your hoodies being a bit plasticy, you can get it here.
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Sew, a needle pulling thread…

Woohoo, it’s finally here!!!! The first official ‘Sew’ post for Sew, Cook, Create! And my oh my does it feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel good!

B and I purchased my machine back in July after the ‘end of financial year’ sales. We paid a lovely $150 for this baby, even though it retails for $329 AUD. Isn’t she gorgeous?! We haven’t come up with a name for her yet, so if you have any geeky/sci-fi ideas, post them below.

And now, the machine in all her shiny glory…

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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

We love pasta in our house and this dish is always a regular on our menu. Serve with garlic bread to really complete the meal.
To see full-sized photos of this recipe (including some not shown on this post) click here.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 4-5

  • 600g chicken breast
  • 500g fettuccine
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • Lawry’s seasoning
  • 2 Tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup cream (thickened or pure)
  • 1/4 cup of white wine*
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tsp basil
  • 1 Tsp parsley (plus additional parsley to serve on top)
  • 1/4 Tsp onion powder
  • Pepper (for seasoning)

If you like more herbs, feel free to add them

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo ingredients
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Aussie Cheesesteaks

This recipe is adapted from Grandma Judy’s famous Philly Cheesesteak recipe. She’ll tell you, and I agree, it’s all about the bread rolls you use… and the steak… and the Lawry’s… and the cheese… and the onion. But mostly the rolls. G Judy gets her sub rolls from a nice little Italian bakery in Philadelphia, while we have to suffer sub-par rolls from our corner store.

Trust me when we say it’s all about the rolls. We have seriously tried five different types and none of them compare to those we had in Philly. But it may also have something to do with G Judy’s amazing cooking!

Thanks to mumma Nat for eating with us and being patient as we took the photos for the blog. This recipe is quick, but so flavourful. If serving to kids or as a lunch, try cutting the bread rolls in half to make mini Aussie Cheesesteaks.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 4-6
*We sometimes double this recipe if we have guests.

  •  1 package of Beef sizzle steak (available from Woolworth’s supermarkets).
  • 1 large onion
  • Lawry’s seasoning (or other steak seasoning).
  • 4-6 Bread rolls
  • 3 cheese slices

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