In My Kitchen, June 2014

Two tortured souls

It’s not only the first day of a new month but also the first day of a new season.  Here in the Southern Hemisphere we are now officially in winter; my least favourite season.  So far, it’s not too bad and I dare not complain after the harsh winter those living north of us have […]

In My Kitchen, May 2014

My hamper

I’ve been given a hamper!  And the even bigger bonus is that it was never actually meant for me.  It was bought for a couple who left the country before it could be given to them.  It sat in my husband’s office for a couple of months, gathering dust, before he finally did the right […]

In My Kitchen, April 2014

No excuses for running late now

In my kitchen this month, it seems it’s all about big. In my kitchen there’s now no excuse for running late.  I bought this big clock which is not yet on the wall of my kitchen because I’m waiting for Carl to do a ‘boy’s job’ and drill a hole into the cement-rendered brick wall so […]

In My Kitchen, January 2014

Move over, Nicole Kidman, I'm the new Stepford Wife.

You can all stop holding your breath because yes, it has arrived.  All good things come to those who wait and so here is my brand-spanking-new food processor.  Barely was it unwrapped on Christmas morning when it was placed on the bench, plugged in and run until the motor ran hot.  And it’s been in […]

In My Kitchen, November 2013

Well stocked!

Well, that’s it for Halloween so down here in Oz, (as we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving), our next big event in the calendar is Christmas.  On with the Christmas baking.  In my kitchen I have dried fruits and glace fruits and nuts soaking in brandy and orange juice for the Christmas cakes I will bake next […]

Not Quite Nigella, the Book


When I started my blog two years ago, no one was reading it.  Carl’s job every night was to click in and out of my blog to cause something to show up on my blog stats.  But quickly Carl’s fingers wore out.  As did his keyboard.  So as I didn’t know of any blogs besides […]

In My Kitchen – December


I have not met with foul-play.  I am alive and well but yes, I have been a little absent of late.  I started a new job to supplement the income from my freelance job and although the new job was meant to be very part-time, it has in fact been more like full-time with over-time. […]

In My Kitchen – November

Jacaranda tree in full bloom

As you know, I was away in Adelaide for three days over the weekend.  I haven’t had a great escape too often in the past (only once) for premonitions that the wheels would fall off and I would arrive home to an utter disaster.  My fears for this weekend were heightened because Arabella wasn’t going […]

Little Darling Diner and…My Daughter is Wonderful

Salted Caramel Macaron, Passionfruit Chocolate Macaron, Pistachio Macaron, Passionfruit Curd with Raspberry Gel Tart, Strawberry Custard Tart, Lemon Meringue Tart, Chocolate Orange Mousse on Dacquoise, Cointreau Golden Truffle Chocolates, Choux Chantilly Cream, Almond Cake, Three-Cheese and Walnut Quiche, Tomato, Onion and Leek Quiche, Ham and Aioli Sandwiches, Smoked Salmon with Sour Cream and Chive Sandwich

To all those who have contacted me concerned for my cyber-whereabouts, thank you!  Rest assured, everything is just peachy here at Hotly Spiced Headquarters, it’s just I’ve had a few unexpected events thrown at me that have consumed me and these have arrived on top of an already jam-packed schedule.  So I’m doing a bit […]

Currant Scones and ‘m Back on Air

Currant Scones with Plum Jam and Whipped Cream

Did you miss me? I missed you all terribly.  I did let all my facebook friends know that my little guy, the one who was my favourite but now isn’t, downloaded a virus onto my laptop.  He and the boy nextdoor are into something called Mindcraft (or it could be Minecraft – who really cares), […]