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Weekend Bruschetta (the best kind!)

bruschetta on a plate


I love weekends. Everything feels different on a weekend. You can sleep in, you can eat out, you can catch up with friends, or catch up with a book.

This weekend I cooked a lazy weekend brunch for my parents, and I wish I could cook it for you guys, too! Since I can’t fly around the world cooking bruschetta (I wish!), I thought I would post the recipe instead.


Weekend Hammy Tomato Garlicky Fetta Bruschetta



Ciabatta loaf, cut into 6 slices
Garlic fetta
Minced garlic
1-2 tomatoes, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1/2 tsp basil
1-2 tbs cooking oil of your choice (ie: olive, rice bran, vegetable)
‘splash’ of balsamic vinaigrette
6 slices shaved ham



Heat 1 tbs oil in fry pan. Finely dice red onion, then cook in saucepan until translucent.

Dice tomatoes and add to fry pan with onion, 1/2 tsp basil, extra 1 tbs oil, and a ‘splash’ of balsamic. Stir until tomatoes are all coated (but don’t let them go soggy).

While onion and tomato are cooking, crisp your ciabatta slices under the grill, and smear minced garlic on top side of ciabatta slice.

Lay a ham slice on top of the minced garlic, then spoon the onion and tomato balsamic mixture on top.

Crumble garlic fetta over bruschetta to serve.


Weekend snippits

tin full of chocolate biscuits

Eating chocolate biscuits.

Pile of packages

Packing up orders.

Pinning bias binding onto a circular mini quilt

Pin pin pin pin pinning bias binding.

rubber shavings in the shape of a heart with a carving tool above

Carving stamps (this might be one of my favourite photos I’ve taken of all time!)

bruschetta on a plate

Making weekend bruschetta (the best kind!) for Mama and Papa Cheese.

What did you get up to this weekend?


Dark chocolate and orange scones – done healthy!

Ok, confession time.

A few years ago after the demise of a bad relationship and the start of a new relationship (with McDonalds and cheetos), I weighed over 90kgs/198lbs. With a lot of hard work and dieting I managed to drop 30kgs/66lbs and have spent the last year hovering around 63kgs.

Until I got laid up by a broken ankle, and went back to my comfort eating ways again. Not cool.

Well no more! No more sulking, no more making friends with deep fried chicken and chocolate biscuits and cake. I have made the challenging shift from years of dieting, to the much healthier mindset of “eating to be healthy”.

I’ve discovered what’s called the “clean eating” ‘diet’ (I say diet, but it’s not really a diet – it’s more just eating good wholesome food), and already I feel revitalised, energised, and even my skin looks better!

But that’s not to say that I don’t still have a sweet tooth! And this is why this recipe is soooo good – it’s healthy(er), but it’s just like having a piece of cake. Yum! And easy to make too, so what’s not to like! (Oh – and they’re high in protein so I love to have them as a post-workout treat sometimes – cause cake is the best way to end a workout!)



The secret is chopping up the choc chips really small, so that you still only use the same amount, but they feel like they go further – there’s tons of melty chocolate in each biteful! And the orange really gives them a zing! These are endlessly customisable with different flavours, so have a play and I hope you enjoy them!



Dark Chocolate and Orange Scones


2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar substitute
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped up
1 juiced orange
1 tbs orange zest (use the fine side of the grater to get zest, not chunks of peel)
1 cup milk (almond, if you can get it)



Preheat oven to 200C/400F and line a baking tray with baking paper

Mix together all dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, choc chips, salt, and protein powder.

In another large bowl, mix together the egg white, vanilla, orange juice, orange zest, and milk.

Fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture until a sticky dough is formed (it will be a wet dough).

Knead the dough with wet hands and place onto the lined baking tray. Form dough into a circle about 1/2 thick. Spray a pizza cutter with spray oil and cut dough into wedges (at least 8 wedges) and do not separate.

Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

When they are done, recut along your previous cuts and plate them – and eat them! Best served warm (microwave for 15-20 seconds to re-warm at a later date).


My first quilt.

Zig Zag quilt on a clothesline


This has been a long time coming, but man it was worth the wait! I am utterly in love with my quilt, and although it’s not perfect (I made the blocks way back in 2009 when I wasn’t as much as a stickler for accuracy or even a consistent seam allowance as I am now!), it’s all mine and I made it, and I love it.


Zig Zag quilt hanging on a clothesline


My favourite part is the backing. It’s wide wale corduroy and it’s super snuggly, and really lends a nice weight. I was nervous when buying it, because I had no idea whether corduroy was something you could use as a quilt back! But the lovely Leigh reassured me (thank you Leigh, and thank you ever-helpful and friendly IG community!) and I’m glad, because I think corduroy might be backing all of my quilts from now on!

 zig zag quilt on the front porch of a two storey house

(I live on a mountain, and it gets quite cold in winter, so I can’t wait to have a quilt for every room!)


Do you have to name a quilt? Is that an actual thing? I made this quilt “design” myself (even though I know it’s not exactly unique, and chevron quilts have been done to death!) so I think I’m gonna name it. I’m longing for warmer days, and eating gelati in the sun, and the citrus pastels of this quilt reminds me of summer so I’m going to name it Citron Chevron. Yeah!


zig zag quilt lying on a double bed


So, I’m in love! I’m already planning my next quilt (pow wow by cluck cluck sew) in the same lap-size, because I’m too chicken to try and shove a full bed size quilt through my sewing machine yet! I’m going to make it with my precious scrounged Mendocino, and loopy loop quilt it (like this quilt by Amber) because I love how much it makes her quilt crinkle (look at those crinkles!) I will admit mine didn’t come out as crinkly as I would have liked, but maybe next time I wash it it will crinkle some more?

I’d love to see some of your quilts, or favourite quilt patterns! Lay ‘em on me, people!


I did knitting!

chunky rainbow scarf


Those of you who know me well or who’ve read this blog for a while will know that I am not very co-ordinated when it comes to the fiber arts. It took me a long time and many tries to get the hang of crochet – and that only uses one stick!

I’ve knit in the past before and it was pretty much a frustrating disaster, so until now my dealings with knitting have pretty much been the type where I re-pin lovely patterns on Pinterest and sigh wistfully.

But I am nothing if not stubborn, and with some veeeeeeery patient tutelage from my mama, I mastered the art of using two sticks at the one time (phew!) and knit myself a scarf!




It’s made from B.I.G by Panda, and when I can work out/be bothered with Ravelry I’ll put it up there, but in the meantime there’s a pattern on their website here.

It’s suuuuuper chunky, and extra cuddly, and reeeeeally long. And overall pretty perfect for this frosty winter we’re suffering through.



(PS: new glasses!)


I’m really excited, even though I’m well aware that knit 8, turn, knit 8, turn, knit 8, turn is not exactly the rocket science of knitting! I still find it so hard in a not-always-enjoyably challenging way, but I’m stubborn. And the enjoyment is growing. And I’m making a beanie! It’s my next step in my journey to being able to knit socks. One day, one day..!


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