The Best Summer Birthday Cake Ever

It’s been a long hot summer Down Under. In fact it’s been the hottest month of January ever recorded. One night, a couple of weeks ago, was the warmest January night in Sydney ever (records for the city go back to 1858). And right in the middle of the month one of my grand-daughters turned … Continue reading

Halloween

Halloween is looming. Mischief, witchcraft and magic are brewing.  The kids are carving out Jack O’Lanterns, dreaming up tricks for trick ‘n treating and donning black pointed hats and masks. Most of us today think of Halloween as an American custom, but did you know it’s actually the popular Scottish name for October 31st, the eve … Continue reading

Pancake Tuesday

Are you having pancakes for breakfast tomorrow morning? Buttermilk pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup and topped with a knob of butter are my favourite, but I also enjoy many other types of pancakes including French crepes, English pikelets and Bill Granger’s ricotta pancakes, topped with honeycomb, for Sunday brunch. Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday), the … Continue reading
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