Home made nut bar recipe


Home made nut bar recipe

Home made nut bar recipe

I am a little bit of a nut bar addict.

When I have a busy day coming up I tend to pop one into my handbag “just in case” and then I definitely, always end up eating it. Nut bars make for a simple, gluten-free, protein rich, snack on the run.

I eventually decided I had better find my own recipe so I could be sure of the ingredients. This recipe is a mega mix combination of a few different recipes that I have tried, utilising some of my own favourite nuts and seeds. The syrup-y mix is inspired by an Annabel Langbein recipe.

These were yummy and they keep in an airtight container in the pantry for ages.

Home made muesli bar recipe
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of cashew nuts
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup of sesame seeds
  • ½ cup of Chia seeds
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 120g butter
  • 6 Tablespoons of honey
  • 6 Tablespoons Raw sugar
  • ⅓ of a cup of peanut butter
  1. Mix the nuts, oats and seeds (except the Chia seeds) together on a baking tray and bake in a moderate oven for 5- 10 minutes.
  2. Add to a large bowl, sprinkle in the dried cranberries and Chia seeds and stir to combine.
  3. In a small pot, melt together the butter, honey, sugar and peanut butter.
  4. Stir as it heats and simmer for 5 mins on a low heat.
  5. Add the sauce to the nut and oat mix and stir thoroughly. Transfer the mixture into a lined slice tray and press flat.
  6. Cool in the fridge for 3-4 hours or until completely set.
  7. When cool, cut into bars and enjoy.

In case anyone is interested, I did play around a bit with the recipe in an attempt to decrease the amount of sugar-y syrup. The result was I ended up with a lovely “crumble” topping that could be added to yoghurt or milk, but definitely not a bar. They syrup holds it all together and is thus a necessary part of the recipe. Oh well, that was a yummy week for breakfast at my house. 🙂

Home made nut bar recipe

I hope you enjoy making it and eating it too.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

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Three new must-visit restaurants in Berwick & Beyond.

restaurants in BerwickDining in Berwick and beyond has taken a dazzling turn for the better in the past few years. When we first moved here Berwick had very few dining options besides a thriving collection of small cafes. Eighty-One Berwick was the foodie jewel in the crown but reviewers were unable to stop themselves from mentioning  its “unexpected location.”  Since then someone, somewhere has caught on to the fact that Berwick is a picturesque and thriving township in a beautiful location full of  locals who love eating out in the City, but will be even happier if you bring a great restaurant right to our tree-lined front door. Combine this with the fact that there is easy access to great fresh, local produce from nearby Gippsland and this makes Berwick and beyond a perfect location to open an interesting new restaurant.photo 1


2016 has seen the opening of One Fine Day in Beaconsfield, the very busy House of Burgers in High St, Berwick and the soon to be opened Mr Blacks Juicery in my favourite Berwick location, Blackburn Square. Earlier in the year we had the ridiculously popular Food Truck Carnival held in Akoonah Park where even the organisers were taken aback at its popularity. It should not have been unexpected though because the secret of Berwick is that a lot of people live here for its natural beauty, peacefulness, proximity and affordability.

So here are some of the more recent “hot spots” for dining in Berwick and beyond.

Meatpackers District Berwick

restaurants in Berwick

I visited on Friday night, just two days after its opening. MPD sits at the back of the Zagames site and is actually owned and operated by Zagames Restaurant. They have had the foresight to realise that Melbourne diners are serious about their eating and thus have brought in Chris Bonello of Vue de Monde fame as executive chef. They have also spent a lot of time and money on the fit-out and although I was not expecting to like it, I actually did. A lot. Leather banquettes, exposed brick and timber, tartan carpet and glass are just some of the wonderful textures that all combine to great effect. I felt like I was in some seventies movie and I liked it. Service was also excellent, outstanding, impressive and the food was perfection with a touch of razzle dazzle.

Cannibal Creek Vineyard

restaurants in Berwick

Cannibal Creek Vineyard built a brand new, very handsome restaurant on the site of its respected winery, in late 2015. Chef Philipe Desrettes has some very impressive credentials and he is joined by his talented partner in front of house duties. They are serving beautiful French food in a wonderful location just a 30 minute drive from Berwick. Visit for a try of their very impressive wine list and stay for the open fire, excellent food and the beautiful comfort of their dining room.

The Lakeside Mill

restaurants in Berwick

Executive chef Jake Kellie, from Estelle, has made his way out to this newly opened restaurant in the main street of Pakenham. The man can cook and it seems that no expense was spared in delivering this impressive new restaurant, including the addition of a par excellence coffee machine.

