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I’m the sort of person if you tell me I can’t do it, I’ll give it my all to prove you wrong. This was also the case when I was about 16. It was my Grandfather’s birthday and I wanted to make something nice. Mum had mentioned that he had fallen in love with the profiterole since living in France. So with this I decided to make a mini croquembouche for him. Mum had warned me: ‘they’re hard to make, my oven isn’t good enough, they’ll surely ruin, it’ll be

Such a lot has been going on behind the scenes lately (so I apologise for the sporadic posts). Over the last few months I’ve been lucky enough to go on not one, but two holidays… lucky duck. As you may remember from a couple of posts ago, my last trip was to New Zealand (pics here). However in late May we went to Bali. I haven’t shared these photos yet so I thought I’d share them here today! I didn’t take many as our holiday mainly consisted of sitting next to the

This week I thought I’d make something traditionally Australian for the upcoming national holiday – The Lamington. Oh goodness they’re amazing. If you’re reading this post in some exotic country and have never heard of lamingtons, well then you’ll HAVE to try this recipe – there’s no two ways around it. They’re small squares of sponge cake, dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut (and sometimes with a strawberry/raspberry jam filling). Whilst brainstorming for this weeks Australia Day post I came up with the brilliant idea of Nutella Lamingtons –

I love chocolate. I also love the homemade nougat I make. This homemade version of Toblerone is like my two favourite things had babies! It is so good. I have to admit, I did find tempering the chocolate was a bit time consuming (I couldn’t get the temp to lower) but the result was worth it. I think it helps to have a good thermometer (even a digital one). I’ll have to put that one on the Christmas list! Once you’ve let them set, wrap them up in celephane bags

Good golly miss molly! Firstly apologies for not posting last week. In the end I decided I wouldn’t put myself through the stress of trying to knock something together whilst away for my birthday celebrations. Did I mention I had a big milestone birthday this year? My birthday is only 9 days after Seb’s (who is also born in the some year). A few months ago we decided that we should send off our 20s in style and indeed we did! We thought we’d celebrate it with one massive Halloween

Last week was CRAAAZY busy… mainly because it was my favouritest person in the world’s 30th birthday! Yes it was Seb’s birthday on Thursday, so I had lots of organising to do throughout the week: the dinner with friends, buying a birthday present and baking this DELICIOUS cake! I would normally make a cream cheese icing for a carrot cake but I decided to try something different and make a white chocolate ganache as the icing (Seb is the original milky bar kid). I have to tell you – it

I have had the BEST weekend – ever!  On Friday I drove up to the beautiful snow capped Mt Hotham (5.5hrs drive out of Melbourne) where I learnt to ski for the very first time. Why hasn’t anybody ever told me how much fun this is?? It was a big group trip, organised by one of our friends. Everyone in our group had varying experience skiing/snowboarding, and there were a few of us that were complete beginners like myself.  Saturday was a perfect ‘blue bird’ day (a bit of ski

Last week my lovely friend Amber was busy cooking up a storm in her kitchen and made me all sorts of delicious treats, including a jar of lemon curd! Augh my goodness, this is the sort of stuff that makes me go weak at the knees! It’s edible gold! I introduced her to it earlier in the year when we went to our family shack over the new year break. I scored a jar at our christmas ‘pickle club’ meet but it had be used within two weeks, so I

This past week was cold and miserable, so to cheer everyone up I thought I’d make a little sweetie. I had a few bananas that needed using up, and who doesn’t love banana bread (or banana cake for that matter)? I’m guessing the difference between the two is the sweetness? Anyway, I knew I wanted to add some chocolate to the mix so I cut back on some of the sugar in the cake mixture. Banana cake would have to be one of my all time faves! You definitely want

On Friday night we took Seb’s mum Leonie (over from Hobart for a few days) out for a few drinks in the city, then followed it up with dinner at St. Jude’s Cellar on Brunswick St. Their style of food could be described as French-Provincial home cooking, perfect for a cold Friday eve. All their dishes were comforting and very tasty. I had duck confit with celeriac puree, globe artichoke, fennel and fig jus. Deelish. We couldn’t resist a little something sweet afterwards so we shared a mighty fine self-saucing

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