Christmas and New Years are behind us, and I’m well and truly back into the swing of things.  This was my first shoot for the year and honestly, I felt a little rusty! It’s actually been quite a while since I photographed some food. I completed shooting all the Christmas recipes at the end of November (ages ago). All December was spent posting on the blog and getting the book ready for print. As I said last week, although it was a mammoth undertaking, it was all totally worth the effort!

Hello again! Long time no hear! I ran out of time just before Christmas to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break. I hope you all had a great time off; it can be a pretty manic and busy time of year. We flew down to Tassie on the Saturday before Christmas and had the pleasure of enjoying family and friend’s company 24-7 over the past two weeks. Needless to say I’m exhausted. We spent New Years Eve on the beautiful east coast of Tasmania, in Swansea. It was

I don’t usually do ‘craft’ here on the blog but I was quite inspired after looking through Pinterest (who isn’t with all the amazing things you can find on there). Check out my Pinterest over here. I found this recipe by Woodside Kitchen here via Pinterest. The recipe was just like baking so I had to give it a go. I used foliage and lace to make patterns in the dough before using cookie cutters to cut them out. This is a great project to work on with little ones

I’ve discovered there are quite a few people in this world who don’t  like Christmas cake. I can’t believe it! Christmas cake would have to be one of my favourite treats out there (as long as I have a corner slice with marzipan and icing – that’s the best part). Like it of loath it, this is my version of the famous seasonal cake (with a little extra this and that, soaked in booze) and I love it! x e.   Traditional Christmas Cake Inspired by Delia Smith (I love

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

After making a good batch of limoncello, I just had to make some delicious concoction from them! This cocktail is super simple and refreshing, which makes it perfect for the Christmas/holiday season, in both hemispheres. I whipped these up, photographed them after work and served it to Seb when he arrived home after a hard day in the office. Yeah, I totally felt like I was in Mad Men. Betty Draper inspired. :) x e.     Limoncello & Prosecco Cocktail Limoncello Prosecco Lemon zest Lemon juice 1.  Add one shot

We’re now officially in December so it’s time to start thinking about presents people. Why not make some delicious homemade limoncello? You’ll need at least 10 days for it to sit and let the lemons infuse so get your skates on. My dad LOVES limoncello and has been harping on about how his mates have made their own. Dad – you were my inspirations and this now proves that I do listen to you! Decorate the bottles up with some ribbon, a small Christmas decoration or a little tag and

I love baking and cupcakes are so simple to whip up for any last minute occasion. This is my little Christmas tweak to the usual vanilla flavour I normally bake. They’re deliciously spiced boozy plum pudding cupcakes! The boozy flavour comes from from the icing but if you like an extra hit, brush a little brandy over the top! Phowar! This recipe along with others are available for download in the FREE Christmas PDF I’ve put together which is download able here. Go on, try these these this weekend! Enjoy

I know it’s a little early to be giving out Christmas presents, but today is the day that I get to give my present to YOU! Yes my lovely readers, this year I wanted to put together a little something to help get your festive season started. A couple of months ago I thought it would be ‘fun’ to cook, style, photograph, retouch, write and design a Christmas book. Yeah – woo!! Well, I can now tell you – it’s quite an effort. I’m exhausted. This week I’ll also be

AWOL & Flowers

Well hello stranger! I have to apologies for not posting last week. I really should have given you an explanation… While you may think I’m neglecting you, I PROMISE I’m not! I’ve been super busy making your Christmas present so keep your eyes peeled for the 1st December. That’s all I’m saying ;) I’ve been rather busy over the last couple of weeks so I decided to put the regular posts on hold until December 4th. However I thought I’d post these stunning peonies I received from my friend the

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