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Surely by now you’ve heard of the 5 minute mug cake. I only made it once when I was looking after my cousins one night and we wanted something sweet to eat after a pizza dinner. Whilst it was okay, it wasn’t something I felt I needed to make again. But when I saw this

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It’s been 1266 days since I first started this blog. Throughout that time, I’ve managed to squeeze out a humble 500 blog posts. This can either be considered woeful or impressive compared to others. For me, I don’t care; I’m just surprised I’ve lasted this long and still loving it. So instead of letting this

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Well, what a weekend. Lisa asked me if I wanted to team up and recreate Heston’s perfect baked Alaska. I’m not sure what sparked it, but I think it was the baked Alaska on Masterchef and many tweets, that prompted it. And if that wasn’t enough, we decided we would also attempt Heston’s perfect burger

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Theme 10: Blue Cookbook Used: Bonne Maman – The Seasonal Cookbook Author: Bonne Maman Okay, so my genius oven burnt the cake, my photos of said burnt cake sucked…. I should have dusted the cake with icing sugar to make it look less burnt. So you will have to deal with Instagram photos. Remember what

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Melbourne’s answer to Adriano Zumbo? I’ve not been to Zumbo in Sydney… YET. But I’ve seen enough to think when Zumbo finally opens in Melbourne he may just have a bit of competition. Lux Bite is a cute little cafe with gorgeous looking desserts with quirky names. The staff are extremely friendly, and their enthusiasm

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At the last cooking the books feast, I suggested a Nigella Lawson book, after we decided we didn’t want to do Bourke Street Bakery. Agnes flicked through a few of Nigella’s books that were in Cherrie’s collection, and we decided on her latest book, Kitchen. ALTHOUGH…. as I began to do this post, I noticed

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Theme 7: Celebration Cookbook Used: Food We Love Author: Australian Women’s Weekly Fortnights are going too quickly and I’m overdue for the celebration theme. Who doesn’t think cake when they think celebration? I was however going to go with a French onion soup for something different, as my Mum would sometimes cook it when she

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I must admit, I thought this book would just be like one of those other ones I’ve seen; country style cooking with waffly stories and recipes I’d never try. Hardie Grant the publishers offered to send me a copy, and boy was I glad they did. On closer inspection, Audrey Gordon is actually Heidi Arena,

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Thanks again to the lovely Penny for hosting the International Incident Party. I forgot about the cooking party for a while there, but I’m hopefully back for good. Ahhhhh nostalgia! I managed to fill a whole page with meals I loved growing up. I always think back to eating noodles at my aunty/godmother’s house. She

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This was actually the third cooking the books gathering. I still haven’t blogged the second gathering, but you can see Thanh’s round up instead. We weren’t able to get into The Cooking Space, so Cherrie was lovely enough to open up her home (especially her kitchen), to host the Thai food feast. Shock horror! I

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Theme 2: Citrus Cookbook Used: Kitchen – Recipes from the Heart of the Home Author: Nigella Lawson It’s only the second theme of the cookbook challenge and I’m already falling behind. Oh well, better late than never! This cake by Nigella is so good, even my temperamental oven did a good job! This cake is

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I know we are well past Christmas, but suck it up and deal with it. This post has lots of food porn. My close friends from high school and myself started a tradition of having a Christmas party a few years ago. I’ve usually taken charge with the food with help from everyone, especially Miss

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I survived the cookbook challenge. 52 weeks. 52 recipes. 52 different themes. I started off so well, but then it got to “insect” week. I had a few recipes flagged, it was going to be snail scrolls, but with the combination of moving out of home, and being terrible at catching up on missed challenges,

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This won’t be the most comprehensive wrap up of the Spring picnic we had yesterday. I’m sure Penny or Thanh will have a more detailed wrap up of the event. I was so overwhelmed trying everything in site I forgot to take photos! If you haven’t been following, Billy & Karen up in Sydney started

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Week 30 Theme: Baked Cookbook Used: Cakes Author: Country Women’s Association I haven’t really done much baking since Hamsley and I moved in together. This is due to the fact that, there is only two of us and I don’t want to fatten us up. Also mainly because of my crap oven! After a few

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If you haven’t heard me whinge on twitter about how worried I’ve been to try my oven, then hear me now! Our place has an oven that is probably older than I am; and older ovens don’t have the best reputation of cooking things well. You have to find the hot spots, and get to

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Week 20 Theme: Tangy Cookbook Used: Faking It Author: Valli Little   So for tangy week, I thought I’d try something that I thought sounded gross the first time I read it; chocolate mayonnaise cake. The picture in the cookbook is a chocolate cake with white icing and decorated with nuts. My first thoughts were,

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Whilst catching up on my reading of other blogs, I came across this recipe for chocolate and beer on Pikelet and Pie’s blog. As soon as I read the title, I knew I was going to make it.  I wondered what the flavour combination would taste like, and I knew Hamsley wouldn’t have a problem

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Week 11 Theme: Mixed Cookbook Used: Food We Love Author: The Australian Women’s Weekly I have a confession to make. I’m cheating this week (and my photos aren’t that great). I was going to make rib-eye with espresso and mushroom for the ‘mixed’ theme… but I ran out of time, and I could have cooked

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  I made you this cake to celebrate! Iron Chef Shellie turns 2 today! And because I am an absolute idiot…or the interweb/computer is, I lost the first draft of this post, and I’m having to type it for the 2nd time. It only seems fitting doesn’t it. *sigh* It doesn’t help that I’ve left

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Week 6 Theme: Christmas Cookbook Used: Christmas Author: The Australian Women’s Weekly   So it’s Christmas week all around the world. What are your Christmas plans? I’m going to Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas eve with my friends. It’s kind of ironic given that I hate carols, and D-grade

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To start the weekend, have a slice of this delicious orange cake. It’s so moist and light, you’ll wonder why you never made it before, and wonder when you can make it again! Next time I will be substituting the milk or orange juice to see if it will pack more of an orange flavour.

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My favorite fruit would have to be mango. Although coming in close behind are now lychees. Mum bought some good looking mangoes last week, but when we ate one we were rather disappointed. The texture felt funny, and it wasn’t that sweet. So I did what I usually do with fruit that isn’t that fantastic

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There is something so satisfying when you bake a cake, give it to a friend and they go….”mmmmmmmm……” and give you the thumbs up when it’s still in their mouth. And well, quite frankly it would be impossible not to have that reaction when you bite into a slice of this chocolate fudge cake! I

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This is hands down THE BEST cake I have ever made! I really wanted to make this because my friend Kiran is limited to what she can eat as she can only eat lactose free, wheat free, gluten free, things. This recipe was free from everything, except maybe the chocolate, but she didn’t have an

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