Choc-orange brandy snaps



1/2 cup chocolate melts

8 (1 x 125g pkt) Coles Bakery brandy snaps

150ml thickened cream

1/2 tbsp icing sugar

1/2 tsp finely grated orange zest, plus extra for  garnish


  1. Line a tray with some non-stick baking paper. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, or in microwave.  (use very low heat in for microwave). Place melted chocolate in small, deep bowl.
  2. Dip ends of each brandy snap in melted chocolate. Place gently on tray and leave to set.
  3. Using electric beaters, beat cream with icing and zest until soft peaks form. (take care not to overbeat). Scoop cream into a piping bag with fluted nozzle attached, and pipe into each end of the brandy snaps. Garnish with zest.

Banana Ice Cream

ice cream

Ripe bananas

1. Peel and slice the bananas into coins about 1/2 inch thick.

2. Put them in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy or mash with a fork for more texture.

3. Put into a bowl and freeze overnight.

4. Any flavouring you desire may be added.

Why not try:
peanut butter
rum and raisin
honey and cinnamon
strawberry, blueberry or mango

The ice cream pictured has had choc chips added to it.

* photo credit to ~ Uno des dos on flickr

Table Etiquette


Here’s some very important info, I’m sure you’ll need at least once in your life.

I’m a really slow eater – I’m talking sloth, folks…

I had long forgotten what the Resting Position was, so it’s handy to see it again.

Thanks to for this tip.

Hot Chocolate

This takes around 3 or 4 minutes to make and I’m sure you’ve done it before, but
this is how I do it!

First put the milk into a pan. Bring it to a simmer – Do not boil it!
(I advise you stay close as it will boil over within a couple of minutes, trust me)

While milk is heating, put a tablespoon of choclate powder and sugar to taste, if desired into a mug. Add a little warm milk to your mug – you only need enough to dissolve the chocolate powder. Now you may add as many marshmallows as you like. (in that case don’t add any sugar). When the milk is at a simmer, carefully pour it into a LARGE plastic container with a lid or flask. (you need the space for shaking and frothing).

Screw the lid on tightly, or hold your fingers over it because the steam may loosen the lid. Remove the lid, minding the steam, and pour the milk into your mug. Stir and sip gently (I always find the marshmallows trap the heat). Mmmm, bliss!

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