Super Easy Pavlova Nests – need to whip up a quick dessert?


Ok, here’s a super quick and easy way to put together Pavlova Nests. Not so much a recipe but an idea if you need to whip up a quick and easy dessert.

NOTE: Before you begin, make sure to not to make the nests until you’re ready to serve them. Once you’re ready to serve them, slap it all together and serve them right away.


  • Pavlova Nests (pack of 10)
  • Thickened Cream (600ml)
  • Fruits (i used peaches and blueberries)

First of all, we’re not going to make the pavlova nests, we’re going to use pre-made nests from your local super market and they’re only around $5 for a pack of 10 or you could buy the meringue nests which are pretty much the same thing. This way, you’re guaranteed perfect pavlova nests that taste and will hold its form. But also be wary that the nests can break in the packaging or already be broken so if you’re expecting a lot of company, buy an extra packet.


The next thing you’ll need is some thickened cream (300-600ml depending on how many you make). Just whip it up, add a teaspoon of vanilla essence and a tablespoon of sugar. The cream doesn’t need to be sweet because the pavlova or meringue nest is already sweet. Put some glad wrap over it and place it in the fridge if you’re going to be serving these later on. Otherwise, whip up the cream just before you serve them.

Choose your fruit or fruits. I recommend sticking with 2 or 3 because the nests aren’t that big to fit more than that and plus 2 or 3 fruits look and taste better. For these pavlova nests we chose peaches and blueberries. You can buy canned fruit like we did for the peaches and bought the blueberries because they’re in season.
Ok, now you have your 3 main ingredients, lets build these treats:

  1. carefully layout your pavlova nests on a tray or plate
  2. If you haven’t whipped the cream yet, do so with the method above. Then slap on the whipped cream. The cream doesn’t need to be neatly piped on, I recommend to just slap it onto the nests but still be careful as they’re quite fragile and you do want people to be able to pick them up and eat them.
  3. place your fruit on top and you’re done. They’re ready to be served.

I told you it was easy. We made these 10-15 minutes before the Melbourne Cup race was about to start. I don’t think some of the people were impressed because we whipped the cream with an old mixer and caused static on the TV. Oh well but I have to say, they tasted the bomb!

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 Photos, taken with iPhone 5

Epic Fail Tiramisu


Jenny and I were so excited! We made our very first tiramisu and although it wasn’t that hard there was a bit of pride in our work. But that pride and joy did not last long.

Let me share the story…

Jenny had a hen’s night to go to but the tiramisu wasn’t destined for that type of action. So Erwin was running solo heading to another party and thought that strapping a seatbelt on for Mr Tiramisu into the front seat would be a good idea. Boy was he in for a surprise.

A heavy foot on the break pedal and BOOM!

Erwin screams out

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! MR TIRAMISU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

. He was totally shattered but at least there was half left and a story to tell when he got to the party.

And that’s THE END of my EPIC FAIL moment.

Cookie Monster Cupcakes so easy to make

Cookie Monster Cupcakes will be the hit of your party. They look cool and everyone wants to take photos of them. Next time I’ll try and make Oscar the Grouch and Elmo cupcakes!!!

It’s so easy to make these. Just make any flavour cupcake then time to decorate.

1. Cut a slit for the mouth
2. Spread on some blue icing (use food colouring with cream cheese icing)
3. sprinkle on some long blue sprinkles on top of the icing – make sure to cover most of the icing because I think it looks better (blue sprinkles found at your local cake shop)
4. Use some fondant icing for the eyes (found at your local cake shop)
5. And for the final touch use some chocolate chip cookies to place it in the slit you cut in the cupcake for Cookie Monster’s mouth.

That’s it! But make sure you leave plenty of time to put these together as it takes time to make the eyes, you need to let the cupcakes cool before icing them and then presentation is always good when you take your time.


Super Easy Polvoron Recipe – Filipino Dessert


* 2 cups plain flour
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup powdered milk
* 125g butter
* 1 large tbs peanut butter (add more if desired)


1. Sift the flour and place into a large pot on medium heat (no oil or butter required) and stir constantly for 10-15 minutes or until the flour starts to turn light brown.
2. Transfer flour into a large bowl and add the milk powder and sugar and combine together
3. Melt the butter and mix with peanut butter
4. Add butter mixture into to the flour mixture and combine until it forms a light damp sand texture
5. Using a polvoron molder tool (ask your filipino friends mum where to get one) scoop the mixture and then rub against the side of the bowl until nice and firm.
6. Pop the polvoron out from the molder tool onto some square pieces of tissue paper (Japanese paper) and wrap it like a candy or pop it straight into your mouth (you don’t have to wrap it up but it’s always a treat to open it up like a candy)

Here’s a few pictures that follow the method above.


Flour In Pot


Add milk powder and sugar

melted butter & peanut butter

Polvoron Mixture


Polvoron Mold Tool


Popping out Polvoron from polvoron mold tool

Things I learnt:

* If the mixture falls apart easily in the molded form or when wrapping, add more butter until it becomes more firm
* If the flour isn’t turning light brown, be patient, you’ll get there.
* Although it’s a very easy dessert/treat to make, it’s a tedious task of molding the polvoron and wrapping it up
* I love polvoron, so I doubled the ingredients and made plenty to share!