These stories vary from bizarre to extremely personal; delicious little morsels from around the globe that I think you might be interested in.
Here I also chat about developments with the blog, new sponsorships and partnerships with brands and flashy events I attend – such as the unforgettable Masterclass with Tetsuya Wakuda!
As she walked towards me with a glass jar adorned with jasmine flowers I felt equal parts excitement and pure anxiety.
“It’s German the Herman Friendship cake. Do you know about it?”
My anxiety levels rose. And no doubt my face looked fearful.
Herman. Yes, I certainly did know him.
A sourdough cake batter that is lovingly nurtured for 9 days on your kitchen bench before being divided up and shared with friends to do the same. On the 10th day, you bake him into a delicious cake.
All of which sounds right up my alley on any usual day.
But I was on the eve of being home alone with two sick kids while hubby was overseas working for 2 weeks.
See why I was anxious?
My beautiful, thoughtful friend Zanni had chosen me to share her Herman with. Chosen me to keep him alive and well. To love him and transform him into an edible feast.
But could I do it? Did I want to?
Yes and yes (and a little bit of no), but I rose to the challenge and I did it.
I sprinkled it with a little raw cacao to add to the ‘old’ rustic nature of the cake. Are you buying it?
Although a lot of fun, I’m a little sad to report that I was not overly enthralled with the taste. It was nice, but I wanted it to be NICER for all the effort. Still, I enjoyed the process. And I ate fermented cake. Pretty darn cool.
You can get the recipe and read more about the cake’s origins here.
By BAD, I don’t mean bad-ass, as in, cool. I mean BAD as in CRAP.
This is obviously a tongue in cheek post. However, I have been a very bad blogger of late and I thought I might share with you some of the things you shouldn’t do.
So yes, if you want to be a GOOD blogger, do the opposite of what I say here.
These have been my crimes for the past 12 months… (more…)
This post is sponsored by Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park.
What’s the most stressful part of a family holiday for you? Is it the packing, the forgetting something or the kids not sleeping because you’ve relaxed the rules and they’ve eaten too much junk? Yep, me too.
But you know the MOST stressful part for us? The travel. Those awful early morning car trips to the airport, trying to keep the kids happy and quiet in small seats, navigating new terrain (and nearly ending your marriage because ‘someone’ can’t read a map – yes, that’s me), and the list goes on.
If we could eliminate travel altogether, that would be a great holiday for us. So we did.
We had a staycation (as opposed to a va(cate)cation). We holidayed just 20 minutes from our house, and we loved it! On the first night we were treated to the most amazing sunset, as you can see above. This spectacular act of nature slowly formed as we watched from the balcony of our two bedroom waterfront bungalow. It was the perfect start to our holiday. (more…)
I’ve been having a really tough fortnight. There are about 10 different things weighing on my shoulders and they range from personal, to family, to unexplainable (yes, that is totally a category!).
Yesterday I wrote down all the things that have been bothering me on a piece of paper. It was an effort to make myself feel lighter – and it worked.
I was inspired to do that because of a random act of kindness that happened on Monday. I am still smiling to myself now as I think about it, and I just have to share it with you. (more…)
It’s the middle of March already – wow. This year is flying by!
Well, a new month means a new In My Kitchen post to share goodies I have been sent. Now, I have to admit that I have been sent quite a few things recently, but I only like sharing things I genuinely loved so only two gifted products have made the cut. Ouch, harsh Christie!
First up is my favourite quick lunch (that isn’t a sandwich). It’s a cold pasta salad made with fresh tomatoes, tinned tuna in olive oil, chives (or spring onion), olives, goats cheese (or fetta) and lemon juice. Delicious! (more…)