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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

Awwwww me gawd… I know I probably say this about everything but this recipe is sensational! Last year I decided to treat myself and buy (a rather extravagant) Christmas present – an amazing Kitchen Aid. It’s the pride and joy of my kitchen and I don’t regret buying it one bit. (I got a sexy black one!) At the time when I bought this lovely specimen I was working with a lady who was a certified domestic goddess. She had a Kitchen Aid and would whip up all sorts of lovely treats

Mince Pies

I never quite understood why Mince pies were called mince pies? There’s no beef in it? When I read up on the matter I discovered that I had good reason to be confused. Phew. The original mince pies, way way way back when, they were often filled with minced meat, a range of fruits and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. What we now know as Mince Pies didn’t eventuate until Victorian times when they sweetened them and reduced their size (thank god)! I love a good mince pie

O-M-G! It’s the first of December! Where has this year gone? Someone told me the other day that the older you get, the faster each year goes because it’s a smaller percentage of life – *gasp*. So anyway, 24 days until Christmas day – my favourite day of the year where I spend the day with everyone I love. This time last year I was making all sorts of lovely goodies in the kitchen for Christmas and this year is no different, although this year I have learnt from my

Kourabiedes

Ooo ahh! How good is this warm weather at the moment!?  Last night was the first time I had played touch football (or had done any reasonable exercise) in a long loooong time and boy was it good to get moving! Our game finished up just as the sun was setting over the Melbourne skyline.  All those beautiful colours, augh… it was truly one of those moments where you think ‘dagnammit this is amazing! Could it get any better than this?’ It was such a good feeling to get out

Lucky last on the Halloween inspired menu – Eaton Mess served with thick blood coulis and meringue mushrooms! And aren’t those mushrooms just too cute? These little ‘shrooms look so real and they’re all made out of meringue…well I’ll be donkey’s uncle! This is a nice easy dessert to make as you can prepare most of it the day before. All that’s needed is a little last minute assembly. So what’s been happening this week with you guys? I know I’ve been so busy I haven’t have time to scratch

It finally feels like a little bit of spring has sprung and just in time too. Last weekend we had a birthday bbq in the park to celebrate Eddy’s 30th Birthday. Happy Birthday Eddy! So of course, I wanted to make the prettiest & most delicious cake ever… and this one is a doozey. A Red Velvet Cake. The red fluffy centre is always a show stopper and a red velvet cake isn’t a red velvet cake unless it has cream cheese frosting on top. Dag nam it’s good. Looks

Chocolate & Hazelnuts – I don’t know what two flavours marry so well. According to my amazing new Flavour Thesaurus book by Niki Segnit, these two flavours came about in the late-nineteenth century due the the lack of cocoa. They had to add ground hazelnuts to bulk out what chocolate they had and hence Nutella was born!  Nutella would have to be my food heaven, so much so that I’ve had to ban myself from buying the stuff. I can’t have it in the house or I will eat it

This cake recipe doesn’t have one skerrick of butter or oil in it, so make it if you’re on that health-kick. Instead of butter I used Coconut milk (see…healthy right?). I was surprised how well the orange and milk coconut flavours go well together and topped off with the crunchy dessicated coconut – my ‘invented’ recipe is a winner!     Orange and Coconut Milk Cake 2/3 Cup coconut milk orange rind 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 3/4 cup sugar whisked 1 egg 1 cup self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder shredded

Oat biscuits

These are essentially anzac biscuits but with less butter to make them a little less naughty. I’ve now found Seb’s biscuit weakness…I swear, any recipe with golden syrup in it is always a winner. Mark my words.   Oat Biscuits 1.5 cup flour 1.5 cup oats 1 cup of shredded coconut 1/2 cup sugar 175g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons boiling water   1. Place flour, oats, coconut and sugar into a bowl and mix until combined. Make a

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