Hey! Remember when I blogged with some kind of regular schedule? Me, too! Anyway, life has been a little crazy lately the last six weeks or so, and I’ve had this post ready to write for a few weeks but just could not find the time to do it. But here I am! Here is the post!
This came about when I was planning what we would do for Christmas dinner, which we are hosting at our house this year. I was thinking about dessert and was thinking about how we always get the same delicious pudding each year to have with cream or ice cream, and while I love that pudding, I was thinking what if we just ran out of time to buy one? What could I do that required minimal effort if I really, really didn’t have time to find the pudding, or forgot completely to organise getting one before Christmas? Then I was grocery shopping one day at Aldi (my favourite shop), and I was browsing all their seasonal Christmas goodies and it struck me: just buy a bunch of sweet, seasonal Christmas chocolates and biscuits and arrange them on a plate and voila! Christmas chocolate platter!
It still feels like Winter here in Melbourne – it’s currently pouring with rain and windy as I write this, so when I realised I hadn’t done a baking blog post in a while it was an easy decision to feature these scones, which I first started making a few years ago. I used to… Continue reading ->
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… Continue reading ->
Being half Italian, I always thought it was in my blood to be able to make a delicious pasta sauce without too much effort. Turns out I was wrong. It’s especially hard when you’re trying to emulate your Nonna’s delicious pasta sauce for which there is no recipe written down – she would always just… Continue reading ->
I didn’t bake much while I was pregnant last year. It’s weird, but I actually lost my baking mojo. I wanted to bake a lot, but every time I did, I messed it up. Even with simple things I’d made before. I just couldn’t get things right, so I gave up in the end. But… Continue reading ->
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 ->
Hey, hi, how are you? I’ve been AWOL, I know. It was unintentional and due to a number of things, mostly because we have been on and off the Winter cold, flu, and tonsillitis merry-go-round since about June. – Every cough and cold around has come home with my daughter, then she got a nasty… Continue reading ->
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 ->
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 ->
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 ->