Fruit & sunflower seed chilli sea salt chocolate bark

Fruit & sunflower seed chilli sea salt chocolate bark

This is stupidly easy but the end result is so gorgeously wicked. With just a few steps, you end up with a generous slab of chocolate studded with whatever treats you like. I loved the jewel like appearance and chewiness of the dried fruit with some crunch from sunflower seeds (well basically I used what I had[read more…]

Woodland flourless chocolate cake

Woodland flourless chocolate cake

I spotted a magical cake recently and for fun, really wanted to recreate my own; I then became sucked into a vortex of cuteness on Etsy and before I knew it, I’d purchased a few woodland animal figurines for Christmas decorations.  You’ll probably be seeing them perched randomly on top of cakes and things down[read more…]

St Patrick’s Day Baileys Irish Cream chocolate mousse pie (egg-free)

St Patrick’s Day Baileys Irish Cream chocolate mousse pie (egg-free)

This luscious, fluffy, super easy chocolate mousse pie with a sinful hint of Baileys is just the thing for today.  I recommend making them in ramekins rather than glasses though, because they’ll be a bit easier to eat (I incurred a food related injury trying to get at the biscuit base with a spoon), but I just wanted to show[read more…]

Chocolate & caramelised banana baked French toast

Chocolate & caramelised banana baked French toast

Nutella and banana on toast is a no-brainer but in baked French toast is even better.  You’ll need about an hour’s advance planning to make this but it’s so worth it.  Rather than the crispy, pan cooked French toast I’m used to (which is fabulous by the way), this lush, gorgeous dish ends up pleasantly crunchy[read more…]

Chocolate Moments (Brisbane)

Chocolate Moments (Brisbane)

Well we all have those don’t we? I received a lovely surprise for Easter recently; some gorgeous, handmade chocolates from Chocolate Moments, our only Belgian chocolatier in Brisbane.  Featuring flavoured truffles, fudge and the best salted caramel chocolate I’ve ever eaten, this chocolate paradise, owned by Gerrard Gosens, boasts 2 stores in our city as well[read more…]

Easter at Biome

Easter at Biome

So it’s Easter soon!  Chocolate and bunnies and all things delicious can be found from my sponsor Biome and some of my favourites are below (not a sponsored post at all, just some lovely things I thought people might like).  Just a reminder also that Biome is an ethical alternative for Easter, offering vegan and environmentally sound treats.[read more…]

Italian peanut butter hot chocolate

Italian peanut butter hot chocolate

We in Australia can become a bit gloomy about our hot Christmases.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is lovely and all that but we miss out on all that cosy, frosty stuff.  And if I see one more ad with Santa surfing or wearing board shorts .. So I thought I’d pretend we’re having a snowy Christmas[read more…]

My version of an Oreo McFlurry (with chocolate caramel syrup)

My version of an Oreo McFlurry (with chocolate caramel syrup)

Let me just say, I’m not a Maccas girl, in fact (!), I didn’t have McDonald’s until I was in my 20s, not because I was under a rock or anything, only while I was growing up it was banned in my house and it never occurred to me.  We lived out of town on a property and didn’t have[read more…]

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate fudge icing

It seemed like a chocolate day so I made some chocolate cupcakes for absolutely no reason at all.  Is there anything better than biting into a soft, squidgy cupcake and getting icing all over your face?  I don’t think so!  The batter in this recipe is very thick but it somehow results in a soft crumbed, tender,[read more…]

Chocolate hazelnut breakfast oats with coconut milk

Chocolate hazelnut breakfast oats with coconut milk

I didn’t realise that chocolate oats were a thing until I searched recently and found quite a few recipes.  I think it’s inspired!  This cacao flavoured, nutty, creamy breakfast dish is also very timely considering Easter’s just about upon us. I love hearty, healthy oats and will always try something a bit different with them.  Inspired by this[read more…]

A giant chocolate chip cookie for Valentines Day

A giant chocolate chip cookie for Valentines Day

Hee hee.  I’ve always wanted to bake a giant cookie. A few years ago, in lieu of a birthday cake for a good friend from uni, I purchased a giant chocolate chip cookie with Happy Birthday iced over the top.  I remember sitting on the steps outside a bookstore in the city waiting to meet up with him holding the[read more…]

Double chocolate cream tart (no bake)

Double chocolate cream tart (no bake)

This rich, creamy, no-bake tart was gorgeous on our very hot Christmas day however you do only need a small slice (I’m really not being judgmental; you’ll think you want a big slice because it’s so sweetly creamy and comfortingly childlike yet darkly chocolate, get halfway through it, feel full yet keep scarfing it down then feel[read more…]

Chocolate blueberry fudge cake

Chocolate blueberry fudge cake

This was meant to be brownies but it’s really more of a fudgy chocolate cake .. or maybe it’s a cakey brownie.  No matter, it turned out really well although I was anxious waiting for it to finish baking in the oven, as I had no idea what it was going to be or how it was going[read more…]

