Tag Archives: Recipes

Say it with cake!

Recently I seem to be baking up a birthday storm in my little kitchen. Last month is was my father-in-law’s, my mum’s and my sister’s birthday and I was on cake duty. I love the idea of making my family and friends a birthday cake, it has a more personal touch plus it gives me the excuse to try out new recipes and enjoy a slice without being stuck with the remained of the cake – because let’s face it, if it’s in my kitchen, I will eat it!

Here are a few of my recent creations:

Three layer white cake with buttercream frosting and silver cashous

3 layer white cake with teal butter cream frosting and hundreds & thousands

Rachie's Cake

Rachie's Cake

Rachie's Cake

Chocolate bourbon cake with bourbon sauce, double cream and toffee shards

Chocolate bourbon cake with bourbon sauce, double cream and toffee shards

Mum's Cake

for the two white cakes, I used this recipe and matching frosting, for Mum’s chocolate bourbon cake I used this recipe.

Happy drooling!




The Cocktail Diaries

Like most of my girlfriends, I love a good cocktail. My poison of choice is usually a Cosmopolitan, a Manhattan or a Vodka Martini – dirty, shaken, with three olives. One should know precisely how they like their Martini after all! Lately I have been in a cocktail mood and since I live a more than a cheap cab ride from my favourite cocktail haunts, I decided the only thing to do was to start mixing my own at home.

Cocktail equipment

I would love to start this little project off by creating my own vintage inspired bar cart, but alas I live in an apartment where I decided an eight seater dining table was a necessity leaving me with very little, read no room, for one. Instead I will settle for assembling all the required equipment on a purpose bought tray and using my large dining room table.

The cocktail I have decided to start this fun little project with is one that caught my eye for a few reasons, firstly I love vodka, secondly it has one of my favourite ingredients – elderflower cordial, and lastly because it has a very Southern feel to it that makes me want to dress up in my girliest, Alannah Hill approved outfit and slap on some old world jazz and lounge on my balcony in the fading afternoon sun.

Southern Afternoon Tea

Unfortunately, I forgot to buy 3 of the main ingredients for this recipe and with Jess arriving in 5 minutes, I had no time to run up to the shops. Instead I came up with an Elderflower Martini.  Here’s how to make it:

Elderflower Martini (serves 2):


  • Vodka
  • Soda water
  • Cucumber
  • Elderflower Cordial
  • Green apple


  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Martini glass


  1. In the shaker place 2 cucumber chunks and 2 pieces of green apple, about 2cm thick. Add 45ml of Elderflower cordial and muddle (if you don’t have a muddling stick, you can use a rolling-pin). 
  2. Pour over 60ml of vodka (I used Grey Goose as I love the clean smoothness).
  3. Place on the lid and shake vigorously
  4. Strain the drink into a chilled Martini glass and top with 60ml of soda water
  5. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and green apple



Original recipe by me

I served this with a bowl of spice popcorn, here’s what I did:

Follow the instruction on the popcorn packet. its important to pop this from scratch rather than use microwave popcorn. Whilst popping, in a large mixing bowl place 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground cumin, ground coriander and salt, plus a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. Pour in 2 generous tablespoons of maple syrup. When the popping has subsided, pour the hot popcorn into the mixing bowl and coat the kernels evenly. Serve in your favourite dish.




My Insta-weekend

My weekend through instagram…

Breakfast and lite reading in the sun on Saturday morning

Morning coffee at a new little cafe near our place, couldn’t find a name though!

Healthy warm salad for lunch – recipe here

Afternoon tea served as it should be, in Royal Albert china

Dinner date with the cool kids at burrito Beach Company – Newtown

Many cocktails to follow from various small bars in the area – this one was from Water Horse

A much needed coffee on Sunday morning

….and a big breakfast to get the day started!

Not much else was done on Sunday. After a big breakfast (read eaten at 12:30) I decided to make a nice warm soup for dinner. I made this recipe and used Maggie Beer chicken stock and King Island Smoked Cheddar instead. Delish!

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!


Chocolate & Pecan Quinoa Muffins

So last night I was in the baking mood and decided to try out a new recipe. I had seen this recipe from Martha Stewart a few weeks back and decided to alter it a bit to suit my taste. The outcome was surprising and unusual. Whilst the muffins are light and fluffy, I think the quinoa needed a little longer to as it was very al dente. I followed the directions exactly as Martha’s recipe however here is my ingredients list: 

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup light cooking cream (I used Bulla)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup golden syrup
  • ¾ cup quinoa (I ran out)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cups chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup oil (I used rice bran oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

I wish I had have been a little more creative with my display!

They turned out really well however I think I need to play with the flavours a bit more before they are perfect. I did take them to work today and no one spat them out so I am guessing they are above average. I would definitely try these again!


Last Week in Food

What week it has been! I have been so busy and had a few internet issues so I thought I would recap my week in one post.

Tuesday I made chili con carne for dinner, we love chili in our house and it is a regular on our menu. The recipe is my own, made up from different recipes I have researched and also made to our taste. I love to jazz it up with different toppings such as homemade salsa’s, sour cream, fresh herbs and cheese, however on Tuesday night we went basic with just some coriander, fresh avocado and a squeeze of lime juice. Here is my recipe:

Chili Con Carne Recipe


Wednesday we had homemade burgers with oven baked fries. I love burgers and it’s always nice to make them at home – that way you can stay on the healthy side. They were delish and were great too much on whilst watching the new season of Sons of Anarchy.

Homemade Burgers and Oven Fries Recipe

We had dinner at the in-laws on Thursday which was buckets of fun (and I am not just saying that because they read my blog). We haven’t been around in while so it was really good to catch up with his family over dinner. We had a BBQ on the back patio and just  chatted and enjoy the amazing evening weather we have been having lately.

Friday was a lazy night in on the couch with a bowl full of quick pasta and wine., nothing special but needed after a hectic week at work.

This post is all about food. I love to cook but I am hopeless at posting about it for a few reasons:

 1.       I generally don’t follow a recipe but cook as I go. I love to read cookbooks (like you would a novel) and take inspiration from different recipes to make my own, therefore making it extremely difficult to recap for people

2.       I always take the first picture of the ingredients, or the onions in the saucepan and then before you know it I have finished the meal and we are eating before I remember to take the next photo

I hope you enjoy these recipes, be sure to  let me know you make any, I’d love to know what you think 🙂