The menu includes the Chef’s Selection option  of snacks and five courses for $80, as well as a line up of reliable and interesting dishes from which to choose. The food at the Lakeside Mill is worth  driving across town for and we can be happy that as locals we do not have very far to go.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the more established favourites that are also available locally and that I think most of us already know and love.

The award winning O.My in Beaconsfield.

restaurants in Berwick

The Independent Gembrookrestaurants in Berwick

Le Voltaire Bistrot Francais in Belgrave

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Then there are some great newish cafes that definitely deserve a visit.

House of Burgers Berwick

A generous new selection of cafes at the brand new Casey Central.

Biddy Marthas in Bunyip 


Spencer’s Store Gembrookrestaurants in Berwick and beyond

Little by Little Cafe Berwick

Plus I heard the awesome rumour that there is a new local food truck on the scene, coming soon. Yippee!

All up I think that we can safely say that Berwick, with its sprawling popularity, open green spaces and slow, gentle beauty, is finally getting the dining scene that it deserves.photo 1

Here’s to more great cafes and restaurants in Berwick.

Now excuse me while I get out there and enjoy it. 🙂



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Goje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville

Goje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville

It’s the middle of winter. It snowed in the suburbs last week. I wore leggings underneath my skinny jeans last night and I may have even been hiding bed socks inside my knee high boots.

Wheat packs and instant hand warmers are basically my life right now.

But winter does blow in some perks with its windy days. My tea consumptions goes up dramatically, the house always smells amazing thanks to the slow cooker churning out delicious soups and stews, and I’m not sure if there are many things more satisfying than the feeling of walking out of a hot sweaty session at the gym into a cold night air. Actually, I can think of one- walking straight from that hot, sweaty gym session into a hot, soothing bath- complete with bubble, hot chocolate (or mulled wine… who’s judging?!) and a really quality book.

But as much as I love the braises, boils and brews of winter a girl cannot live off winter food alone and despite the weather, I often find myself craving something just as cold as the wind.

Frozen Yoghurt.

Now, it’s no secret that I’m a bit of a fitness freak and love my healthy food, and we fitspo-addicts often get a bad rap for self denial so you may be rolling your eyes here and thinking I should just go and have ice cream instead of pretending that frozen yoghurt is so much better for me when it’s not.

And while the choice of fro yo over gelato is based on “health” (restriction) and a misunderstanding of what goes into most frozen yoghurt is true for some people and some yoghurt, I promise you that I am not one of them and nor is the fro yo which I’m about to tell you about. It’s is not only on par with some of the most delicious gelato I’ve ever tasted (thank you Il Melograno in Northcote) but it actually is enormously good for you.

While many frozen yoghurt joints use powdered yoghurt mixes, loads of refined sugar, artificial flavours, preservatives and flavourings, this little small business creates everything on site, by hand, fresh each day.

I almost don’t want to tell you who they are because I secretly love that they’re still so nice and small, but the time has come to reveal my best kept secret…

The greatest frozen yoghurt in Melbourne (and possibly, the world) is found at a tiny little shop in the beautiful Yarraville village called Goje.

Goje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville

All of their yoghurt is vegan, almost all is refined sugar free and all is created with love. They have constantly changing flavours which have included Pumpkin Pecan Pie, Pear, Strawberry and Lime, Hazelnut Espresso and Pineapple and Yuzu. They use in season fruits to flavour their yoghurt and it’s noticeable. The flavours are full, fresh and absolutely on point.

Goje Frozen Yogurt YarravilleGoje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville

Not only is the yoghurt amazing but the toppings bar is packed with freshness too. Fruit, nuts, house made vegan, gluten free cakes, homemade chocolate topping, homemade peanut butter balls… something for every palette and dietary requirement.Goje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville

Living on the east side of the bridge means it’s about an hours drive over the Westgate to find myself in frozen yoghurt heaven but it’s worth it- and while you’re on the west, why not explore some of the beautiful parks around the Maribyrnong River or take the kids to Scienceworks? Or simply take your frozen yoghurt creation to the beautiful turfed courtyard out the front of the Sun Theatre and enjoy the sounds of the busker who resides there before checking out the beautiful bookshops and perhaps even a movie.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to layer up before going on a roadtrip across the city to try the brand new flavour from  Goje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville- Lemon and Basil. I’m sure it’ll be worth the sock tripling that’s going to happen.

