This recipe is perfect for those warm summer afternoons. It’s great for those nights when you have a few people around. Throw in some fresh fruit, white wine, ginger ale and schnapps and you’re good to go!

Has everybody else’s March been crazy-busy? My week has been non-stop. Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the new exhibit ‘Afghanistan’ at the Melbourne Museum. Filled with fascinating treasures discovered on an archaeological dig in Afghanistan in the early 70’s (right as they were descending into war). All the gold and jewels were quickly hidden away, and later believed to be lost or stolen. Only some 20 years later were they rediscovered.  If you have a chance, go see it – it was

Well what a contrast in weather from last weekend to this weekend! From high thirties straight to low twenties. The sudden drop in temperature meant I felt like putting on my uggies’ and cooking something comforting. Cauliflowers were on special in the supermarket so thought I’d use this as part of a pie. It’s a vegetable I often overlook so thought I’d give it go. In the end it was quite a simple pie to make, and a great way to use up any excess vegetables you may have laying

When we were down in Tas at Christmas we visited Seb’s amazing-chef-cousin Jamison. In amongst his pantry (hands-down the most amazing pantry anyone could ever wish for) was a whopping 1kg bag of dried chipotle chillies. Once dried, they’re super light, so he hadn’t anticipated just how large a 1kg bag full of dried chillies actually was!  Much to our excitement, he happily gave us a decent bag full and Seb immediately came up with the idea of Chipotle Chutney! What a clever clogs. As I mentioned last week –

Ratatouille Pasta

Apologies for not posting last week – I always feel so guilty when I don’t post! In my defense I had a 5 day wedding festival down in Tassie that I was attending. I had intended to capture some photos to share here but it was all a bit too hard as I was part of the bridal party. The wedding was a beautiful day with perfect Tassie weather. The venue, Quamby Estate was an amazing location and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’re ever planning a road

It’s been so incredibly hot in Melbourne this past week. It’s not too bad during the weekdays when I’m at work (in the safety of the air con with a cardigan on!). I can bare with it on my way to work, during lunch and after work when it’s cooled down slightly. This weekend however, for me, was a killer. We don’t have air con at home and it… is… hard. Hard to cook, hard to clean, hard to get comfortable – hard to do anything! BUT the good thing

Last week was topped off with some (well deserved) Friday night fun at Moonlight Cinema.  I quickly rushed home from work, Seb and I made a super-quick picnic basket, jam packed with all sorts of antipasto goodness and made our way to the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. We busted out the blankets, pillows (and warm clothes) and settled in for a slice of classic outdoor cinema – such a good night out. What an amazing setting, aaaand dogs are allowed, so our friends took their super cute dog Olive. If you

Well, time flies when you’re having fun. This blog post marks my 100th! Whoo hoo! So I thought I’d make a towering (but little) cake to celebrate the occasion. Call me crazy, but I’m not usually a big fan of chocolate cake. Strangely enough I decided to make one to mark this momentous occasion. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect recipe this past week. It had to be chocolately enough without being too extravagant. I really don’t like recipes that require 64 eggs, 900kgs of butter and gold

Pad Thai

I hope everybody’s feeling nice and relaxed after the Australia Day holiday? I was quite happy to have a pretty relaxing weekend to be honest. On Saturday Seb and I popped around to a friend’s place for an Aussie BBQ, followed by a bit of basketball in the park. Good ol’ fashioned fun. For this week I decided to make Pad Thai. When we moved back to Australia just over two years ago, we stopped through Thailand for a couple of weeks. Whilst staying on the Island of Koh Lanta, we

Nutella Lamingtons

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 –

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