Oozing pus chocolate cupcakes and a Rotarian Halloween

Oozing Pus Chocolate Cupcake

One Halloween when my husband was a teenager, he was picked to perform in a Murder Mystery night hosted by the local Rotary Club. “It was themed around classic Halloween characters – Dracula, Frankenstein, a Ghost. Someone got murdered, and the Rotarians had to guess who dun it.”

“So it was an undead murder mystery?” I checked.

“Yes,” said Jon, as though this did not strike him as odd.  Continue reading

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Penne with Pumpkin and sage breadcrumbs


So the big news is … My sister got engaged!! To Matt, the extremely lovely man she’s been dating since University. Happy doesn’t even begin to cover it really. It’s just good good news, happening to people who deserve to have their love celebrated in a Big Way. Continue reading

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Birthday Cheesecake

Birthday cheesecake illustration for baked cheesecake recipe

I suppose birthdays are the ideal time to take stock and make plans, assess progress, plan change etc. A time to get honest about what we want from life, and what we’re deluding ourselves about. Continue reading

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Sweater Weather, Unlikely Nudists and Chicken Parmigiana Stew


This, from Jeanmarie, who heard it from a man she met on a windy train platform on her commute into the city one early morning.

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Shred and Burn and Minestrone Soup


If you like to eat food as much as I do, then it’s probably a good idea to put trainers on every so often and run like you’re being chased. Continue reading

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Lime-Spritzed Skirt Steak for Drama Tolerance

Skirt Steak

Jon and I have been together since we were 19, and in all that time, he has been dramatic precisely 3 times, and all for good reason: moving countries, changing jobs. Continue reading

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Pina Coladas to take advantage of the joys of summer

Pina Colada for summer

So the mystery of how the mosquitoes were getting into the apartment in the first place was solved when I was taking a shower, watching one buzz purposefully up to the window screen, then continue, undeterred, straight through the mesh of the mosquito screen.

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Was there enough Summer?

Summer sundae

It’s an important question. THE important question, really. As the last few days slip by, it’s time to focus, get organized, make sure there was enough summer to keep us in happy rum-soaked sun-drenched fantasies come February.

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Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Caramel Rolo Brownie

Sometimes only chocolate will do. This is chocolate worth splurging on.

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Mum and Dad go to Williamsburg, and we all eat Lentil and Beetroot Salad

Beetroot for a lentil salad

Mum and Dad, not content with living it up all over Manhattan, spread their wings and left the Island to explore the wilds of Brooklyn beyond. They ate lentils, experienced an explosion of Mexican street art, wore sunglasses, and rode a ferry. Literally within 5 minutes of arriving in Williamsburg, they transformed into prototype hipsters, sipping on cold drip coffee and appreciating organic cheeses.

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