Category Archives: cooking


We are on the home stretch now, only two sleeps till Christmas!! Dare I say it I am almost ready. The house is clean, the presents all wrapped, the food has been brought. All that remains is some final tweaking and of course the cooking, but I am lucky to have my mummy and my sister helping me with all of that. We are having the traditional roast pork and roast lamb and just for something different I am also going to be roasting a turducken, which for those of you that don’t know, is a chicken wrapped in duck wrapped in Turkey! What I want to know is who on earth comes up with this stuff? Hopefully it will taste nice, who knows it may even become part of the Christmas tradition.


Herman the German Friendship cake – finished

Well believe it or not I have managed to keep Herman The German Friendship cake alive for 10 whole days and this morning I finally got to baking.

Instead of making Herman into a cake though, I decided to be a little adventurous and make him into muffins because that way it would be easier to share.

I also substituted the apples, raisins and cinnamon for cocoa and choc chips.

The end product was I am told very tasty , however true to form I did burn my cupcakes but I was able to quickly camouflage that with some choc icing .

It has been a lot of fun having Herman around, and the kids have loved it too. If you are lucky enough to be offered a Herman the German Friendship Cake like I was, take the challenge, it is a rewarding experience one I will remember fondly.




In a perfect world

Oh the never ending saga of cleaning the house only to have it all messed up again in a short few hours!!!

In a perfect world you would only ever need to do housework once a week and the house would stay impeccably cleaned tidy for the full seven days.

In a perfect world the dishes would miraculously find their way into the dishwasher and not on the kitchen bench. In a perfect world the laundry basket would always be empty, dust would never gather and all the pets hair would stick to the pets and not the furniture. The kids rooms would be tidy and the beds always made.

Thank god we do not live in a perfect world, I may at times grizzle and complain that the housework is never ending but truth be told I wouldn’t have it any other way. Would you?


Need to get motivated

Well it’s Sunday night again here in exceptionally chilly Melbourne and even though I had a relatively quiet weekend planned, I still didn’t manage to do any writing. Arrrggghh

For some reason I just wasn’t at all productive this weekend. Maybe it’s cause I’m fighting a cold, and feel a bit tired, or it could just be because it was sooo cold, I’m sure I could come up with many more excuses if I tried.

The weekend was not a total waste though, I did manage to rearrange my boys bedroom, and make the most awesome dish that the gorgeous talented Elaine from Foodbod shared and it was just delicious! And I completed the 30 day Facebook Ab challenge.

So all in all it was not a bad weekend, unfortunately I will need to get motivated to get back to writing, my column is due on the 11th July so I have less than two weeks to put it all together, but it is school holidays now which means a lot less running around and a lot more time for writing. Have a great week everyone 😊😊




How hard is it to make toast??? Not very hard right? Even someone with limited cooking knowledge should be right with toasting a piece of bread. So how come no matter how much I try I hardly ever get it right?

It’s either so badly burnt that the smoke alarm is blaring, or undercooked so it tastes like a warmed up piece of bread. I have tried adjusting the settings of the toaster but that doesn’t help much, seems the only thing I can really do is stand next to the toaster and push the button every couple of minutes to make sure it is cooked right. But who has time for that? So I opt to take my chances kind of like a roulette and hope for the best.

Today’s toast was a flop. Again. My daughter was quick to point out that it had been over done and this was the second attempt, I’d binned the first lot. My son’s toast on the other hand was underdone.

I follow many food blogs that I love and despite how it may sound I’m not that bad of a cook, but toast has me beat. I wonder if there is a sure fire way to cook toast so that it is not overdone or under cooked? Surely I can’t possibly be the only person who struggles with this.


What to make for dinner?????


I’m so over the constant challenge of coming up with ideas to cook for dinner.

I just wish that I could blink sometimes and magically produce a gourmet meal that the whole family would be happy with.

The fact that my twins are so fussy just adds to the challenge, and I find myself making the same meals over and over just because I’m guaranteed that they will eat them.

I follow many cooking / food blogs that I just love, because they always have such amazing recipes and ideas, but again I feel limited by my twins resistance to try new things.

Most nights of the week we have something on, either basketball training, or soccer training, or Zumba or clarinet, which means I am forever racing against the clock to cook something that is quick, healthy and delicious.

My absolute favourite is when I succeed in making a meal that everyone loves . Even better still is when there is enough of this successful meal leftover for the next day too.

Tonight dinner was more miss than hit. Luckily it’s Friday tomorrow, Friday night is pizza night in our household which is just as well I think.