Goje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville

Happy Eating!

Amy xx

Goje Frozen Yogurt Yarraville

Address: 38 Anderson St, Yarraville VIC 3013


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In my Kitchen

It is winter, it is very cold, the school holidays are over (mixed blessing am I right?).

I occasionally get sent some lovely products to try so I though I might share a few of my favourite ones to help keep you inspired and cooking and baking throughout Winter.


  1. Macadamia Brittle and the Salted Caramel Peanut Brittle (with or without a chocolate coating) from The Australian Sweet Co. This delicious product was sent to me by a local Melbourne company who makes a very yummy and a little bit retro range of sweets. ” Traditional sweet making with a contemporary twist” is their moto and I don’t think you can go wrong buying locally made food from a family run business. Check out their website for more information.www. australiansweetco.com.au. As for me, I plan on bashing up some of their peanut brittle and mixing it through vanilla ice-cream for a very special and simple dessert. Yum!FullSizeRender
  2. Royal Dolton Charlene Mullen mugs and plates. I don’t know why but I love them and I want them. Aren’t they gorgeous? To answer the obvious question, no I do not need any more mugs, but I really fancy myself sipping coffee out of these babies.

http://Royal Doulton Charlene Mullen Foulard Star Mugs, Mixed Accents, Set of 4

3. Of course beautiful new mugs requires beautiful tea. Harney & Sons Fine Tea is one of my favourites (I do have a few I must admit) and they have the most wonderful range. I used to be able to make my selection from Thomas Dux at the Glen Shopping Centre but they went and shut down their store. I am actually still a little devastated.


How good does Hot Cinnamon Spiced Black tea sound? You can buy it on Amazon and have them delivered straight to your door.

Or you can buy it in a pack by going here. http://Harney & Sons Fine Teas (Pack of 3)

I am guessing that tea and chocolate would be on high rotation for most people at this time of year. So that are some of you favourite items in your kitchen this week?

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

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Mushrooms and Chocolate and a very sweet Saturday


JoBo and I went along to a little mushroom tour on Saturday morning, starting at Prahran Market, progressing to Parwan Valley Mushrooms and then  ending up back at Prahran Market for a delicious lunch.


It was wonderful learning about how mushrooms grow and are harvested. In my kitchen I plan to show each individual mushroom much more love and respect from now on. Perhaps a brief salute or wink before cooking will suffice?

More about mushrooms to come.

To finish the fungi festivities we attended a lovely soiree catered by the team at Tommy Collins Kitchen. Tommy and co worked their chef-y magic on the mycelium (I learnt a lot yes?) and presented us with a delicious assortment of mushroom based dishes. JoBo and I could not decide which one dish we preferred because they were all ten types of delicious.



I am now inspired to see what mushroom-y magic I can conjure in my own kitchen.

The day concluded with the presentation of the most amazing cake crafted by Tad Lombardo from Cioccolato Lombardo. Tad tells us that he worked on the “On the forest floor” themed cake for more than two weeks. The cake was made in honour of Damian Pike’s 30 years as a stallholder at Prahran Market.


They let me eat some cake. Can you believe it? This stunning confection was cut up and shared with all and its delicious sweetness is still on my mind. If you can get your hands on one of Cioccolato Lombardo’s chocolate caramel’s then do it. They were oh so delicious.


I loved hanging out with JoBo, the mushrooms and the cake.

Big thanks to Prahran Market, Vikki Leng and Australian Mushrooms for the fun(gi) times.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Dani B is a food blogger from Melbourne. She writes about “good food for a good life” at Eat My Street. She also hosts an online cooking club for other enthusiastic foodies. Follow along on Facebook or sign up to find out more.

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Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide


Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide

I was invited to dine at Coal Cellar and Grill in Adelaide as part of the Tasting Australia 2016 Festival. It was the closing dinner for what had been an excellent food bloggers conference and the jinks were high, with so many enthusiastic foodies all joining together for dinner. The gorgeous Coal Cellar and Grill in Adelaide delivered on our high expectations with an impressive tasting menu that showcased the best of what South Australia has to offer.

Coal Cellar and Grill AdelaideCoal Cellar and Grill in Adelaide is set within the Hilton hotel in the heart of Adelaide. Chef Daniel Fleming, who trained under former Hilton Adelaide chefs Cheong Liew and Simon Bryant (of “The Cook and The Chef” fame- we are not worthy) has designed his menu around great local produce cooked on the grill, and an amazing 3000plus bottles wine list. We were able to chat with him at the end of the night and he shared his enthusiasm and love of hospitality and good food.

