Cocktail Hour: Floral Ice Cubes

I found a pack of beautiful edible flowers at my local markets on the weekend.  My first thought was to use them as a dessert garnish, but then I remembered seeing a photograph of these beautiful flowers frozen in ice cubes. So I decided to make a tray of them for my cocktail hour series. […]

World’s Longest Lunch – MFWF

Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining my husband and friends at the World’s Longest Lunch. The lunch is the first of many events held during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The festival is held annually and takes place all over Melbourne (and Victoria) with some 200 events – it’s a food lovers paradise! […]

Christmas Decor Ideas – Pinterest

Christmas is less than six weeks away! Yay!  My Pinterest board is full to overflowing with fabulous ideas for decorating and entertaining this holiday season You’ll find pins on table styling, DIY decorations, cocktail recipes, gift wrapping, sweet treats and much more. Here are a few of my favourites pins so far.  Beautiful holiday centrepiece […]

DIY Glass Cosy

The other day I was sipping away on my glass of oolong tea, when I thought that a little glass cosy would be quite handy for my hot drink. So I whipped through my craft cupboard and found some offcuts of felt and ribbon. I cut a thin strip of felt and ribbon and tied […]

Fete Press Issue 4

If you’ve not managed to get your hands on a copy of the latest issue of Fete, then here’s a sneak peak below.  “Who are Fete?”  Well, Fete Press publish a free bi-monthly online magazine to inspire the stylish entertainer with party styling, decorating and interior styling ideas. This issue (Aug12) features a picturesque campfire lunch […]

Madame Bonbon’s Gin and Tonic

Saturday night I decided to whip up a couple of gin and tonics for myself and Monsieur Bonbon.  I spied a couple of empty jars on the bar counter and thought I’d create a more festive G+T.  It’s just a bit of fun really, but I quite like the look. Nothing like a stripey straw […]

Mason Jars for Your Party

It’s a popular wedding trend to use mason jars to serve cocktails and other refreshing drinks to guests.  I’ve taken inspiration and incorporated a couple of uses for mason jars as party decor.  You can use the jars as containers for cocktails, desserts, flowers and lighting. With a little time and preparation you can create […]

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

I came across this fantastic little book on Amazon the other day.  It’s based on Mad Men, a TV drama about a prestigious New York ad agency at the beginning of the 1960s. ‘The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook‘ is an anthology of cuisine and cocktails that either appear in Mad Men, or were served in […]

Gourmet Kitchen: Sticky Date Pudding

Autumn is upon us and winter is only a month or so away. It’s time to bring out my winter cookbooks and start preparing some delicious stews, soups and desserts. One of my favourite desserts to bake is sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce. It’s sooo easy and so wickedly delicious. I thought I’d share […]

Caribbean Cooking with Boss Man Food

My friend, Rashmitha and I attended a Caribbean cooking class over the weekend.. The class was conducted by Jamaican-born, Roderick Grant from Boss Man Food.  I was so excited and didn’t really know what to expect, having not experienced Caribbean cuisine before the class.  We travelled to Abbotsford (not far from the CBD), where the […]

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