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 […]

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 […]

Moroccan Chicken

We all know that life isn’t fair and that good people are not immune from having bad things happen to them.  And when people we love are struck by something they never saw coming, it creates opportunity for those around them to show they care. Just before the end of the year, Carl and I […]

Radicchio, Watercress and Witlof Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

When I was preparing our Christmas Eve dinner where glazed ham and crispy potatoes roasted in duck fat were two compulsory menu items, I needed something to bring a little colour.  And I knew pomegranate seeds could do just that.   I’ve always loved the taste of pomegranates but I’m even more impressed with the […]

Rocky Road Slice and…’Severe Learning Difficulties’

If you believed everything I’ve been told, you would have great concerns for Archie’s level of intelligence.  This is because someone who had never met me or Archie but who was the Registrar at one of Sydney’s elite private schools, said to me over the phone in a very matter-of-fact tone, ‘Your son has severe […]

Gluten-Free Nutella Slice and…The Naenae Pool

‘Naenae’ is pronouced ‘Nigh-Nigh’ as in ‘The end is Nigh’ – I hope that helps! When I was at swim squads this morning, pounding my way up and down the black line, (I do like to talk myself up), I was thinking about the swimming lessons I had when I was growing up.  You may […]

The Birthday

After an excruciating wait for a little boy and many, many repeated questions of ‘How many sleeps?’ Alfie finally woke this morning to the day he had been waiting on for so many nights. Yes, it was finally his birthday and being one of the youngest in his Year, he was excited to now be […]

Zucchini Flowers in Beer Batter

Carl and I went away for the weekend.  The teenagers were left to fend for themselves and that wasn’t so bad, they’ve been on at me for years about how I need to let go and let them have their space.  So they had plenty of space because I walked out shutting the door behind […]

Meringues with Lemon Curd and…It’s the Little Things

Once again, it’s been one of those days. I realise there are people out there who have really big issues going on in their lives but they say wars are not started on the big things, it’s the little things. And there’s been a lot of little things. I woke to the teenagers both not […]

White Chocolate Blondies and Getting Sweeter

You’ll be pleased to know Arabella has had lovely class parties where the neapolitan cake and mini quiches were a huge success.  Such a success in fact that it has been requested I make a farewell cake for the entire year group.  Stagger me. Helping the girls to make this group decision is the sad […]