Now to the food. We were having a tasting menu which meant we were able to sample a a lot of small dish from the Coal Cellar and Grill menu.  There were 5 starters, 5 main, 3 side dishes and 5 desserts to taste, all of it delicious.Coal Cellar and Grill AdelaideCoal Cellar and Grill AdelaideSome of the highlights of them menu for me would be the Sangria marinated watermelon, feta, apple and pistachio crumble for entree.

The whole baby barramundi with fennel and lemon myrtle as a main.Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide The very creamy and I assume, very naughty Confit garlic mash, truffle butter and chives as a side dish. Although as a veggie lover I also adored the perfectly cooked asparagus with hollandaise.

The “Bombe Australiana”  and the liquorice ice cream for dessert. Coal Cellar and Grill AdelaideCoal Cellar and Grill AdelaideFullSizeRenderThe menu had an interesting focus on native Australian ingredients and SA produce brought together under the watchful eye of a creative team in the kitchen. I enjoyed every mouthful.

I have travelled to a lot of different places and Hotel dining is not always successful. Here at Coal Cellar and Grill a lot of energy and investment has gone into creating a great restaurant that will lure local Adelaidians in search of well priced, excellent food, as well as feeding their many hotel guests. With an interesting menu, extensive wine list and beautiful fit-out I think they have succeeded on both these fronts.

Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide

Address: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone:(08) 8237 0697
Hours:  6:30am–10pm Monday to Sunday


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Predicting your future based on your breakfast.


Welcome to my breakfast based personality predictor where all my years of University study combine with my love of breaking fast for one giant, flamboyant,  kaleidoscopic collision.

I take your average, Aussie breakfast selection and predict, summarise and prevaricate about your personality.

So take a look at your breakfast table, read on and learn.

Here goes.


What you did you eat today?

Scrambled Eggs? Someone is worried about you and perhaps deep down you are worried about your self. Today you need comfort and nurturance and an extra dose of creamy caring. Look in the mirror and repeat three times

“I got this.”

Now hug yourself and eat those eggs.

Pancakes? Today will be a day filled with family and friends in the style of the Famous Five novels. Pack a wedge of cheese, a bottle of milk and an apple and enjoy the a day surrounded by your gang. Don’t forget to take Timmy and keep an eye out for smugglers. If you do get trapped in a cave beside the beach, don’t worry, your Uncle/ the Mayor will be out for a walk anytime now and will rescue you without fail. Enjoy the giggles while you can.

Waffles mean there is a frisson of excitement for  the day ahead. Your day will be tasty and crunchy and maybe drenched in the sweetness of syrup. Anything is possible today including a berry based side project of success.

Home-made crumpets speak of adventure- who knows what you might discover in those little yeasty crumpet-bubbles. Delve into each task and project in front of you and then move onto the next one. Some bubble-projects will be filled with honey and some just filled with air but they will all offer sustenance.

Stale toast speaks for itself yes? The day will be busy and full, maybe a little bit dull and infused with the scent of vegemite, desperation and determination.

Fresh toast, with bread bought fresh from the bakery on one of those early morning, sleep smudged drives where you pretend no one can tell you are still cloaked in sleep under that crumpled tracksuit? Of course that means you are on holidays or destined for holiday or at the very least, a holiday spirit will pervade your day. It’s your lucky day fresh bread eaters.

Porridge eater? Welcome and pull up a chair. Your day is starting with solid, grey, health-infused calm and if you have anything to do with it (and we all know you do) it will continue on in just the same way. You will lay firm foundations and paste each crack of disrepair with the solid, gooey goodness of  oats cooked with water and milk.

Yoghurt and fresh fruit folk? Step up. You are doing really well, nothing need stop your day from being successful in every way. You will achieve your dreams and work toward your future starts TODAY with your honey infused greek yoghurt. Beware though of the flaxseed infused anxiety that nibbles at your confidence and infuses your coconut oil. Swish swish!


Nutri Grain, Cocoa Pops of Fruit Loops swimming in your breakfast bowl? Your day will start well (I am jealous) you are happy and excited and importantly your are a child. If you are a child aged 18 or over then it might be time to grow up. The bonhomie will crash at some point soon and you are going to need your Mum to fix everything.

Egg and bacon roll?  First question. Who made this tempting breakfast? If you made it yourself then you must really love and respect yourself so you got this. Your day might be up or down or up and down but you got this. No probs.

