A magical Alice in Wonderland party (on a budget)

Magical Alice in Wonderland Party on a Budget

A couple of weekends ago it was Arabella's Alice in Wonderland party and let me tell you, this one was the most last-minute, budget-friendly party I've ever done. That's really saying something too, because I always leave parties until the last minute and I always try to spend as little money as possible. This Alice in Wonderland party had the ...

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Chorizo wrapped creamy slaw

Super-easy chorizo wrapped creamy slaw

I was asked to bring a canape plate to a party recently and planned to make this recipe. But then at the last minute I couldn't find any celeriac (because, honestly, I wasn't even sure where to look), so what to do? What I did was make a basic chunky coleslaw which I wrapped in the prosciutto. It was absolutely delicious - the cool, creamy ...

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Best-ever tasty meatballs with romesco dipping sauce

Super-tasty meatballs with romesco sauce

If you have never had the pleasure of dipping into a romesco sauce, now is the time. This is a Catalan dish, full of robust flavours like roasted capsicum, almond, paprika and garlic. It's somehow moreish and deeply satisfying at the same time. Though here I've chosen to serve it as a dipping sauce for the tastiest meatballs ever, the kids love ...

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Chocolate pannetone pudding

Chocolate pannetone pudding

Have I told you that my very good husband likes baking? Don't get me wrong, he's not in the kitchen every Sunday whipping up baked goods for the week or anything (just putting that out there for when he reads this), but he likes to turn out a bread, cake or pudding on special occasions. In the past he's tackled croissants (all the kneading, all ...

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Pandoro with mascarpone cream and raspberries

Pandoro with marscapone cream and raspberries

   Pandoro with vanilla mascarpone cream and fresh raspberries 1 x store bought Pandoro* 1 x serve vanilla mascarpone cream (recipe below) 2 x punnet fresh raspberries Icing sugar to dust Cut the Pandoro horizontally into five even sections. Starting at the bottom (!) spread a thick layer of mascarpone ...

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Sprinkle sandwiches

Sprinkle sandwiches

I'm right in the middle of getting things revved up again for the Badoo's delayed Princess Party. Her birthday is so long ago now and we've been talking about the party for so long that I feel both over the whole thing and added pressure to make it good. Ho hum. Whoops, can't let the cheery party mood slip. Better get off the computer and back ...

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Scrummy sausage rolls

Really good sausage rolls

This Sunday you will find me on a picnic rug having afternoon tea at one of my favourite Sydney spots, overlooking Middle Harbour. Here in Maxabellaland, we love, love, love a picnic, but we find afternoon or morning tea picnics easier while The Badoo still needs a lunchtime sleep (hopefully for the term of her natural life). I may or may not be ...

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