Back to school – oh, what a shame… ;)

I don’t know about you, but these holidays have seemed quite long to me! Mix together the constant chatter, vague pestering, the odd sibling quarrel and you have a noisy mix that has filled my ears to bursting. It’s around this time each break that I start to think that a job in a proper office might be nice, you know, away with adults where people pester you via email and only at appointed times. And just when you think you’re on the holidays home straight, the NSW department of Education chucks in a student-free day which means I have to actually wait until Tuesday for a bit of blessed silence.

To get you back in the swing of things, here’s a recipe from the Term 3 menu planner – an easy beetroot spread that brightens up sandwiches and also works well as dip. And don’t forget to download the Morning Jobs sheets that you can stick up and help your kids be in charge of organising themselves in the mornings.

I’ll think of you all at 10am Tuesday morning when I’m sitting, sipping my cup of tea in the solitude. In fact, at that alloted time, let’s all give each other a (silent) toast.

Brighten up a dull lunchbox with this pink hit


Beetroot Sandwich spread

2 medium beetroots
125g low-fat cream cheese
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp caster sugar

Preheat oven to 180C. Wash beetroot gently. Trim stems leaving about 3cm. Wrap each one in foil. Place on tray and bake for 1 hour until skewer can easily slide through.

Unwrap, cool slightly then peel and roughly chop. Pop into a stick blender (or food processor). Blitz. Add rest of ingredients and blitz until smooth and well combined.

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10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Lonni Bedson said,

    Yummo, How long would this keep for?

    • 2

      wendyblume said,

      I always have to err on the side of food safety caution (so no one sues me!), so will say 2-3 days, but really, there’s nothing in it that will spoil quickly, it should really last longer. Definitely if you make it Sunday, you should get lunches out of it monday, tues, wed.

  2. 4

    Verity said,

    looks yummy, not sure if the kids would get any!
    If you use a new tub of cream cheese, and put into fridge asap after making it, it should technically last til the recommended timing after opening the cream cheese (see the pack), which is probably around 5 days?

  3. 6

    Looks extremely yummy 🙂

  4. 7

    MummyK said,

    Hey, your rice mince balls from your book rocked my house this weekend, THANK YOU!

  5. 10

    just made up a batch of this, the beets at the supermarket weren’t that nice so I grabbed a tin. I left out the vinegar and sugar because there was sugar in the tin and they are fairly acidic as is. Even using tinned it was still very tasty, the littlies liked licking out the bowl. I am doing the sausage rolls tonight, I might serve this as a dipping sauce and see how that goes. Will report back 🙂


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