Beer can chicken

A glorious but not-so-glamorous spin on your regular roast chicken. Beer can chicken is a favourite of mine. I first had it at Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar in Crown Metropol. It was so good that I definitely want go to back and have it again, but I was equally keen to try making it…

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Really good baked cheesecake

As the title suggests, this cheesecake is really good. There are a couple of reasons for this post. Firstly, I love cheesecake. Secondly, I recently discovered people who do not like cheesecake. Shock, HORROR! Believe it or not, these people are walking, talking members of society and they’re everywhere. I’m sure you guys have your reasons for not liking…

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Jamie Oliver’s No. 1 Toasted Cheese Sandwich

This one was too good, I just had to share! Toasted cheese sandwiches, or ‘toasties’, are the official go-to meal for a lazy midweek dinner at my house. It’s not something we have often, which makes it that much better when we do. Winter is looming and this is perfect for a cold, dreary evening in. Recent…

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Chez Dré

After a long wait for a trip to Chez Dré, the meal did not disappoint. In fact, I think I may have found a new favourite brunch spot. Chez Dré is located in charming South Melbourne, tucked away in a tiny little laneway. A former warehouse, the transformed space is a combination of modern, rustic and industrial…

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New Zealand – South Island

It’s not uncommon to hear about New Zealand’s natural beauty. Once you see it with your own eyes, you realise it cannot be overstated. My photos do not really do it justice, but have a look anyway. I went with 3 friends and we booked an 8 day Sta Travel ski trip to Queenstown. 8…

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Cheat’s Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Swiss Meringue Buttercream is awesome, but it can be so hard to make. This is the perfect buttercream icing for piping because, as the name suggests, it contains egg whites. Egg whites are a super strong binding agent that give stability to the buttercream which would otherwise melt or split while inside the piping bag…

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Red Velvet Cake

Since starting AllKinds, I never thought for a second that I would be bringing you a specialty from my brother. Nick first made this cake around 5 years ago on Christmas day and it was a total hit. This year it was brought back by popular demand. The recipe comes from the Joy of Baking…

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Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio

Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? I think I may have made more trips to Burch and Purchese than to the supermarket in the last couple of months! I’m pretty sure they know my face, but we’re not quite best friends…yet. I first heard about this place on Masterchef when Darren Purchese (owner…

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Pumpkin Pie

T’is the season to eat pie! I’ve done nothing for the last 4 years of studying international business if I haven’t learnt that we live in an increasingly interconnected, or ‘globalised’ world. This is largely attributed to significant leaps in the field of technology and communications including social networking and media. Where’s she going with…

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Blueberry Pancakes with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

I wish there was an interesting back story for this, but there really isn’t. I wanted blueberry pancakes, so I made them. In order to make them worthy of blogging, I added the vanilla mascarpone cream as a less frosty alternative to ice-cream and a more substantial alternative to whipped cream. It’s perfect for taking…

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