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festive marzipan with cranberries and pistachio

Growing up very close to my German granny meant all kinds of great things at Christmas time. Not only did I get to open some of my presents on Christmas Eve, but we also had the best food…  Stollen (with thick butter), lebkuchen by the bucketload, rumtopf (was rarely allowed to try this due to overproof alcohol content!), and of course tons of marzipan. I have very vivid memories of making marzipankugeln – rolling marzipan into balls, covering it in cocoa powder and giving them out as gifts. A pretty gourmet effort for a five-year-old. 26 years later, I felt like it was time to up my marzipan game. I’ve coated these in dark chocolate and topped them with cranberries and pistachios for a grown-up version of my childhood favourite. So easy to make, so easy to eat. Scroll down for the how to. You will need: – a block of marzipan – dark chocolate, 85% cocoa – Chopped pistachios and dried cranberries Cut your marzipan block into equal sections, then roll each one into a …

speculoos cake with salted caramel frosting and espresso ganache

David is always teaching me all kinds of useful life skills; rock climbing, how to be good at camping, how to use photoshop etc etc, and I thought it was about time I taught him a useful life skill. Learning how to bake a cake seems like pretty essential knowledge. Last Sunday we spent all day in the kitchen, me hovering and giving instructions, and David learning why ‘softened butter’ does not require 90 seconds in the microwave. It was also a great lesson in why every spoon and bowl in the house must be used in the baking of a cake. So technically, I did not bake this cake. David baked this cake. Isn’t it excellent?! This is my recipe and I was a little more involved in making the caramel and evening off the frosting, but besides that David did the lion’s share of the actual making. I’m so impressed! Expectations for my next birthday are pretty high. This cake has all of the good things. It’s like a decadant morning tea rolled up …

our winter wedding in the blue mountains

We got married! Twice! Back in June, Dave and I got hitched in the Blue Mountains, NSW and then flew to London and did it all over again with my family and our friends over there. Our wedding in the Blue Mountains was cosy and wintery – exactly how we wanted it. The venue was a large log cabin in Blackheath surrounded by gorgeous bushland, and almost all of our guests stayed on site in little cabins dotted around the property. Our aim for the day was to keep it informal and relaxed with plenty of good food, wine and merriment. We had log fires, lots of native flowers and tons of tealights, as well as the most gorgeous back drop of the Blue Mountains. We also got a little bit of unexpected decor – the seasonal wattle growing all over the place was beautiful! All in all we had such a fantastic day and evening, and it turned out even better than we could have imagined. I’m going to write another post later on …

blood orange meringues with blood orange and passionfruit curd

When you are lucky enough to acquire a brand new Kitchenaid and six blood oranges in the space of time between breakfast and lunch on a Saturday, you know that it’s going to be a great weekend. That was last weekend, folks. There was really only one thing to be done – put the two together and make some blood orange meringues. And then when you realise that you also have some passionfruits and it really would be quite nice to have something to dollop on top of the meringues, well then you make curd. Scroll down for the how-to. p.s. I totally realise that this is the first time I’ve posted in four months. If you are reading this, thanks for sticking with me. I’ll be following up with a few thoughts on the future of this blog in the next week or so, but for now, yay new blog post! What to do: Preheat the oven to 110°C (or 230°F), then whip up some classic meringue. To make four individual sized meringues I …

ice cream series: lemon drizzle ice cream cake

Ok, we are officially taking this ice cream thing to the next level.  Last time pie, this time, CAKE. My stomach and Dave are both happy about this turn of events. This time I had a hankering for a classic lemon drizzle but wanted to put a frozen spin on it. My first thoughts were to incorporate lemon sorbet, but so far I have not been overly successful with sorbet, plus all of the lemon flavour should really be in the cake. I settled on a poppyseed ice cream filler, sandwiched between two layers of lemon cake, with a satisfyingly tangy/sweet lemon drizzle icing. This cakey sandwich thing is the perfect size for two if you want to spend an evening wedged into the sofa like a sealion, unable to move because so full (except to hit ‘yes I’m still here’ on Netflix) – sounds great to me. Scroll down for the recipe. The cake. For the lemon cake, you can use a tried and tested recipe – or follow this one like I did. …

california: yucca valley

Yucca Valley was one of the most awesome places I have ever been. We only spent one night there after a few nights in LA and it felt like being on another planet. After driving inland for a couple of hours we hit the town of Yucca Valley just before sunset. We had directions to our accommodation but no actual address, as the owners like to keep it a secret to avoid visitors who are not actually staying the night. As soon as we pulled off the main road we were pretty surprised to find ourselves on sand roads. They were all sign posted and marked on the map as normal roads but it was sand as far as the eye could see – besides a few houses dotted around. The rental car may have almost got stuck in the sand and there may have been some mild panic at this point… As soon as we arrived at the trailer park we knew it was a special place. There were airstreamer caravans, tipis, archery, mini golf, …

california: coast, vineyards and (not) using my dslr

After our time in Big Sur, we carried on down the coast towards Morro Bay. One of the most beautiful places that we stopped on the coastal drive was Sand Dollar Beach – a wide stretch of sand and huge rocks perforating the surf. We walked on the beach and also along the bluffs on the cliff edge – we were going to head down to Jade Cove, and almost made it but I majorly lost my nerve when I saw how steep the final climb was. I was actually worried we (well, just me really!) wouldn’t be able to get back up. This part of the trip was booked pretty last minute and we had been hoping to stay by the coast, but everything was too expensive or already full. We ended up reserving our second Air Bnb about an hour inland in a town called Templeton – it was a holiday cottage overlooking a handful of gorgeous vineyards. Considering we knew nothing about the area and booked it mainly based on one picture, …

california: a tiny cabin in big sur

The first stop on our California road trip was an Air Bnb cabin in Big Sur. David came to collect me on my last day at work, and we hit the road straight away. We had apparently chosen the only day of hideous weather in the entire 14 weeks that I was there to start our holiday. Driving on strange roads in torrential rain at night does not make for chilled and relaxing times! A quick stop at In-n-Out Burger kind-of saved the day, and we carried on trudging through the rain. It was a long, slightly spooky (did I mention that it was Halloween night?) but exciting drive off Highway 1 and through redwood forests to get there – we finally arrived at our little cabin at around 9pm. The cabin was up a very steep, and now very muddy hill – we knew this was the case when booking. We parked at the bottom outside the main house (a totally amazing geodesic dome structure) and one of the owners drove us up in his 4wd, sliding around …

san francisco | two

My time in San Francisco is just flying by! Can someone please put a pause button on 2014?! I’m pretty sure it was January about five minutes ago. Anyway – I’ve only got a few weeks left, eep. Here are some snippets of my second month. Dream princess barbie houses on Alamo Square | Can’t get enough of the sunsets round here | Spending a lot of time in the Mission | Art in progress | Walks on the Embarcadero Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

san francisco | one

I am lucky enough to be spending a few months in San Francisco and have been here since the beginning of August. David isn’t with me (he’ll be visiting soon!) but I’m trying to make the most of my time and explore the city. There are so many interesting neighbourhoods to discover, it actually reminds me a lot of Sydney. Obviously the food is amazing, there are waaaaay too many delicious bakeries and cafes – I’m spending a lot of time trying to resist various baked/glazed/cheese-stuffed goods…. This is what the first month looked like. Bay Bridge at sunset / Palm trees in the Mission / The Embarcadero / Sail boat on the bay / Ferry trip with pals / Views from Sausalito / People watching in Sausalito / Farmers market swag Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.