Yummy strawberry yoghurt cupcakes

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I’ve written a little bit about my neighbour Carol, but in case you haven’t read those posts… let me tell you, she’s awesome. She’s a great cook, an awesome liver-of-life {you know, just fills her days with real living!} and she just tells it how it is {my favourite kind of people!}. I like her. The kids love her. And we like her cooking. My kids do not like yoghurt….

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Thermomix Apple Tea Cake Recipe

Thermomix Apple Tea Cake Recipe

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that my relationship with my Thermomix is strained. We’ve been madly in love, and then there are times when I have minor buyer’s remorse. But it’s not her, it’s me. I just don’t know how to use her properly. I mean, I know how to use it… but I just need to make an effort to use it for…

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Jamie Oliver’s Italian Salad In A Jar


Look, I’ll be completely honest with you; For a long while there, I thought eating anything from a jar was a bit obnoxious. Like really? Is Tupperware that bad? Do we have to put things in jars? I mean, I’ve made the old cupcake in a jar, back in the day, but we’re really pushing the boundaries when we start putting whole MEALS into jars, aren’t we? And then I…

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Five finger cake!


Hello! A while back I was telling you guys that I had spent some time trawling through my Ma’s recipe pile and was going to slowly {but surely!} share them here. This one is a tried and tested family recipe. My aunty was the best baker, and I loved everything she made. Heck, I loved food… so was happy with anything edible. This cake was one that she made a…

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Dinner idea: French onion meatballs

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My little sister and I met up recently, as we do, to let our kids play together. We had grand plans, as we do, to take them all out to sushi and have a fun lunch, but then we remembered that we had two tired toddlers, one baby, and not very much sleep the night before. So we headed to my house instead. Jenna was playing with the kids and…

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No-bake Lattice Cheesecake Slice Recipe

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You’ve seen this no-bake slice around, haven’t you? I’ve seen it growing up. It was always at the parties my parents and their friends or our family had. It was always there. In all those years though, I never tried it. I don’t know why, because I certainly have a sweet tooth, but I think it may have had a radar for things a little more chocolate-y than this. But…

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Epic Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

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I recently spent the day out at my mum’s house going through her recipe collection. I don’t know if it’s because I love food and I’ve been chubby forever, but I’ve loved flicking through her recipes ever since I can remember. Doing it again all these years later made me so happy and nostalgic. There were recipes there that have been passed down through her family, and I am so…

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No-bake Tim Tam Rocky Road Slice


I’ve always worked alone. Well, with people, but I’ve never been in one of those environments where everyone sits around the lunchroom chatting, or meeting for drinks on a Friday night. I started working as a nanny, then worked online {from home} so while I had people around me, it was never in an office space. So, I always wondered what it would be like. I’ve heard horror stories, but…

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Quick and easy pork dumplings


I love dumplings more than is probably healthy. I’ve said that a few times here, and the love-affair is probably not going to end anytime soon. They’re so good. I made these ones at home, and I’m a bit embarrassed at how unattractive they turned out. The good news is that they tasted awesome, and that’s what matters. Ingredients 200g pork mince 1 cup finely chopped cabbage 2 spring onions,…

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Spiced Pear Crumble Cake


Today I have the delightful Erin sharing another of her beautiful recipes. Thank you Erin. To visit her blog, simply click here. I love nothing more in life than baking on a Sunday afternoon. OK a few things more, but you know what I mean. The kettle goes on, the tea comes out and I search through countless cookbooks to choose the perfect recipe. I usually deviate from the recipe…

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Quick & Easy Mini Sticky Date Puddings with Butterscotch Sauce


Today I have a treat for you. I have a little guest post and delicious treat from Lucy, who is the delectable blogger behind Bake Play Smile. After you’ve finished drooling over this recipe, I think you should pop over and drool over her no-bake Malteser slice. Thanks for popping by and sharing your recipe Lucy. x Hi everyone, it’s so nice to meet you! I have to say that…

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Double chocolate and caramel ice cream sandwiches


Brought to you by Coles. I was recently asked to do a thing for TV where I’d go up against two chefs, competing to see who could make the best meal. It was Masterchef-style cooking. Can you imagine how stressful that would be? I imagine I’d set my tea towel on fire, under-cook my meat, or have my pavlova deflate right in time for serving. I said no, of course….

