Category: Food

  • The secret to fighting project inertia

    Recently I was invited to be a guest author at the Sutherland Shire Fellowship of Australian Writers, who are an absolutely lovely bunch of people. You don’t need to take my word for it. Just look at the How to Be Australian themed afternoon tea they put on. If you’re wondering, I didn’t have an […]

  • The Cyclops Horse and other monsters

    Steve and I are eating vegan this February, so on the 14th we celebrated what is now known as Vegantine’s Day. Normally we don’t do much (sometimes the best gift is low expectations). But since the Chau Chak Wing Museum recently opened at the University of Sydney, Steve suggested visiting it together. It turned out […]

  • Canada vs Australia triple-layered dessert face-off

    Canada doesn’t have caramel slices. At least, not exactly. When I was growing up, my mom made a dessert called Eagle Brand squares. These had a graham cracker base (a kind of sweet plain biscuit), not ground up but simply dropped into the pan, like floor tiles. The middle was a sort of oozy, pale […]

  • An overdue caramel slice confession

    An overdue caramel slice confession

    Since How to Be Australian was released in June, I’ve been waiting for someone to point out the book’s glaring inconsistency.  It started when I first arrived in Sydney. One of my favourite discoveries was caramel slices, and particularly their wide abundancy at cafes everywhere. Australia is a country that takes its desserts seriously, as evidenced […]

  • Cross-country caramel slice showdown

    When WA author Monique Mulligan prepares for an author interview, she really prepares. And by that I mean she convinces her husband to go to the shops for condensed milk so she can make homemade caramel slice. Look at these beauties. Monique interviewed me for the Koorliny Arts Centre’s program Live: Stories on Stage this […]

  • When life gives you lemonades … just eat them

    When life gives you lemonades … just eat them

    Remember back in January, when many of us made new year’s resolutions, as if 2020 was going to be any old year where we could make plans and go about our everyday lives? I found this especially ironic because, back in 2019, I made a list of resolutions that I planned to fail at (and […]

  • Fancy a eucalyptini?

    When I said I wanted to create a cocktail for the launch of my new memoir, How to Be Australian, a friend suggested I could just ‘chuck a couple of the eucalyptus balls you buy from the chemist into a glass of vodka. Wouldn’t taste very nice, but it’s definitely Australian!’* If you don’t fancy […]

  • Launched!

    We launched My Name Is Revenge on April 10. The crowd was amazing, and the signing line-up lasted for practically the entire event. My husband Steve was MC, and he introduced the guest of honour, author Emily Maguire. In Emily’s speech, she described the first time she learned about the Armenian genocide, about ten years […]

  • Recipe: mug of black ants with cream and sugar

    Ingredients 1 cup black ants (lasius niger), live 1 tsp sugar cream to taste Directions Pour ants into mug. They may crawl out. Scoop them back in as required. Add cream and sugar. Enjoy!* *May not look as pictured