A Harry Potter Birthday Party

My daughter, who is into all things Harry Potter, turned 10 recently.  Of course, she wanted a Harry Potter birthday party.  I rolled my eyes, thinking of the planning that would need to go into this party – wands, specially-named lollies, potions, label-making.  I had no idea how I was going to do this, as… 

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Hot Chocolate Affogato With Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream

Have you ever sat down with a tub of a ice cream and a spoon to melt away all your troubles?  I know I have!  Did you know that ice cream has statistically been proven to be the ultimate comfort food (only behind chocolate, of course!)?  Over half of us fabulous Australians, looking for a… 

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Rum & Pecan French Toast With Salted Burnt Honey Sauce

You know what?  I have absolutely nothing to write about today.  How long have I been sitting here, trying to think of something, anything, to go along with this recipe?  I don’t know. This morning we did the usual getting-ready-for-school rush.  It was pouring with rain.  We were late to school, as usual.  Everyone was… 

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KitchenAid Bakeware Review

When I first became interested in baking cakes (let’s say, at least 35 years ago), there was one thing I realized that I absolutely needed.  A stand mixer.  I was using mom’s hand mixer, but as any baker would know, there just isn’t anything like a stand mixer and some jobs (for example, meringues or… 

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Macabella Cupcakes

I’ve been sitting here at my kitchen table “desk” this morning doing a bit of online window shopping.  My handbag zipper isn’t working anymore – when I zip it closed, the zipper behind it remains open.  I found a few pretty bags but I’d have to have them posted to me from the US, which… 

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Espresso Granola With Clover Honey Ice Cream

Early last year, my husband had to visit Paris, France for a business trip.  Most of our children couldn’t care less that daddy was leaving for a week, except for one 6-year-old child who follows his father around like a shadow.  He was very upset and cried often in the last few days before daddy… 

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Dirty Chai Kulfi

Enter below for your chance to win a signed copy of Chef Kumar Mahadevan’s beautiful cookbook, From India: Food, Family & Tradition (giveaway open to Australians only)! Have you ever been asked to do something that’s a little out of your comfort zone?  You think you kind of want to go ahead and jump in,… 

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Raw Caramel Slice

The wind is blowing.  The sun is shining amidst white puffy clouds, some with gray bottoms.  In the background is the sound of Playschool and my toddler talking to himself, as well as the low hum of the washing machine.  I’m peeking over my laptop screen at the palm trees and ferns swaying in the… 

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Hazelnut Espresso Panna Cotta

What a start to school this year.  My three oldest children are all at back school – in grades 4, 2 and kindergarten.  Unlike most of last year, we’ve been getting to school on time and with everything we need.  Er, well, except a few times… I seem to have misplaced a sports shirt for… 

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Homemade Biscoff Spread

I’ve always been really shy.  And by “really shy”, I mean painfully, awkwardly, embarrassingly shy.  I was the little girl who hid behind her mom’s skirt whenever anyone spoke to her; I was the one who was too shy to ask any shop assistant for help; I was the one who was too shy to… 

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Rum & Tonka Bean Dark Chocolate Truffles

When Nespresso sent me a parcel full of gourmet ingredients last month to celebrate the launch of Cubania, I didn’t think I’d have any trouble dreaming up recipes to use them in.  I presented you with the rum and espresso cloud cake, but after that, life got in the way and the blog went on… 

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A Morning of Coffee and Good Food

Last month I was invited by Nespresso to The Stables at Royal Randwick Racecourse for a very special occasion. Nespresso was set to release a new Special Reserve Limited Edition Grand Cru and I, along with a number of other guests, were one of the lucky firsts to experience it. Not only would we get… 

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Espresso & Rum Chocolate Cloud Cake With Tonka Bean Whipped Cream

Hello!  Yes, it’s been over one whole month since my last post, but I have been busy concocting delicious things.  Nespresso has once again sent me a lovely parcel full of the most gorgeous ingredients to inspire new recipes.  We are celebrating Nespresso’s limited edition Cubania, which boasts the highest intensity level Grand Cru yet.