Someone make your delicious chutney smeared roll for you? Well you are loved, deeply loved so enjoy. Love conquers, babe.

Bacon and egg with sausage and extras? Why are you even here? You are obviously on holidays or taking a break or sitting by the endless ocean with someone you love (even if that someone is yourself). You do not need a humble breakfast reader like me. Get out there, enjoy, go live the dream and worry not of your future because tomorrow will take care of itself. Or maybe it won’t, we can chat later.


Finally, the fibre based dried fruit sprinkled, plain cereal brigade. You “produce” “the goods” every day, day after day.  You, my dear, are only here to prove how superior your breakfast is to everyone else’s. You already know that what you eat is “just right” and so indeed is what you do all day. So go about your “regular” day, being the boss and being bossy and maybe we can chat when you are on holiday- that’s if you ever have time to take a holiday.

So there you have it. Expert life based breakfast predictions.

Didn’t find your breakfast personality in the list above? I take requests, leave a comment below and I will dig deep into my cereal based expertise and speak to you of your future.

You’re welcome.



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Roast sweet potato soup with coconut milk and a touch of spice


Roast sweet potato soup with coconut milk

Roast sweet potato soup with coconut milk

A delicious new soup recipe that combines a few of my favourite things; sweet potato, coconut milk and a little spice. Yum!

I just use a store bought red curry paste for this but you could have a go at making your own if you were really keen.

I made a pot of this earlier in the week and then ate it for lunch every day. The curry paste gives it a little heat and keeps it interesting but does not overwhelm the other flavours.

Why not try my two ingredient flatbread recipe to go alongside it for a perfect lunch?

Simple Flatbread Recipe 

I hope you like it.


Roast sweet potato soup with coconut milk

Roast sweet potato spiced soup with coconut milk
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  • 500 g of sweet potato, peeled and sliced into 1cm thick discs
  • 1 red capsicum, cored and de-seeded
  • 1 red onion roughly chopped
  • olive oil to coat
  • 500 ml of vegetable stock
  • 200ml of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of red curry paste
  1. Place the sweet potato, capsicum and red onion in a baking dish. Cover with olive oil and toss until all coated. Bake 190 degrees celsius for 45 minutes or until vegetables are all cooked through. Be careful not to burn anything as this will cause bitterness in the soup.
  2. When the vegetables are nearly cooked through, add 2 tablespoon of a mild oil to a large saucepan and add in the curry paste. Cook over low heat until heated through and aromatic.
  3. Add the vegetable stock to the saucepan and then add the roasted vegetables.
  4. Blitz thoroughly with a stick blender until the soup is all smooth.
  5. Add in the coconut milk and blitz lightly again. Season to taste.
You can peel the red capsicum if you prefer. Once roasted through the skin should just slip off.
Be careful with the way you cut your vegetables as you want them to cook evenly.
If there are any charred pieces of roasted onion or veg then do not add them to the soup as they will cause bitterness.

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Introducing Amy

I am so excited to introduce a new guest blogger to Eat My Street. I (Dani) started Eat My Street not because I am the best cook in the world, but because I love cooking and eating and writing and talking about all things food.

I quickly discovered that there a lot of other people out there who feel the same way, and so I invited some like minded people to become involved with Eat My Street. Amy is one of them.

Amy for eatmystreet

Amy proudly writes in the healthy eating niche and tends to post reviews of venues featuring raw foods, vegetarian meals and healthy options. She also loves to cook and you can take a look at her most recent recipe here.

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You can also follow Amy on Instagram. 

Welcome to the team Amy!

Happy Healthy Eating. 🙂



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The Flying Apron Patisserie Cafe Wesburn

The Flying Apron Patisserie Cafe Wesburn

Wesburn is a very special place to for me and I have been driving down its main street for more than 35 years now. The picture perfect tiny timber church at one end and the sprawling Pub on the corner at the other “I allus has wan at eleven.” Well now there is a new girl in town, the ever so slightly fabulous “Flying Apron Patisserie.”

The Flying Apron Patisserie Cafe Wesburn

Serving local Silva Coffee, this cafe is delighting locals and passers-by with an excellent selection of house made breads, pastries, quiches, cakes, cookies, sausage rolls (the amazing sounding chicken cacciatore) and sandwiches.

The Flying Apron Patisserie Cafe Wesburn

The Flying Apron Patisserie cafe Wesburn has been open since June 1st.  The little cafe also has some outdoor seating for when the nicer weather visits and it is the perfect place to stop, stretch your legs, take a wander and drink in the views.

