Darling Brewed Gin

WARNING – this warm, mulled gin will make your house smell dangerously delicious… Mmmmmm….mulled gin. The two most delightful words in the English language. Nothing will warm your cockles like a cup full of warm, citrusy booze, and it is super easy to make. Simply get a saucepan: Add two cinnamon sticks Add the juice…

Peter Pan Feast

To feast will be an awfully big adventure.   One winter’s night, ten young boys and girls were settling down for bed when suddenly they were whisked away to Neverland for a magical dinner party featuring invisible food, edible bubbles, sword fighting, and pirate ships. This was our Peter Pan Winter Feast. We told our…

Ration Dinner – Sweets

You’ve had dinner, now it’s time for pudding! Here are some delicious (and slightly weird) ration era recipes to sweeten your day.   Mock Apricot Tart We followed the recipe found here  pretty much to the letter.  I know the combination of carrot, almond extract and plum jam doesn’t sound very appetising but trust me,…

Ration Recipes – Savouries

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…