Upside-Down Blood Orange Cake

It’s quite funny how seasonal fruit works sometimes – citrus is a major fruit I crave during the warmer months, but yet it’s only at its peak during winter. While this is great for a Vitamin C boost in the midst of cold and flu season, lemons are dear when squeezed over fresh seafood and…

Afternoon Tea @ Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Sydney

If you are a follower of me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably would have heard the news by now: I have been shortlisted for MasterChef Australia Series 8 Top 50! I will have to wait until close to the end of September to determine if I go through to the next round – the…

Apple Cinnamon Scrolls

Winter: it’s the season for aromatic, slow-cooked stews and casseroles, and the fragrance of spices, cocoa and burnt butter emanating from the oven. The biggest bonus is that with the weather being so chilly; standing in front of a stove or oven is hardly a trial unlike in summer where you prefer to be away…

Rose & Raspberry Meringue Tarts

I remember my teenage years when I first started to develop an interest in fragranced body products. Of course it started out with those early years of fascination with bubblegum or grape Lip Smackers, transitioning to hand creams and body washes scented with citrus and cocoa butter. Perfume-wise I’ve always preferred lighter, fresher scents over musk or…

Vodka High Tea @ Food Society

I was quite a tomboy when I was growing up. During the early years of primary school I got along with both the girls and the boys, but it was the company of the boys I enjoyed the most – because they did all the exciting things. Climbing trees, crawling with your belly in the dirt, rolling…

Apple & Blackberry Slice

There’s a new friend I’ve been catching up with on a regular basis for the past month or so, almost on a weekly basis. Suffice it to say that our relationship does revolve around food. The first time I asked if she wanted to hang out, I gave her a box of my Tiramisu (which…

Coconut & Raspberry Brownie

Are you folks enjoying your long weekend? It was my birthday on Saturday and I had made an epic chocolate mousse cake to celebrate (you can see the photo of it on my Instagram here) but I got struck down with a horrid cold on Friday so have lost my appetite almost entirely 😦 What a…

Choco-Nut Cookies

Out of all the things that can be baked, few things smell better than the aroma of freshly-baked cookies. Of course, this is largely due to the considerable amount of butter that goes into them, but as I always say – life is for eating and the amount of butter is greatly divided into the…

Nutella Banana Bread

For almost all of summer, I had treated myself to the express breakfast smoothie – a scoop of protein powder, half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen berries, a little shredded coconut, chia seeds, and a combination of almond milk and coconut water. With the weather tending to be a little cooler as of…

The Tea Room Gunners Barracks

If I were to tell you that you had three months to plan a wedding, what would you do? I would probably hear you laugh in disbelief, scoff, shriek, roll your eyes – any one of them, or a combination of all of them; which was exactly my reaction when The Sister told me that…

Raspberry Nutella Cakes

The recipe for these sumptuous and ridiculously easy cakes comes from Katie Quinn Davies’ blog What Katie Ate; a website I decided to consult at the end of last month when we were in the midst of organising an end-of-working-year morning tea in our office for our last day. I already knew I was going to be…

Vanilla Pear Tart

The photo on the top left of the header was a Vanilla Nectarine Tart I baked over one and a half years ago, and it had to be one of the first truly amazing food photos I had ever taken. It made me realise how important food-styling is – even if your dish tastes amazing,…