Everyone loves a Give Away #1

** Update to say comments are closed and I will be drawing a winner as soon as Lily has her afternoon nap! **

I have just finished putting together a package for a fellow blogger whose work I really appreciate and who has been a big influence for me in the past month or so – she has made me feel all inspired again. And as I was putting it together I thought, you know who I also really appreciate? It’s the people who come and visit my blog, and who sometimes leave kind and supportive comments and the people who send me nice emails and the people who just visit and read what I have to rave on about at any given time. Well, that means YOU. So thank you. I really appreciate what this blog has given me over the years, so I thought I would have a series of give aways as a very small token of my enormous gratitude. I’m starting small so as not to set the bar too high; this week I am giving away a bundle of fabric and trim – bits of Japanese prints, novelty reproduction pieces and a nice piece of Kaffe Fassett as well as a copy of the book I illustrated for Klutz.

All you need to do to play is leave a comment between now and this Friday 12 noon Australian EST after which I will use the very funky random number generator to pick a recipient. Rather than just saying “pick me!”, please leave me a link to your favourite internet recipe. (Mine is Princess Meg’s Birthday Celebration Cookies, from Loobylu c. 1999. Yours doesn’t have to so gratuitously self-referential if you don’t want it to be!). Feel free to use tinyurl if the link is enormous.

Please make sure you include your email address in the comment information so I can email the lucky winner for a postage address.

10 days lying around in bed got me all sentimental about the important things in my life, and there’s no getting away from the fact that this blog is one of those things. xx

353 Responses to “Everyone loves a Give Away #1”

  1. Kasia

    It’s great to hear you are starting to feel better. Amelia’s bedroom is like something out of a childhood dream. She looks like she has fun in there!My favourite recipe is for Dutch Apple Cake. Here is a link to a receipe that is close to the one I know:


    A lady at work makes this cake and our workplace always smells divine when she makes it.


  2. gigi wenger

    this is my favourite – reminds me of when i was a kid in switzerland – i love hazelnuts!!!herzensart.blogspot.com december 8, 2007gigi

  3. sena

    What an adorable giveaway! I love cupcakes and this is such a cute recipe. Check it out :)http://iheartcuppycakes.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/aye-1-caramelappleautumn/

  4. Tara

    Thanks so much for the thoughtfulness! It is us who appreciate you, though. You are inspiring and remind me that creativity can be a part of everyday life!I don’t have a specific recipe that stands out at this moment but I did recently come across a cooking blog that has the most delicious sounding recipes: joythebaker.com. I cannot resist cakes and cookies!!

  5. annri

    We have an apple tree in our yard and since it’s fall over on this side of the globe, we’ve got a bunch of apples to eat. My sister sent me this recipe which we have made at least six time in the last three weeks! I add some chopped nuts and the muffins are just perfectly yummy!http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/RecipeDisplay?RID=R755



  6. Laura

    I’ve followed you off and on for years, always amazed at your creative talent, as I can barely thread a needle.This recipe is good with either chicken or turkey cutlets (if your store carries them) and I usually leave out the flat leaf parsley. But it’s delicious:

    Chicken with Wild Mushroom and Balsamic Cream Saucehttp://tinyurl.com/5597ul

  7. Alison

    I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better. Pneumonia really is a nasty illness. I have been enjoying your blog for years. My favorite online recipe is the Nigella Lawson “Clementine Cake” I’ve made it several times to rave reviews from friends and familyhttp://www.nigella.com/recipes/recipe.asp?article=174

    Alison Acorn Cottage in Portland Oregonacorncottageartisanry@gmail.com

  8. flowerpress

    Wonderful things blogs :-)I just made the baked ricotta cake from my local italian cheesemaking shop Paesanella. (BTW The recipe isn’t quite complete. I added 3 egg yolks to the filling where it says add eggs.)

    Here’s the link:http://www.paesanella.com.au/recipeideas05.htm(I made it plain, without the chocolate and cherries)

    It was great.CheersSusie

  9. Andi

    I have a partner who won’t eat mushrooms … so I just love preparing mushroom recipes when I have the opportunity (which isn’t that often).Try Jamie Oliver’s wild mushroom papardelle.Delicious!


