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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.

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Watermelon Milkshakes

Throughout the history of cooking, there has been one essential tool in the hand of every chef – the knife.  Without it, we couldn’t cut through meat or vegetables to get them down to the right size for cooking and eating.

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No-Bake Espresso Walnut Brownies

Valentine’s Day isn’t really very special in our family; it’s just any other ordinary day.  My daughter made everyone a heart-shaped card this morning, though, and I stuffed heart-shaped watermelon pieces and heart-shaped sandwiches into my kids’ lunch boxes for school today.

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Chili-Lime Popcorn

Did you know that popcorn has been around since 4700 BCE?  Popcorn sure has a long history, with the knowledge of it having spread north from Guatemala to the Native Americans, who then taught the practice of making popcorn to the English in the 16th century.

Nutella-Stuffed Browned Butter & Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookies

It’s that special day of the year again, when people around the world unite to share their love for Nutella – that’s right, it’s World Nutella Day!

Blueberry Muffins

My daughter, who’s seven, is the average girl – she loves Barbies, puppies and babies.  She’s silly, giggly and sometimes just plain crazy.  She’s also very clever and artistic.  One of the funniest things about her, though, that makes her stand out from her peers, is her love for armadillos.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Around 25 years ago (give or take a year or two), I ate the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had in my life.  I was young and spent time with an elderly babysitter during the summer and after school.

Raspberry-Brownie Cheesecake Pots

It’s been very hot in Sydney lately.  I don’t mean to complain, but we’ve had days where it’s been near (or right at) 110F; that’s seriously crazy!  As you may understand, I haven’t been baking very much because of this heat.

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“Raw” Peanut Butter Cookies

I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions.  I’m not sure whether that portrays me as lacking initiative or rather being happy with where I am.

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Kid-Friendly Tuna Pasta Salad

Isn’t it funny how when moms of young children get together, all they do is talk about children?  One of the most popular topics, I’ve found, is food.

Homemade Ding Dongs

If I were to reminisce about good times with my dad, I would think about him letting me drive his big red tractor, or sitting outside on the swing watching a distant thunderstorm, or sitting on the porch asking him how big airplanes or alligators are.