How To Make Aprons From Tea Towels Without Sewing

When it comes to sewing with a sewing machine, I am well .... terrified! Along the lines of learning to drive, giving birth and dogs. I used to have a sewing machine a very long time ago that I bought with ideas of grandeur parading through my head. I used it that one time when my mum showed me how to use it. After ignoring it as an invisible piece of furniture for 3 years, I finally sold it to an old lady who was so happy to have bought it, she couldn't stop bopping up and down. To each their own, I say! I have over the years hand stitched everything. Including curtains for 2 bedrooms. And by hand stitched, I mean it literally. The curtains were the most painful and even with a heavy d... Read More >>
Nutella On Knife - Styling & Photo By Sneh Roy

2 Minute Nutella Mug Cake

Mug cakes are like a round of gossip. You come across one, you indulge, you pine for more, you dig around for another one, you indulge some more until you are spent and then it all dies down for a few days. Until you come across another one and you have to do it all over again! I don't do gossip. But I do mug cakes! One of the first mug cakes I ever experimented with was Lorraine's fantastic 5 minute mug cake on Not Quite Nigella. I did that mug cake one cold night for an impromptu chocolate craving and we loved it. For a few days after that, I experimented with every mug cake recipe I could find until the fad wore off. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that my vicious mug cake circle... Read More >>

Audrey Gordon’s Tuscan Summer – Cookbook Review

Rated - 3.5 stars (out of 5) Audrey Gordon's Tuscan Summer - Recipes & Recollections From The Heart Of Italy is not your regular cookbook. It is a cookbook of hilarious proportions. In fact, when you start reading it, you will find yourself checking the foreword and the author bio on the inside of the dust jacket to make sure that it is indeed a cookbook and not a prank. I did. Gordon Ramsay said "Puts the comedy back into the kitchen!" and I would have to wholeheartedly agree with him. Audrey Gordon. Can't say that I had heard about her before reading the book and the bio in the book was ridiculously funny so I did a little digging on a site called Google. I chuckl... Read More >>

Spaghetti Al Pesto

For the past two weeks, I have my nose buried in Audrey Gordon's Tuscan Summer, a cookbook of hilarious proportions. The book is so funny that my boys have to stop what they are doing and give me a worried look as I first splutter coffee over my sweatshirt and then race to get a tissue, all the while chuckling and shaking my head. The cookbook, also has some simple and beautiful working recipes. Read Audrey Gordon's Tuscan Summer Cookbook Review. Spaghetti Al Pesto, is that what locals call Pesto Spaghetti in Tuscany? I am sure they do. Like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love, I love the Italian language, the food and the people. It is true that I have never been to Italy, nor do I... Read More >>
Shakshuka Eggs - Styling & Photo By Sneh Roy

Shakshuka Eggs

Every time I say Shakshuka, I feel a warmth creeping up from my toes to my neck. I am weird with words like that. I have favourite words and words I abhor. I have words that tickle me when I say them out loud and words that comfort me when I roll them off my tongue. Shakshuka meaning "all mixed up" and originating from Tunisia is my feel-warm-all-over word. And this egg dish that is a close reminder of the Mexican huevos rancheros or the Indian Parsi egg does indeed warm you up with the eggs swimming on a gorgeous bed of chili spiked tomatoes. I cooked these beautiful eggs in two mini stoneware dishes from Maxwell & Williams. I recently bought these baby casseroles. Th... Read More >>

Citrus Madeleines

  Gummy Bear's favourite colour is pink. He adores it and I find his total adoration for anything pink absolutely cute. Now pink in his little mind is anything from a dusky shade of rose to bright candy floss pink to peachy orange. Works for me! It means I can push anything coloured within that spectrum and he would happily eat it. Over the weekend I was experimenting with Serge Dansereau's madeleine biscuit recipe. I made smaller, crispier biscuits and then some large, spongy madeleines. I added a good mix of lemon and orange peel to get that delightful citrus tang and combined red and yellow food colouring to get a beautiful peach hue. Gummy Bear called them "pink ... Read More >>

Lemon Ricotta Cake With Chocolate Glaze And Fresh Figs

My little brother and his gorgeous wife have birthdays a week apart. I baked this simple cake with lush chocolate frosting and fresh fruit to honor both their birthdays yesterday. The fresh violas on top of the cake were not only stunning to look at but totally edible. I baked this cake at an informal dinner a couple of weeks ago and it tastes amazing fresh and warm out of the oven with the chocolate glaze still runny and oozing down the edges. The liqueur infused frosting adds the right bite to the smoothness of the ricotta and the tang of the lemon. And there is no butter!   Oh, and I got my new shiny Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and snapped some quick pics of this cake with the light... Read More >>

Rice Krispie And Marshmallow Easter Egg Pops

I went to my first Easter egg dyeing party yesterday and it was delightful. It is always wondrous to get a glimpse of traditions that are very foreign to you especially if they involve beautifully decorated delicate egg shells, cute bunnies galore and cheery yellow chicks. I also realized yesterday how very difficult it was at least here in Sydney to score a carton of white eggs, which is what my friend had got and they looked gorgeous after they were dyed. I loved Petra's amazing egg tree. She is so creative! (Scroll down for some iPhone pictures of the dyeing party) I wanted to take a sweet treat to the dyeing party but wanted to do something eastery and different. Seeing as I was pre... Read More >>
Simple Share Buttons