Macabella Cupcakes

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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 means that the postage costs is over half the price of the bag itself.  Unfortunately, I’m pretty picky about my accessories, which means I can’t have plain black or brown bags.  They have to be colorful, or patterned, and fun-looking.  And I just can’t find what I want here in Australia…. 

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Espresso Granola With Clover Honey Ice Cream

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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 was due to leave.  I tried lots of things to make him feel better, including setting some fun tasks to do while daddy was away.  We were going to track his flight on the iPad, talk to him on Skype, stay up late watching movies, and our very favorite was we were going to eat ice cream every day for breakfast while daddy was gone…. 

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Dirty Chai Kulfi

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Enter below for your chance to win a signed copy of Chef Kumar Mahadevan’s
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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, but you’re just a little afraid things won’t work out and you won’t be able to contribute anything of worth.  You end up saying “sure, I’ll participate”, and then you’re stuck – you have to contribute something now, there’s no way out of it…. 

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Raw Caramel Slice

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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 breeze outside.  I know I’ll have to hang the washing outside soon.  I know the floor needs vacuuming.  But I’m sitting here, my hands perched over the keys of the laptop, and I’m trying to think of a way to start this post…. 

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Hazelnut Espresso Panna Cotta

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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 my daughter sometime over the summer holidays, and sometime in the space of  3 days, I misplaced one of my son’s school shirts.  I’d like to blame it on my children for not keeping track of their own clothing, but I’m not really sure who’s fault it is…. 

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Homemade Biscoff Spread

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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 call up and order a pizza on the phone.  There isn’t anyone else in my family who is anywhere near as shy as I am (apart from my daughter!) so I have no idea how I developed such an extreme shyness…. 

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Rum & Tonka Bean Dark Chocolate Truffles

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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 a tiny hiatus.  Possible recipes kept floating around in the back of my mind for the past month, only I just couldn’t find the time to make them a reality.  Well, in all honesty, I did prepare one other recipe – which was tonka bean ice cream with a coffee-caramel swirl – but it did not work out.  The ice cream was okay, but the caramel wasn’t thick enough (although it was really delicious) so it would have been impossible to swirl into the ice cream.  I never got around to making another batch of the caramel.

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Espresso & Rum Chocolate Cloud Cake With Tonka Bean Whipped Cream

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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…. 

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Chocolate Mousse With Rose-Scented Whipped Cream

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This post is an entry into the Nuffnang ‘Fresh Recipe’ Network Competition, thanks to BRITA. Check out betterwithbrita.com for inspiration and exclusive recipes by Gary Mehigan.

Update – my entry won 1st place in the competition!  Hooray!

We all have a memory of a food disaster from some point in our lives.  When a recipe ends in failure, especially one that you were really excited to try and put in a lot of your precious time, effort and love to make it turn out perfectly, it’s very disheartening.  You realize that, instead of the homemade meal or dessert you wanted to serve, you’re just going to have go out and buy takeaway for dinner, or a cake from the bakery.  Luckily, in time, you’ll be able to look back and have a good laugh, though…. 

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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There’s no doubt it’s winter, Sydney.  The weather is dry and so cold, and yesterday was the worst.  Not only was it cold and windy in the afternoon, but it also just had to rain.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain and prefer it over sunshine, but my goodness, it was so cold.  We were all soaking wet, having to move the kids’ tennis lesson under some shelter to simply do some ball bouncing on their tennis rackets while the rain pelted down.  It was the kind of rain where the drops are all close together and the drops are big; a full-on soaking rain…. 

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