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I guess this post will come to you all a little late in the day (I really need to get my act together) but HAPPY AUSTRALIA day to all my fellow Australians. It’s been a while since I posted but I thought Australia day would be a good time to get back into the swing of things. This year has been busy so far as we’ve just recently moved house. Yes, unfortunately we had to vacate the first house we moved into when we arrived in Melbourne. We loved our sweet little

Well well well! Yet again it’s been a busy week and it’s been a bit of a strange week making curtains, screens and popcorn. Yep I’ve been helping Seb (my other half who’s one third of the design studio Open Season) with his passion project – Deja View Cinema. He’s had this idea to set up his own little pop up cinema for a while now but he’s always so busy with work, he just hasn’t had the time. Over the past couple of weeks Seb has managed to put

Hazelnut Brownies

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It’s a bakers sin, I’ll admit it, but I’ve never made brownies before. Everybody loves a brownie but they’re not too high on my sweet-tooth list so I’ve never bothered. Seb and I had been invited to a last minute BBQ on Anzac Day to watch the big football game (which is quite unusual for us) and we had nothing to take. I knew I had 100g butter in the fridge and some leftover chocolate and hazelnuts from these biscuits I made last week, however I didn’t check to make

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

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

Nutella Lamingtons

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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

Just a little quickie this week. It’s been such a hectic week I haven’t had time to scratch myself! The parentals were up from Hobart this weekend so I’ve been busy playing host over the last couple of days. On Saturday we went for a very quick day trip up to Daylesford. Unfortunately the weather was pretty wet and cold so we escaped to the warm of Wombat Hill House and ate some delicious pizzas (they even have gluten free). If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen

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

Afternoon Tea: Whilst living in England I fell in love with the tradition of afternoon tea. It wasn’t just a high-tea tradition in fancy hotels, but something that even existed in my workplace. At my old job in London, we would stop for a 15-20 minute afternoon tea break everyday at 3pm. We’d all take it in turns to make the brew and occasionally tuck-into a little baked delight. Long live afternoon tea!… but what’s a real afternoon tea without scones? These are possibly the easiest thing in the world