Raspberry Muffins

This is one of the most rewarding recipes you will ever try – it’s so easy and super tasty.  I have to say that the word ‘muffin’ doesn’t do much for me.  The idea of eating a heavy stodgy cake doesn’t fill me with desire but these muffins are different.  They are more like delicate little…

Choc Chip Biccies

I have already posted my favourite biccie recipe on this blog and you can read about it here – Macadamia Biccies – but my husband has an aversion to the buttery shortbread biscuit variety as he prefers something with a little more moisture … or so he says! He has declared that there is not…

Chocolate Granola Cookies

I have to admit that I have a slight addiction to cook books!  My shelves are heaving with beautiful tomes and nothing makes me happier than adding a new book to my collection. Recently I spotted a beautiful little book called Top with Cinnamon by Izy Hossack. The photography and design are what caught my…

Crusty Cob Loaf

Have you been searching for the world’s easiest bread recipe?  Well look no further!  You don’t need to knead it or give it multiple opportunities to rise.  You simply mix it all together then forget about it until the next day when you pop it in the oven and voila – fresh crusty bread! Cooking…

Rainy Days

  Pluviophile: (n) a lover of rain: someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.   This is the view from my office window. It looks wonderful on any day, but on rainy days, it is beautiful. I never realised there was a word for people who love the rain and now…

Steak with Cashew Nam Jim and Blood Orange and Rocket Salad

This recipe is a perfect midweek dinner – as long as you have a food processor and a fry pan, this recipe is a breeze!  Nam Jim is a paste that is very much like a thai flavoured pesto.  The flavours of coriander, chilli, ginger, garlic and cashews are made fresh and zesty with the…

Maddie on Things by Theron Humphrey

Let’s face it, some dogs are just a whole lot smarter than the rest.  I still think I have the world’s best dog but I think the world’s most talented dog award must go to Maddie.  Maddie was adopted from an animal shelter by her owner, Theron Humphrey.  Theron openly states that Maddie changed his…

Passionfruit Yoyos

For the past few days we have been blessed with beautiful weather – less like winter and more like a Tassie summer!  All of these sunny days have led me to thinking about tropical fruit especially passionfruit so when I saw some fresh passionfruit at the grocery store yesterday, I couldn’t resist. I decided to…

Blood Orange and Rosemary Cake

I have been dying to make this cake for quite some time now.  When I first read the recipe in Katie Quinn Davies’ book “What Katie Ate”, I knew I would love it!  Many years ago I learned of the wonderful qualities of chocolate and chili and now we have citrus and rosemary … in…

Rhubarb, Orange and Almond Cake

Well it seems I have harvested the last of the rhubarb for this winter and as it is such a precious, seasonal delicacy, I wanted a recipe that would really do it justice.  I found just the thing in Sophie Hansen’s recipe from her gorgeous book called Local is Lovely.  This book is filled with…

Weaving with Enthusiasm

Last year I attended a weaving class with the lovely Maryanne Moodie through Megan Morton’s travelling School. I was in awe of Maryanne’s wonderful creations and although I have tried to replicate her brilliance … I have found myself lacking to say the least. I may not be the world’s best weaver but what I…

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

When I first saw the cover of Nick Trout’s book ‘Dog Gone, Back Soon’, I was immediately attracted to the image; as there, peeking out at me from the shelves, was my dog Dougal!  Well it wasn’t actually Dougal, but it could have been! So from that moment I was hooked – I had to…