    Glad you’re feeling better.Andi 🙂

  10. Linnea

    Yay for being up and out of bed!I have been making this spiced pumpkin bread quite often lately. I half the sugar, use whole wheat flour, and add chopped pecans. It’s really good :o)!


  11. Anna

    Even if you don’t pick me (pick me!), I’d love to share this recipe for Mexican tea cookies (aka pecan sandies) with you. I’ve made them a bunch of times now, and they always come out beautifully. They’re addictive, too!

  12. Emma

    I love this pear cake (any recipe that starts with ‘my grandmother’s’ is bound to be good – especially if the grandmother is French!)http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2003/10/my_grandmothers_pear_cake.php

    it’s my favourite recipe so far from my favourite food bloghttp://chocolateandzucchini.com/

    The Broccoli Mimolette soup is also very good

  13. Lyndy

    Great to hear you are feeling better. I don’t have a link to a web but I can leave a small, easy and very yummy recipe here.Best Ever Cafe Scones4 cups self raising flourpinch of salt300 ml cream300 ml waterSift flour and salt and add cream and water, mix. Shape on floured surface 3-4 cm high. cut out your scone. Bake for 12- 15 mins at 220 degrees C.Serve with jam and cream. They never fail!!Enjoy!

  14. louisa

    ooooh purdy japanese prints and trims! just what i’ve been trawling the web for this morning! Christina’s flickr of beautiful prints this morning had me dreaming of sewing and the summer dresses i’ve been buying at bargain basement places in the city have me wishing i could sew a zillion pretty dresses for summer (for me and my blythes!) fortunately i’m not a cook and couldn’t pick a recipe to save myself so i consider myself unfortunately OUT OF THE RUNNING. i love the colour and life your blog brings my friends page.

  15. Finch

    My ice cream pumpkin pie – Delicious!It is SO GOOD. Honestly, I could eat pumpkin pie, ice cream, and lasagne for the rest of my life and be quite content. Combining two of those dishes = heaven. Plus, let’s be quite honest – ice cream + lasagne is probably vulgar.

  16. Kate

    How delightful! So glad to hear you’re up and about – what a nice thing to do (spread Japanese kawaii love) when you yourself had to miss out on Japan…My favourite recipe is one for coconut macaroons. So easy and always easy to throw together from what’s in the cupboard.

    Thanks Claire – my fingers are crossed!!


  17. Bethany

    No-Knead Bread by Mark Bittmanhttp://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

  18. mylene

    hi claire! i would have to say that you are the most inspiring blogger (to me at least!). gosh, it’s your illustrations that really got me into crafting (softies proj)subsequently and really daring to discover who i am and be really happy about it. lol. like taking up screenprinting class and all and how helpful you were when i emailed you enquiring abt classes in melb. gosh. if i ever go back for holiday, can i visit u? likewise, please holler if you ever find yourself (big-p & girls in tow)in singapore!right.. recipe time.. hee – http://www.savoirfaire.ca/archive/5_recipe_12.2.html (i love this guy la. he makes good tv)

  19. Donna

    This is my current internet recipehttp://smittenkitchen.com/2006/10/cheddar-and-elbows-exalted/

    It’s great as is, but also delicious by reducing the cheese by 1/2 cup and adding a 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin.

  20. Jennifer

    Your blog is darling and I love the ideas I get from it! Thank you for all the inspiration.This is our family’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipe. My kids have also been known to ask for it on their birthdays. Enjoy!


  21. amanda

    You have been an inspiration to me, Claire :)I’m not one to comment often on blogs but I’ve been meaning to mention something to you. Remember when you were chatting bits about being interested in travelling more… specifically driving across Canada? We did that last fall for five weeks and it was such a beautiful adventure. I have so many great memories from that trip.

    If you ever want to chat about it, interested in recommendations or see the pictures I’d be happy to share & talk your ear off 🙂

    hugs to you,- amanda

  22. Michelle

    Well, I’m kinda sentimental about your blog, too, since it was the very first one I ever saw oh, what, six years ago?! So very glad you’re back, and feeling well.My favorite recipe has to be the cutie pops from Bakerella, any of them! Check out the Halloween Spooky Pops!


