I have a habit of celebrating other people’s birthdays when we’re not even in the same country together. My father has still never forgiven me for the shindig myself and my mother threw for him on a holiday in Spain … Continue reading
One of life’s little pleasures, the simple pairing of fresh and juicy strawberries with soft and velvety cream. Total and utter bliss and perfect for that romantic picnic. No romantic picnics happening around here at the moment though, I’m living … Continue reading
I spent a wonderful 24 hours in Dublin on Friday night and had the privilege of attending the 11th Trailblaze event held in the Grand Masonic Lodge. A stunning setting for the night of the Winter Solstice. We were welcomed into the lodge by the Christmassy smells of mulled wine and festive nibbles from The Cake Café. Such a treat. As we were led upstairs to the room where we would spend the next 3 hours, I couldn’t help but imagine what it was all like back in the 18th century. The Grand Masonic Lodge in Dublin is the second oldest lodge in the world and as you enter the main room upstairs, the walls are adorned with enourmous paintings of the Free Mason Elders. The night began with Brother Morgan telling us the history behind the Free Mason’s and where it all began. Clare and Cathy from Trailblaze then introduced each speaker. The theme of the night was ‘Secrets’, each speaker revealed a secret about themselves, other people, institutions and some even revealing the secrets about life. I was blown away by it all. At the end of the night, Clare Mulvany spoke once again and her words have stuck with me, ‘Ireland has so much potential, but it is up to us to make it happen’. Not a truer word spoken.
I really don’t think I will get used to hearing the speakers all over town blast out Christmas songs when it’s a blistering 35 degrees out and I’m ducking inside for a bit of cooling air con. I am dreaming of a White Christmas…do you think we will have snow in Ireland this year? It’s cold enough for it!
It’s Avocado season here in South Africa at the minute and I’m lucky enough that one of the girls at Bootcamp brings us a box of freshly picked Avo’s every fortnight. Last Friday I snagged some of the last few Avocados with dreams of making a creamy, rich and decadent chocolate mousse with them.
Not your average kind of brownies, these are a little more dense and lot more nourishing. My obsession for Sweet Potatoes has been growing somewhat out of control these past few weeks and it was inevitable that they would end up in a sweet baked treat. I favour sweet potatos for their host of nutritional benefits and amazing taste. It is jam packed full of beta carotene, dietary fibre and pretty much has zero fat content.
Oh dear have I been neglecting my poor blog. This last month has been a bit of a whirlwind of activity that I didn’t have an evening to myself to sit down and write. I’ve missed it and have been making some nourishing, wholesome goodies to put up here but before I get to those, how about some cake?
On Saturday the very first Clandestine Cake Club in Australia was held. It was a small gathering of some very enthusiastic cake lovers. There was a collection of all different types of cake and much ooh-ing and aah-ing at the different designs, flavours and textures. No one cake looked or tasted the same. We all got to sample some cake and take it home to gobble for later. Bonus!
Remember in my last post when I waxed lyrical about the cool weather, the crisp breeze becoming more prevalent and the Autumn season settling in? It has definitely stayed cooler than previous weeks, but the sun is still out in full force and those famous Western Australian blue skies are shining for all to see. I haven’t seen a drop of rain in weeks. I’m totally happy with this weather, it’s the kind that I can get used to. All year round. But that will never happen. So I am reveling in this sunny, Autumn weather and enjoying the cool evenings whilst they are here. Before the real cold sets in. I am looking forward to a bit of rain though!
We have really began to notice the change in seasons this week, Autumn came with days of grey skies and threatening clouds. Raining every evening and blustery at night. For some reason, I quite enjoy this kind of weather. I find comfort in the cool weather after the intense months of heat. Perth gets one of the hottest summers in Australia and being Irish, I definitely noticed it. My pale skin is over sensitive to the heat so I spent much of my time ducking into the shade and holding out for the Fremantle Doctor to come dancing breezily into town in the late afternoon. Now, however I wake up to grey skies and look forward to being greeted by a refreshing breeze when I step out of my front door.