Archive for August 2011

Welcome to the family…

Something rare and exciting happened yesterday. I spent the day with my four sisters. When I say rare, I don’t mean it’s a once a year treat or something, I mean that as far as I can recall, this is the second time in history that the five of us were in the same room together.

The only other time was about eight years ago at their mum’s funeral. We all see each other in singles and pairs fairly regularly, but to have the five of us in a room together – that was a rare event. And, apart from riots in London and the stockmarket crashing, the world didn’t implode too badly.

It was a very impromptu plan – devised, I think, over a bottle of wine on Saturday night. It involved all of us descending on S1 who lives in Margaret River for lunch and a slumber party, because really, if we need to choose somewhere to gather, why would we choose a house in suburbia when we could stay in a castle overlooking the ocean. Particularly when that castle comes with a wine cellar!

We met for a late lunch at the Watershed, which has absolutely divine food!

My lunch:

Prawns, vanilla mayonnaise (OMG! Yum!), and other ‘elements’.

It was a wonderful chance to bond a bit and get to know each other a little better. It was fun discovering how alike we are, and to drink some wine together.

S2, part gypsy that she is, is fresh from spending a few years working, first in the Turks & Caicos, and then in the Yukon, and is now working in Gove with her husband, so we got to look at all her gorgeous photos.

Of course, no family gathering is complete without Dramah! is it? After a few glasses of wine, S4 had a bit of a paranoia meltdown, and she ended up taking herself off to bed a bit earlier than the rest of us, but she was fine by morning.

All in all, a wonderful day, and I hope we get to do it again, soon.

Add a comment August 8, 2011


One of my most awesome brand discoveries last year was Fred & Friends. They made the awesome Ninjabread Men Cutters. And they also made amazing ice trays –  Easter Island StatuesSkull & Crossbones and one of my favourites Gin & Titonic. I actually first discovered these on one of our last days in Tasmania, while killing time before meeting up with Tansy for lunch. We discovered this gorgeous little shop in Salamanca Square made of all kinds of awesome.

I’ve since acquired a number of Fred & Friends items – My M-cups which I adore and use All The TIME! And some of the ice trays. But I don’t want them for anything as mundane as making ice 🙂 Well, I do use them for that, but I originally bought them because I have PLANS!

And today I finally got around to fulfilling one of those plans!

I give you Braaaiiiinnnnnssss!!!!

A turkish delight inspired cupcake.

That’s right, I have brain shaped ice-cube molds. And if they are not made to be filled with red jelly confectionary I really don’t know what they have been made for!

So we have a moist, rich chocolate cake, with a cream filling to hold your brain in place, and then nicely drizzled with some raspberry sauce.

Oh, and underneath the cupcake wrapper – a crunchy chocolate outer shell.

Add a comment August 1, 2011


I’ve Said It Once…

Past Ingredients