Ben O’Donoghue

ben odonoghue

What a fab night! A group of friends and I were lucky enough to spend the evening at a Ben O’Donoghue cooking demonstration. Not only did we get to see him at work, we also got fed! The evening was held at Kitchen & Cutlery in Adamstown, Newcastle.  It was a relaxed demo with Ben giving us handy hints and information along the way.  One interesting bit of info that he shared with us was in regards to chillis. Apparently if you pick a chilli in hot weather, the chilli will be hotter/spicier than if you pick it in cooler weather.  Something to try sometime. Read More

Swimming Cap Cake

As Asha swims with the same kids 4 mornings a week we thought it would be nice to take a cake to training on her birthday.  Chocolate Mud Cake for breakfast was a great hit!!!  I made it to resemble the club’s swimming cap. Read More

Red Velvet Littlest Pet Shop Island Cake

Wow, 9 years have flown!!! My daughter Asha had her birthday today and requested a Littlest Pet Shop cake, specifically she wanted an island for them all to play on.  After looking through the Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes book she decided that she would like to try Red Velvet Cake. Read More

Yummy Rice Crispy Treats

In addition to my Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, I also made some Rice Crispy Treats for the up and coming soccer stars party! So quick and easy to make and decorated in our team colours.

When I was cruising around on-line I came across this fab business Read More

Soccer season ends!

The U6 Jets had their last games for the season today, what a way to finish! All team members had an awesome game with goals going in constantly! The kids certainly earned their end of season party. Nothing better than a sausage in bread and lots of lollies to keep them all on a high. I made some Chocolate Chip Cupcakes from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat, so easy and so yummy.  Read More

Frangipani fun

I have had a lovely time over the past day playing with a new toy. I purchased some silicon flower molds in the hope that they would expedite the production of some of my flowers. I love it when a plan comes to fruition, 24 large and 24 small frangipanis all done in less than 30mins!!! Read More

The calorie delusion: Why food labels are wrong – 15 July 2009 – New Scientist

The calorie delusion: Why food labels are wrong – health – 15 July 2009 – New Scientist

Found this article in New Scientist. Have never been a calorie counter myself, all things in moderation I say (except chocolate – can never have too much of that!). Read More

Banana Bread

As my daughter swims most mornings, breakfast is usually eaten in the car on the way home from training.  I am always on the lookout for quick, easy, filling snacks that I can make and freeze for the week ahead.

I have been making her coconut bread for a few months now, lovely with lemon butter. But alas she is in need of a change! I recently purchased The Australian Women’s Weekly Gluten-free & Allergy-free Eating cookbook and found an interesting recipe for banana bread. This recipe is gluten, wheat, yeast, dairy, and egg free!!! Read More

Robert Gordon Baking Cups

My gorgeous order of Robert Gordon baking cups arrived today!

Look how cute they are.

Must fill them with something tasty 🙂

baking cups

Chocolate Salted-Caramel Mini Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I received a shipment of books from Amazon. They arrived earlier than expected which made for a very exciting day! One of the books was Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat. Needless to say I have been pouring over it drooling!!! Read More