Finding my Mojo

For as long as I can remember, in time off stress and or deep loss, I have retreated to the kitchen, for sanctuary, sanity and safety.  But for the last few months, there has been no inventing, no offering up my cakes as humble gifts for those I admire, love and cherish.  I didn’t bake…

Turbulent times

It’s been a rough few weeks, as one friend has said, an emotional roller coaster, and I haven’t been coping too well.  Hence the radio silence on this end.  Apologies.  The inevitable happened, we lost my dear Nan last week.  A wonderful Mum, Nan, Nan-Nan, Great Nan, Aunty and quite frankly one of the most wonderful…

It’s getting to that time of the year again ……..

I need to make my Christmas Cake, I have had the fruit soaking for a good few days now, and I should have made it a few weeks back, but time has gotten the better of me this year and I’m lagging behind. I’m lucky enough to have acquired my husband’s Grandmother’s Christmas Cake Recipe….

Mushrooms for Squash

Who says when you need to take nibbles somewhere that it has to be savory?  I like to take something sweet often, and that’s exactly what I did tonight for our squash meeting.  I took a plate of Pav Mushrooms. I love these tasty little delights are, incredibly easy to make, only a little assembly…

Too easy Homemade tortillas for quick mexican meals

Ever looked in the pantry and decided you wanted quesadilla, only to find out there are no tortillas?  Don’t fret, there is a solution.  If you have flour, water, oil and salt, you are on your way.  It only takes a minute or two to make the dough, no need to let the dough rise….

Nostalgia in times of need

It’s been a particularly hard weekend and last few days.  My dear Nan has been hospitalised for the last 8 weeks (after major life saving surgery), and while we knew she wasn’t going back to her home, we thought she may have made it to a nice wing in a rest home.  Instead she has been moved…

Far too easy Banoffee Pie

Yes, I know, this is yet ANOTHER post about dessert, but it tis the season, so embrace it. A few months ago Tim came home from work raving about a Banoffee Pie that one of his friends had brought into work. While I have eaten a bit of Banoffee Pie, it was another thing that…

Making something genius from an epic fail!

I have been busy making cakes again.  This time I had to make one to demonstrate icing a cake for a fundraiser for Playcentre on Friday night.  It was a great chance to catch up with all the girls again.  We had a ball and I’m hoping the girls may have learnt something along the way….

Tomatoes on Tomatoes

It’s been the week of tomatoes in our home.  This came about because of the purchase of a multitude of tomatoes, on special, with the thought of making a Gazpacho for a dinner, only to change my mind.  I then had to use these beautiful tomatoes in creative ways before they went to waste.  So…

Amidst the Calm before the storm, there is always room for desert

It has been a crazy week.  After nearly four years of being at home with the kids, I started back at work, on contract, full time.  Though it has been only three days of the week, it feels so incredibly different already, new routines, for the whole family.  I have to say, I’m knackered. Eating…