Tag Archives: Autumn

A stroll in the park and Grandma’s self saucing pudding

Lately we have been having abnormally beautifully warm weather in Sydney. Whilst the evenings are fresh to say the least, the days have been all sunny, blue skies and balmy early to mid twenties temps. Whilst I have been home sick all week, I must admit the view from lounge has been one to put a smile on any sick dial. I have especially loved my doctors and pharmacy visits which have forced me to walk through the warm sunny streets of my local shops.

This morning I was finally feeling slightly normal and the Husband and I decided to go get a coffee and have a stroll through the park. My goodness I isn’t nature magnificent this time of year! The vivid orangey red colour from the autumn leaves against the crystal clear bright blue of the sky is truly something to see.

Here are a few insta-snaps from our stroll in the park this morning

Coffee in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Another thing I love about autumn, which will come as no surprise to anyone, is the comfort cooking. The other night we had a friend of ours over for dinner and I whipped up one of my Grandma’s chocolate self saucing puddings for dessert, who can resist a bowl of steaming hot pudding goodness with a spoonful or two of double cream or vanilla ice cream.

The recipe is super easy, and I personally believe that a great recipe should be shared

Grandmas Chocolate Sauce Pudding


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup castor sugar
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

For the sauce:

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 cups boiling water


Sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir in melted butter, milk and vanilla until all are well combined and smooth.

Spoon mixture into individual ramekins (mix makes enough for four) or one large oven proof dish.

Sprinkle brown sugar and cocoa powder evenly over the top of mixture, and then slowly pour over the boiling water.

Place ramekins or oven-proof dish in a baking tray half filled with water. Bake for 20-30 minutes in a medium (160 – 180 degrees Celsius) oven or until water is dissolved.

Remove and serve with double cream, vanilla ice cream, plenty of the chocolate sauce and enjoy with family or friends.

Grandma's self saucing pudding

Grandma's self saucing pudding

Grandma's self saucing pudding served with double cream

I highly recommend making this pudding; it never disappoints and is the perfect follow-up to a Sunday roast – just as an idea!

Happy weekend all


Loving Right Now

I have a fairly large collection of nail polish, so it’s not unusual that sometimes I forget I have particular colours. Last year my lovely friend, Eilise, brought me back a couple of OPI nail polishes from her trip to the US.

Tonight is date night and whilst getting myself ready, I stumbled across one of the above mentioned nail polishes which I am now crushing on big time. Its the perfect colour for this Autumn season.

OPI Miami Beet

This shade is OPI Miami Beet. I love the names of the OPI collection, I think that’s part of the reason I have so many.

What are your thoughts on this colour?


Hello Autumn

With Autumn now in full swing I can really notice the change in weather. The days are cooler and darker in the morning. Whilst most days are still warm the evenings have a slight chill to the air. I love this time of year, even though I do miss the warmth of Summer and daylight savings, there is something extremely romantic about this cooler, moodier time of year.

No more daylight savings

For me, Autumn means the addition of a scarf to everyday outfits, warming glasses of red wine enjoyed with slow cooked meals, blankets on the couch and the turning of the leaves. I am really hoping to make it the Mt Tohma gardens in the New South Wales Blue Mountain region. I have wanted to go for years at the beginning of Autumn when the leave start to turn because I hear it’s a spectacular view.

Mt Tomah Autumn Leaves

Summer is my lover but Winter holds my heart. Autumn and Spring are always an exciting time, they offer a glimpse of what’s to come. In Spring the days slowly start to get longer, warmer and the smell of freshly cut grass and jasmine perfume the air.


In Autumn the days fade earlier, you start layering up as a crisp air tickles your cheeks. Cool white wine is replaced with a bold warming glass of shiraz and a walk through the park in the dying afternoon sun must be accompanied with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Autumn Essential

Another bonus to Autumn/Winter is the fashion, there is something so chic with cooler weather clothes – boots, gloves, scarves and a cute little hat. There is nothing like a change of weather to justify the purchase of new wardrobe essentials and a few trend items.

So on that note, I’m off to trawl a few of my favourite online shopping sites!


A little inspiration to get me through the day‏

I sometimes have days where I find it impossible to pep myself up. I’m naturally a bubbly person, so when I get into one of these moods I find it’s incredibly annoying.

One thing that helps me refocus is to search for something to inspire me – a new seasonal recipe, exciting ways to organise your home, latest trends in fashion and design, or even just beautiful imagery that lets my mind escape from reality for just a moment and live in a romantic parallel world.

Here are a few things that are exciting me at the moment:


Comfort cooking

Magazine fix

Magazines – trashy, glossy, food and home deco

Sky High and Magnetic Coral

My latest nail polish and lipstick

Planning my next dinner party

Planning dinner parties – my favourite way to entertain

Flower from the garden in the church we got married in


Late afternoon walk in Wahroonga

Afternoon walks in the dying sun

Tea in my Wedgewood teacup

Tea served in a proper tea cup

If you’re lacking some inspiration in your life, try pintrest or Instagram for a quick fix to pep you back up


Insta Update

Greetings and salutations. I have been so busy lately I have totally neglected my little blog.

Here is a Insta update, thanks to my trusty Instagram app – where would I be without this little number. Honestly, it catches the most intimate, exciting and crucial moments in my life, you know, like what food I’m eating and my morning coffee!


Mexican Fiesta

Mexican Fiesta

Hot Chocolate from Max Brennar

Hot Chocolate from Max Brenner

Pink roses on my afternoon walk

Pink roses on my afternoon walk

Girls drinks ended with a chocolate soufle from my man Max

Girls drinks ended with a chocolate fix from my man Max

Grill'd fix

Grill’d fix

Lunch at Cafe Sydney - love!

Lunch at Cafe Sydney – love!

Lunch with a view

Lunch with a view

Coffee to get me started on an early morning

Coffee to get me started on an early morning

I love me some pretty flowers

I love me some pretty flowers

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

What a view! drinks at Blu Horizon @ Shangri La

Drinks at Blu Horizon @ Shangri La, what a view!

Need a break?

Need a break?

Happy hump day, it’s all down hill to the weekend now!


Welcome To Autumn

Welcome to Autumn! What a way to welcome the new season with a gloomy, rainy and cold day. I am super excited to hit the town with some of my favourite girls tonight, and I am even more excited to be spending a much needed lazy weekend at home with my husband. Lately we have been really busy with birthday’s, christenings, catch ups and life in general so this weekend of nothingness is very much required.



Tonight we are heading to The Botanist in Kirribilli, a fairly new boutique bar that is quickly making a name for itself for serving up amazing cocktails and delicious food (I’ll be sure to fill you all in on my experience). Another reason for my excitement is that I am debuting my new leather pencil skirt. I have been waiting for the right occasion to bust this baby out and tonight feels like it may be the right time. But most of all, I love any excuse to go out with my girls for a cocktail or two and catch up on all the latest happenings.

The Botanist


For the weekend I have a few low-key projects I want to complete, mainly organising my accessories and trialling a few new recipes I have been collecting. I also want to clean out my wardrobe and work out what I need for the new seasons. But to be honest I would be happy just to indulge in a complete lazy weekend.

Rainy weather and a lazy weekend at home to me means cooking something cosy, the consuming of good wine, watching DVDs on the couch with my blanket and lots of laughing.

Happy Friday everyone and here’s to a fantastic, rainy weekend!



* All images courtesy of google