Cheat’s Bombe Alaska

Ever since we enjoyed Bombe Alaska on New Year’s Eve, it’s been on my mind how much I’d like to make one.  This is a theatrical dessert that was big in the 70’s when a dinner party wasn’t a dinner party unless you were setting your guests’ food on fire. But the dessert originated a […]

Mini Christmas Truffle Puddings

I’ve written about the little supermarket up the road a few times; most memorably was the time I was asked to present my Seniors Card almost two decades ahead of being eligible to receive one.  It’s where I do most of my shopping and for some reason, strangers don’t mind striking up a conversation. December […]

Frozen Chocolate Christmas Pudding

A few weeks ago an email went out amongst a group of my friends regarding our annual Christmas party.  It’s an event we’ve enjoyed for the past few years that’s always a Sunday lunch with around 12 adults, a handful of kids and everyone provides a dish. I put my hand up to bring a […]

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Don’t you just find that heartfelt gifts make the best presents. These are the gifts where the cost isn’t taken into consideration but rather the love and the time and the thoughtfulness is what excels in these gifts. As we are now just four weeks away from celebrating Christmas Day, I thought I’d re-post heartfelt […]

Gingerbread Loaf

When I was in high school I had a friend Mattie who never showed any signs of wanting to cook.  Since leaving school we haven’t seen a lot of each other as he moved away from Sydney however, we do keep in touch through facebook. A few weeks ago he posted a photo of a […]

Quick and Easy Rocky Road

This post is sponsored by Nestle Healthy Active Kids. Recently I found out that almost half of Australian children are not learning any cooking skills.  I thought about my own childhood and realised I had learnt to cook from a young age.  I was given a children’s cookbook at the age of seven and I […]

Triple Layer Pavlova

What to do when you have a freezer full of little zip-lock bags containing egg whites.  I don’t know why it is I have so many egg whites but I do. A few days ago we were invited to a friend’s house for some American hamburgers, (he’s from New York and he cooks a great […]

Medlar Jelly

Medlars!  I’d never heard of them. A good friend of mine lives on a property outside of Goulburn with a lot of medlar trees.  And the trees were laden with autumn fruit.  She posted a picture of the subsequent abundant harvest on facebook and how she was going to turn them into medlar jelly which […]

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 […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Turkey Breasts in Herb Butter

In December I hosted a dinner party where I cooked turkey breasts that had been brined, then had a herb butter rubbed under the skin, then wrapped in prosciutto to be roasted, then drizzled with a little maple syrup while being allowed to rest. I’ve decided this is the best way to cook turkey.  It […]