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Happy Mothers Day!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

My gorgeous Mum (I’m on the right)

This year, Mother’s Day is a little different! It is the first time that we (David, Maddie, Paris and I) have not been all together for Mother’s Day. Both David and Paris are away. David is away on business and Paris is on an exciting African adventure. Don’t worry, I have not been forgotten. They organised an early celebration for me!

Today I am looking forward to a celebratory lunch honouring motherhood with my mother and sister, and the rest of the clan.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Karen Martini, You Have Done It Again!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

On Easter Sunday lunch was at ours! I decided to do slow-cooked lamb for the first time. I was going to use my sister Jenny’s wonderful melt-in-your mouth and tried-and-tested recipe, but I stumbled across a recipe in Feasting by Karen Martini and thought why not increase my stress level on Easter by try something that I’ve never cooked before that sounded super simple and delicious too. I do have a lot of faith in Karen Martini and she certainly did not let me down. I also made her Cos Lettuce, Herb and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Dressing, which was the perfect accompaniment. And Jenny made a divine Roast Vegetable Cous Cous. It certainly was a feast.

Chocolate Meringue and Chocolate Cream Pie

When Mum asked me what I wanted her to make for dessert I knew it had to be pie! Mum is the Pie Queen. The only tough decision was what kind of pie?

What’s your favourite kind?

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Sticky Pecan Rolls

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Easter Sunday was the most glorious, warm autumn day.

We began celebrations with sticky pecan rolls at my parents home.  Easter just would not be Easter without them!

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Tradition

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Dying Easter Eggs has been a tradition in our family forever! However when I saw these beautiful hand-painted eggs over at Decor8, I wondered if we should try painting our eggs next year? Aren’t they gorgeous? I love the delicate colour palette Leslie has chosen. I’m not sure if my hand is steady enough though.

Dying eggs is not an Australian tradition. Here in Brisbane it can be difficult finding eggs with really nice white shells.

Do you have any Easter traditions?

Have an egg-cellant weekend friends!!!

Photo from Decor8

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Jamie Oliver’s Victorian Sponge {Cheats Version}

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

For Maddie’s birthday cake this year, I was inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Victorian Sponge recipe here. However having had a bad experience recently making a sponge cake that was a total throw-in-the-bin flop, I decided to cheat. I purchased an uniced double sponge cake from a good old fashioned bakery. I could guarantee it would be nice and light and airy.

Then to make it into absolute deliciousness, I followed Jamie’s recipe for the strawberry and cream filling. The key ingredient is the lemon juice. I have to admit I was a tad nervous adding lemon juice to the cream. You would think it would curdle, wouldn’t you? However it adds that perfect tartness to balance the strawberries and jam. I certainly will be making this again soon. We almost ate the whole cake in one sitting!

BTW if you have a foolproof sponge cake recipe, please share.

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I’m Feeling Old!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Maddie turned 20 today. Where did the years go?

We began celebrations by going out for breakfast.

And ended with cake, presents and a bang (the balloons actually blew the candles out)!

Happy Birthday Maddie. We love you to the moon and back. xxx

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

David and I have decided not to go out to dinner tonight! We are going to avoid the crowds. We’ll take in a movie and have Chilli Prawn Linguini at Cru Bar, later in the week.

What about you?

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Happy Australia Day

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Torrential rain threatened to dampen Paris’ Australia Day celebrations today. The party pooper in me 🙂 was hoping that it would be too wet to host twenty 17-year-old girls for a pool party! But the sun shone through and the party went ahead.

Of course a sausage sizzle was a must!

And there is nothing more Australian than finishing with a ‘pav’ (pavlova).

Happy Australia Day! How did you celebrate?

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Christmas Day {In Review}

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

We hosted Christmas Day at ours…and it was a glorious day in every way!

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Twas the Night Before Christmas {In Review}

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I know what you are thinking, ‘Not another Christmas post’, but this photo of James (my sister’s dog) was too cute not to share. So here is a quick wrap up of how we celebrated here in Brisbane, Australia.

Food and family are an integral part of our celebrations. We kick off the festivities on Christmas Eve with a hot Christmas Dinner complete with all the trimmings. I can’t remember exactly when we started this tradition, but living in the tropics and slaving over a hot stove on Christmas Day just doesn’t make sense. Then on Christmas Day we have a wonderful cold spread of ham and turkey, seafood and wonderful tropical salads, but more on that in the following post.

My sister Jenny was the host this year, but we all contributed food, including Maddie and Paris. Check out what they cooked at My Pink Door, my sisters blog.

It really was a joyous night!

I’d love to hear what your Christmas Eve tradition is?

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