My Easter 2015. Time spent with Family


Easter 2015.

Easter this year, like most years, is spent with family.  During the Easter season, I am most thankful for the family and my friends around me.  Most of my days are focused on work and duties on being a wife and a mother.  I am constantly busy planning our days and weeks ahead that sometimes it is hard to live in the present.

This year, I spent 5 days focused on what is important.  My Family.  I love to have my table laden with food that has been prepared with love.

Here is how I spent my last few days :)

Good Friday is always spent at my Mother in law’s home.  We are always well fed.  But for some reason (mostly due to the consumption of (numerous) glasses of wine) I forgot to take photos of the delicious roasted salmon and barbecued vegetables we ate.


For dinner I had my #luxbitefamily over for a pot luck dinner.  Nothing can go wrong with a bunch of foodies and chefs over for dinner.


We had a feast.  It is very rare that we are all able to get together for a meal.


I baked my Easter Hummingbird cake.  It’s moist and light.  I love this cake and I’m happy to say that it went down a treat with my co-workers.

On Easter Saturday, the day was warm and the sun was shinning.  A perfect day for a drive with Hubby, Kiddies and my parents.  We took a day trip along the Victorian coast to Torquay.


Easter Sunday.

My dear friend, Hilda, whom I have known for many years, came over with her family for lunch.  We used to work together back in my corporate days. We have kept in touch after I left and we are still so close.  So close that she became Thomas’ God mother.  Along with my parents, we enjoyed lunch together.

I was lucky to have received a pack from Murray Valley Pork.  I roasted up a pork shoulder that was boned and rolled.  The skin came out super crispy and the meat was so tender and moist.  My tip to achieve this is to pump up the heat of your oven to 220degC for the first 20 mins to get the crackling going then turn the heat down to 180 and cook for 20mins for every 500g of the pork.






Dessert was meringue nests with cream and strawberries.  I have to say the meringues came out really well.  I used Mary Berry’s recipe this time round and I think it turned out to be the best I’ve made.  Hilda also brought some of Phillippa’s hot cross buns and crepe cakes from Mille & B.



Easter Monday.

easter13Family time at Nature Play at Royal Park.  We discovered this park a couple weeks back. It’s a great park for all ages of children.  There is also a wet area for hot days.  But on this day, we kept ourselves dry.


The Simnel Cake I baked for Hubby.  I don’t eat fruit cake and marzipan so it’s all for him.


I had the day off so we went out for breakfast and a movie.

We try to eat locally to support great businesses in our area.  Unfortunately, there are not many in our area but when we do find a good one, supporting them is important so they survive.

Before heading off to watch a family movie, we had breaky at a local cafe, Red Beetle. Cafe.  Their food is honest and hearty.  It is affordable and will warm up your tummy.


I am happy to have spent days with my family to create happy memories.  These days are precious.

Bon Apetite,


Bendigo Street Milk Bar, Richmond

When I hear the word “milk bar”, it congers up images of a small corner store filled with the essential grocery items and display windows filled with lollies and candy. As a child I would buy a 20cent bag of mixed lollies and it would last me all day. But this milk bar is different.

I was happy to hear that the Bendigo street milk bar was still alive and operating. Many years ago, my mum and auntie used to work a couple of streets down and used to frequent it for lunch. During school holidays, my brother used to work with my mum for a few weeks. My auntie will call their lunch orders ahead and would send my brother down to pick it up. He has fond memories of his regular egg and bacon rolls :)

I had the opportunity to head down with my Little Man for brunch. I was met with friendly staff who were more than happy to help me with the menu.

I started off with a latte and my Little man had a babycino complete with marshmallows.

Since the Little man already had breakfast, he really wanted the brownie that was on display. It was dense and fudgy. So good.

I had the warm breakfast salad. It had salad leaves, bacon, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, avocado and a poached egg with a lemon and olive oil dressing. It was tasty, fresh and something I can eat over and over again.

They have an outside courtyard, which is accessible through a small hall way to the back door of the cafe. A family were happily eating and chatting away.

I will definitely like to return and try their lunch menu. Their display case of different sandwiches and their specials board menu sounded amazing. The staff were super friendly and the place felt comfortable where you can just sit and have a cup of coffee as the world skipped by.

The Little man and I enjoyed our complimentary meal courtesy of 360 Immerse Agency and Bendigo Street Milk Bar.

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Bon Appetite,



Halloween 2011 – Mummies invade

This is our first time to do something for Halloween. We usually let this day go by without even a thought, however, Halloween is gaining popularity here and it is getting harder to ignore.  The supermarkets are filled with decorations and trick or treat candies and stores are decked out in spider webs and skeletons.

We let the children get dressed up for the night. We didn’t go trick or treating as that part of the Halloween tradition has yet to hit my home (and I don’t know if it will be). They were happy to get dressed just for the fun of it and to just sit and watch tv in it :)   Deanna was excited to get dressed in her mummy costume. It was her idea. I think her recent visit to the tutankhamun exhibition may have something to do with it.  Thomas was not so keen to wear the bat cape I had bought for him though, we managed to take a photo or two of him.

For our easy holloween dinner, I made hot dog and pizza mummies accompanied by ghost mashed potatoes.  These were quick and easy to make and very tasty. After a busy two days, I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen so this was perfect and the kids loved it.  After all, how can you go wrong with hot dogs and pizza, right?

For dessert, I made orange Jack-o-lanterns filled with strawberry jelly. I got the idea from a food magazine “Super Food ideas”

I also made snakes in soil (chocolate mousse topped with crushed chocolate biscuits and sour worms)

For a creepy drink, the children had green slime with worms (lime softdrink spider) while the adults had blood (red wine)

I don’t know if we will ever celebrate Halloween like the American’s do but I think the children have fun dressing up.

Visit Deanna’s blog for more Halloween photos.

I hope you have a spooky Halloween…  oooooOOOOoooohhhhh!!!!

Bon Appetite,


>Hambuger Cupcakes for the Birthday Boy


This weekend was mine and my little Man’s Birthday weekend.  It was a weekend full of eating and family.  As mentioned in preivious posts, my son and I share the same birthday.  His birthday this year is a milestone.  He turned 1.  So most of my focus was on his birthday.  Anyway, who wants to celebrate turning *cough* thirty something *cough*

I decided to make Hamburger cupcakes for him.  I saw these more than a year ago and have been wanting to me them since.  I made them last week for my nephew/Godson.  You can see pics here.  Hubby suggested that I make them again for Thomas this week.

I made it easy on myself and used cake mixes and pre-made fondant icing.  I used orange flavoured cake for the buns, brownies for the meat pattie, butter icing coloured green for the lettuce and strawberry jam for the tomato sauce.  By all means, make your cake from scratch along with the icing but the assembling the “hamburger” was the enjoyable part.
It was  fun to make but the best part was seeing people’s faces when the cupcakes were revealed.  I made a larger one for my son’s first taste of cake.  He managed to eat most of it.  It was joy to watch.
Happy 1st Birthday Thomas!