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Easter Egg Cake

14 Apr
April 14, 2014

I do like to keep things simple, and that includes entertaining at Easter.  Of course simple doesn’t mean dull or boring.  I wanted to create a dessert that would bring a smile to adults and children alike at the end of Easter Sunday lunch.  A dessert, which resulted in a hazelnut sponge cake, filled with […]


Hazelnut, Orange & Chocolate Cookies, Vegan & Gluten Free

08 Apr
April 8, 2014

Last week I shared my little experiment in the kitchen making gluten free vegan choc chip cookies.  The experiments continued and the result are these hazelnut, orange chocolate cookies.  A sweet treat for those with a gluten intolerance, as well as vegan for those that swing that way.  I do emphasis the ‘treat’, again there […]

Zemnieku Brokastis, Farmers’ Breakfast

31 Mar
March 31, 2014

I love potatoes, give them to me baked, boiled or fried.  I have inherited having a continuous healthy stash of them in my kitchen from my mum, they are a staple.  It has only been in recent years, as I research more about Latvian culture and cuisine, that I am adamant that my love of […]

Choc Chip Cookies, Vegan & Gluten Free

27 Mar
March 27, 2014

Yes it is possible to make delicious gluten free, egg free and dairy free chocolate chip cookies. It’s funny how recipes play out when you are experimenting in the kitchen.   Or at least how my mind works in any case.  Originally I was making gluten free choc chip cookies.  Then it occurred to me that […]

Madame Butterfly, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

25 Mar
March 25, 2014

Only over the past few years have I discovered a deep enjoyment of opera.  As a child I was introduced to every other form of music and my parents were lovers of the theatre and live performance.   This explains my love for musicals. My only brushes with opera were the Three Tenors and the movie […]

Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings

24 Mar
March 24, 2014

A bowl of freshly deep fried chicken wings are set down in front of you.  Knowing they’re hot does not deter you from picking one up.  You then proceed to do the chicken wing dance between your fingers.  Holding the wing between one hand before transferring quickly, almost tossing, it to the other, to avoid […]

Chicken & Quinoa Salad

19 Mar
March 19, 2014

Don’t you love my rice paper rolls?  I personally think my brainwork behind them was ingenious.  As you have probably figured out from the photo, sadly the rice paper rolls didn’t agree and I present to you a salad. Lilydale sent me a gift hamper with some fresh produce, goodies for Salts Meats Cheese, and […]

Rapid Creek Sunday Market, Darwin

17 Mar
March 17, 2014

The influence of South East Asia is strong in Darwin.  Makes sense when you think about the location.  Nowhere else in Darwin is the influence stronger than Rapid Creek Markets. It’s not a pretty market, a little on the dark and dingy side.  Don’t go wanting to leisurely stroll around.  If you are holding up […]

Chocolate Chip Balls

16 Mar
March 16, 2014

‘A thought popped into my head.  Why aren’t we just frying the bees in coconut oil and be done with it?  Sprinkle with some toasted popped quinoa, a dash of  maple syrup infused with chili?  That way we would be receiving a full dose of bee gut into our digestive systems.’ What on earth inspired […]

Scenic World, Katoomba

12 Mar
March 12, 2014

What happens when you cross an amusement park with Mother Nature?  The answer is simple my friends, Scenic World. I really do hate showing my age, but…..   When I was a wee lass (30+ years ago), my dad use to take me to the Scenic Railway with visiting overseas work colleagues.  It was a fantastic […]