We sampled the quiche, coffee, cake and the delectable almond croissant and enjoyed every mouthful. It is lovely to see such an elegant business take up pride of place in the main street of Wesburn and I look forward to visiting again.The Flying Apron Patisserie Cafe Wesburn


The details

The Flying Apron Patisserie Cafe Weburn

2874 Warburton Highway


Opening hours: Tuesday 6am till 4.30
Wednesday 6am till 4.30
Thursday 6am till 4.30
Friday 6am till 4.30
Sat 7am till 3pm
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed

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Why Mum’s are to blame for everything


Nearly 6 years ago exactly, I decided to run away.

I had two beautiful children. A perfect pair to be precise. A hard working husband who was an awful lot of fun to share adventures with.

“Want to try something new?”


I had a house, a job, a few friends. I even had some rewarding community driven engagements.

“How fulfilling.” I hear you whisper.

But I wanted two more things; a baby and a trip to Italy.

I email my Mum, because that is always the right place to start.

“Mum I am thinking I might travel to Italy in September. I know that it probably won’t work, and I am not even sure that I can afford it, but is there any chance you want to come with me?”

A measly 5 minutes after I press send, the phone rings.

It was Mum, of course. (Who else still calls?)

“Yes I would absolutely love to go with you to Italy. If I can’t work out how to do it, you should go anyway. You will never regret it.

So we did go, my Mum and me. I ran away from my little family and all my responsibilities and the groundhog day routine and I travelled across Italy on a bus with a puking Canadian and I loved every minute of it.



I am a Superman blogger.

In my “Daily Planet” job I work as a Psychologist. It is not until night time comes that I rip off that suit and let my hair fly out and emerge from the phone booth (Ok, its more like a sturdy silver Mitsubishi family car) as a blogger.

Psychology has taught me one thing (not just one, mind).

It is always the Mother’s fault.

“Tell me about your childhood?”

Well I raise you one humble life lesson, Psychology, and tell you this.

“Of course it the Mothers fault, because the Mum’s do everything.”

TM (Book soon to be released by “Tell her she’s dreamin’ publishing.”

The Mum’s are there through the thick and the thin, the good and the bad. The wiping up and the cleaning down. The building high and striking down. The BFF’s and the frenemies and enemies, the bullies and the brokers.

Mum’s are IN IT ALL.

Case in point, when I wanted to run away, my loving, adventurous mother was right there with me, both literally and figuratively.

Conversely at the saddest, lowest ebb of my little life, my Mum shone through like a Mum/ Hulk hybrid (less green version).

My Dad was dying from cancer you see and he wanted to die at home. I am not really sure that he realised what this would mean when he made his request, but eventually we all came to understand it how difficult it was going to be to grant him his wish. But my Mum, she never wavered. She looked after him tenderly, persistently, carefully and purposefully. She took him on retreat to a hippy-freak organic-fruit-wielding-health-farm and when that didn’t work, she continued the plan from her own home.

She was a hero, draped in curly brown hair and hint of fatigue and a sadness drenched aura.

She was his hero and our hero and her hero and I will forever be grateful.


Back in Italy though, Mum was chastising me or challenging me, I am not sure which one, about nearly everything.

“Just do it. You will regret it if you don’t. You only live once. ”

And so I did. I drank bubbles along the Grand Canal, I shopped on Via Condotti, I ate pizza in Piazza Del Campo and I fell asleep listening to Opera in a cold stone building in Roma.

My Mum is definitely to blame for some of that.

italySo if we must go around attributing blame of the “she did not breastfeed long enough” variety, let’s not forget to dish blame out thoroughly.

So right here, right now I would like to blame my Mum for a few things.

  • for cooking for me and my 5 sisters night after night, day after day, year after year, for decades.
  • for picking me up and dropping me off and buying me everything and organising a thousand small things that brought forth my future.
  • for telling me I could when I couldn’t and thinking I wouldn’t when I did (I was a teenager once).
  • for holding my hand through a lot of scary moments, only some of which occurred in childhood.
  • for the warmth and the laughter and the Summer’s by the pool.
  • for teaching me to be brave and forcing me to try new things.
  • for teaching me about loyalty by being loyalty, through and through.

There is a lot more I could blame my Mother for because, indeed, she was just there through it all.

How about you? What would you like to blame your Mother for?

IMG_5441And one last thing, Happy 70th Val! I love you.


Dani xx


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