  23. Connie

    although it’s not a recipe, i love to browse flickr for some beautiful cakes:http://flickr.com/search/?q=fondant+cakes

    for quick fondant [besides buying it at the store], just melt a 16 oz. bag of marshmallows in the microwave, stirring it every 30 seconds. then work some powdered sugar in until you get your desired texture. the less you use, the more shiny it would look. the more you use, the more softer it will appear. also, don’t forget to grease your counter and hands [with vegetable shortening] before working in the sugar as it gets really sticky!

  24. Charm

    I’ve bookmarked this post and am drooling at the thought of how many amazing recipes are going to be linked here!My recipe… a Nigella triple chocolate brownie!


    If i didnt have to actually link to a recipe I would have chosen the French Laundry Chocolate Fondant. It’s to die for!

  25. victoria

    Claire,You don’t need to include me as I don’t really have a favourite recipe link to share, but I did want to say WOW on the Klutz book. Now that you mention it’s your illustrations it seems so obvious. I wanted to mention how much pleasure we got from that book. We bought Ella a copy of it for our family holiday last year and she still plays with the letters, many of which she made for us!


  26. Renee

    I am so glad you’re blogging again, Claire! I feel like you’re one of the original softie/artist/bloggers and I can see your influence in so much art and softie making out there.Anyway, I’m shamelessly leaving a message because I can’t resist a good giveaway – and yours looks great!My favourite recipe is the recent one at http://www.laptoplunches.com/newsletters/OctoberNewsletter_2008.html for lunchtime lentil soup. Divine!BTW, I discovered laptop lunches through your site.Keep up the inspiration words and work. Thanks so much, Renee

  27. Anika

    My favourite recipe is Chocolate Dream Bars. But my secret twist on this recipe is to freeze the bars after they cool – it makes the brown sugar caramelize in a most delightful way! And I usually mix a little peanut butter in the middle layer (provided I’m making it for people who are not allergic).I really like the dollhouse and stove in your girls’ room from your previous post. Where did you get them from?

    Thank you for all your inspiring posts!

  28. Renee

    I am so glad you’re blogging again, Claire! I feel like you’re one of the original softie/artist/bloggers and I can see your influence in so much art and softie making out there.Anyway, I’m shamelessly leaving a message because I can’t resist a good giveaway – and yours looks great!My favourite recipe is the recent one at http://www.laptoplunches.com/newsletters/OctoberNewsletter_2008.html for lunchtime lentil soup. Divine!BTW, I discovered laptop lunches through your site.Keep up the inspirational words and work. Thanks so much, Renee

  29. melanie watts

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. My recipe is for Red Devils Food Cake,from Chris and Keith over on Design Sponge. I made it first to celebrate my daughter and my birthday. I made it again today to satisfy my chocolate craving. Yum.

  30. dee

    Claire, thank you for your blog.This is among my favorite recipes.


    This is good honest food. Its easy and quick to prepare, which counts for everything, if like me you are at home with a 3 & 1/2 year old a 2 year old and a 4 month old! Its not really summer time grub, but you can always trust Melbourne to give you a good stew day in November, before it gets mental hot.

    I make it a lunch time and leave it cook for four or five hours, and I usually add a few carrots. Sorry all the imperial measurements.

    – dee

    ps – serve with a pint of Guinness which, by the way is a great recuperation tonic.

  31. bookgeekgirl

    My current favorite is pineapple upside down pumpkin gingerbread. Here’s the link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pineapple-Upside-Down-Pumpkin-Gingerbread-350121It has a lot going on, but it’s SO good. I make it in a 9 x 13 pan instead of 9-inch square (I can’t imagine how all the batter would fit in the smaller pan) and I also add chopped crystallized ginger to the batter. YUM!

    As one of my friends said when I took this cake to a party this weekend, it tastes exactly like fall should taste!

