My Best Christmas Cake Recipes!

The kitchen can be a sacred space. Where magic is created, whether it’s mixing up a potion, or baking a cake for friends. The whole process is part of this spell – intention being just as important as the ingredients! The Kitchen Witch keeps a warm and happy home infused with magic. ~ Sarah Robinson Hello, […]

Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe – Make and Mature

  “I love the Christmas-tide, and yet, I notice this, each year I live; I always like the gifts I get, But how I love the gifts I give!” ~ Carolyn Wells Hey, Lovelies! I have so many fruit cake recipes, but if you have the time this one delivers a perfect Christmas Cake that […]

Cinnamon Apple Slice

  This is pretty good! Can I have a bit more? ~ Ben Phillips Hey, Lovelies. Yesterday I made the apple slice from the little Australian Apple Recipe Book Mary-Lou Stephens gifted me. It was a very straightforward recipe – the only issue was lack of direction about a suitable tin size. I tried a […]

Our Favourite Mandarin Gin Cocktail or Mocktail Recipe 😊🧡

  Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you. ~ William Shakespeare Hey, Lovelies. As you will know, it’s become a tradition here at the Treehouse to celebrate Friday night with a Happy Hour. Our neighbours often join us, or perhaps we’ll go to their place for Friday night drinks, but last night it was […]

Well, that was disappointing! Epic. Cake. Fail.

  “Mma Ramotswe sighed. ‘We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake.’ That is true,’ said Mma Potokwane sadly. ‘There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them.” ― Alexander McCall Smith Hey, Lovelies. As most of you are aware, I’m on […]

Easy Poached Chicken Breast Recipe – So Moist!

The chicken is a little dry and you’ve ruined my life. ~ Ben Lerner Hey, Lovelies! Having cooked chicken breasts in my fridge or freezer means I have easy protein to add to a salad, pasta, burritos, stirfry, rice, sandwiches or soup. I make this simple recipe almost weekly, and it makes life so much […]

Chai Tea Recipe From Scratch

  When tea becomes ritual, it takes place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. ~ Muriel Barbery Hey, Lovelies. I’m a big believer in self-nurture.  And you already know that I am also an embracer of the small things in life.  For me, one of those small pleasures is […]

Creamy Sausage and Mushroom Pasta Recipe

    He chopped a garlic, set a pot of water to boil on the stove, and poured a healthy amount of kosher salt into it. He threw the garlic in a pan of olive oil and let it sizzle for just a minute before taking it off the heat. The smell began to relax […]

Pear and Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe

  If you are not feeling well, if you have not slept, chocolate will revive you. But you have no chocolate! I think of that again and again! My dear, how will you ever manage? ~Marie Rabutin-Chantal De Sévigné Hey, Lovelies! What can be better for dessert than the classic combination of pear and chocolate, […]

A Tiny Foodie Adventure Ends In Great Sunshine Coast Sourdough!

  “If you really want to make a friend, go round someone’s house with a freshly baked loaf of sourdough bread!” ~Chris Geiger Hey, Lovelies! One thing I have missed since moving from Byron Bay to the Sunshine Coast is really good European-style sourdough bread. We’ve tried a few places, but nothing has had that […]

Friday Night Drinks

  “One should never, but never, pass by an opportunity to celebrate.” ~ j d malouf Hey, Lovelies. Ben and I had a quiet celebration last night. I made gin and tonics, we ordered in food from our favourite Indian restaurant, and sat on cushions on the floor around a coffee table in the lounge […]

Stupidly Adoring Cauliflower

I must have flowers, always, and always. Claude Monet Hey, Lovelies. I know, I know. Cauliflower is not what most people consider worthy of a blog post. And it’s certainly something most people don’t get particularly excited about. Except me. I have a wonderful local fruit and vegetable shop where I can order online and […]

Easy Christmas Festive Fudge Recipe

They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you? Terry Pratchett Hey, Lovelies! I’ve had so many […]

