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 […]

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 […]

Dark Chocolate and Sour Cherry Cake

This is the cake I made for our Easter Sunday lunch.  But remember someone ‘tinkered’ with my camera altering the white balance and so the photos I took were all having a hot flush. So I made the cake again for a Saturday night dinner party and baked the cake the night before, mentally planning […]

Easter Sunday Lunch

When I took Arabella to hospital to have her wisdom teeth extracted, her scheduled surgery was delayed leaving me with a couple of hours of boredom.  The hospital was down in a ditch so there was no mobile/internet reception and the waiting room was devoid of all reading material except for one magazine.  I quickly […]

A Good Friday Brunch

Years and years and years ago, before Drew and I bred three children, we had good friends who were married with three young daughters.  As we lived nearby, we spent lots of time with them, mostly in their home because they were such great hosts.  In the kitchen they were the ‘Dream Team’. Then Archie […]

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 […]

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. […]

Easter Sunday

I thought I’d share with you how we spent Easter Sunday. It started early with war games.  That’s what I’m calling the Easter Egg hunt.  Prior to Easter Sunday I made the mistake of thinking everyone was too old for an Easter Egg hunt and when I dared to vocalise this I was severely admonished. […]

Spelt Hot Cross Buns and…The Emergency Meeting

Thank you all so very much for welcoming me back so warmly.  Your words have been very kind.  By popular demand, here is the final chapter in, ‘The Early Days of Boarding School’ quadrilogy. Term II started and Archie threw himself into all the school had to offer.  He enrolled in Speech and Drama classes […]

Hot Cross Buns and…Alison, Linda and Cherie

A few weeks ago I started my day by walking Alfie to school then went to do a swim squad.  As I entered the pool the person on reception said, ‘Oh hi Alison, how are you?  Looking forward to your swim?’  And I said, ‘Oh, sorry it’s not Alison, I’m Charlie’.  And she said, ‘Oh, […]