Living List News – Visit Gallipoli

Anzac Cove

It had been a stressful week. That Friday was the deadline for two - significant - literary competitions I had been working on my manuscript really hard to meet, but I had fallen short of finishing. So I was deliberating on the wisdom (or madness) of submitting what I had done in the hopes that … [Read more...]

Living List – Running a Marathon

Melbourne Marathon

I've entered the Melbourne Marathon. I think I'm ready, and I certainly think it's time. No more procrastination or indecision. Even better, I've got a terrific sponsor behind me, believing I can do it too. Incredible. But more about that later. Let's go back to motivation(s) first. Why a … [Read more...]

Living List Tick – Make a Rainbow Cake

making a rainbow cake

It's Riley's eighth birthday today. He's only a tad older than this blog. I've chronicled most of his life here - in little pieces, that will become smaller, or at least more filtered, as time goes on - because it was important to me to tell those early stories to get through one of my personal … [Read more...]

Go Scuba Diving With Sharks? Tick!

scuba diving melbourne aquarium

I knew this was going to be the toughest living list challenge yet as soon as I saw the first dorsal fin cut the surface of the aquarium tank. It did a quarter turn to the right, then thrashed back, causing a little splash, like the shark changed its mind in what direction it ought to be moving. … [Read more...]

Re-Evaluating Life Goals – Why I’ve Altered My ‘Living List’


I am thirty-four years old. In less than six months, I’ll be thirty-five. Anyone who’s been reading this blog long enough will know I had a lot of trouble coming to grips with the big 3-0. A lot of this was because of: 21 – Moved to Melbourne 22 – Bought a house 23 – Got engaged; had a … [Read more...]

Bellinis & 1 Recipe a Week Challenge is complete – Living List Tick!


Look, I made a video! I'm very excited this Living List challenge is completed, but I'm also very tired. Lots of work to catch up on now I've returned from a few days in Sydney. I feel like I'm behind with the news. Do you have news? Tell me! This is recipe fifty-two of the 1 recipe a week … [Read more...]

Baby Beef Wellingtons

baby beef wellington

Ingredients 60g baby spinach 3 sheets puff pastry 350g piece beef eye fillet 1 egg, beaten lightly Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Wilt the spinach in boiling water, or over a steamer. Put aside. Cut 8 pieces off the beef fillet, as equal sizes as possible. Cut 8 10cm diameter circle … [Read more...]

Almond Bread

almond bread

Ingredients 3 egg whites 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup almond kernels Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Whip egg whites until soft peaks start to form. Gradually add the sugar to the whites until sugar has dissolved. Fold flour (sifted, ideally, but I didn't bother) and … [Read more...]

Roasted Capsicum Dip

roasted capsicum dip

Ingredients 2 medium red capsicums. 250g cream cheese 1/2 cup roasted walnuts Method Roast capsicums (quartered, membrane and seeds discarded) in an 180 degree oven for about 15-20min. For the last couple of minutes, add walnuts so they get roasted a little too. Put capsicums in a plastic … [Read more...]

Creme Brulee

creme brulee

I know what you're probably thinking. That toffee-crunchy top is looking a little ... ah ... squidgy? Not even part-cooked? Well, as it happened, I don't have a blowtorch and the recipe (and others I've seen) say it can be done under the grill. Which is what I tried to do, but lost my nerve and took … [Read more...]

Caramel Meringue Tarts

caramel meringue tarts

So you know those days when your oven is being obstreperous for no reason, where you figure if a recipe calls for one kind of biscuit to use as those clever bases that you cook in the oven for a few minutes to make it soft and then you mould it into that tart-shape, but you don't have that kind of … [Read more...]

Nuts ‘n’ Nipples Cocktail

nuts n nipples cocktail

For several reasons: 1 - It's Friday. 2 - Because we had the ingredients in the cupboard, courtesy of duty-free impulse shopping. 3 - Because we could. Adam and I are sipping our now. Cheers. 1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream 1/4 cup Frangelico 1/4 cup Butterscotch Schnapps Mix well, in a … [Read more...]

Lime and Ricotta Cake

You'll note there is no photo to today's recipe: this is because it was eaten before I had a chance to get the camera! So think that's a reasonable sign of its success. It looks quite a bit like my lemon cake if you absolutely need some kind of reference. Ingredients 200g butter, softened 1 … [Read more...]

Melon in Prosciutto

melon in prosciutto

Not so much a recipe as a twenty second solution to a day when I was too hot and tired to do anything. Voilà! Rockmelon (or cantaloupe, as it's called here in Victoria a fair bit - not to mention overseas) wrapped in prosciutto. Drizzled in a bit of olive oil. Sprinkle some flat-leaf parsley on … [Read more...]

Roasted Pumpkin Couscous Salad

roasted pumpkin couscous

Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 large red onion, sliced thickly 500g pumpkin, peeled, chopped 3 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 cup couscous 1 cup boiling water 20g butter Method Preheat oven to 220C (200C for fan-forced oven) Heat oil … [Read more...]

Cocktail Sausages

This is a Nigella Lawson recipe and, in fact, the picture below is hers too. Where is the proof that I made this recipe? I have photos, but won't post them because they are hideous. Why? Let's put it this way: the recipe called for cocktail sausages. I thought these were the same thing as … [Read more...]

Carrot Salad

Carrot Salad

This comes courtesy of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food cookbook. Ingredients 5 carrots A few springs of mint and coriander Salt and Pepper 6 tbs olive oil 2 tbs lemon juice Method Grate carrots in the grater blade on a food processor (or, use elbow grease and do it manually!) Chop mint … [Read more...]

Spiced Treacle Cookies

spiced treacle cookies

Ingredients 75g butter, chopped 1/3 cup treacle 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 3/4 cup plain flour 1/2 cup self-raising flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 tablespoon brown sugar, extra Method Preheat oven to 140C (fan-forced). Grease oven trays; line with baking … [Read more...]

Chicken and Mango Salad

Chicken and Mango Salad

This is a heavily modified recipe from the January 2013 Australian Good Taste magazine. I modified it for two reasons: The first being I needed to cook the chicken and then shred it and I didn't have the time. The second is I made the proper dressing accompaniment and it tasted really bad. So I'll … [Read more...]

Beetroot and Walnut Salad

Beetroot and Walnut Salad

I'd never cooked beetroot before, so when I saw this recipe I thought that - apart from looking tasty! - was reason enough to try it. Ingredients 6 beetroot bulbs 2/3 cup walnuts 1/2 red onion (chopped finely) 1/3 cup continental parsley (chopped) 70g baby spinach leaves 1/4 cup olive … [Read more...]