Did you have this book at home when you were a kid? I always loved, especially the duck and swimming pool cakes:

Some of the cakes are rather tricky. I’m crap in general at making cakes, twice I’ve tried to make novelty cakes for my husband for this birthday but due to his birthday being close to mine it’s generally a fairly emotional time so I tended to have a few wines whilst baking and the cakes looked rather….creative.

The front page popcorn train cake is also a favourite. You can watch a series of Australian Women’s Weekly videos to show you how to make it (whilst sober I think):

I’ve been very busy testing recipes for next Saturday’s Apartment Supper club dinner and also brainstorming for next month’s Vegan Oktoberfest dinner party. I’m also hoping to launch some apartment based cooking classes for small groups of expats and tourists. We’ve also sorted out our expat health insurance at last and are getting ready to apply for residency- My other time is spent in German class. I’m trying hard to get my head around it but there are certainly challenges as this table attests!

Things I’ve been reading:

Finally airline food delivered to your doorstep, Medium

Hot new careers for creatives, Carlin Flora, McSweeneys

Toast with Vegemite aka Australian Breakfast (I am seriously mourning my lack of Vegemite as Chris bought me some in London but it was confiscated by customs as they considered it a liquid).

An Englishman’s home is his prison, Sophie Heawood, The Guardian

I love this style series based on college women of the 1950’s. You can see more pictures here

I’ve been participating in Vegan mofo 2014. Here’s some recipes I am loving and looking forward to cooking:

Green chickpea patties


BBQ beetroot seitan steaks

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Cheezy spaetzle



Raspberry Tiramisu

Raspberry chocolate dream