Peter Piper Picked… Pepper Pickle

Pepper Pickle! Every West Indian home will have a jar, jars or bottles of Pepper pickle or Hot Sauce or suh’m on their dining tables. For sprinkling over food to make a hot meal experience soar into the sweating and reverse-hissing-to-get-your-tongue cool realm.  I know Jamaican, Trini, Bajan, Guyanese, Nevisian folk who always have a…

Want to make a delicious cake that is more-ish? Read on

This was my first. First cake I ate. First cake I saw my mother making. First cake that I made. I was 5 when I made this cake, on my own. Yes, it is that easy, breezy, lemon squeezy.   Ingredients to make a 21cm diameter, round cake 125g butter ½ cup sugar (preferably caster…

Capture the mood

This year my goal is to improve my computer technology know-how.  I can happily say that I am no longer awful at it and I do not shy away from it. It’s amazing how much I have learnt, how much more there is to learn and how it seems to be evolving every second.  I…

Easy breezy Temptation Tuesday

Introducing a salad from my kitchen to yours.  It is colourful, vibrant, tasty, more-ish and delectable. Only 3 ingredients:- Cooked beetroot, diced into bitesize pieces Grated Carrot Walnuts, halved Dressing: Olive oil, cumin, lemon juice, pinch of salt, smidgen of black pepper. Mix the ingredients in a salad bowl until well distributed. Add the dressing…

Happy New Year of the Pig

I did my bit at the weekend to live up to the year. wink! oink! Now got to get back to being a Phoenix.  I am watching the Harry Potter films because god-daughter number 1 is mad about that world. Her fanaticism is infectious. HP books were a huge phenomenon in the late 90s and…

Quotes from the week

It does not do to dwell on dreams Harry, and forget to live. Prof D, H.P& The Philosopher’s Stone.  B Plans are for losers. Mean girl from The Magicians A mistake should be your teacher, not your attacker. A mistake is a lesson, not a loss. It is a temporary, necessary detour, not a dead…

Back to life! Back to Reality! Honey Carrot Macadamia cupcakes.

Back to life! Back to Reality!  It does feel like Christmas and New Year celebrations are truly over. No more decorations. No more days off nor long weekends nor Mondays off in lieu of a holiday. Hardly any Christmas paraphernalia sales and if there are they are 90% off. A quick look in the “bargain” bin…

7 days make 1 weak

I’ve had another amazing week of meeting up with loved ones.  Emotionally draining! Sometimes I can’t keep up with myself. From meeting Posh Brit and Brit Sister in the city for our last lunch together before Brit Sister goes off on her tree change to having dinner with the Marvellous family to celebrating a god-daughter’s…

Summer in Melbourne. Summer in Australia.

Summer down under.  It’s all sunshine and fun. Shorts and thongs (jandals/flip flops/plastic causal footwear). Days at the beach frolicking in the waves. Beach towels. Backyard cricket. Cricket at the G (the Melbourne Cricket Ground). Tennis at the Australian Open (what is with the new logo?). Music in the parks. People sleeping overnight on the…