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Christmas Rocky Road


I love Rocky Road and I make it quite often, using different kinds of chocolate, glace fruit and nuts depending on who I’m making it for or what’s in the store cupboard.

This recipe is based on Nigella’s Christmas Rocky Road. I substituted ginger nut biscuits for amaretti biscuits and used a mixture of brazil nuts, cashews and pecans. It’s an “adult” version  – more dark chocolate than milk, ginger biscuits and no peanuts!

250 gms dark chocolate
150 gms milk chocolate
175 gms soft butter
4 tbls golden syrup
200 gms ginger nut biscuits
150 gms brazil nuts, cashews and pecans
150 gms red glace cherries
125 gms mini marshmallows or whole marshamllows cut in half
Edible glitter  and icing sugar to decorate

Chop the chocolate into small pieces and then put into a heavy-based saucepan to melt with the butter and syrup over a gentle heat.
Put the biscuits into a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin to get big and little pieces. Put the mixed nuts into another freezer bag and bash them to  get different sized nut pieces.
Take the saucepan off the heat, and add the crushed biscuits and nuts, whole glacé cherries and marshmallows,  turning carefully to coat everything with the chocolate.
Tip into a foil tray 236mm x 296mm / 9¼” x 12″.  Smooth the top,  not too much as the rough look is what you want.
Refrigerate until firm enough to cut, at least 2 hours, the longer the better.  Remove the set Rocky Road from the foil tray  and cut into squares or slabs – whatever you prefer.
To decorate, sprinkle the top of the Rocky Road with edible glitter –  I used gold.  Dust with icing sugar for a snowy effect. Or you can just leave unadorned – the squares are pretty enough on their own.





Noosa and Sunshine Beach: Beautiful South Eastern Queensland


Tropical days and balmy nights make Noosa and nearby Sunshine Beach on the Sunshine Coast in QLD a fabulous destination for weary Sydney-siders as well as holiday makers from all parts of the globe. The weather, some great restaurants and cafes and lovely local produce, plus beaches and beautiful scenery create a perfect holiday atmosphere.

I have just returned from a few days R and R. The weather is warm all year round, and in December, really hot, but you need to like humidity – however relief is always around at the beach or in the pool. We stayed at Sunshine Beach, in an apartment overlooking the beach.

This the view just before a late afternoon tropical storm and below that, the dawn of another hot day.



If you want more info on the destination, for Noosa click here, and for Sunshine Beach click here.

Here are a couple of restaurants I really like –  Fratellini Italian Ristorante  in Sunshine Beach and Sails in Noosa. Fratelllini’s is a funky part cafe /part restaurant in the heart of the village in Duke Street. Shady trees and lush vegetation cascade down the street. The vibe in Fratellini’s is casual with the emphasis on great pizzas and pasta. They’re open all day too.


My favourite was the iced chocolate served with an individual milk bottle on the side. I had a lovely dessert one night – a deconstructed tiramisu with a frozen chocolate sorbet and drowned in booze!



Sails is on the famous Hastings St in Noosa. There are heaps of restaurants and cafes here. Sails is well known and well reviewed for its fine food and also for its fabulous location right on the beach front. I had some lovely dishes – unfortunately I didn’t photograph them… it wasn’t the kind of restaurant where one does that kind of thing. I was, however, able to grab a few shots of the amazing beach front. Seafood as one would expect figures largely on the menu.



And lastly a candid shot of some “locals” enjoying cafe life on Hastings St.


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