As the year comes to a close, it’s time for the obligatory review post. This is made a little easier given that I didn’t post anything to tell you of any grand plans at the beginning of the year, so theoretically I could just say wow, look at me – I did everything. But that would be a lie. The truth is that I did have some plans and ideas for what I wanted to achieve throughout the year. Post more – While I’ve achieved this broadly, I was planning on doing a weekly post which I’ve sucked at. I started well but then gotRead More →

These iconic biscuits from Australia and New Zealand were made by army wives to send to their troops during the second world war as they travelled well and the ingredients did not spoil so easily. As such they are named ANZAC Biscuits (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). They are associated Downunder with ANZAC Day and are often used as fundraisers. Incidentally, the name is protected and as such you cannot call another recipe or another biscuit ANZAC (which means you cannot add things like chocolate chips and still call them ANZACs). You also cannot refer to these as “cookies”. Ingredients 1 cup rolled oatsRead More →

Week 14 from April 1st to 7th saw us jetting off to Australia where Katja got to meet her cousin, aunts and uncles for the first time and catch up with Grandma and Grandpa. 130401 – Snow! As we leave Edinburgh we see snow on the ground. 130403 – And we’ve arrived! Katja and her Grandad. <3 130403 – Gus was keen to show Katja his trampoline. Katja needed no encouragement! 130404 – Sunshine feels fabulous! 130404 – Fabulous Aussie flora – Eucalyptus trees smell awesome. 130405 – Not impressed with her first haircut! 130405 – Dessert is sorted! 130406 – Love this tunnel entranceRead More →

Cheats Lamingtons From | Desserts Print Dig-in A cheats recipe for Lamingtons means that you can have these delicious Australian classic treats every day. Total 00:30 Prep 00:30 Cook 00:00 cal Calories 149kcal fat Total Fat 7g High sat-fat Saturated Fat 6g chol Cholesterol 2mg Low sodium Sodium 10mg carbs Total Carbohydrate 22g Serving size 43g Calories from fat 63kcal Fiber 2g Protein 1g Sugar 18g 16 servings Servings 4567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132 Ingredients 1 Victoria sponge cake (in two halves) 1/3 cup strawberry jam 4 cups desiccated or shredded coconut 2 cups icing sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Put the coconutRead More →

Katja certainly is the international baby. She’s Scottish on account of her place of birth, British also on account of place of birth but also through descent from her Mum, Australian through descent from her Mum and German through descent from her Dad. So you’d think with all of these options getting a passport turned around in a hurry would be a piece of cake, right? Not so fast! Scotland doesn’t give passports – Scottish = British, at least at the moment. This may change if Scotland votes for independence, but I doubt they’ll do that. Australia – we have to first apply to haveRead More →

As we enter the home stretch of the time known as Waiting for Bump, I’m saving up little projects that can be done at night for the anticipated boring hours of feeding and sleeplessness. There’s a few TV shows and movies included to watch for when my brain doesn’t want to really get involved (Next Top Model anyone?). People have started offering me the tidbits of helpful advice too, which to be honest I really don’t mind. Last week one person mentioned that the big thing for her was the amount of crap on TV at 2am. Apparently she watched more 24 hour news thanRead More →

Culture Club – Karma Chameleon – Video Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon was a hit in Australia around the time of my 10th birthday. I had my birthday party at the local pool that year, I remember this song playing on the loud speakers as my friends and I had the new Calippo ice creams and red skins and other assorted sugary goodness. I remember pin dropping off the 3 metre diving board but being too scared to go on the 10 metre one. It was a sunny day but the pool was pretty much deserted – hindsight makes me wonder if it was indeed hotRead More →