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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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brownies With Fresh Cherries & Dark Chocolate Chunks

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So what’s been happening at Sweetest Kitchen HQ lately?  Well, to make a long story very short, my daughter turned 9 and she received a cat for her birthday.  This was a decision I was against from the beginning, as soon as my husband mentioned that it might happen.  I have nothing against pets, nothing at all – I love animals – , but I knew who would be taking care of it.  And I have enough to take care of already…. 

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Banana Mocha Smoothie

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We’ve just spent the past two weeks on school holidays.  It’s one of the first holidays that I haven’t stressed about keeping the kids busy.  It was nice and relaxing and for once, the holidays seemed to go a little slower than they usually do.  The kids played a lot of tennis and spent a lot of time at the park, and they had their fair share of Minecraft sessions as well.  I spent a lot of time not caring about making lunches or getting to school on time and got obsessed with The Sims FreePlay app!  Don’t even ask!… 

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