It's summer here in Australia at the moment, and the weather has been amazing over Christmas.  The days have been clear and sunny, hot at around 30°C (which is about 86°F).  I remember being a kid, helping my mum or my grandmother bake sweets in the summer.  I particularly remember making the pavlova because my grandmother... Continue Reading →


My 2016 vote in the Top 101 best books at Dymocks

My favourite store in the world is Dymocks.  If you've never heard of them, they are a book chain store in Australia (to be completely honest, you can get better pricing and a bigger range from the Book Depository online, but I love the smell of a bookstore, and being able to browse all the... Continue Reading →

Lemon Lime Tart

My mother's favourite dessert is a really tart citrus tart.  Like, it has to really bite as you take a mouthful, and then once in your mouth it takes on this sweeter, smooth consistency. Ingredients Base: 1.5 cups plain flour 1/4 cup self raising flour pinch of salt 1/2 cup caster sugar 100g butter 1... Continue Reading →

Brandy Custard

My favourite side with plum pudding at Christmas time is Brandy Custard.  Well, brandy custard and ice cream.  I use a family recipe, and while it's probably a little heavy on the brandy side, it is what I am used to (and besides, isn't Christmas a perfect time for a little indulgence?). Ingredients 550g* of... Continue Reading →

Fire Study – Maria V Snyder

Release date: 19 February 2008 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Fire Study (Study series #3; Chronicles of Ixia #3) blurb: The apprenticeship is over - now the real test has begun When word that Yelena is a soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy.  Already Yelena's unusual... Continue Reading →

The cutest earrings ever

I'm not really a jewellery wearer.  The only piece that I have worn consistently this year is my engagement ring - and I was only given it in June.  I don't wear other rings, necklaces, bracelets or brooches.  I don't even wear makeup that often. However, I cannot resist these amazingly adorable wooden earrings that... Continue Reading →

Chocolate salted-caramel tart

This is a complicated recipe - there are three parts to cooking it, BUT it is well worth it in the end. Chocolate shortcrust pastry base Ingredients 125g butter, cubed 1.25 cups plain flour 2 tbsp cocoa powder 2 tbsp caster sugar 1/4 tsp salt 2 tbsp iced water Method Add flour, cocoa powder, caster... Continue Reading →

Vegan buttercream frosting

Now, it is a little known fact (which I like to tell people about) that Oreo cookies are vegan-friendly.  I'm not sure if this is by design, or by accident, but it certainly make decorating (non-butter) buttercream frosting easier!  You can chop Oreos in half and add them to the top of the cupcakes for... Continue Reading →

Vegan chocolate cupcakes

I love to experiment with baking.  I have this great chocolate cake recipe (that I will likely NEVER publish the recipe for because it's my signature cake), but I also acknowledge that people have dietary requirements - I am a primary example of that. So, I like to play around with recipes to make alternatives... Continue Reading →

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