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 […]

Good Friday Hot Cross Buns

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

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

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

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 […]