Tropical Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

As most of you are aware, Miss Arabella has had a birthday.  And while we did have a ‘Queen of the Desert’ party and while I did make a stiletto riding on top of a bus, birthday cake, there was still that issue of a more intimate family celebration. The weather for Miss Arabella’s party […]

How to Make a Bus Cake with a Stiletto Shoe

When Arabella chose, ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert‘ as the theme for her 21st birthday party I knew I’d need to make an appropriate cake and thought about what best symbolised the movie/musical. The realisation came upon me that central to the movie is the bus named ‘Priscilla’ with its giant sparkling stiletto perched precariously […]

A 21st Birthday Party

Here at Hotly Spiced Headquarters we are all moving just a little bit slowly as we recover from Miss Arabella’s 21st birthday party. This year, a low-budget Australian film that was shot in just three weeks, then became an international success and then a long-running musical on Broadway, also celebrates its 21st birthday.  Thinking that […]

Asparagus and Poached Eggs on Toast

With the exclusion of the Gen Y’s who are reading my blog, would it be fair to say Gen Y’s are useless?  They’re not stupid as they’re perfectly capable of getting amazing results for their final school exams, and they walk right on into amazing universities, and they hold down jobs.  They can even converse […]

Asparagus Rolls

Miss Arabella has lost a kilo. That is of tremendous significance. Because now, the outfit that was too expensive in the shops, that she was out-bid on in an E-bay auction, that she then did buy in a smaller size at an E-bay auction, that was then too tight so she put it back on […]

No-Bake Lemon Slice

Regular readers would know that very soon Arabella will be celebrating her 21st birthday.  As we did for Archie, we have a party planned, with a theme, and for that theme Arabella has chosen an outfit. She found what she wanted in a shop but it was very expensive and out of the range of […]

Macaroni Cheese with Leeks

I’m not in Bali yet but almost. Thanks for all your positive comments that the kids will be just fine.  However, because my ability to think positively is crumbling, I’ve brought in the big guns. Yes, Archie (Useless) and Arabella (the Cripple), still don’t have to share the house with a live-in watch-dog but in […]

The Ruptured Tendon

It does seem a very long time ago that Arabella fell on broken glass and ended up in hospital.  In fact, it was 10 long weeks ago. Since having a lot of repair work done including the stitching back together of her patella tendon, Arabella has been living with her leg in a full-length brace. […]

Iceberg Lettuce Salad and…Turkey Time

But it’s not really turkey time is it. Since Christmas I have had a 7.5kg (13 stone), free-range turkey in my freezer and while delighting in how I was able to purchase it at cost price, it’s actually started to annoy me because it was taking up 85% of my freezer space.  I was intending […]

A Medical Emergency

My life has been such a whirlwind I’ve barely had time for any on-line presence.  It always seems that just when you think the week ahead is looking like plain-sailing and you might actually have the chance to tackle the overdue tax reports the accountant has been asking for since October, that another crisis rears […]