Category Archives: Food

Baking – Carmelitas

I needed to make a little something sweet for a morning tea date this week I had and thought a slice would be the easiest thing to do, but I was bored by my usual chocolate-y slice repertoire. I did a little googling using the phrase “sweet slice” to see what would come up that wasn’t chocolate based, and ended up on Carmelitas. I had heard of them before, but had never had one. My impression is that they’re more of an American slice bar, but they seemed simple enough to make, and ticked all my non-chocolate requirements: oats, caramel, and just a little bit of chocolate through the middle. They ended up being a tad more involved than I thought they would be, only because I wanted to make the caramel myself, and after using THE WORST RECIPE IN THE WORLD and getting it wrong THREE TIMES, I found a different recipe that was much better and gave it one final shot. It worked thank goodness, because if it didn’t I’m pretty sure I would have burned my kitchen to the ground and walked away to start anew somewhere else. Anyway, here’s my attempt!

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Baking – Jumbo Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies


I don’t make cookies and cakes with nuts in them because my daughter has a nut allergy. But recently I was overtaken by the urge to make a really nice, soft peanut butter cookie. I do have a peanut cookie recipe in my favourite recipe book, but I wanted something super soft and chocolate-y, which… Continue reading ->

Outdoor Dining


Despite all the rain here in Melbourne (seriously, dudes), I’m starting to day dream about warm Summer nights where we can relax outside on the back porch and eat dinner as the sun sets and watch our daughter play in the backyard. Before we moved last year, we only had a very small courtyard space… Continue reading ->

Baking – Italian Frappe


If you’ve ever been inside an Italian bakery, chances are you’ve seen and maybe even purchased crostoli. Well, let me introduce you to frappe, crostoli’s far, far superior sibling. Growing up with an Italian grandmother meant we were treated to all kinds of delicious savoury Italian meals – pasta and the best damn sauce I’ve… Continue reading ->

Out and About – Melbourne Cafés

Mister and Miss pancakes THUMBNAIL

We’ve been trying to get out a little bit more now that the dust has settled from our house move last year and we’ve managed to achieve a lot of the things on our house to-do list in the past few months. One of the things I’ve been enjoying doing is visiting cafés I hear… Continue reading ->

Dinspo – Lamb, Silverbeet and Chickpea Rice pilaf

Lamb pilaf thumbnail

I bought a new slow cooker cookbook during the week. Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks are always winners, and this one is a dense tome, with two hundred slow cooker recipes. I was immediately drawn to the lamb section, because there is nothing better than beautifully soft, slow cooked lamb in the Winter months. I was… Continue reading ->