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  • April22nd

    Rocky Road

    By now you will have all had your fill of chocolates. Easter is always a double edged sword – sure you get a mountain of chocolate, but what you also can get is a mountain of guilt!  If you are looking for an easy way to get rid of the chocolate eggs I have the perfect recipe for you.  This one is another tradition created by yours truly.  I started making this for my Dad for Father’s Day and then also for Easter, Christmas and any day ending in Y.  It has been coveted by my partner and his friends and family so now I am going to share it with you.  Rocky Road doesn’t have a great reputation for being a “pretty” treat, but I can almost guarantee that once your guests, friends and work colleagues bite into it, all will be forgiven.

    I wanted to give you some variations on this classic as well, so don’t be afraid to experiment if you have a favourite flavour or lolly item you would like to add!  The method is the same for both and added at the bottom – would love to see what you create!

    Traditional Rocky Road

    400g of milk chocolate broken into small pieces

    200g of hazelnut chocolate (yes with nuts!) broken into small pieces

    1 x bag of marshmallows (minus 6 white mallows, trust me!) cut into halves

    160g of chocolate covered Turkish delight cut into small pieces

    Roughly 15 raspberry lollies cut into halves

    ¼ cup of desiccated coconut

    ¼ cup of unsalted peanuts chopped into small pieces

    ¼ cup of cashews chopped into small pieces

    Indulgent Rocky Road

    600g of dark chocolate broken into small pieces

    1 x bag of marshmallows cut into halves

    160g of cherry ripe cut into small pieces

    Roughly 15 raspberry lollies cut into halves

    ¼ cup of shredded coconut

    ¼ cup of almonds chopped to small pieces

    ¼ cup pistachios chopped to small pieces


    1. Place all dry chopped ingredients into a large plastic bowl and line a large glass baking dish with baking paper.
    2. On the stove, place a heat proof bowl over boiling water and add the chocolate.  If left on a medium-low heat, the chocolate should continue to melt without burning quite steadily but please remember to stir it every so often.
    3. Once the chocolate is melted, remove carefully from the stove and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Pour the chocolate into the bowl and mix well with a metal spoon until all ingredients are combined.  It can take a little while to incorporate the coconut but just keep mixing!
    4. Pour into the glass baking dish and level out the mixture with the back of a metal spoon.  Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours to set.   When you are ready to slice it up, allow it to sit out of the fridge for 10-20mins to allow cutting easier. Never use a wet knife!

    Best of Luck!

    X Steph

  • April14th

    Each of these covers is a lovely surprise, both in song selection and in arrangement. These are such terrific, inventive versions that they somehow make me fonder of the originals.h

    CHVRCHES covers “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” (Whitney Houston)h

    James Vincent McMorrow covers “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood)


    John Legend covers “Dancing in the Dark” (Bruce Springsteen)

    In these interludes,  poet and singer-songwriter  Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • April8th

    our gorgeous prize from Collectivity Lane

    Lovely Spoonful readers, how are you all?
    We’ve reached that time of year where we happily launch the Spoonful Easter Competition! Yes!!! We thought we’d make it writer-friendly this time so we’re

    We challenge you, one & all to write us a seasonal/Easter Haiku!

    What is a Haiku?*

    Haiku are short poems that use sensory language to capture a   feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of  beauty or a poignant experience. 

     How do you write a Haiku?

      A haiku is made up of three lines:
      Line 1 is 5 syllables.
      Line 2 is 7 syllables.
      Line 3 is 5 syllables, like the first.

    We are not going to be too strict about keeping it in a traditional style… just a little poem capturing everyday beauty is what we’re after… we believe everyone has three little lines hidden within them somewhere…

    3 little lines… you know you want to…


    PrizeThe amazing Kelsie aka.CollectivityLane  is presenting a print of her ‘Golden Egg‘ as our prize this year. Isn’t it gorgeous?!!

    Perfect for Easter or all-year-round display, the prize will be given to our lucky winner… so get everyone you know to enter… set a friend/family challenge!!!h

    Entries1Monday April 28th. 

    We’re giving you the Easter break to consume chocolate and experience nature a little… get outside… go for walks… be inspired… enjoy the season & it’s sense of ‘newness’  in your Haiku-making ;)

    Winners shall be announced on April 30th!


    That’s all for now lovelies… please spread the word and help us gather beautiful little poems to inspire us all. We shall share the gems & their beauty with you.