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The best caramel slice recipe, like ever


I have many goals in my life, but one of them is to find the best caramel slice in the world. It’s been a hard adventure so far. There have been many tooth-aching moments, when the caramel is too sweet, and many disappointing moments when the chocolate or base is too thick {there’s an art to getting that ratio right}. To be honest, looking for the perfect caramel slice isn’t…

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Mushroom Triangles


Brought to you by the Australian Mushroom Growers Association. I’m going to tell you something and you’re going to think I’m fibbing. I’ve written this very thing on my blog once before, I’m sure, but I just can’t find it. If I had to take one good onto a deserted island, it would be mushrooms. I know, I know… for a cake-lover like me, it sounds weird. It’s true though….

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Chocolate Slice. Just like grandma used to make.


This is one of those slices that you had as a kid. In fact you might have bought it from one of those Cake & Slice stalls at your school. Perhaps your grandma used to make it, and she wrote in on a small scrap of paper {no doubt with some sort of floral print on it}, and gave it to your mother and now here you are… making it…

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Cheaty, no-bake Mother’s Day cake


This is for the non-bakers. The I-don’t-have-timers. The I-want-to-but-I’m-just-not-sure-I-caners. This is for the kids who would most likely burn down a house if they ever attempted to bake a cake. And this is for the dads who want to impress their wife {or baby mama} but wouldn’t know how to cream butter to save their lives. It’s the totally cheaty, no-bake cake. I’m the chief cake-maker in my family, so…

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Nigella Lawson’s Simple Macaroni Cheese


I don’t want to sound like I’m throwing a pity party, but well… I kinda am. At some point last week I hurt my back. There’s nothing like back pain, well I know nothing like back pain. It’s debilitating, and makes me so grateful for my health when I have it {and how dearly I want my normal, healthy back to return}. If you’re going to throw a pity party,…

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The best chewy choc-chip cookies EVER


We all know there are two types of people in the world: the chewys and the crunchies. I happen to sit on the chewy side. Give me slightly undercooked and deliciously soft any day. I don’t not like crunchies. They’re perfectly fine people. They just don’t know what they’re missing out on. Like really. With the end of daylight savings and kids being excited about life in general, my girls…

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Anzac slice recipe with choc-chips


I’m a lover of Anzac biscuits. I’ve made them a trillion times before {maybe not a trillion, but you know what I mean}. These ones are the business if you want to try a standard recipe. This year I tried something new, and I’m oh-so-glad I did. This is an Anzac slice recipe with choc-chips. Choc-chips make EVERYTHING better. For those who aren’t in Australia, you might be wondering what…

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Breakfast Tarts: The perfect weekend brunch recipe

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Happy Friday! Today I have the lovely Erin, of Erin Made This, making beautiful breakfast tarts. Flaky pastry, gooey egg, a little prosciutto. Yum. I hope you enjoy. x I am love a tart. Sweet or savoury, it doesn’t really matter. I love them so much for their simplicity. There is nothing easier or more satisfying than throwing your favourite filling in some pastry then baking it to perfection. They…

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Delicious dinner: Roast pumpkin tarts


My sister and her husband flew in for the weekend and they were arriving mid-morning. I wanted to make them something to eat for when they arrived, and after spotting something on a cooking show earlier in the week {but not grabbing the recipe, dang!} I decided to create a version of it. This is a beautiful roasted pumpkin tart with ricotta and rocket on top. The pumpkin is chopped…

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Easter Bunny Cupcakes Recipe


Brought to you by Coles. Easter is a special time of year for us. We’re not overly religious {or religious at all really} but it’s always a nice time to get the family together, enjoy each others company and good food. This year Lacey’s birthday falls on Easter Sunday, so it will make the Easter weekend even more special for us. I made these bunny cupcakes with the girls, and…

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Naughty garlic bread recipe: Eat now, diet later


Health and well-being types, look away now. This garlic bread recipe is very naughty and no good for anyone, unless you’re someone who is wanting to set your taste-buds on fire and delight the people in your life. This is as naughty as them come; lashings {like, seriously, lashings!} of butter, white crusty bread, and CHEESE. But it’s so moorish and delicious and indulgent. I say bring it out at…

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Triple Chocolate Layer Cake


It’s cake week in our family. Maybe something was in the water, but all our birthdays {not mine} seem to fall into the next week or so. I call it cake week. This year I’m being sensible. I’ve only made one cake. And I made it a good one. I don’t like to make the same cake twice, unless it’s really good, and I’ll oblige… so I find the hunt…

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Oh-so-good carrot cake

oh-so-good carrot cake

I’ve never been a huge fan of other people’s food. Like, the idea of eating someone’s lunch from an office fridge is the food equivalent of bungee jumping. I just would not do it. Ten years ago I would have passed up anything that anyone else made, unless I was going to dinner at their house or something. I think we’ve firmly established that I AM WEIRD {but honestly, all…

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