Hot stuff

DD is getting so svelte he’s had to go shopping for smaller pants … but that’s not the hot stuff I’m talking about. (Although I did make him do a reluctant twirl in the Coronary Care Unit at the hospital on Saturday so my mum could check out his fitness progress. She was very impressed. […]

PMT, pests and Pinky’s avos

I’ve been a bit of a cranky pants this week. Bloody PMT, it puts me off kilter. I wake with a sigh rather than a spring in my step. My pouting hasn’t been helped by one of the kids returning from holidays with nits. My ex bought nit shampoo at the chemist when they got […]

She won!

The youngest is pretty stoked: she’s the Pacific region winner of the CBRE Kids’ Christmas Card Design Competition. She submitted a Santa drawing she did last year when she was 9, but she won as a 10-year-old. Here it is: The prize is a $100 gift voucher plus the honour of her name being mentioned […]

Salt on my skin (and penne carbonara)

I forgot to tell you … I finally got my ocean swim after that damn When Life Gives You Bluebottles incident … and it was glorious. I felt a bit reckless because there were still a few dessicated bluebottles scattered on the sand, but it felt soooooo good to submerge in those salty waves. I […]

Food for thought

It still confounds me that someone who was so obsessed with cooking … me … doesn’t care  any more. The kids and I generally rotate between a few favourites: spag bol, home crumbed salmon and baked fries, chicken stir-fry … Pre marriage failure I was constantly in the kitchen experimenting. I was a professional food […]

Now THAT calls for a martini

My boss is a very observant woman. She saw how excited everyone was by the espresso martinis during our team-building/cocktail-making night at Eau de Vie last week …   … so she secretly ordered us DIY kits so we could recreate them at home. How thoughtful is that? She plonked one on each desk mid-afternoon […]

Fortifying myself

My new job involves the occasional bottle of booze landing on my desk to take for a spin. Poor me. The latest treat was McWilliam’s Wines Spice Royale. As I noted on drinks central earlier this week, McWilliam’s Wines has released a new range of flavoured fortifieds: Strawberry Delight, Spice Royale and Espresso Press. Russell Cody, McWilliam’s […]

Mixology with a minor

The youngest was pestering me to “make something” with her yesterday. So we concocted some strawberry shortcake-infused vodka together. I’m not sure that’s in the Mum of the Year handbook. The youngest was initially resistant to making infused vodka until I pointed out she was currently sugar free and couldn’t eat baked goods anyway. And […]

11 boozy desserts I want to make

A hazard of my new job (or is it a perk?) is that I spend part of every day looking for recipes containing alcohol as a bit of light relief from the news stories. Poor me. I became quite transfixed last week by The Cookie Rookie’s Strawberry Shortcake Vodka … I mean … strawberry … shortcake […]