Purple Carrot Cake And Mr. Periwinkle

I miss winter. I really do. Even more so because spring is stuck in a limbo not being able to decide whether to warm up or stay cool. Winter this year was even more exciting than previous years because I discovered to my absolute glee a herbivorous creature called Mr. Periwinkle. Now before you all think that I've lost my marbles, let me assure you that Mr. Periwinkle is a dapper purple carrot and he does indeed exist in the bustling lanes of Marketville in the heart of Organic Town. WhAt??*!! SAy Again*!??!* No, I am not crazy and you probably don't know about a lot of things that go on in my whimsy mind. A few years ago I started creating daily vector characters with elaborate story s... Read More >>

The Chook House

  Over the years I have become an advocate of eating healthier, buying local, living smaller (well this one is not really true although my intentions are noble) and getting back to the grass roots. Two years ago we started our first veggie patch after sporadically growing herbs and carrots all over the yard in patches of sunshine. A year later we added our second patch and started two compost bins. A chook house was the next logical step of progression.         I am quite terrified of critters big and small. I used to not be. But now I am. That is just the way it is. Nick isn't. When he was little he dreamt of being a farmer, why else would an 8 year old wa... Read More >>

Win 60 Issues Of Baked And Delicious Plus Extras Worth $1105

Baked And Delicious is a new 60 part cooking compendium launched in Australia earlier this year. The gorgeous glossy issues showcase international classics to bake at home. The photos and recipes cover baking stalwarts from every possible country and region. There are sweet and savoury recipes galore, Christmas and holiday classics, cookies, pavlovas, cake, breads and heaps more. Many of the recipes come with step by step picture instructions to make baking a breeze. Each issue comes with a free silicone bakeware! Eeeek!! So many freebies and so much love!   A few weeks ago, I was sent two issues of the beautiful little cookbooks to test drive in my dodgy little kitchen. I tried out... Read More >>

Little Brown Bread

  A few wednesdays ago, Gummi Bear announced that he was going to bake bread. He didn't seem to care whether I was on board or not. He then proceeded to the kitchen and fished for a bowl. Next, he grabbed a wooden spoon and a stool in quick succession. After hoisting himself on the stool, so his tiny three year old self could see what was on the counter, he took a pause. Very carefully he reached out for the egg carton and dragged it towards himself. My heart puffed with pride. "He knows what he is doing!!" I thought forgiving him the mistake of  grabbing some eggs for bread baking. I know he was recalling our cake making sessions and eggs seemed to symbolise baking in... Read More >>

Chocolate And Assam Tea Prune Brownies

  The inspiration for this brownie came from the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook. They have a delectable brownie recipe that calls for prunes macerated in alcohol for three days. As amazing as it sounds, I am always a tad skeptical about giving the kids anything alcohol soaked. So I decided to experiment with Assam tea.       I brewed some hot, strong Assam tea and soaked the prunes in it. I let them soak for 24 hours. The brownies that I baked with them were moist with a beautiful flaky crust and chewy fudgey middle redolent with a delicate tea flavour. The chocolate and tea soaked prunes went very well together. Coming across a juicy prune as I bit into the brown... Read More >>

Tabouli And The Pantry Game

  One of the many promises I made to myself this year was to cook with as many different ingredients that I could lay my hands on. Explore every possible corner of the food chart. It is very easy to get stuck in a rut, pasta every night or a pilaf for a weekend lunch, weekend after weekend. Before you know it, you have some amazing ingredients in the pantry collecting dust and mites, whereas your body becomes slave to an ingredient that no longer excites it. I wasn't getting stuck in that rut, but coming awfully close to it on numerous occasions.          To get over the initial mental block of trying something new because it was either going to take t... Read More >>

Vanilla And Strawberry Pops.

  I was asked by the ever so lovely people at Kitchenware Direct to pick something from their amazing array of products to review and test run on the blog. Having done a beautiful pasta machine giveaway in the cooler months, a cool treat churning device was the next logical step. So the good people at Kitchenware Direct sent over a spunky Zoku Quick Pop Maker. A series of unfortunate incidents followed the arrival of the pop maker. The weather turned dark and gloomy. It poured buckets. A virus slowly crept into our throats and rendered us all into distant cousins of Kermit the frog. I knew then that the contraption that had arrived was no ordinary machine. It was to be feared and rev... Read More >>

TGIF. Toes Go In First. A Favourites List.

  TGIF. Toes Go In First. That is what I have always thought it was. Imagine then, my surprise when I saw all the young people constantly posting that on Facebook and Twitter all the time, especially just before the weekend. "Young people are strange!" I thought. But then curiosity got the better of me and I googled it. That is when I was glad, that I had never said or written TGIF in public, because Toes Go In First was definitely not what it was.   Thank God It's Friday. TGIF. How could I have not known that? Firstly, in my defence I have always worked from home, from under a rock and many a times I am quite clueless to what is going on in the much more happening a... Read More >>
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