KIDS, COOKING, COSTUMES & CRAFTS (...and alliteration)

Cooking

Making Plum Paste

Making Plum Paste

Our plum tree yielded so many plums this year, despite near neglect and hardly any water. What a little trooper! I made a plum pie (yum) and was about to turn the rest into jam when my husband suggested make a quince paste alternative. Genius! PLUM […]

Chocolate Coconut Ice

Chocolate Coconut Ice

Here is a sickly sweet, yet sugar-free, yummy, yummy treat (well, there’s sugar in the chocolate, but we broke that into bits and therefore we all know the calories have all fallen out, right?) I saw this recipe for Chocolate Covered Coconut Bars on Pintrest, and had […]

Chocolate Strawberry Carrots for the Easter Bunny

Chocolate Strawberry Carrots for the Easter Bunny

Pintrest is completely to blame for this post. When I saw strawberries covered in chocolate to look like tiny fat carrots, my inner voice said YES! So everyone leaves cookies out for Santa, I figure the Easter bunny must also need some sustenance whilst doing […]

Apricot and Raisin Cookies

Apricot and Raisin Cookies

Are you in the mood for some delicious, chewy, cinnamonny cookies that you can pretend are vaguely healthy? If you’re like me, the answer to that question is always YES! I opened the cupboard and realised I didn’t have any oats. NO OATS?! Finding a […]

Fishing Princess Cake

Fishing Princess Cake

My little girls loves princesses (no surprise) and fishing (surprise!). My husband had the bright idea of hosting a party for her at a Trout Farm. I had a lot of misgivings about it (quite possibly stemming from the fact that it wasn’t my idea) but […]

Flower Cake

Flower Cake

Today’s post is not really a recipe, mainly because this is my husband’s grandmother’s famous TOP SECRET chocolate cake, and as such I probably shouldn’t put it on the internet. So instead, enjoy these photos of my lovely new Oh Joy for Target cake stand. […]

Bacon, Egg and Bread Muffins

Bacon, Egg and Bread Muffins

What to do with the French baguette that was so delicious yesterday and is now stale and hard? Well, usually, I like to keep it in the pantry until it grows some mould and then I feel ok about throwing it out. But today I […]

Healthy Fruit Balls for Kids

Healthy Fruit Balls for Kids

My friend Megan posted this recipe on Facebook recently. It sounded easy, fun and good for kids so of course I was interested! Her recipe: 250g Dates, 50g Coconut, 50g Oats, 20g Cocoa, 1TB Milk. Whizz in blender, then roll into balls As you may […]

Breakfast Pies

Breakfast Pies

This is the easiest recipe for a great brunch. The original recipe comes from Williams-Sonoma but I simplified it...because why not make something easy, even easier! These pies transfer well, so they'd be great to take to a friends house, or a picnic. Cut rounds of [...]
Styling a CNY dinner

Styling a CNY dinner

I took a trip to Chinatown today to prepare for Chinese New Year, and it was crazy busy. CRAZY. It was difficult to walk down the street, I started to get overwhelmed and confused about what I came for, and I got yelled at by [...]
Celebrating Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year

As I have Chinese New Year on the brain, I had a quick look through my photo collection for CNY themed shots. (Forgive me if that banner doesn't say anything about CNY, I can't read it. But the colours and details are amazing!) I particularly [...]
Making the Australian Women’s Weekly Buzzy Beehive Cake

Making the Australian Women’s Weekly Buzzy Beehive Cake

It was all reasonably easy to do. Actually, I found it very easy as my mum did all the work! Hah!

Rainbow Birthday Cake

Rainbow Birthday Cake

My 4 year old birthday girl briefed me on the cake she wanted. It should be a rainbow, with a ladybug flying over it, and lots of chocolate. She drew me a sketch. Fortunately the mountains and trees were in the sketch for decorative purposes [...]
Duck Liver Pâté Recipe | Epicurious.com

Duck Liver Pâté Recipe | Epicurious.com

We cooked a chinese style duck this weekend, and I wasn’t too sure what to do with the giblets. I was going to through them out then at the last minute I decided to try something I’d wanted to try for a long time, to […]

Easy Homemade Dumplings – Tablespoon

Easy Homemade Dumplings – Tablespoon

I am a sucker for a dumpling of any sort. This recipe for homemade dumplings from Tablespoon looks amazing, easy, kid friendly and, most importantly, yummo! Guess what's for dinner tonight? Easy Homemade Dumplings - Tablespoon.