Sunday, April 18, 2010


i hope you're sitting down.

because this is pretty fabulous.

a website where people put AMAZING pictures of food, and the link back to there blog with the recipe.

image :: m.e. on tastespotting

oh bliss.

so, my recommendation: RUN (don't walk) over to Tastespotting and get hungry and get inspired looking at all those beautiful pictures.

i found out about this life-changing website via the Melbourne Epicure blog, which, if you love cupcakes (as i do) you will LOVE this blog.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

{cooking} chilli chocolate & pear tarts

i love my chocolate(that sound you hear, that's my husband choking/coughing/laughing in the background at that previous statement. he would call my love of chocolate, well, an obsession perhaps!)  chilli chocolate, in my humble opinion, is a pretty awesome part of the chocolate world...

my personal favourite is the Seatonfire Chilli chocolate (available in mild or wild varieties!) made by a family company in queensland - do yourself a favour and run (don't walk) to the specialty shops to buy some!

this is a little treat i made for my best friend when we caught up over the weekend. it's a gluten free tart that is sure to make a good impression! (and, it couldn't be easier).

1 block dark chilli chocolate (usually about 80g), roughly chopped or grated
75g butter
3 eggs, separated
1/3 cup sugar, and an extra 2 tablespoons
100g ground almond meal
1 tin diced pears, drained (could also use fresh)

In a small saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over a low heat, until glossy. Allow to cool slightly before adding the sugar, egg yolks and almond meal. Mix well.
Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Add in the extra 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat well.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites carefully. Divide mixture between 6 greased ramekins. Add one piece of sliced pear into each ramekin, pushing it down slightly into the mixture.
Cook in a moderate 160degree oven for 35 minutes.
Serve with a dollop of fresh cream... Bon Appetit!

image :: Seatonfire

Thursday, April 8, 2010

home sweet home

its a long way from brisbane to anywhere, i've decided. 
i've also decided...
the world is a pretty amazing place
full of funny things
and spectacular sights
(but there's no place like home...)

there were lots of photos taken, oh yes. but i'm trying to think of other ways i can remember our amazing whirlwind tour of the world. i thought about a custom Bus/Tram Destination scroll. 
this is my first effort, all the stops from our trip. 
what do you think?

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