Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

From the Edmonds Cookbook

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

Afternoon tea

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

Lovely with ice cream

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

Makes 12

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

From Ally's Kitchen Cookbook

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 […]

Good Friday Hot Cross Buns

Serve warm with lots of butter and jam

My relationship with my Brazilian personal trainer didn’t get off to a great start.  I first laid eyes on him at a small group training session where he introduced himself as the newest member of staff at the gym. Then he said his name but there was a lot of competing noise and I thought he […]

Individual Chocolate Pavlovas and…The Chocolate Game

Individual Chocolate Pavlovas

When I posted a fig and prosciutto salad a few days ago, there was a reference to all the cousins at the party sitting down to play ‘the chocolate game’. I had many comments from people asking, ‘What is the chocolate game?’  It seems only Claire and I grew up playing this fantastic game and […]

Praline Meringue Torte

Served with some fresh figs

I’ve had my first date. With Tiablo, the Brazilian. I was running a couple of minutes late and he even sent me a text message making sure he wasn’t being stood-up. After the initial greeting we spent an hour in the downstairs part of the gym with all the bulky-blokes with rugby league sized thighs. […]

A Christening Cake

Topped with a teddy bear

A few days after Christmas we had the Christening of Em’s little boy, Freddie.  The Christening had been delayed to allow for it to be in Sydney and so sadly, he had outgrown the Christening gown that has been in our family for five generations.  But he did look very smart in a white shirt […]

Snowman Cake

A snowman cake

Alfie is so skinny.  When he is in his swimsuit Arabella always says to him, ‘Can you cover up your skeleton?’ But he’s been this way since he was born.  In the hospital there were two babies that were over 10lbs, Alfie and a baby girl.   Apart from their weight they had little else […]