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…]

Happy Christmas & cool yule

Happy Christmas & cool yule

I have this thing about swing and Louis Armstrong does it like no other. Have a lovely break all, stay safe and happy.   Christmas card images: via via via via via via

What’s new @ Lush

What’s new @ Lush

I love me some Lush so here are a few of my favourite things in the store currently;     Some pretty Christmas presents for a special person maybe?

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Lemon raspberry trifle with Limoncello

Well it’s just not Christmas without some sort of trifle so this year, I made a lemon flavoured trifle with my favourite berry, raspberries.  You don’t have to make this only at Christmas either, it’s an easy yet pretty summertime dessert which you can make ahead and also, anything with layers of different things looks like you went to[read more…]

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Oh and love to my very kind followers, commenters and readers. Illustration by: Pusheen

Christmas snacks: spicy tamari nuts

Christmas snacks: spicy tamari nuts

I’ve discovered tamari recently, a type of soy sauce, which is said to be quite nutritious.  It’s slightly darker and thicker than the sauce you might use in your fried rice or whatever and it tastes much more flavourful and rich.  I plan on using it instead of my usual soy sauce although, because they are[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…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Our tree’s up (a bit embarrassing actually as I’ve had it up for quite a while, I suddenly woke up one day and felt very Christmassy) and anyway, have been excitedly snapping away, so much fun taking photos of glittery things.  I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year! Happy Friday all.

Christmas candy white chocolate blondies

Christmas candy white chocolate blondies

Jelly beans aren’t usually an addition to baked goods however I bought some Christmas jelly beans (red, green and white obv) and thought they’d look pretty studded into some white chocolate blondies for the season.  You could, of course, add whichever candy you prefer if jelly beans aren’t your thing (they’re my lollies of choice usually ) but[read more…]

Christmas recipe roundup

Christmas recipe roundup

I thought I’d do a bit of a roundup of recipe ideas for the Christmas/holiday season.  I’ll be whipping up some more Christmas recipes soon, however I hope these give someone a bit of inspiration!   NIBBLES AND DRINKS:   SIDES:   MAINS:   DESSERTS:   COOKIES/BROWNIES:

Biome Christmas guide

Biome Christmas guide

I’ve put together a list of Christmas gift ideas from Biome, a local eco store who advertise on my site sidebar.  It’s wonderful to give and receive gifts however knowing your gifts are environmentally friendly and healthy is even better.  This isn’t a sponsored post or anything like that; I genuinely love this store and wanted to share[read more…]

so it’s holiday time

so it’s holiday time

Phew, is so hot today!  I need to find some waves to frolic around in.  Oh and happy Christmas.  See you soon lovely readers. (via) (via me) (via) (via) (via) (via me) (via)

Product Review (3) – Tassal smoked salmon (reduced salt) and a recipe for Boxing Day brunch smoked salmon, herb and caramelised red onion frittata

Product Review (3) – Tassal smoked salmon (reduced salt) and a recipe for Boxing Day brunch smoked salmon, herb and caramelised red onion frittata

Ok.  Just imagine Christmas is over and you need a little relief from the indulgent, fattening days of eating and drinking like it’s the end of the world or something.  Today’s recipe is an easy, healthy little brunch which has all deliciousness of what you’d expect from a lazy Sunday morning meal, but guilt free[read more…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Well the Christmas season is well and truly upon us.  I hope you’re all enjoying the sparkly, glittery fun of everything and not getting too stressed. Have a happy weekend!

Product Review (2) – Tassal smoked salmon and a recipe for Christmas breakfast feta, avocado, tomato and smoked salmon on sourdough

Product Review (2) – Tassal smoked salmon and a recipe for Christmas breakfast feta, avocado, tomato and smoked salmon on sourdough

Earlier this week, I posted the first of 3 reviews for Tassal salmon.  Today’s recipe uses Tassal’s lovely, rich, thinly sliced smoked salmon inspired by a breakfast trend I spotted recently, the F.A.T. (aka feta, avocado and tomato), the latest breakfast offering in cafes, which is so cool right now, it’s ridiculous. I kid.  It’s a really delicious breakfast and[read more…]

Let’s give a little

Let’s give a little

Hi darling readers As much as I love cooking and posting nice things to brighten mine (and hopefully) others’ days … we all know this time of year is a really terrible time for a lot of people.  It’s not just having no nice food to eat or pressies to give your little ones but people also living[read more…]

Link love and Christmas ideas

Link love and Christmas ideas

Well, in continuing the Christmas theme …. here are a few sweet links for you or your loved ones: 1. a funky, retro cushion which would look gorgeous on a light coloured lounge (via) 2. a fairy pink star bubble bath wand (via) 3. Christmas lollipop (via) 4. a cookbook from our very own queen of cooking[read more…]

Whimsical Christmas ornaments

Whimsical Christmas ornaments

I love unusual, sort of quirky/cute Christmas decorations.  I’ve spotted some sweet little creatures and things around lately which are very tempting to buy … (Floating cherub bird via Anthropologie) (Vintage wreath via a Sprinkle of Seasoning @ Etsy) (Nature nursery owl via Anthropologie) (Heaven and hearth snow globe via Anthropologie) (Nest eggs via Fairyfolk @[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…]

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…]

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

I decorated our tree this week. We used to have a smallish, pretty but wobbly tree though this year I talked my other half into buying a 6 foot proper Christmas tree.  I love that it’s so much taller than me.

Christmas gift ideas

Christmas gift ideas

Yep it’s that time of the year again.  Here are some sweet ideas I’ve spotted for your loved ones (click on the images to go to the website for further info). As always, do your research, be careful and secure when buying online and happy shopping!

Coloured sugar

Coloured sugar

This isn’t really a recipe but since we seem to be hurtling towards Christmas at a rather scary rate (7 and a half weeks what?!), I thought I’d put together a little festive, girly sweetness to add to your holiday baking. It’s really just as much white, granulated sugar as you need in an airtight,[read more…]