    P.S. To see more of Kelsie, please visit her etsy, facebook or blog. She shall be judging our entrants so do go boldly into wordy territory & impress her!

    *Inspired by Emma’s post.

  • March27th

    Zucchini Frittata

    Chances are if you were growing up or had children during the 80’s, you were a lover of the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine and recipes.  I can still remember shopping days with my Mum, list in hand ticking off every item and when we finally arrived at the checkout – in went this week’s edition with next week’s dinner inside.

    Even now when I visit, I still find magazines at the side of her favourite chair, dog eared or written on and i’m not sure the women of today are too far removed from our 80’s Mums.  We might search for our recipes online or learn them from our favourite Masterchef contestant, but aren’t we all searching for the same thing? Food that is big on flavour, ticks all the nutrition boxes and uses very little of our precious time.

    This recipe has been a permanent fixture in the Crew family for as long as I can remember, I can almost guarantee you will make it part of yours too.

    Zucchini Frittata

    (originally Zucchini Quiche but everyone keeps telling me “it’s not a quiche without pastry!”)

    First things first, preheat your oven to 180 °c (356F) and lightly grease a pie/slice dish. Now, let’s talk meat.  Typically we add bacon to this but you can substitute with chicken or any cured meat.  My partner and I add spicy chorizo sausage for an extra kick.

    Hand slice

    6 slices of middle bacon (just the large round piece) and 1 chorizo sausage

    Into a food processor (or you can grate by hand if you prefer)

    2 x medium zucchini, 2 x medium carrots, 1 leek, 3 large mushrooms, handful of spinach

    Into your mixer

    6 eggs, ¼ cup of olive oil, 1 cup of self-raising flour, 2 tsp of Dijon mustard.  You can also add salt and pepper now or allow others to season to their own liking.

    Once all of your vegetables are chopped, add them to your mixer and switch on slow speed, (2 – 3mins).  Pour into your dish and cook for 45mins.  It is best to let the frittata to cool completely (and reheat later) otherwise removing it from the dish straight away can leave you with a slightly soggy bottom.

    This meal takes less than half an hour to prepare, it is perfect for nights when you need something light and quick.  We also love it for lunches through the week at work or even as a twist on the normal eggs & bacon breakfast – your possibilities are endless!

    (well, almost) S x

  • March11th

    I’m willing to bet that Kermit makes you melt, too. Jim Henson-as-Kermit has such a poignant, earnest quality to his voice….it sounds slightly constrained and a little warbly (as with someone who is trying not to cry). Gets to me every time.

    (Note: There’s also this video of the song, which is beautiful, but just know that you will cry if you watch it.)

    And here’s Andrew Bird’s take on this adorable tune.

    Which songs, much like “Bein’ Green,” make you melt?


    In these interludes,  poet and singer-songwriter  Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • February16th

    For some it’s the most romantic day of the year, a time to spoil their significant other and send declarations of love (no matter how cheesy) in big ways. Then there are those of you who believe that it was a holiday invented by the florists, the card companies, chocolate stores and alike to make billions of dollars off the “poor shmucks” who feel guilted into spending hard earned money on stuffed teddies and the above mentioned symbols of, well, love. On the lead up to the big day I have encountered people for both of these groups, some wishing, dreaming and planning away and then the others who scoff at them. Thankfully, I am in neither category. Valentine’s Day to me is about showing your special someone how much you care, there are no rules or tick boxes that must be filled. It could be that you make them a simple card or a nice meal at home, you can write them a love letter or buy a vintage film they loved when they were young (or in my partner’s case game, Dungeons and Dragons anyone?). It’s a simple gesture of appreciation that says – you matter most to me. But I am a lover of love and a hopeless believer in happy endings, sadly as it seems for many of my friends this doesn’t always happen.

    So, this one is for the ladies who were without a Valentine, were disappointed by one or who wish to be their own this year. Indulgence for February comes in the form of loving yourself because if you can’t have a dinner date with Ryan Gosling surrounded by a sea of red roses and softly lit candles then dammit, buy yourself some pretty shoes!

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  • February8th

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    image by Tony & Sasha Green

    Instructions for enjoying Michael Kiwanuka’s “Bones”:


    > Press play in the video below.

    > Adjust volume as needed. A little louder, please.

    > Think about how this song hits the exact same place in your heart as Sam Cooke’s ” Bring It On Home to Me.”

    > Feel shocked that this song was released in 2012.

    > Feel shocked that Michael Kiwanuka is in his 20s.

