Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

So sad and scary to think of Belgium this Easter. I wish for a happy and safe long weekend for all. Gingerbread house from Tasmanian Gingerbread

Australia Day golden syrup cake

Australia Day golden syrup cake

Trust me, once you try Lyles golden syrup, you’ll never go back to the stuff in the squeezy bottle, it’s amazing; sort of deeper and darker and more treacly in flavour.  If you’re not into golden syrup though (but honestly why?), then you could always make this a honey cake or maple syrup cake, those would[read more…]

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Have a brilliant weekend all (we’ll be watching heaps of spooky movies tonight I’m sure and maybe a cocktail or two).

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Have a beautiful and safe long weekend all and happy Easter!

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 (and a truckload of thick cream!) is just the thing for today.  I used the original Baileys however if you can get your hands on some Baileys Chocolat Luxe, that would be brilliant! Happy St Paddy’s Day all 🙂

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween all (if you celebrate it that is). Here are some spooky stories if you’re game! Haunted places and ghost stories of Brisbane; and Village of the Dead: The Anjikuni Mystery

Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

Tim Tams.  Are they available in lots of other countries other than Australia?  You’re missing out if they’re not!  Tim Tams have gotten me through many a break-up and Swotvac week in my teens and 20s and I’ll always be fond of them.  There are all sorts of fancy flavours these days but my favourite is the[read more…]

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

I had grand ideas of making a chocolate Guinness cake for St Patrick’s Day but ran out of time.  Instead, I thought I’d go off the beaten track and offer this green smoothie I made recently which is such a lovely green colour, it seemed serendipitous, despite being devoid of butter, cream, potatoes or Guinness I’ve[read more…]

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

I love Easter.  Cool autumn nights so full of luxurious chocolate, toasted, cosy hot cross buns with butter, drinks and fun, yet it doesn’t have the high expectations Christmas has. Have a wonderful and safe long weekend all ~ I hope you get to spend it with fun and lovely people, delicious food and lots of sunshine, or at[read more…]

Dried cranberry, white chocolate and orange hot cross buns

Dried cranberry, white chocolate and orange hot cross buns

It’s a bit sacrilegious I know, changing hot cross buns but … I always buy the fruit spice ones and they’re lovely, in fact I usually stock up around this time of year so I can have a few stored in the freezer.  However, I wanted to bake some buns myself so thought I’d throw in a[read more…]

Pink champagne cocktails

Pink champagne cocktails

Champagne cocktails are so 60s and glamorous and I love them so I made some girly drinks for Christmas which were pretty and tasted lovely.  A bit too much actually, they’re really quite intoxicating so you’ve been warned.  Champagne is kind of naughty like that – all bubbly and innocent then bam! I thought I’d go sparkly pink[read more…]