Ration Recipes: Part One

For our recent WWII Ration Dinner I tried to recreate recipes of the period as accurately as possible. For most dishes it was easy to find original recipes online thanks to The Ministry of Food’s many handy household guides and recipes for making the most of your rations (as well as the produce from your Victory…

WWII Ration Dinner

Mock Apricot, Faux Coffee and Spam may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when Sara requested a WWII Ration Dinner for her birthday I happily obliged. We wanted to treat the period sensitively; obviously we didn’t want to trivialise the war or the losses that were suffered, but we did want to celebrate the…

Happily Ever After St Honore

An enchanted rose and pistachio pudding, fit for a princess When we started planning our Beauty and the Beast dinner we knew our dessert had to have rose. We also wanted it to be as pretty and gilded as a ball gown, and as French as a mime eating a baguette on the banks of…

The Beast’s Savoury Porridge

What’s better than breakfast? Breakfast for dinner! When we decided to do a Beauty and the Beast dinner I couldn’t get the image of the Beast shoving his face into a bowl full of porridge out of my head. I thought it was hilarious as a child, and it is such an iconic scene from the movie…

Beauty and the Beast Dinner

Be our guest, be our guest, put our dinner to the test! Here is our guide to throwing the ultimate Beauty and the Beast dinner party. With the Beauty and the Beast remake finally opening in Australian cinemas this week we decided to throw a little dinner party for our nearest and dearest: three courses, all themed around different…

Beauty and The Beast Dinner: Enchanted Rose Centrepiece

Belle was always my favourite Disney princess – the songs! the kooky furniture sidekicks! the library!! – and I am beyond excited for the new live action movie version. To celebrate, we will be hosting a small Beauty and The Beast dinner party in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for some yummy recipes and decoration…

A Lazy Lady’s Guide to Christmas

How to impress the in-laws with very little effort Ah, Christmas. The time of year in Australia when we strive as a nation to ignore the strange conundrum of wiping away sweat as we listen to songs about snowdrifts. Every weekend in the lead up to Christmas – and beyond into the warm stretch of…

A Summery Christmas

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about the Heat and Love the Sunshine! I’m a pale, wintery person by nature and I do find it difficult sometimes to embrace the wonders of summer – I find myself sloshing on buckets of sunscreen, turning the fans of full blast, shutting up the windows and watching…

The Lorelai

Oy with the poodles, already! – is anyone else super excited about the new Gilmore Girls reboot?!?! All over the world lady-friends and Gilmore Guys are sitting down with pop tarts and left over Chinese to head back home to Stars Hollow one more time. The new episodes came out last night in Australia but…

A Night in Narnia

As summer settles on Melbourne, we thought we would cool down by stepping through the Wardrobe and into the decidedly chilly land of Narnia. Everyone who has read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis remembers the feeling of wonder when Lucy stepped through the wardrobe during a game of hide and seek…

Fantastic Beasts Magical Moonshine

Only two more sleeps until Fantastic Beasts is released and this muggle is mighty excited! Like many thousands of Potter Nerds around the globe we will be attending a midnight screening on Wednesday night, with a pre-movie party set in a magical speakeasy as befits the 1920s American setting. For anyone else that is also…

Le Banquet des Victims

Let’s step back in time, to Halloween. And from there even further back…to 19th century France. To put us in the mood for a spooky evening we hit the books and were inspired by a very particular time in history – just after the bloody period known as The Terror after the French Revolution. As the…