Recipe Scene: Lemon Yoghurt Drizzle Cake

Recipe Scene: Lemon Yoghurt Drizzle Cake

I love the combination of citrus and yoghurt in a cake. When this cake has the lemon drizzle poured over ...
Recipe Scene: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

Recipe Scene: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

This delicious recipe is slightly adapted from Nigella's Kitchen cookbook. By all means have a go at making hers, but ...
Recipe Scene: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Recipe Scene: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I think most people love an upside down cake, despite the slightly daggy 70's association. Sweet fruit in a sticky ...
Recipe Scene: Reeses Pretzel Biscuits

Recipe Scene: Reeses Pretzel Biscuits

I make these biscuits with Reese's peanut butter chocolate spread, but you could easily make them with Nutella or a ...
Recipe Scene: Rich Almond Cake

Recipe Scene: Rich Almond Cake

This recipe is from Belinda Jeffery's Tried and True recipe book. It is one of my absolute favourite cakes to ...
Spirit Scene: Don the Beachcomber's Mai Tai

Spirit Scene: Don the Beachcomber’s Mai Tai

In March 2012 I went on a pilgrimage to Southern California, this is where surf music was born in the ...
Recipe Scene: Rosemary Shortbread

Recipe Scene: Rosemary Shortbread

I have absolutely no problem with the plethora of sweet, sugary food on offer for Christmas, but sometimes it is ...
Recipe Scene: Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

Recipe Scene: Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

This easy and delicious vego dish is form the fantastic The Dinner Ladies cookbook. Well, it's a modification of their ...
Literary Scene: Book Review: The Devil Won't Take Charity - Kim Volkman 2017

Literary Scene: Book Review: The Devil Won’t Take Charity – Kim Volkman 2017

HEAVY METAL: IT’S LOUD, IT’S UGLY, IT WON’T GO AWAY. I guess if I wanted critical acclaim I’d have picked ...
Recipe Scene: Sticky Peanut Butter Pecan Buns

Recipe Scene: Sticky Peanut Butter Pecan Buns

I adore peanut butter - love it in savoury satay sauces, sweet things or just straight form the jar. This ...
Recipe Scene: Sweet Finger Buns

Recipe Scene: Sweet Finger Buns

These buns are made with a sweet, rich and buttery dough. They can be topped with icing and whatever topping ...
Spirit Scene: Raised By Eagles make us a Whiskey Sour

Spirit Scene: Raised By Eagles make us a Whiskey Sour

Raised By Eagles' entrance onto Melbourne’s musical landscape in July 2013 immediately garnered the attention of Americana music aficionados across ...
Recipe Scene: Monte Carlos

Recipe Scene: Monte Carlos

My kids just love Monte Carlos, so when I came across this recipe from an old Family Circle book (Step ...
Recipe Scene: Malteser Slice Mk ll

Recipe Scene: Malteser Slice Mk ll

I've posted a recipe for Malteser slice before, but I was never entirely happy with the base, I found it ...
Recipe Scene: Jelly Cakes

Recipe Scene: Jelly Cakes

These cakes are probably considered a little old-fashioned, but whenever I make them people get pretty excited. They can be ...
Recipe Scene: Pretzel Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe Scene: Pretzel Chocolate Cupcakes

I think most of us would agree that sweet things go pretty well with crunchy, salty pretzels. These cupcakes are ...
Recipe Scene: Lemon Drizzle Cake

Recipe Scene: Lemon Drizzle Cake

This cake is really nice and, given it's an adaptation of a Women's Weekly recipe you know it will taste ...
Spirit Scene: Mikelangelo makes us a "Mikelangelo" cocktail

Spirit Scene: Mikelangelo makes us a “Mikelangelo” cocktail

With 12 albums and 25 years of international touring under his belt, Mikelangelo has put together his first ‘Best Of’ ...
Recipe Scene: Hazelnut, ricotta and chocolate cake

Recipe Scene: Hazelnut, ricotta and chocolate cake

This cake has a bit of prep work, but it is well worth the effort. The texture is absolutely divine, ...
Recipe Scene: Honey and Mixed Seed Crackers

Recipe Scene: Honey and Mixed Seed Crackers

This is a slightly adapted Donna Hay recipe. These dry biscuits take a little while to make but they're worth ...
Recipe Scene: Apricot and Almond Fudge

Recipe Scene: Apricot and Almond Fudge

This recipe is so easy - seriously, SO easy.  It takes less than 10 minutes ot make, and tastes delicious ...
Recipe Scene: Mixed Berry and Vanilla Friands

Recipe Scene: Mixed Berry and Vanilla Friands

These aren’t friands in the true sense of the word, as they contain whole eggs.  Proper friands have 6 egg ...
Recipe Scene: Double Orange Cake

Recipe Scene: Double Orange Cake

I think most people love the citrusy tang of an orange cake.  Like with all recipes like this you can ...
Recipe Scene: Chocolate Coconut Cherry Biscuits

Recipe Scene: Chocolate Coconut Cherry Biscuits

I sometimes call these cherry ripe biscuits given the cherry, chocolate and coconut combination, but that may breach some kind ...
Recipe Scene: Chocolate Cake

Recipe Scene: Chocolate Cake

I think everyone needs  a good simple chocolate cake recipe, and this is my go-to one.  It works every time, ...
Recipe Scene: Banana Bread