Easy Christmas Rum Ball Recipe

“You little beauty! I wait all year for these Rum Balls!” Michael the Tractor Man Hey, Lovelies. One of our family traditions is making Christmas Rum Balls. Some we keep for ourselves, but some we share as gifts with neighbours and friends, and with the people who have served and supported us throughout the year. […]

My Best Christmas Fruit Cake Recipes

“Are you a witch?” I ask, reaching in and taking a bite of one. It’s like Monster Cake, the Sequel—freaking Christmas in my mouth. I already want more before I’ve even managed to chew.” Emma Lord Hello, Lovelies! Have you made your Christmas Fruit Cake yet? Here are my favourite recipes to help you create […]

I Need To Hire A Detective!

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.  Arthur Conan Doyle Hey, Lovelies. The strangest thing has happened. Just over a fortnight ago I bought quite a selection of (mostly) high quality chocolate bars. The reason? I intended to make chocolate truffles this week. I thought I’d make some […]

The Pleasure Of Working Out What To Bake

“Oh, you smell delicious! What’ve you been baking today?” “Roasted strawberries and rhubarb for a mascarpone ice cream. Lemon tart pastry, mint meringues, sun-dried tomato rolls, honey cake.”  Brianne Moore Hey, Lovelies. A friend has her birthday on Sunday. I’ve invited her over to share a meal and, of course, because it is her birthday […]

Christmas Crack Recipe – Easy, Good, Legal

Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate. Jo Brand Hey, Lovelies. As promised, here is my Christmas Crack recipe. This is an easy-to-make and all-too-easy-to-eat chocolate and caramel slice that makes a great gift, or contribution to a festive meal. I got this recipe from an American friend almost thirty years ago. Her family […]

Date Night At Home

I guess sometimes the greatest memories are made in the most unlikely of places, further proof that spontaneity is more rewarding than a meticulously planned life. J.A. Redmerski Hey, Lovelies. I planned a beautiful meal for Sunday night. A pasta dish, with carefully selected wine (just a glass cos Monday is a work day), a […]

Nanna’s Easy Chocolate Cake

This is part of what makes me, ahem, an excellent houseguest: I’m game. I’m flexible. I’ll make you feel okay about eating an entire chocolate cake in one sitting because I’m right there by your side with my own fork. Jen Sincero Hey, Lovelies. Ben and some friends moved all of my big, heavy, timber […]

Apple Crumble Pie Recipe – Easy and Quick

Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.  Jane Austen Hey, Lovelies. I love a good pie, but pies from scratch can take hours. This recipe is a cheat’s version of an apple pie, but it’s so yummy you won’t notice. We’re in lockdown right now, so making pies seems like the […]

Easy Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Recipe For Pies

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. David Mamet Hey, Lovelies. I am fond of a bit of procrasti-baking, and central to that is the capacity to make a quick pie. I love this foolproof pastry recipe. You whizz it up in a food processor and then rest […]

Nan’s Quick Thai Chicken and Potato Soup

The pull of our roots can be such a strong force, no matter how far or wide we may roam.  Lauren McDuffie Hey, Lovelies. This simple Thai flavours chicken soup is one of my favourites. The recipe was given to me many years ago by a girl I met at University. Nan was Thai, and […]

Franc’s Tasty Beans And Rice One Pot Meal Recipe

When you’re down on your luck and you’ve lost all your dreams there’s nothing like a campfire and a can of beans. Tom Waits Hey, Lovelies! Early last year I found myself in Arizona – first in Scottsdale, and then in and around Sedona. As an Australian, one of the things that wowed me was […]

Essie’s Easy Bread Recipe

Warm familiar scents drift softly from the oven, And imprint forever upon our hearts That this is home and that we are loved. Arlene Stafford-Wilson Hello, Lovelies. Do you love fresh bread? I want to share a simple but special bread recipe with you today. It’s easy to make, and produces a soft fresh loaf […]

Simple Pan-Fried Fish Fillets with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give […]

It was nearly 5pm on Friday afternoon…

May today be the Fridayest Friday that ever Fridayed. Anonymous Hello, Lovelies! It was late on Friday afternoon. I was sitting in my new office in our treehouse, surrounded by work, boxes that needed unpacking, and a massive to-do list that has been neglected this week while I have supported clients through emergencies and held […]

Cheesy Vegetable and Walnut Bake (Can be Vegan too!)

Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. Eli Brown Hey, Lovelies. I was tired […]

Nana’s Baked Rice Pudding Recipe

Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. Eli Brown Hey, Lovelies. My Nana, Joyce […]

My Urgent Need To Bake

That thing where you are baking instead of doing the other thing? It’s called procrasti-baking. You’re welcome! Nicole Cavalchini Strickland Hey, Lovelies. I feel the need to bake. It’s one of the foundations on which I created my blog. Being in the kitchen is what makes me happy. It’s also how I manage stress. I’m […]

Salt Water (and food) Is The Cure For Everything

if the ocean can calm itself, so can you. we are both salt water mixed with air. Nayyirah Waheed Hey, Lovelies. I had one of those days yesterday. My laptop decided to freeze up and stop co-operating. It’s about to die, but I need to make it last until I can get a new one. […]

The Life Giving Properties Of Cheese

I’d had no idea that cheese was a miracle. Jennifer L. Holm Poor Harry Dog. We took him back to the vet yesterday, because he was still not eating or drinking after his surgery. Ben had tried to tempt him with food for two days. Barbequed chicken. Fresh beef mince. Dog snacks. Puppy treats. Nup. […]

Those Cinnamon Buttered Pretzel Donuts I Was Talking About

Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit. Haruki Murakami Seriously, you guys are hilarious! After yesterday’s post I had an inbox crammed with enquiries about the curious cinnamon buttered pretzel […]

Busy Baking and Making Lists

In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she says then, […]

Easy Melt and Mix Banana Cake

Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.  Natalie Babbitt Hey, Lovelies. I would have loved to do some glamour shots of this fabulous banana cake. Actually, who am I kidding? I was lucky to even get a photo of it before Ben and his hungry hordes of workers cut into it for Smoko. I’m in […]

The Blessings of My Neglected Garden

I wanted to rest my eyes on green meadows. I wanted to sit on green grass under the shade of a green tree. I wanted to eat cool green salads. I longed for arugula tossed with olive oil and parmesan, for asparagus tips dripping with melted butter, for a salad of sweet and bitter green […]

My Favourite Christmas Fruit Cake Recipes

“Are you a witch?” I ask, reaching in and taking a bite of one. It’s like Monster Cake, the Sequel—freaking Christmas in my mouth. I already want more before I’ve even managed to chew.” Emma Lord Hello, Lovelies! Have you made your Christmas Fruit Cake yet? Here are my favourite recipes to help you create […]

It’s Time To Soak The Fruit For Your Christmas Fruit Cake!

Friends are the fruitcake of life – some nutty, some soaked in alcohol, some sweet.  Jon Ronson Hello, Lovelies! Do you make your own Christmas fruitcake each year? If you do it’s time to get ready to soak your fruit, in preparation for a flavoursome and moist cake. If you haven’t made a fruitcake before, […]

Easy Two Egg Omelette Recipe

You can eat an omelet at midnight, at lunchtime, all day long. It’s perfect for every occasion. Wolfgang Puck Hey, Lovelies!One of my favourite breakfasts is a quick omelette. But just like the quote says, it’s an easy meal at any time of day, and I’ve been known to whip one up for dinner when […]

My Happy Little Lockdown Herb Garden

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. May Sarton Hello, Lovelies! A few months ago, when I realised I would be stuck in the city, and Ben would be stuck at our farm, because […]

Simple Salmon Kedgeree Recipe

I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility. Shauna Niequist Hey, Lovelies! This is one of my easy go-to meals […]

