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 […]

Iced VoVo Biscuits

If there’s ever a biscuit that brings out nostalgic feelings in an Aussie, it’s the Iced VoVo.  Yes, the other one on the nostalgia list is the Tim Tam but for today, we’re talking about Iced VoVos. Back in my school days, there were a lot of lunch boxes that contained Iced VoVos and if […]

Mini Chicken and Leek Pies

You will be pleased to know I did manage a front row seat at the recent concert where the little guy sang Danny Boy. How I managed it was miraculous. I arrived 40-minutes early and there were a few other anxious mothers waiting outside the doors.  One of them, (the doctor who raced in the […]

Sausage Rolls with Homemade Sauce

Short post. No time to scratch. But I’ll just take a few minutes to fill you in on why I’m running around like a blue-arsed fly. The day started early.  Alfie needed to be at school an hour earlier than normal due to being bussed off to an all-day choir rehearsal for a concert he’s […]

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

Last week when I made the After School Cookies, I had an annoying couple of rows of dark chocolate leftover.  Annoying because it seemed there wasn’t quite enough leftover chocolate to do anything with so I feared the few squares of chocolate would just sit around in the pantry, taking up space until I forgot […]

After School Cookies

Rosie is obese.  She waddles when she walks.  I’m blaming Barnaby the Lodger.  While he was here Rosie wanted to prove she was top-dog so she ate the lion’s share.  If Barnaby left anything on his plate, she bolted over and snatched it.  Now people are looking at her wobbling abdomen and then at me […]

Cherry Clafoutis

Last Saturday we were having our first dinner party in about three months.  I beetled around the house in a frenzy trying to knock the house into shape to give the illusion we are respectable.  I set the table with all my new homewares from Bali, I bought a vase full of lilies, and there […]

Mini Passionfruit Meringue Tarts

Our lodger has left the premises.  And we will miss him.  Barnaby was with us for four weeks and we fell in love with him.  He was terrific company for Rosie and once they established their relationship they spent the evenings snuggled up to each other on the couch. I do think Rosie will find […]

Lemon and Almond Basbousa Cake

A lot of food bloggers dream of compiling all their recipes into a published book.  Alice Phillips from Ally’s Kitchen is one blogger who has turned that dream into a reality.  Recently launched, her cookbook, Ally’s Cookbook – A Passport for Adventurous Palates is currently being reviewed by food bloggers all around the world. I […]