Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some countries just do a particular food well - where would we be without French bread or Italian pizza...and when it comes to cookie baking you really want to turn to the Americans for a little cookie know-how. There is something about an American cookie that is just so much better than a British biscuit.*  Biscuits are kind [...]

February 25th, 2016|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Spicy Mexican Quinoa Salad

This super delicious Spicy Mexican Quinoa salad is pure smoky chilli goodness.  I made it recently for a friend who was coming over on a week night to watch the 1D movie without kids...yes I know...what can I say? It's like stepping back decades and being a teenage pop fan all over again!  Swooning over [...]

February 14th, 2016|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Apple Bircher Muesli

I like a bit of clean healthy eating throughout the year but there is surely no better month for re-igniting a healthy lifestyle than January.  Even though I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions, getting back to your usual healthy life after a period of indulgence feels good (mind you sipping Moscow Mules [...]

January 26th, 2016|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Drink of the Summer

There is something to be said for being on holiday with a former bartender (especially when it's your brother and you are happy to be spending time together anyway).  Each year when we come home for the Christmas summer holidays, my brother lets us know what the 'drink of the summer' is going to be.  Last year it [...]

January 11th, 2016|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Christmas style guide: Sweet treats

Christmas is a time to indulge and even though everybody claims to be completely full after Christmas dinner, a couple of hours later you can be sure that someone will be looking for a little treat.  So in this Christmas style guide I am giving you a couple of recipes to satisfy the sweet treat requirements [...]

December 9th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Christmas Style Guide: Make A Wreath

In today's Christmas style guide I show you how to make a wreath to hang above the Christmas table.  Now, let me start by stating the obvious - I am not a florist.  Nor have I ever studied floristry or related subjects. In fact I've never been shown how to make a wreath and my floristry skills (up [...]

December 6th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Christmas Style Guide: Napkins

Here is your essential Christmas style guide for napkins.  Yep, napkins.  You might think that's a very specific place to start with a style guide for Christmas, but why not?  Napkins are always on the Christmas table and rather than the usual tried (...or is that tired?) and tested silver or gold napkin ring, I [...]

December 4th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Almond and Raspberry Tart

This dessert has become my go-to entertaining-for-a-crowd dessert.  It is the perfect two-for-one dessert as the tart only requires egg yolks, which means you are left with six egg whites to whip into meringue.  From there you can make a pavlova or individual meringues - whichever you prefer.  It's an economical way to create two desserts out [...]

November 15th, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Pink Peppercorn Pavlova

I am bringing you today a gorgeous piquant pink peppercorn pavlova (try saying that three times)!  This is a beautifully simple and delicious twist on the usual pavlova.  I first tried it when we moved to Singapore and invited our neighbours over for a barbecue and they brought the dessert.  It was the start of [...]

October 18th, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Homemade Fruit Bread

When I lived in London and planned my trips back to Melbourne my Mum would always ask if there was anything in particular I would like her to cook.  I always put a request in for apple pie (we would have it for dessert in the evening and I would then eat it cold for breakfast [...]

October 2nd, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|