The Twinkling Lights Of Byron Bay

These beauties gave a twinkle to my eye in Byron Bay. For when I am channeling 1930’s art deco glamour, House of Harlow 1960 candles perfectly capture mystery and decadence whilst the classic colonial country club styling of Samson & Bronc candles take me back to the ranch, billowing white linens and Scarlett O’Hara. Frankly, my dears, these candles make me give a damn!

Escape to Byron Bay

I was fortunate to have a weekend away with beautiful girlfriends in Byron Bay over the last few days. Everyone raves about Byron, the food, the beaches, the hinterlands and the warm and kind people. Byron has a way of attracting all the best parts of Australia to one spot, like a mini microclimate of everything I love about Australia.

Birthdays, woodland creatures and Mulled wine poached pear, hazelnut and cinnamon cake with dark chocolate ganache

For my father’s 70th birthday, I set to creating a cake that embodied all his favourite indulgences – red wine, dried fruit, nuts and dark chocolate to create a Mulled wine poached pear, hazelnut and cinnamon cake with dark chocolate ganache.

Grown Up Parties

It was my lovely Father’s 70th birthday on Saturday night. He has lived life to the full, travelling, eating and drinking with friends and family. I was keen to make some of his favourite things for the party. He has a soft spot for a drop of good red wine, smelly cheese, winter fruits and the darkest of chocolate.

Hobnobbing, canapés and Taste of Auckland

Thank goodness the stars were aligned in our favour to move us back to Auckland, arriving just as spring loosens its grip on the country and all that is magnificent about this great city comes to life.