Banana Self Saucing Pudding

I’m always trying to get rid of mushy bananas and this self saucing pudding is delicious on a cold night served with cream. Sorry, no photos, but it tastes better than it looks anyway…

**Update – I’ve put a photo at the bottom of this post.

100gm butter

1/4 Cup brown sugar

1 Tblspn golden syrup

2 eggs

1 Cup self raising flour

2 bananas, mashed

Melt the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup together, then cool. Fold in the flour and banana.


2/3 Cup brown sugar

2 Tblspns golden syrup

20gm butter

1 1/2 Cups boiling water

Spread the brown sugar, golden syrup and butter over the top of the sponge mixture, then pour the boiling water over the top.

Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes.


Chocolate Orange Cake



Until I iced this cake with Chocolate Ganache, it was probably the healthiest cake I’ve ever made. The cake was a little bitter for my taste, but everyone else seemed to like it.

1 orange

1/2 Cup maple syrup

3 eggs

2 Cups almond meal

1/2 Cup cocoa

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Boil the orange for about an hour, until it is soft. Process the whole orange to a pulpy mess.


Add the maple syrup vanilla extract and eggs to the orange and mix well. Add the almond meal, cocoa and cinnamon and mix lightly until everything is just mixed in.

Bake in a lined tin for 55 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius. Cool the cake in the tin before icing.

Chocolate Ganache

200gm good quality dark chocolate

100gm cream

Heat the cream until boiling, then mix in the chocolate and stir until melted.


Jam Biscuits


I used Rasberry Jam to make these Biscuits, but you could use any flavour jam that you like. I’ve made these with marmalade too and they are fantastic.

125gm butter

3/4 Cup sugar

1 Tblspn jam

1 1/2 Cups self raising flour

Cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the jam, followed by the flour.

Roll into teaspoon sized balls and flatten with a fork. Before they were cooked, the dough was very pink, but once cooked, there was only a very pale pink tinge to them.

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Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for about 12 minutes. The recipe makes about 40 biscuits.


National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia


Honey-Bunny and our favourite son in law recently took He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, at Birdwood in South Australia. Three hours later He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers was still really enjoying his look around, while Honey-Bunny’s enthusiasm had flagged.


The museum contains over 400 cars, hot rods, motor bikes, commercial vehicles, old caravans and much more.


The ute below was a favourite with all of us. The story of the ute is that back in the 1930’s, a farmer’s wife asked for a vehicle that they could drive to church on Sunday and transport pigs to market on a Monday. Following this request, Ford’s designer, Lew Bandt, designed the coupe utility.


The car below used to be used for Telecom ads (now Telstra). According to the blurb, the phone actually works.


A Chevrolet. I have enough trouble parking a modern car, so parking a big, old Chev in a supermarket car park is the stuff of my nightmares.


The car below is a Goggomobil. I believe the model below is the Dart. Everyone my age in Australia will remember the television ad for the Yellow Pages starring the bloke with the Scottish accent, desperately phoning around trying to find a part for his Goggomobil. We all repeated, “Gee Oh, Gee Gee Oh,” and, “Not the Dart, they always think it’s the Dart” then laughed our heads off.


Loads of bikes.



Affectionately known as ‘The Val.’


The teardrop camper had bunks at the front and a dinette at the back with a kitchen and cupboards through the middle.


Honey-Bunny had a red Porsche peddle car which she tooled around in she was little, much like the model below.


I sat on my own in the back seat at the drive-in, waiting for He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers to come back from the Diner with a milkshake.


Everyone loves a Monaro. Especially me.


Caramel Mud Cake


This recipe made a bit too much mixture for the cake tins I have, so I made some Patty Cakes (cup cakes) too.


I made a Caramel Buttercream to ice the cake, but it didn’t really suit the cake. I’ve included the recipe below, but a glazed icing would probably look and taste better than the buttercream. Notice my first attempts to use a piping bag…not great!

150gm butter
150gm white chocolate
3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C milk
1 and a 1/2 Tblspns golden syrup
3/4 C plain flour
3/4 C self raising flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Place the butter, chocolate, brown sugar and milk in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until combined. Pour into a large mixing bowl and cool.