Recipe Scene: Banana Bread

I’ve got a couple of go-to banana cake/bread recipes, and this is one of them.  It’s really simple, and if ...
Recipe Scene: Cheesy Ham and Pineapple Muffins

Recipe Scene: Cheesy Ham and Pineapple Muffins

I do love a savoury muffin, and these are great.  They are super quick to make, and ready to eat ...
Spirit Scene: Cherry Rock 017 - Bala make us a drink

Spirit Scene: Cherry Rock 017 – Bala make us a drink

Bala (which means Bullet in Spanish) are a female 2-piece of incredible power. They sound like Patti Smith out front ...
Spirit Scene: The Dwarves make us a Martini at Cherry Rock 017

Spirit Scene: The Dwarves make us a Martini at Cherry Rock 017

The Dwarves are on their first tour to our country in three years, at the 11th Cherry Rock Festival. They ...
Recipe Scene: Sticky Pineapple, Carrot and Macadamia Cake

Recipe Scene: Sticky Pineapple, Carrot and Macadamia Cake

This is a slight variation of a Belinda Jeffery’s cake from her sensational Mix & Bake book.  Belinda includes glace ...
Spirit Scene: Stiff Richards at Cherry Rock 017

Spirit Scene: Stiff Richards at Cherry Rock 017

From the “ninch” (Mornington Peninsula) comes the band on everyone’s lips Stiff Richards. We managed to track down the boys ...
Spirit Scene: Cherry Rock 017 - James Young makes us a "Lemmy"

Spirit Scene: Cherry Rock 017 – James Young makes us a “Lemmy”

The 11th Cherry Rock festival was, we'd suggest, the best one yet. With legendary bands The Dwarves & Nashville Pussy, ...
Recipe Scene: Cupcakes

Recipe Scene: Cupcakes

I know there are loads of recipes around for cupcakes, but this is my favourite.  And it’s no coincidence it ...
Review Scene: Suggs: my Life Story in Words and Music, Comedy Theatre Melbourne - Monday April 24

Review Scene: Suggs: my Life Story in Words and Music, Comedy Theatre Melbourne – Monday April 24

Graham "Suggs" McPherson has always been a likeable fellow in my mind's eye. I have known his public persona from ...
Comedy Scene: Nadine Sparks 'Teacher' - Tasma Terrace, April 12th 2017

Comedy Scene: Nadine Sparks ‘Teacher’ – Tasma Terrace, April 12th 2017

The greatest thing about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is that there’s something to please everyone who likes to laugh, ...
Recipe Scene: Florentines

Recipe Scene: Florentines

When I was a kid I hated Florentines – why would you choose to have a biscuit with fruit and ...
Recipe Scene: Coconut Ice

Recipe Scene: Coconut Ice

Coconut ice is a bit of a classic, and super quick and easy to make.  In fact it’s so easy ...
Recipe Scene: Choc Chip Banana Cake

Recipe Scene: Choc Chip Banana Cake

This recipe is from Bill Granger’s cookbook Bill’s Food.  He calls it choc chip banana bread but to me it ...
Recipe Scene: Chickpea Filo Pie

Recipe Scene: Chickpea Filo Pie

I started making this for Meatless Monday, but it’s so good and easy that we now have it any day ...
Recipe Scene: Chewy Flapjacks

Recipe Scene: Chewy Flapjacks

I first had these when I lived in England.   I didn’t know what they were, to me a flapjack was ...
Recipe Scene: Cherry Ripe Cheesecake

Recipe Scene: Cherry Ripe Cheesecake

This cheesecake is yum, really yum.  Although the recipe uses cherry ripes you can make it with different sorts of ...
Recipe Scene: Cheesy Garlic Bread

Recipe Scene: Cheesy Garlic Bread

This bread is slightly fiddly to prepare, but so worth it.  As the name suggests it is basically a huge ...
Recipe Scene: Banoffee Pie

Recipe Scene: Banoffee Pie

I first had a banoffee pie when I was living in London in the 90’s, and I loved it.  I ...
Recipe Scene: Tim Tam Truffles

Recipe Scene: Tim Tam Truffles

These are so ridiculously easy and delicious that everyone should know how to make them.   I wasn’t planning to post ...
Video Scene: Law and Order: Criminal Intent - DVD, 2016

Video Scene: Law and Order: Criminal Intent – DVD, 2016

Season 10 marks the end of this particular Law and Order franchise, so it seems fitting that our original detectives ...
Recipe Scene: Caramel Butter Crunch Cake

Recipe Scene: Caramel Butter Crunch Cake

This fabulous cake is another Belinda Jeffery winner, taken from her Mix and Bake book.  The only thing to be ...
Recipe Scene: Salmon Windmills

Recipe Scene: Salmon Windmills

This is another really quick, easy recipe that’s good to keep in the back of your mind for when you ...
Recipe Scene: 2016 in review

Recipe Scene: 2016 in review

These were the 10 most popular recipes on the site in 2016: 1. Cider and Apple Bread 2. Honey Cinnamon Sponge ...
Recipe Scene: Sweet Chocolate Swirl Bread

Recipe Scene: Sweet Chocolate Swirl Bread

This bread is delicious.  I use my own bread recipe and a Donna Hay chocolate filling – Donna’s recipe has ...
Recipe Scene: No Knead Bread 

Recipe Scene: No Knead Bread 

I posted this recipe over a year ago, but it’s so very good I’m posting it again, in the hopes ...