    > Say “Oh, wow” out loud.

    > Swoon.

    > Press play again.

    > Slow dance in the living room with someone you love.

    > Appreciate how subtle the song is.

    > Press play again.

    > Feel inspired to make heart-shaped pancakes.

    > Hum/sing along as you mix the batter.

    > Eat the blobby pancakes that definitely do not resemble hearts.

    > Press play again and notice how all is right in the world.


    > Repeat as necessary.



    In these interludes,  poet and singer-songwriterHannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.


  • January15th

    Happy 2014

    Okay here it is: I’m a quitter.  Most of you will have someone in your life be it a friend, relative or even your partner who is one.  A friend of mine used the term “hobbiest” when talking about her husband but all the signs were there. Has an idea for a project, researches self into an expert then tries once and quits.  I am an old hat at this game and I have had many a great new idea but the most reoccurring would have to be my diets.  We have now entered 2014 and if your only judge of time was your Pinterest account then January would be pages of inspirational quotes, girls admiring their trim derrière and tips on how to make energising juice.

    Are we all victims of the New Year = New Diet fad? I know I am. Right around Christmas when things start to warm up and you are wearing less clothes, attending more parties and essentially eating and drinking your way into self-loathing and an irrational fear of swimsuits the ideas strike! We all make plans to exercise more, eat better and take care of our minds but do any of us actually follow through? I am going to give it my better than best shot this year but because there are always two sides of a coin, for those of you looking for a healthy alternative to a breakfast favourite I have a delicious guilt free granola that is simple to make, tastes incredible and is low in calories:

    Guilt Free Granola


     Makes 5 – 6 cups

    • 5 tablespoons coconut oil – melted
    • 3 cups coconut flakes
    • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
    • 1 cup of oats
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 cups of almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pepitas – chopped roughly (combined measurement not each)
    • 3 tablespoons rice malt syrup (this is to sweeten, if you prefer your granola unsweetened you can leave it out without altering the results of your mix).

    Preheat oven to 120°C.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl then spread evenly on baking paper on a tray and bake for about 10 minutes before turning the mixture and returning to the oven for a further 10 minutes until lightly golden then remove and allow to cool completely.  If you like your granola extra crunchy, leave in the oven for a few extra minutes – the darker the colour the crunchier the mix! Store in an air tight container and it will keep longer than it takes you to eat it!

    And for those of you who are throwing caution to the wind and care not for counting calories and watching waistlines, I have for you an indulgent take on granola recipes from Elsie & Emma of A Beautiful Mess (chocolate.. for breakfast?) oh curse you resolutions!



    * this recipe was adapted from Sarah Wilson.  It has been tried, tested and altered to suit. The image of ABM Granola bars remains the property of ABM.

  • January8th

    Recently, and along with throngs of other listeners, I’ve been enjoying Lorde’s album, Pure Heroine. I admire its restraint. Lorde’s songs carry a weird, authentic-feeling weariness, and the production sounds fresh but not at all heavy-handed.

    I just want to keep listening to it, especially “400 Lux” and “Ribs.” While listening to “Ribs,” I was thinking about what makes this song so appealing–my favorite part is how each verse gets reinvented after the chorus, becoming more insistent, energetic, and high-pitched. The growling opening lines, “The drink you spilt all over me/“Lover’s Spit” left on repeat…” get transformed by that chorus, speeding up, gaining a new, octave-higher layer.


    In this TED talk (from TEDx MIA), professor and mathematician Scott Rickard discusses where “beauty” and “ugliness” come from in music (from a mathematical standpoint). He attributes these qualities to a song’s repetition, and argues that repetition (and pattern) is beautiful. Toward the end of the video, he has a pianist play a song that has been designed to be “ugly”–that is, without pattern.

    Thinking back to “Ribs,” what is most enjoyable is that we, as listeners, can appreciate the slight variation within the repetition (and how this repeats throughout the song as a pattern).

    I’m wondering: is repetition necessarily inherent within every song (if it has a melody or rhyme, there must be repetition)?

    Why is the ear so pleased by what repeats?


    Bonus: Here’s a delightful conversation between Lorde and Tavi Gevinson.

    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • January1st


    May 2014 be a year to remember for good.

    May it reveal little jewels in unexpected  passageways,
    wondrous paths of growth, learning, encouragement & enrichment.
    May we inspire each other to be better…

    To health,
    To love
    & to surviving rough patches with flair…

    Happy New Year everyone.


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