Whisk in the flour, followed by the egg.

Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes in a greased and lined tin. Stand in tin for a few minutes before turning on to a wire rack to cool.

Caramel Icing (Caramel Buttercream)

250gm butter
1/2 C brown sugar
2 Tblspns golden syrup
1 Tblspn milk

Beat the butter, sugar and golden syrup until fluffy, then beat in the milk.

Charlie’s on East at Port Fairy

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We had a lovely afternoon tea recently at Charlie’s on East, at the Port Fairy Surf Club in Victoria’s south west. While you are eating you can sit inside or outside watching the waves on East Beach roll in. The views stretch from Killarney to the Port Fairy light house.

He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers had scones, while Miss S had a slice of hedgehog that was so big He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers had to help her to finish.


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A man with a lovely sweet voice was singing and playing his guitar while we were there, so we ended up staying about two hours longer than we originally expected, talking, listening and watching surfers and seagulls.

As well as serving lovely morning and afternoon teas, the Café is open for breakfast and lunch. The Café is licenced and the prices were very good.




Butterscotch Crunch Biscuits

butterscotchButterscotch Crunch Biscuits are very easy to make and best of all, are another of those great recipes where I always have all of the ingredients already in the pantry.

The magic ingredient for these biscuits are Rice Bubbles, which we always have in the house so I can make Date Slice for Honey-Bunny.

This recipe makes around 30 biscuits (as always, with a bit left over for me to eat some of the dough before it is cooked – yum!)

125gm butter

1 Cup brown sugar

pinch of salt

1 tspn vanilla extract

1 egg

1 1/2 Cups self raising flour

1/2 Cup Rice Bubbles

Cream the butter and sugar, then mix in the salt, vanilla extract and the egg.

Mix in the flour, followed by the Rice Bubbles. Once mixed in, knead the mixture to make it smooth.

Roll the mixture into teaspoon sized balls and place them on a lined baking tray. Flatten them with a fork in a criss cross method.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius.

Beat Till Stiff by Peta Mathias

beatBeat Till Stiff, A Woman’s Recipe for Living by Peta Mathias, is a book of funny and wise life lessons in the form of essays.

Before reading Beat Till Stiff, I hadn’t heard of the author (okay, I admit it, the title made me laugh and that is why I selected this book). Peta Mathias is a New Zealander, who has a food and travel show on television, Taste New Zealand. After reading ‘Why Redheads Have More Fun,’ I googled the author and she has the most beautiful red hair and delicate colouring. I instantly resolved to go to a hairdresser to dye my greying, dull brown hair a glamorous red, but my resolve died out before I actually made an appointment. I’m still thinking about it, but the author says it is impossible to be “dull and dowdy’ with red hair. Very, very tempting.

A Letter to my Much Younger Self is pure hindsight – summed up as enjoy the good times, don’t fret over stupid stuff and give philandering boyfriends the flick and never give them a second thought.

Eat, Sing, Love is a joyful essay about the early days of the author’s romance with a French man in France, eating truffles and walnut oil and going ‘strawberry picking,’ which is the French version of parking in lover’s lane, apparently. The author sings jazz with her lover’s band and it all sounds so wonderful that it reminds me of similar happy times in my own life (parking on Apex Hill, looking out at the lights of our town – but it is so long ago I can’t remember what we ate – probably fish and chips).

The essay called Channelling Edith is fascinating. I’ve never had any interest at all in jazz or cabaret music, but after reading the chapter on Edith Piaf and her influence on the author’s life and work and singing, I’ve googled Piaf and listened to her music. Her life was tragic and her voice beautiful.

How To Buy Hope is about getting older, summed up as; maintaining your appearance as you age costs a bomb. Your health, mental and physical, will probably suffer as you get older too. On the plus side, (hopefully) you’ll realise what is important and what is not.

I enjoyed Beat Till Stiff. Peta Mathias is funny and straight talking and tells good stories. She also gives good advice. For me the best advice she gave is; if you’re grown up, it is time to stop blaming your mother.