Wednesday, 10 December 2014


This week my big two finished school for the year.

It's been a big one. Both of them achieving great successes in different ways. Sometimes through hardship and wonky pathways.
I am talking not necessarily about awarded successes but rather intangible success.
Success in becoming who they are.

Sometimes the measure of success is a bit of a blurry thing I reckon.
Blurry in the sense that awards sometimes don't recognise really huge achievements that really count.

As is customary at most schools there is a Speech night & awards are handed out.  The principal and other senior teachers and children say a few words.

At this speech night, our big kids school Principal said something that really stuck with me.
It was this:

Don't think of your education as the things you learn here but as something that you can go away and give to others.

Powerful words.

I love that idea.  That what we learn throughout our life only become worthwhile if we give it away.
Our knowledge is only useful if we share it.

The act of giving.  A wonderful thing to focus on at this time of year.

Not giving things and stuff but giving ourselves.

Giving love.

I made this cake last week and LOVED it.
My mate Stacey is coming over tomorrow and so I have baked another one to share with her.
This is a great Christmas time cake as it's spice makes it festive.
I used this recipe for inspiration but made a few changes.
Upside down cakes are so great & really quite easy.  Just be sure to line your cake tin with baking paper. I find using a springform tin helps too, although I used a well greased silicon tin for the one pictured here and it worked really well (the trick to using silicon cake tins is to lie them on a baking tray to pop in and out of the oven as they are floppy and the cake will break as you move it).


for the spiced salted caramel:

  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt flakes
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 5 oranges, skin on, sliced into 1/2 cm slices
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 4 whole cloves
for the cake:
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon bi-carb
  • 250g salted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 6-7 slices cooked orange slices from spiced salted caramel 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Preheat the oven to 175C.

First we make the Spiced salted Caramel.
Place sugar, water, spices, salt and sliced oranges into a non stick fry pan.
Spread the orange slices evenly around the pan.
Turn on the heat to medium high and bring to a boil.
Once the sugar has dissolved, turn down the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes or so until the pith of the orange becomes transparent.
Remove from heat and stir in butter.
Remove 6-7 slices from this mix to be added to the cake batter and set aside the rest to cool.
In a mixer add butter & sugar and mix till fluffy & light.
Add the eggs.

Chop the cooked orange slices coarsely and add these.
Now add the almond meal & sour cream & mix.

Slowly add the flour, baking powder & bi-carb.

Grease and line a 23cm springform tin.

Arrange the whole orange slices around the tin and pour some of the caramel over the top (I save some of mine to serve with the cake later).

Now carefully add the cake batter on top and smooth over so it is fairly uniformly spread across the tin.

Place into the oven and cook for at least an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Remove from oven and use a knife to separate the caramel from the edge.
Let cool and invert onto a serving plate.

Serve with some of the reserved caramel sauce.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

NEW GG Clog Brooches

I dream of having my very own range of Clogs one day.
I wear Clogs each & every day.
They are the only shoes I wear (apart from runners when I run).
I have been collecting them for years now.

So while I am dreaming of making REAL clogs to wear on your feet, I have come up with my very own GG Clog Brooch to wear on your shirt - the only one of it's kind.

Last week I made up a small batch limited edition Red Brooch to see what you all thought.

I had no idea they would be so popular! Of course that makes me ridiculously happy.
To know little clogs are happily being worn all around the place makes me smile.
I totally get that while you may love the idea of wearing clogs,  maybe they are just not the thing for your feet!
These brooches may be the answer.

Instead of wearing them on your feet you can wear them on your fave shirt, or dress or jacket or give them to a fave friend. YAY!

I now have them available in four different options.
GLITTER RED because everyone needs a Disco Clog right?!  

You can buy them by clicking HERE or by clicking on the Top RHS of my blog.

Thank you to all of you who have been supporting my work this year by purchasing classes, goodie bags, clog brooches & super-power aprons.