Quick Cinnamon Rolls With A Twist

“You’ve never had a cinnamon roll? You haven’t lived. Come on, Boss! We gotta get that sorted.” Christi Smither Hey, Lovelies,Earlier this year, when I was in Arizona with Christi she introduced me to the joy of a cinnamon roll with my morning coffee. Oh my! How good that was. When I came back to […]

Nana’s Split Pea and Ham Hock Soup Recipe

“People don’t realize how easy they have it these days. Most kids have never known what it’s like to go without anything. They want something, they get it. If there isn’t enough money, they charge it. We never wanted anything because we never realized we could have anything. We never missed what we never had. […]

Not Blogging, Baking!

“Bake with love…” Manuela Kjeilen Hey, Lovelies. It’s just the two of us here at home, and because we have been self-isolating Ben has been taking our baking into town to distribute any surplus of the recipes I’ve been trying because we’re not having visitors right now. We’ve always shared my cooking – savoury or […]

Nola’s Ginger Pear Date and Cake with Caramel Sauce

“Imagine what our real neighbors would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. There have been so many stories about the lack of courtesy, the impatience of today’s world, road rage and even restaurant rage. Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word […]

Tomato Soup And Fresh Bread Equals Tired Happiness

“In pretty much every country in the world, something hot and brothy cooked in a pot and served in a bowl is viewed as uniquely nourishing. Soup places low demands on the eater. It treats you as a child, who may or may not know how to use a knife and fork. You do not […]

Simple Cheesy Baked Salmon Recipe

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.” Natalie Babbitt Hey, Lovelies! This is a great quick dinner idea if you enjoy salmon. You need just a couple of ingredients, and then a few simple sides. The cream cheese makes a flavourful and rich topping, and the crunch of the almonds gives a great textural contrast. […]

Ordinary Luxuries

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people […]

The Chestnut Tree

“How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.” Nikos Kazantzakis Chestnuts. They’re not really a popular Australian thing. The closest […]

Easter Treats To Make At Home

“No, we can’t go to the shops. Try making it yourself.” Mum, a million times during the school holidays as we were growing up – PS thanks Mum! Hey, Lovelies,Almost all of us will be staying home this Easter, thanks to Coronavirus. But it doesn’t mean we can’t still have an Easter celebration or indulge […]

An Inspiring Dinner Tale

“There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.” Robert Breault Hello, Lovelies! I thought you might appreciate this little tale of an Australian family, living on a farm in the Outback, who are members of our online community. Last week Emma and her kids Harry and Holly joined me […]

Gluten-Free Sourdough from Scratch

“There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread!” Ben Hey Lovelies, here is a simple bread recipe for you to try at home. It was given to me by my friend Angela, and I like it because it doesn’t have any gums or thickening agents in it (which my tummy doesn’t appreciate!) I also […]

How to stay home, work from home and stay sane

“Everyone is driven by the need to fill their life with meaning. Sometimes this need is articulated clearly and then a purpose emerges and that leads to a sense of direction and a sense of mission. Most times it is not. So the void is filled with action. People have kids, gets mortgages, raise families, […]

Easy Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter Recipe

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” James Beard Hello, Lovelies! I was given this sourdough starter recipe over thirty years ago, when I was at College. I’d been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and my doctor put me on a strict diet, […]

How Coronavirus Threw Me Back Into My Forgotten Past

“I’ll just tell you what I remember because memory is as close as I’ve gotten to building my own time machine.” Samantha Hunt Hello, Lovelies. A strange thing happened to me yesterday. I’m in lockdown here at the farm right now, just me and my husband, and our two dogs. I have internet connection. I […]

Ten Easy Vegetables To Grow At Home with Limited Space

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” […]

How To Make Vegemite Toast

“Feeling poorly? Vegemite toast and a cup of tea – that’ll set you right!” Nana Cody Hello, Lovelies! I’m at home in my pyjamas right now, recovering from a crashingly bad case of strep throat and all of the complications that come with that from being immuno-compromised. I can tell I’m getting better because I’m […]

