Happy Birthday to Miss S and Miss E. Sixteen already! I blinked and my babies turned sixteen this week. How is it even possible? It’s a paradox, raising kids. Time moves at a glacial pace during the everyday mundanity, but it’s a blink of an eye when you stop to take a breath. To mark the momentous … Continue reading Sweet 16 x 2 and a Gluten Free Cherry and Almond Birthday Cake.
Things have been rather pedestrian at dinner time in the last few weeks. I’ve been on a bit of a downer all round. I seem to have lost the ability to think about cooking. Anything new I’ve tried has turned out rather bland. The fog in my head has extended to the kitchen. A sorry state … Continue reading Bombay Potatoes and Surfacing from the Culinary Fog.
It’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been busy with stuff and nonsense, some good, some not so good. Good: I’ve had my ace Aunty Penny visiting from the UK. We did all sorts of exciting stuff like: going to Sydney, just overnight, just us two; going to Healesville Sanctuary to see koalas and … Continue reading Taking Stock
I came across this doll’s tea-set in the back of a high cupboard the other day, whilst rummaging around for something else. It belonged to my great Aunty Gwen, who passed away some years ago aged ninety. The teapot and milk jug are different to the rest of the set; they’re painted with little violets and are … Continue reading Afternoon Tea with Aunty Gwen.
Since my brother’s tragic and untimely death at the end of last year, grief has been my constant companion; at first ferociously overwhelming me, later following me around as I existed in a kind of emptiness, and more recently just giving me a light nudge every now and then, whilst real life welcomed me back. I … Continue reading Make-do and Mend.
I’ve always wanted to try a chocolate and beetroot cake, but just never got around to it until now. We are huge fans of beetroot at our place, and one of our favourite comfort meals is a roasted beetroot risotto that I finish with balsamic vinegar. A little while ago, whilst watching Masterchef, Miss E … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected: Beetroot Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Ganache.