Blueberry Lattice Pie

Sometimes I fear that people think I make things up. But I’ll tell you what happened when I took Rosie to the vet anyway. I received a text message telling me the dear little girl was due for her annual immunisations and check-up.  When I made the appointment I told them I thought she had […]

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 […]

Custard Squares

Alfie is under-weight.  I think you might already know that.  I certainly know it.  And last week the little guy was at swim squads and his coach said he wanted to have a word with me.  I know from experience that when someone wants to have ‘a word’, I have every right to become anxious. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake

So far in this series we’ve made a vegetarian tart, baked some melt-in-the-mouth cookies, braised some ribs cooked in rum and coke and pickled some watermelon rind. Today we’re half-way through this series and by way of celebration we’re indulging in a dark, double chocolate, chocolate cake that also happens to be gluten-free. The recipe […]

Gluten-Free Banana and Hazelnut Cake

After her whirlwind visit, my sister Em, is now on a plane flying back to her husband and two sons in LA.  It was a very brief and rushed visit and I was very grateful we managed to find a few moments to spend together.  As most of you are aware, we spent Sunday together […]

Gluten-Free Chocolate and Raspberry Puddings and…The Charge Nurse

After I posted my story about the Charge Nurse on the cardiac ward, a few of the nurses I trained with read it and then contacted me to swap war stories.  This gave us a lot of laughs and we all agreed that tragedy plus time equals comedy. The reminiscing reminded me of another story […]