Valentine’s Chocolate Oracle Of Love

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my […]

The Quest For Nourishment

“How would your life be different if…You were conscious about the food you ate, the people you surround yourself with, and the media you watch, listen to, or read? Let today be the day…You pay attention to what you feed your mind, your body, and your life. Create a nourishing environment conducive to your growth […]

Yummy And Simple Stewed Plums Recipe

“What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith There is something deeply comforting about a bowl of warm sweet fruit, and stewed fruit is so simple that it should definitely be a go-to recipe in every household. I love this […]

A Dumpling Tour of Shanghai

Dumplings are for good happiness. Dumplings are for good health. All the time eating dumplings is a very good time and Shanghai Soup Dumplings are Number One in all of the world for best good dumplings.~ Mae, Shanghai Dumpling expert Hello, Lovelies!Ben and I are in Shanghai right now. Yesterday we enjoyed a fabulous tour […]

Best Christmas Cake Recipes!

The kitchen can be a sacred space. Where magic is created, whether it’s mixing up a potion, or baking a cake for friends. The whole process is part of this spell – intention being just as important as the ingredients! The Kitchen Witch keeps a warm and happy home infused with magic. ~ Sarah Robinson Hello, […]

Stir-Fried Mushroom, Asparagus, Zucchini and Tomato Recipe

“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.” ~ Michael Greger Hello, Lovelies!Last week my husband Ben and I sat at out kitchen table with Trish Lyons, my wonderful PA, and our neighbours, Richard Jones and Jo Immig. We spent the night talking about […]

Pov Pie – A Cheesy Beany Comfort-Food Cheap Eat!

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Saying Hello, Lovelies! Back in my student days, I lived in share-houses. We pooled our money to pay the rent, to buy food, and to pay for expenses. Share houses guaranteed you a social life, and household duties could be shared. Hooray! Or […]

Have you soaked the fruit for your Christmas Cake yet?

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”~ W.T. Ellis Hello, Lovelies! Do you make your own Christmas fruitcake each year? If you do it’s time to soak your fruit, in preparation for a flavoursome and moist cake. If you don’t, why not join us and make your own. I promise […]

What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you enjoy something, you just enjoy it. No sense feeling guilty about it. Cristina Moracho Hello, Lovelies! Just like the quote, I don’t believe that a pleasure should be guilty either, although I do believe that some pleasures should definitely be enjoyed in moderation. And don’t you think […]

Easy Fried Plantains Recipe

‘Plantains? Cook ’em up and you can’t go wrong. We’ll tell you how. They go with everything, love.’ Neville Singh Hello, Lovelies, You’ll probably know that one of my favourite places on a Friday is the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets, and it was here that I was first convinced to give Plantains a go, thanks to […]

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

If we are looking for insurance against want and oppression, we will find it only in our neighbors’ prosperity and goodwill and, beyond that, in the good health of our worldly places, our homelands. If we were sincerely looking for a place of safety, for real security and success, then we would begin to turn […]

Best Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” ~ Oprah Winfrey Hello, Lovelies! This simple lemony recipe celebrates the best of friendship. The recipe harks from my Nana’s friend, Coralee. Coralee and Nana were […]

Easy Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni Recipe

  “If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” ~ Martin Scorsese   Lovelies, hello! Yesterday my wonderful friend and PA, Trish Lyons, came over so we could work on our new learning academy and website. So, of course, this occasion required lunch. I whipped up a spinach and cheese […]

Lamington and Strawberry Parfait – Easy No-Bake Recipe

“One should never, but never, pass by an opportunity to celebrate.” ~ j d malouf I received this email the other day, from the daughters of one of my clients, and I present it just as it was written: dear Nicole my sister and me my name is Molly and her name is Sam need your help […]

Sokli’s Bedtime Drink Recipe For Sensitive Souls

‘Fairies know stuff. Animals know stuff too. Like when your doggie feels sicky so he eats some grass. Humans used to know stuff, but they forgot. So I’ll help you remember. Also it would be very nice if you could be kinder to yourself and to animals and all the people and also to the […]

Easy Oven Baked Whole Potatoes

“Not everyone can be a truffle. Most of us are potatoes. And a potato is a very good thing to be.” ~ Massimo Bottura I love baked potatoes. They go well as a side dish for barbeques and salads, but you can also load them up with toppings and have them as a meal on their own. […]

Grown-Ups Get To Choose!

