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  • Photo of cranberry and pistachio biscotti pieces stacked on a place

    Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti

    Wow. I didn’t realise it had been so long since I’d posted a recipe… but, I was playing around with some recipes the other day, so I have a new one for you! Biscotti is delicious Italian style biscuits. The thing about biscotti that sets it apart from normal biscuits is that it’s baked twice. But don’t let that put…

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    Liebster Award 2018

    Hello lovelies! Thad at Baking Thad AND Rebecca at Bookisly Rebecca both nominated me for the 2018 Liebster Award. I am so honoured you guys! You can check out both of their blogs in the links above. You can read the rules for the Liebster Award over at the Global Aussie here, but otherwise, lets get right into these questions, firstly from…

  • Sunshine Blogger Award #1

    I’d like to thank the lovely and very sweet Nicole at The Bookworm Drinketh who nominated me for this. Particularly since my blogging has been very sporadic until this year ?? If you’re not aware of Nicole’s blog, please go check it out because it’s a) amazing, and b) has drink recipes with EVERY BOOK REVIEW. Basically she’s my hero! RULES Thank…

  • Paris, France!

    Paris est magique! We had the loveliest time in Paris. We stayed the first night in a hotel because we got in really late (almost midnight), but after that we stayed with a family through Airbnb, and they didn’t speak a word of English, and my French is really, really bad, but it was fine! We understood each other through lots…

  • Honeymoon adventure – UK part 2

    Day five started off later than the others, I think we’re finally getting over our jet lag. Karen and Chris’ hospitality at the Airbnb was spectacular, I wish I had taken a photo of the breakfast they had set up for us, it was like staying at a hotel! We got on the road and our first stop of the…

  • Honeymoon adventure – UK part 1

    Every night when I go to sit down and write my blog posts I’m usually so exhausted that I have passed out by 8:00pm. It could also be the jet lag, or the fact that we have barely stopped since arriving in the country… Who knows these things? Upon leaving home, we realised that, in wanting to make the most…

  • Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

    So, I am a terribly unorganised blogger.  I usually forget to take photos of baked goods for recipes, and when I do remember I’ve usually missed the natural goodness of daylight so they look terrible.  Anyway, I’m pretty impressed with myself today as I absolutely remembered to take (lots) of pics while I was baking!  So now you get to…

  • Cheesy bacon dip

    Have you ever had a cheesy bacon dip that is in the middle of a big cob loaf?  And you use the bread chunks that have been hollowed out to scoop the dip out?  And you sit there eating it until you either make yourself sick or it’s all gone?  No?  I’ve never done that either… (do you believe me?)…

  • Book of Mormon – the Musical

    So last Friday night I went and saw the musical Book of Mormon by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  I had received my latest treatment in the hospital that morning, so after a nap, the first thing I desperately wanted to do was take a one hour train trip into Melbourne CBD and sit in…

  • Baking fails!

    So I spend some weekends baking up a storm, and then forget to take photos to add to the blog.  So when I go to publish recipes that I have either created or amended from their original (it’s not often I will not play with a recipe when I bake) I have no photo.  So, because of this I have…

  • Not so crash hot…

    So I haven’t been feeling particularly well over the last couple of weeks.  I think I hide it pretty well at work, but the last week in particular has been a bit hard.  I’ve worked from home for an afternoon and we were off-site one day anyway. I had my latest treatment at the hospital on Friday morning.  My doctor…

  • Honey teriyaki chicken wings

    As I may have mentioned, a friend of mine (that’s you Ben) has requested more savoury type dishes.  He’s a savoury type of guy.  And I’m pretty sure I’ve made these for him before.  Now that we’ve moved from two floors up to about 800km away, I thought I might share this with him… and everyone else. Ingredients: 1.5 kg chicken…

  • Sweet potato fries with cinnamon chilli sauce

    I don’t only do sweet baking – although I am far better at it than I am at savoury.  But I’m forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone more often to pursue a more even keel with the recipes.  You can thank Ben, a friend who has complained that he doesn’t want to bake cake, for the next…

  • Mixed berry cheesecake

    Summer in Australia can be brutal – and as we move towards the end of the seemingly constant stream of 30°C plus days, I felt the need to indulge in a light, cool dessert.  Lo and behold, the mixed berry cheesecake.  Yum! Ingredients 250g plain biscuits (I use Arnott’s Butternut Snap, so an ‘oaty’ biscuit is great) 100g butter 250g…

  • Hummingbird cake

    This cake is a favourite – it’s sweet and moist, but not over the top.  It has that fulfilling ‘tea cake’ feel to it, which I think comes through with the cinnamon and fruit taste to it.  And if you like Banana Bread, then you should absolutely love this too! Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup self raising flour…

  • Carrot cake

    There is absolutely nothing better in autumn than home made carrot cake, made with the carrots you’ve pulled out of your garden.  Autumn is the season I associate with apples, carrots, pumpkin and falling leaves – this is mostly because I always forget to plant my carrots until mid-end of spring! The cake itself is dairy-free and nut-free, but if…

  • Cream cheese frosting

    There is NOTHING better than a super delicious frosting for a cake, and there isn’t a frosting much better than cream cheese frosting. I could be super biased, but I think this is best cream cheese frosting I’ve ever made.  This frosting is best on citrus and berry based cakes, such as orange and poppyseed cake, carrot cake, or even…

  • Orange and Poppyseed Cake

    There is nothing I like better than a tart citrus-based cake…  Well, except a really good chocolate cake!  But orange and poppyseed is definitely one of my favourites. Ingredients 50g butter 2 tbsp grated orange rind 1 cup caster sugar 1 eggs 1/4 cup orange juice 1 cup self-raising flour 2 tbsp poppyseeds 1/3 cup milk Method Preheat oven to 180°C…

  • Apple and cinnamon tea cake

    My parents have a small hobby farm where we grew up.  On the farm we had some cattle, horses, chicken and the occasional sheep that escaped from the neighbours.  We also had an small orchard, as my mum is great with plants.  There were peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and apples. Every year when the summer was finishing up and the…

  • Chocolate Brownies

    Brownies are one of those magical things that have migrated from the US, along with Coca-Cola, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hallowe’en.  And the best brownies are slightly gooey in the middle… just like these ones! Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, melted 3 eggs 1.5 cups white sugar 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder (Dutch cocoa powder is the…

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo

    The last week I have had the delight of entertaining my cousin’s daughter while her mum is at work.  When I lived closer I would take her for a day or two during her summer holidays so her mum didn’t eat up all of her leave or have to pay for babysitters.  Now that we live ~8 hours by car…

  • Goals for 2017

    I am relatively new to blogging.  I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, but just never quite got around to finding the time.  You know, we’re all so busy with life that we just keep adding things to our “I should do that” list, and if you’re like me, that list just keeps getting longer and longer. In…

  • Mullumbimby, NSW

    I’ve been relatively quiet this week – I’ve been on holidays with family.  I’ve used the time to catch up on some books, catch up with family, and just relax.  Relaxing includes swimming in the ocean, getting a massage, shopping, drinking, napping, and of course, reading.  Being an Aussie, there was some cricket involved as well. We’ve been staying in…