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May Giveaway!

booksBecoming an author is a wonderful experience, having the freedom to let my imagination run wild, to tell stories. I love that strange sensation when the line blurs between reality and fiction, when characters start to develop a life of their own.
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A Weekend in Hobart…Convicts, Lost Souls, Bushfires and Doomsday Preppers?

20160311_111851.jpgTim and Lola had rung to say they were going to Hobart for the long weekend and wondered whether we’d like to join them. It took all of two seconds to say ‘yes’. I’d been there three years ago and loved it so much that I made it the main setting for book two, ‘Capturing’ in ‘The Lost Woman’ trilogy. I couldn’t wait to get back.

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The very best Apple Tart.

IMG_9955[1]This is the apple tart that started my obsession with pastry. The ridiculously quick and easy shortcrust will completely revolutionize your dessert repertoire and possibly turn you into a Queen of Tarts just like me! Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for Pho and finding so much more…

IMG_20151128_175948I’d been craving a bowl of that delicious, aromatic Vietnamese soup Pho. My favourite restaurant to satisfy this need is Than Phong on Victoria street Richmond and only a pleasant 30 minute walk away. Victoria Street is often called ‘Little Saigon’ because of its wonderful array of Vietnamese shops, supermarkets and restaurants and is one of Melbourne’s great Eat Streets.

My husband and I agreed that on this fine Sunday a walk would be good, we could stock up the pantry and finish up with a soup for lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls and Poppy Seed Crackers.

IMG_9922[1]These rolls and crackers use the same dough base but produce two very different yummy treats…both are ridiculously easy.

I was motivated to make them because I’d learnt how to harvest poppy seeds over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Traditional Christmas Shortbread

img_20151209_141731.jpgWhat do you bring to dinner when the hostess says, “Just bring yourselves!”

Of course I’d bring wine…lots, but at this festive time of year it just doesn’t seem enough. A big bunch of flowers can be nice but a pain in the ass if the busy hostess has to stop what she’s doing and find a vase. Then there’s the useless knickknacks that don’t quite match the stylish interior or the high-end body wash that you stole from the overpriced hotel in New York…she knew the brand, she’d stayed there too!

Shortbread is the answer! Tastes good, looks pretty and can be served at the end of the night when the hostess can’t be stuffed trying to find something to serve with coffee! Read the rest of this entry »

Kale Chips… salty, crispy and great with a beer.

IMG_9653[1] It’s Summer here in Australia. A cold beer and a salty snack is the perfect way to toast the sunset and relax after a blistering hot day.

Kale chips are easy to make, don’t require deep-frying and are ridiculously moreish… and even if you are not so fond of this self-righteous super-food, I dare you not to like this crunchy little bar snack and empty the entire bowl!
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Chocolate Tart…an easy festive season treasure!

IMG_6811[1]Chocolate pastry, chocolate filling and sweet summer berries. What’s not to love?

“Looks tricky?” I hear you say.

Nah…it’s so bloody easy. No rolling, no resting, no blind baking, no shrinkage. This pastry (and its sinfully rich filling) is so simple to make that I’m sure you too will add it to your dessert repertoire and be the star of your next dinner party!
My dessert posts have all been a bit tarty since discovering the original recipe for this easy short crust pastry in Cooks Illustrated about a year ago. Since then I’ve been on a mission to convert the pastry to whatever suits the mood…sweet, nutty, savoury, and today… chocolaty!

So let’s get baking! Read the rest of this entry »

Potato Pizza by the Metre…and learning how to whack the cork off a champagne bottle using a bloody big Saber!

IMG_9565[1]What do you serve if you decide to have a last-minute, casual dinner for quite a few people, are too lazy to shop and don’t want to blow a fortune on home delivered junk food?

You make Pizza of course…Potato, Italian Sausage and that old favorite, ‘Fridge Clean’ (cheese on top of all that stuff that’s bordering on going off in your fridge!!!). Read the rest of this entry »

Giorgio Locatelli you would love this Porchetta!

IMG_9434[1]I’d been back from America for just over two weeks and couldn’t settle down. I’d procrastinated by cleaning the house from top to bottom, replanted the veggie patch and cooked way too much food.

My husband suggested we go away for the weekend and I jumped at the chance…any excuse to avoid stepping back into the reality of everyday life and more truthfully… any excuse to avoid doing the rewrite that my new book was needing! Read the rest of this entry »

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