Reindeer Poo, a Christmas Cake and a Fairy-Bread Christmas Tree

Reindeer Poo

How’s everyone holding up?  Here at Hotly Spiced Headquarters we (mostly me) feel we’re drowning.  With just one sleep to go before Christmas Eve and about 10 days of preparation to do, I’m clutching my worry beads. One of the things we had to fit into yesterday’s schedule was a trip to Terminal 2 at […]

Slow-Cooked Beef Cheeks with Mushrooms and Red Wine

Slow-cooked beef cheeks

Since starting my blog I’ve become addicted to visiting blogs every morning.  I like this for the sense of community I feel from being invited into a part of your lives but also because I love the sneak peek into your kitchens and seeing what you’re putting on your table.  I find this inspiring and […]

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Recently a few bloggers and I organised a get-together for a Sunday afternoon.  We were to catch up at the Radisson Blu Hotel in O’Connell Street, Sydney for a high tea.  During the organisational process that incredibly involved 94 group emails, it occurred to us that on the day we were to get together, it […]

4Fourteen and…Lunching Bloggers


I had the most wonderful day yesterday. Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial organised a lunch with a few Sydney bloggers; bloggers I have been virtually communicating with for around six months but never met.  Those who joined me yesterday at 4fourteen in Surry Hills were Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella, Brydie from City […]