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Hello hello! I’ve been busy squirrelling away, working in the background on a new website! It’s still the same clean, white, minimal look with a few little extra nice to haves plus the now essential ‘responsive’ design, which I don’t think even existed in wordpress templates back in 2011 when I started. It has been such a huge amount of work that I’m not even half way through, so please bare with me if images are still looking a little strange. When I started the blog I really had no

Well how was everybodys’ weekend? I don’t know about you but mine was great! First of all I had two pieces of good news on Friday afternoon… 1. I found out I got a new job (wooohoooo!) It was a three month process from the first interview, but it was worth the wait. Good things really do come to those who… well, you know ; ) 2. The second bit of good news was that I won a competition from The Design Files blog! The new book by ‘The Little

What can I say? Wow! If I knew that homemade sweet chilli sauce was this easy (and tasty) I definitely would have made this sooner. Last week we went to the Vic’ markets and bought a big ol’ bag of chillies. Luckily we had everything else in the cupboard, but to be honest there really isn’t much to it. We started to chop, measure and blitz the ingredients together without thinking about the 37ºC heat outside. We cranked the oven up to sterilize the jars and turned the hotplates on

Happy Valentine’s day my lovely readers! Did anyone get spoilt with chocolate or flowers? Well today is one of the most commercially hyped days of the year and once again I’m completely sucked in. Nothing like a bit of love and romance to spice things up a little I say. Awwww… and yes, I love my red roses I received. Thank you Sebby (even if you did need a little prod ;-p ). This weekend we popped over to the Camberwell market for a little snoop around. Boy there were

Well well it’s been yet another busy weekend @_@  We went back down to Hobart over the weekend for a lovely friends wedding.  I had been checking the weather all week and it had forecast four days of rain (eeek!).  But in true Tasmanian style, the weather did the exact opposite and turned on a beautiful sunny day. Not a cloud in the sky! After the ceremony, we all made our way down to the wharf where we caught a ferry to the reception venue, Peppermint Bay.  It’s one of

Oh my golly goodness, boy has it been hot in Melbourne. I love the heat however it’s completely put me off baking at the moment. Whilst we’re sweltering in this heat I thought it was the perfect time to make something icy and refreshing. I made this up when I was in a little bit of a rush last week. It’s my own recipe and I have to say it’s a winner. I had four happy little ripe nectarines in the fruit bowl and half a juicy watermelon in the

Gyoza dumplings


A busy weekend is a good weekend and boy was it busy. I can’t believe it is Tuesday already. Some friends of ours invited us around for a Korean BBQ on Saturday. It was my very first one, and let me tell you, it certainly lived up to the hype!  Everything was cooked to perfection and so damn tasty. The entree was an assortment of unusual (but delicious) Tempura goodies.  I’m talking zuccini flowers and sesame leaves.  The sesame leaves (as in the seeds) were super crunchy and had a

Well Christmas and New Years may be over but the summer festivities are still going strong! My new years resolution this year is to get fit, which I’m loving but it sure is time consuming. I’ve joined the gym (it’s getting pretty serious) and have tried all the classes. Monday night touch football has also just started back up and last night we had perfect weather (if not a wee bit too hot)!  The reason for all this fitness activity is because I’ve got a wedding to attend at the

I love the lead up to Christmas. It’s always so manic and busy but I love it all the same. This week, to add to all the Christmas fanfare, we were invited to our very first Pickle Club. We had heard about this famous gathering of pickles before we moved up to Melbourne and were both looking forward to our first event. So here’s the deal. You make 6 jars of delicious homemade pickles (or chutney, relish, jams, cordials, pesto…. anything that keeps) and then swap them for 6 other

Awww… Christmas isn’t Christmas until you bake a batch of gingerbread men. My cute little niece loves baking gingerbread men (even when it’s not Christmas) but I think she loves making it so she can eat the dough. She must get that from our side of the family! Seb doesn’t like to eat cookie dough (which I think is abnormal). I think I prefer it to the end cooked result! Is that abnormal? I baked these and brought them to work last week (my colleagues love me) and out of all

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