“We are always told that anyone over the age of eighteen should know what they are doing. The fact is, they don’t.” ~ Rae Earl One of the most important lessons I ever learned in life came from a trip to the corner store at the end of the street. I was cooking dinner and realised I […]

Easy Stuffed Capsicum Bell Pepper Recipe

I’m crazy for leftovers. There is something completely satisfying about cooking a large batch of something and then being able to make easy meals for days. One of our favourite easy meals is leftovers stuffed into capsicum (bell peppers) and baked, with cheese added near the end for some satisfying melty goodness. When you bake red capsicums they end up so sweet and tender. Yum!

Easy Breakfast Frittata Recipe

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
~ A.A. Milne

Getting Ready For The Sokli Diet

‘Everyone has healing nutriments that make them better and that also includes stuff you can’t eat and that is important nutriment too – like places and things you love and things you can do as well as eating things. So I like making nutriment plans to help people get better because then they will be happy and when they are happy they can feel and hear and remember their connection to the Earth and help her too. Love from Sokli, who is a fairy who knows stuff.’ ~ Sokli

Easy Puff Pastry Ham and Egg Pie for Mother’s Day

 “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”~ Donna Ball It’s Mother’s Day […]

Five Dishes to Cook for a Fabulous Easter Feast

“ Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love. ” ~ Craig Claiborne If you’re looking for inspiration for a tasty and easy meal to share with your family this Easter I have some simple suggestions for you. There’s a creamy Celery Soup for starters, […]

Hot Cross Bun Bread And Butter Pudding – SO Easy and Yum!

“You don’t win friends with salad.”~ Homer Simpson Easter is nearly here. I love this time of year in Australia as the days get shorter, the nights cooler, and we begin our slow descent toward winter. Today’s recipe is a seasonal twist on one of my favourite easy-to-whip-up crowd-pleasing desserts. It uses Hot Cross Buns […]

Five Yummy Easter Treats to Try at Home

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ~ Mother Theresa I thought I’d share some of the recipes I’m making for Easter. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced cook – these recipes are EASY, tasty and lots of fun, and there are plenty of ways to get the […]

Holiday At the Farm!

“There is more to life than making a living. Do not work more than you live.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana Hello, Lovelies! Right now we have a friend and her little girls vacationing with us here at the farm. Each day the girls have farm chores to do – watering the gardens and fruit trees (it is very […]

Nana’s Easy Pavlova Recipe

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.” ~ Natalie Babbitt We have a friend and her young daughters staying with us right now. The girls love to help me in the kitchen, and for their mum’s birthday I helped them to bake and decorate their first pavolava, which is a favourite dessert of their mum. This recipe […]

A Snack Platter Dinner Is A Legitimate Thing!

“I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.” ~ Paul Rudnick Our neighbours came over for dinner last night. We get together quite often, and many times our dinner is not a proper meal. Instead it is a dinner of snacks. Our friends will […]

Simple Christmas Baking and Treat Recipes

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.” ~ B.C. Forbes   It’s less than a month until Christmas, but there is still plenty of time to whip up a tasty treat or two to share with friends, to gift, or […]

Easy Fruitcake Rum Ball Recipe for Christmas

“You little beauty! I wait all year for these Rum Balls!” ~ Michael the Tractor Man   We live on a farm, as members of a small regional community here in the Byron Bay Shire. Each year we use the same services, eat at the same cafes, shop at the same markets. Over time the […]

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