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wow factor

dryiceWant to jazz up the presentation of a special meal?

Buy a little hunk of dry ice from a local ice house.

Put it in a bowl of water and place it on your serving tray. You’ll create wondrous, billowing white clouds!


She’s Special

In our corner of the world we are about to celebrate Mother’s day.

Perfect time to treat your lady like she is special. Maybe she is not a mother but don’t let that stop you showing your appreciation. She might be a mother to pet or  fun Aunty or even just a future Mum. Just find time to be extra nice to her.

Our family love pancakes and we all have different toppings we like. Have fun make interesting shapes or smiley faces or try some of the the more grown up recipes below.

So I’m going to give you recipe and some topping ideas.

Basic mix:

1 C. self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
60g unsalted butter
1 c. buttermilk (can substitute milk)
2 tbsp honey
1 egg lightly beaten

Cook pancakes

You can add blueberries to the mix and then top with blueberries, strawberries and maple syrup

My favorite idea
Icecream and crushed violet crumble or crunchie bar.

Pineapple and Coconut Pancakes
1/2 c sugar cooked over low heat til dissolved and caramel colour add 2oomls light coconut milk remove from heat stir in pineapple pieces.
Add 1 tsp coconut essence to pancake mix.
Layer pancakes and pineapple mix top with flaked coconut

Banofe Pancakes
Make caramel topping  add bananas and whipped cream

Need some savoury ones

Add an extra 1/2 cup of buttermilk to mix. Cook pancakes then layer olive tapenade salami and rocket lettuce, sprinkle with grated cheese put another pancake on top and cook in sandwich press.

Salmon Pikelets

Omit the honey from the pancake recipe add 1/4 of self raising flour and 2 tbsp sugar.
Cook pikelets top with sliced smoked salmon. sour scream and chopped chives

Just Reading

It’s been a while since I posted. Just really busy with life and work.

One of my past times is reading. I have an Ipad these days and download a lot of free books.

You might imagine that I read romance novels but that is not the case. Never have and only time I have read them is when someone gives me one or there is nothing else. I also don’t read woman’s magazines. My fiction of choice is Sci-fi or Fantasy. There’s plenty of romance in those books for me.

Some how I had downloaded an ebook that was definitely a romance. So I will credit this quote to the author. Surprisingly the author is male as they don’t usually create romantic fiction.

When You Went Away

by Michael Baron

“I never stopped trying to show off for Maureen. I mean, when we first started dating, I always wanted to prove to her that there was no other man in the world she could be happy with. The songs , the food, the dates, the back rubs, all of it. But even after I won her I refused to let up. I wanted her to be a hundred percent certain at all times that  she made the right decision.

She got the message

I know she got the message. But I still needed to keep delivering it.”

That in a nutshell is what this blog is all about. Keep delivering the love, don’t let up and never take it for granted.

Simple Romantic Breakfast

The Eggs

A great way to start the weekend is with a simple romantic breakfast. Some heart shapes and flowers are a good way to begin. These silicon shapes are about $2 each from cookware shops. The flower shape is actually a square turned inside out. you could use them for small pancakes too if you like.

The Toast

Once again a cheap plastic imprinter used before you cook the toast

The Drink

I think champagne glasses always look nice and you can put a nice bubbly in them if you like. I am not  true connoisseur when it comes to champagne I like a strawberry put in the bottom of the glass. I like the way the strawberry tastes after it has soaked up the bubbly.

I filled these glasses up with ice and then poured the cranberry juice over. Cool and refreshing.


Finishing Touches

I finished off the plate with curled slices of prosciutto, lime and chilli mayonnaise  for the eggs and sprig of flat leafed parsley.

We are not really breakfast in bed people so we enjoyed this on our outdoor deck.

This was my simple but romantic breakfast. Let it inspire you

create something beautiful for your mate. Let the romance begin at the beginning.

looking after No. 1

Well it’s the middle of the week.

My lucky mate has been away for 4 days sailing with his work mates ” business meeting”!! Very nice for some. They saw whales, went snorkeling. Had a lot of laughs. Team bonding I guess? He said he had a wonderful time. It got me to thinking.

Sometimes relationships need that special input. Where your focus on your partner. Find something you both love to do.

It may be sailing, it maybe going somewhere in the bush.  If you are in the northern hemisphere maybe skiing is on the cards. Plan a whole weekend

where you indulge one another. Put an R in romance.

R you are beautiful

R you excite me

R I love being with you.

The project is to make your partner no.1. Numero uno . Top priorty.

Start early and go overboard. Breakfast in silk with champagne and strawberries. Play smooth jazz and dance a little. You may even go back to bed.

Organise a masseuse (unless you are on a boat) and both get a relaxing massage.

Your imagination is your only limitation on your all out romantic weekend. Actually its not, get your mate involved in the planning and then you have two heads  and they are better than one.

You may need to budget for the weekend and wait a little. They say that anticipation is half the fun so enjoy the whole process.

You will make your mate the envy of all their friends.

P.S Romance is addictive and very satisfying. If you haven’t got on board with romance it is time to you will be glad you did.

you can download for free my e book 7 steps to romance

visit us for lots of great tips RYM











Last Night

I look forward to Fridays. yesterday was a very good one.

I had the day off work which is always great.

Decided to go shopping. Time to update my summer wardrobe. Unfortunately I have put on weight and last years clothes don’t fit.

Came home with some bargains, very happy.

Hubby suggested after we had dropped our son off at Youth we should grab some Fish and Chips and go down to the river. I suggested we go to an award winning fish shop. I bought a yummy lime and coconut grilled fish and he got Mediteranian spices.

We have a beautiful city with a river that snakes its way through the CBD. So we found a lovely spot across from the city lights. We mused on the reflections of the river and talked about beauty and music and joked around. We sat close and kissed and just enjoyed being together. We had two rules say only positive stuff and no business talk. Was close to a perfect way to end the week. Simple and romantic




Can’t Wait for the Weekend

Wineries & Venues

They say anticipation is half the fun.

So I’m getting excited about the weekend. We have tickets for an outdoor concert at a winery.

Called a Day On the Green.

So its’ time to shake out the picnic rug and plan the food.

My partner and I really love cheese and that is perfect when you team it up with a lovely wine.

So I will put together  a cheese platter. For more tips visit us

Cheese Platter

Good quality crackers

A hard tasty cheddar cheese

Smoked cheese/ Leiden Cumin Cheese ~ Leiden Komijnenkaas

Blue Cheese

Brie Cheese

Olives and semi-dried tomatoes

 Olive Tapenade/ Pesto


Salami (For Him)

We will nibble our way through the day and just enjoy the ambience.


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