White chocolate cranberry cookies

White chocolate cranberry cookies

I love this combination of cookie – little tart yet sweet dried cranberries and a burst of candy sweetness from white chocolate.   I prefer these cookies chewy with chunks of white chocolate because there’s just something really messily decadent about those uneven chocolate pieces.  No neat little cookies for me, I’m a giant cookie girl. Not that[read more…]

Cacao avocado mousse with maple macadamia topping

Cacao avocado mousse with maple macadamia topping

This lush, creamy, dark chocolate treat is full of nutritious energy.  It’s so rich you only need a few bites and for a chocolate fix, it does the job very well.  I thought a maple nut crunch sprinkled over the top would be a nice contrast to the deeply dark chocolate. I used raw cacao powder[read more…]

Nutella hot chocolate

Nutella hot chocolate

Some days I feel like chocolate I just have a few squares of a plain, dark block with my coffee then there are days when I want comforting, creamy, sweet chocolate – it was the latter which inspired today’s post.  I spotted a recipe a while back for Nutella hot chocolate and thought I’d give it a go[read more…]

Passionfruit and white chocolate cupcakes

Passionfruit and white chocolate cupcakes

Passionfruit and white chocolate is an enticing combination although I never thought of it until I had this very flavoured muffin in a cafe once years ago and it made perfect sense – even though I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate.  It often seems too cloyingly sweet to me but sometimes, roughly chopped bits of white[read more…]

Chocolate chip cookie chocolate brownies

Chocolate chip cookie chocolate brownies

No you aren’t dreaming or hallucinating.  This really is a thing – a wonderfully inspired recipe I discovered recently by lovely Sydney blogger Katrina Meynink, (also freelance food writer and recipe developer and lots of other things).  You could say I did a double-take.  Cookie dough chocolate brownies – no way!  As a long time brownie lover, I’m[read more…]

Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) – peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes

Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) – peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes

Happy Pancake Day to all my beautiful readers. This was really just a reason to make pancakes for breakfast today as I love them and to be honest, I never need much of an excuse.  In my opinion every day should be pancake day! They were lovely; fluffy pancakes with the classic flavour combination of creamy peanut butter[read more…]

Crispy quinoa puff, peanut and chocolate candy bars

Crispy quinoa puff, peanut and chocolate candy bars

I found this wonderful recipe for healthy candy bars recently (check out the rest of the site, it has tasty recipes for healthy minded people).  I have a big bag of quinoa puffs which, while I love to eat them for breakfast, I wanted to do something a bit more fun with, so I thought I’d make these chocolatey[read more…]

Christmas sweets – white chocolate, coconut and pineapple truffles

Christmas sweets – white chocolate, coconut and pineapple truffles

  These creamy, fudgy truffles were so sweetly delicious.  I originally made them for my in-laws but have eaten a few so will probably have to make more … oops. They’re perfect for gifts for your loved ones with a sweet tooth and are very simple to make.  There isn’t really an intense pineapple flavour but[read more…]

Retro weekend milkshakes – chocolate or strawberry?

Retro weekend milkshakes – chocolate or strawberry?

Nothing says nostalgia quite like a strawberry or chocolate milkshake. I’ve offered both flavours today using fresh fruit but with a vintage twist using whipped cream as a topping and a maraschino cherry on top.  So lush and delicious for breakfast last weekend.

Nigella’s chocolate peanut butter fudge sundaes

Nigella’s chocolate peanut butter fudge sundaes

Nigella never fails me.  She somehow manages to make food which is both easy and decadent. Her chocolate peanut butter sundae is no different and it’s one of those desserts where combinations are really important; The hot sauce competing with the cold ice cream, the dual flavours of chocolate and peanut butter, and the sweetness and richness of the dessert compared[read more…]

Raw chocolate mousse

Raw chocolate mousse

I spied this simple, delicious recipe from raw foodie Celia Eddy.  I add a handful of early blueberries or figs in season and bam –  fruit intake for the day and an intense chocolate fix. You won’t believe how divine this is, I confess I skipped the refrigerate part, I just had to try a bit and it[read more…]

Nigella’s chocohotopots

Nigella’s chocohotopots

Like Nigella, I’m all for an easy chocolate fix.  Nobody should have to wait very long for chocolate on those days when it feels necessary. The iconic Nigella dessert, chocohotopots – easy, luxurious, charmingly named little treats, remind me of a cross between chocolate brownies and pudding.  Honestly, despite the kid friendly nature of them (Nigella’s son naming this dessert when he was[read more…]

Peanut butter and white chocolate blondies

Peanut butter and white chocolate blondies

Blondies are becoming so diverse now with many different flavours; butterscotch, toffee and pecan, cherry and white chocolate, and now, peanut butter.  I don’t need much of an excuse to use peanut butter – slathered between fresh bread for an impromptu lunch is fine by me and has been since I was little.  Peanut butter just makes my day better.[read more…]