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
It’s getting quite late so I thought I’d keep it short and sweet – much like these biscuits! This week we remember the ANZACS, so I thought (as I do each year) I’d make a batch of the famous ANZAC bikkies… but this time with a twist. Last year I baked the traditional recipe for the blog (found over here) but these, I have to say, take it to a whole new level. I’ve tweaked the recipe a little bit to make them softer and much smaller – bite size
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 –
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’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 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
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
On Thursday Seb and I caught up with some friends to check out the latest exhibition at Compound Interest and grab a bite to eat. Over dinner it came up in conversation that I hadn’t decided on this week’s post, then out of nowhere someone mentioned coconut crumpets! Apparently there’s a cafe in Thornbury that makes them and they’re sensational (sorry the cafe name escapes me). I knew I had a recipe for crumpets in one of my Rachael Allen books and I’ve been meaning to make them for ages.
It’s that time of year again – footy finals time when Melbourne comes alive! Even people at work are donning their team colours around the office, they’re MAD for it! You may or may not remember the amazing Lamb & Harissa Sausage rolls I made for last years grand final? They went down a treat and were perfect served with the homemade Harissa sauce I also made. OH MY! In my opinion you always need a good dose of pastry at a footy grand final… and this year is no exception.
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