Leopard print fondant cake

One of our family friends is obsessed with leopard print so for her 21st only a leopard print cake would do.

This cake is my standard chocolate and ganache covered fondant which was then hand painted in leopard print.

The cake topper is a bottle opener my fiance found at a gift store.

The cake mostly finished, just waiting for it to dry beofre adding the ribbon.

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Our engagement cake

My fiance and I wanted some thing a bit different and more personal to us for our engagement cake. We looked at a number of different ideas  and worked together to come up with the design. The cake is my standard layered rich chocolate cake with ganache and home made fondant. We modelled the cake toppers and roses from home made modelling paste. My modelling paste recipe uses simple ingredients and can be used for very fine modelling work. There were about 70 people at our engagement party and there was enough cake for everyone with about a quarter of it left over for us.











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Baby Shower Fondant Cake

My sister in law wanted a unique and interesting baby shower cake. I asked her to look for a few pictures of cakes she liked then send them to me. My fiance and I worked on our own design based on some of the ideas she sent through. The cake is rich chocolate layered with ganache then covered in ganache and fondant. I moulded the baby cake topper out of fondant stiffened with some extra icing sugar. The blocks are made from the cake trimmings bound with left over ganache then covered in fondant. I found a quilting tool really helped give this cake a much more polished look.

The recipe for my fondant can be found under in the recipes section of my blog.



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Quilted Fondant Princess cake for 25th Birthday

Our friend wanted a cake for her 25th Birthday. The brief was pretty simple, her favourite thing is “bling” and she is a super girly girl. My fiance helped design the cake and choose the accessories. The cake is four layers of rich chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate ganache. The whole cake was then covered in ganache and fondant. The accessory on the front of the cake is a hair clip from a girly accessories shop, the recipient of the cake loved it and wears it regularly.  We finished the cake with edible glitter and pink cashous.

My fondant recipe can be found under the recipes tab.

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Chilli Jam – Simple, savoury and delicious.

Chilli Jam Recipe

Excellent simple savoury chilli jam recipe; perfect with cheese and wine. Not hot at all; just bursting with flavour.

A work friend used to make and sell this jam and would not part with the recipe. It has taken a few months to find a recipe that tastes the same with the same consistency. I was surprised how simple this recipe is, how very few ingredients it has and how incredible it tastes. This has become a family favourite, it works great with as part of a cheese platter/chips and dips platter at a BBQ. It also often wins out over chocolate for an evening snack while watching movies or the TV.


  • 1kg white sugar.
  • 600ml apple cider vinegar.
  • 1x 50g packet of jamsetta or equivalent pectin product (enough pectin for 600g of fruit).
  • 300g red capsicum, cored and deseeded (red peppers).
  • 300g red chillies – deseeded, all white coloured pith scraped/cut off and the rinsed thoroughly. (all heat is removed if all seeds and white parts are scraped out and the chillies are washed thoroughly, add some seeds back to increase heat if desired.

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Chicken Liver Pate Recipe

Chicken Liver Pate

Pate is one of life’s great luxury food items, it is also ridiculously cheap and easy to make.

This is my own recipe for pate, it has been cobbled together over a few years of trial and error, and a love of good pate. The recipe is quite forgiving and allows for quite a lot of substitution and variance. While it is very easy to make, you will need a good food processor and maybe a bit of patience as it can take a lot of processing to get a smooth pate.

Finding good quality fresh and well cleaned chicken livers can sometimes be a challenge, but most good butchers will have them. Our local butcher sells them frozen by the half kilo tub  for $5 which is quite expensive for chicken livers but they are much better quality than you can find in a supermarket.

Chicken livers should be a light pinkish – to dark purple colour with little or no white connective tissue on them. They should not have any hint of yellowing.


500g Chicken livers.
1 small onion very finely diced. Substitute small brown shallots for sweetness.
120g of salted butter.
A small amount of finely diced bacon (no rind) or very finely shaved pancetta (about a tablespoon if compressed, shown in photo).
2 tablespoons of Cognac, or Port.
Approximately 1/3 of a cup of fresh cream.
1 teaspoon of minced garlic.
1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice.
1 teaspoon of thyme, fresh or dry is fine, use slightly less if dried).
1/2 teaspoon of sage fresh is best, but dry works
1 heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
1/2 teaspoon of cracked black  pepper.
1/8 teaspoon of salt more if needed.




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A Goulash Recipe With A Twist

Traditional Goulash – With a modern twist

This is a twist on Hungarian goulash. It is easy to prepare, delicious and it will easily feed six people. This meal can be prepared in the morning before work and added to a crock pot (slow cooker) to be ready when you get home from work, you just need to make the rice.


600g gravy beef (trim off excess fat)

2 teaspoons of minced garlic

2 cups of Stones Green Ginger Wine

1 Large tin of diced peeled tomatoes (800g)

1 red capsicum and 1 green capsicum

1 very large red onion (or two medium ones)

1 or 2 heaped tablespoons of Paprika (look for Hungarian)

2 beef stock cubes

A few good grinds of black pepper

Optional – 1 teaspoon of smoky paprika

Optional – 1 teaspoon of minced ginger

Optional – handful of button mushrooms sliced

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Project 30 – One month photo project

Project 30. An idea from a friend of mine. A group of us decided to take one creative photo a day for a month. These are mine. Based on the project 365 idea but with the more realistic goal of only 30 days. No photoshopping; the aim is that the initial image taken by the camera is strong enough, and hopefully we improve our skills a bit. I was really pleased with some of the pictures, but I did find it a big struggle to find interesting things to photograph each day especially because most days I go to the same places: work and home.

Check out the photo experiments album to see the other photos taken on really good days. I had a few days where there were some really great for photos.

1st September 2010 



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Perth is a beautiful city – photos

Photos of Perth with some pretty neat reflections. Photos taken in September on a couple of quick visits to Perth.

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Fun photos

Photography doesn’t need to be time consuming or even well planned. These photos were all fairly impromptu. The ‘work’ photo took less than 5 minutes to setup and shoot. The Flame trees were caught in the last useful 7 minutes of sunlight on my drive home from work. The Northam photos were a 20 minute wander around my Aunt’s place in Northam on my last visit.

I wanted a fun distraction at lunchtime today, after a really busy morning I was left alone at lunchtime… So I made some replacement workmates while my ‘real’ ones were out of the office. My ‘real’ workmates were a little worried when they got back to find I had cloned myself…

This was a fun experiment, and surprisingly quick too, 5 minute shoot, half an hour on photoshop. 

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Flame trees on the drive home from work. They could have benfited from using a tripod or taking more time, but I was racing the setting sun.



Northam 1st of August, very bright clear winter day, none of these photos were photoshopped.



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