  32. Ana

    I am glad you’re feeling better! I’m excited to go through all of your readers suggestions too… so many of them sound so good.My favorite is a simple banana bread… because we always have extra brown bananas around that no one wants to eat. The recipe is from James Beard’s Beard on Bread, but I’ve modified is some. Here’s my version:

    Banana Breadmakes one loaf

    2 cups sifted all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar2 eggs1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (the recipe calls for 2, but if I have 3 bananas I put them all in)1/3 cup milk1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar

    Sift the flour with the soda and salt. Cream the butter and gradually add the sugar. Mix well. Add the eggs and bananas and blend thoroughly. Combine the milk and lemon juice, which will curdle a bit. Slowly and alternately fold in the flour mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Blend well after each addition. Pour the batter into a lavishly buttered (I have a non-stick loaf pan so I don’t use any butter) 9x5x3 inch pan and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 1 hour, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched in the center.

    Here’s a link to the original: http://untotheuttermost.blogspot.com/2006/12/banana-bread.html

  33. Kate

    Just five minutes ago I was thinking about this recipe http://www.pieknits.com/blog/2008/04/saffron_cookies.htmlI saved it ages ago but haven’t yet gotten around to making them, I just think the idea of having saffron in a biscuit is so decadent (and sunny)

    I also have this great recipe for a rhubarb and blueberry crumble that I love because there is no sugar in the rhubarb bit (just stuff like blueberries, grape juice and orange zest). But I have no idea where I got it from, somewhere online because I’ve copied it into a word doc…. anyone know where I found it?

  34. Rachel

    I was going to leave a comment about a week ago when I discovered your blog. I was having creator’s block. I recently got a new job as a project designer for a non-profit organization. I was hired to create, create, and create, but i seemed to be at a road block…..then i came across Loobylu! Such inspiring colours, stories and creations!so thanks for letting people into your life!

    and heres a recipe, Zucchini are plentiful in my area this time of year, i’ve already made this a few times! very good, best in a bunt tin.


  35. Stacey

    Glad you are feeling better. I love the KLUTZ line of books. My kids favorite right now is the Hand Art book. Here is my favorite recipe I’ve found recently on the internet(my poor cookbooks are getting very dusty since I find I’m more apt to find a recipe on the net than in a book nowadays).http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2008/01/swedish-pancake.html

    My husband made them the first time I printed it off and it’s now his “signature” recipe. They are really good with rasberry sauce and whip cream.

  36. Deb

    My current fave on the web is a baked sweet potato custard that i make for my family, but 5yo in particular who does not eat any fruits or veggies. it is sweet potatoes and bananas and some raisins – very healthy, low sugar and she eats 2 bowls of it! I had to make a quadruple batch this weekend as last weekend’s double batch was gone in 2-3 days!http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=164

  37. Alison Whittington

    Oh, yippee! Love giveaways and LOVE sharing this recipe, Cinnamon-Apple Cake, from Cooking Light magazine:http://recipes.epicurean.com/recipe/21786/cinnamon-apple-cake.html

    When I worked on a home and garden TV show a few years back, we had a guest who said this cake brought her good luck every time she made it: it got her an apartment, a fiance, a job…

    … it’s just brought me rave reviews and people stuffing their faces and then begging for the recipe, but who needs more than that? I already have those other things, and this is the only thing people beg me for… It’s so, so delicious.

    Glad you are feeling better and I am still glad you brought your blog back. It was one of the first art/craft/illustration blogs I discovered way back, so very long ago, in like 2006.

  38. Melissa

    http://www.chow.com/recipes/13484This is a link to Jennifer from The Vegan Lunchbox’s Apple Tofu rice paper rolls – the dipping sauce is fabulous and the whole meal ideal for warmer nights.Man – a giveaway here is likely to generate over 1500 comments, brace yourself girlfriend!Take it easy and look after yourself :o)

  39. Brynne

    This olive cheese bread (don’t worry, you don’t actually have to make the bread itself, it’s just a topping that you bake onto a halved french loaf): http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/olive_cheese_br/om nom nom nom

    (If you love olives, both green and black, you will LOVE this. If you do not love olives, chances are you will still love it. I put that theory to a test at a recent dinner party and it was repeatedly proved to be correct.)

  40. Sharonnz

    Oh my goodness – you illustrated my current gift of choice for six year olds – how cool is that? We have one in high use in our home! I have to link to my favourite cookbook I use at home at the moment – Cynthia Lair’s Feeding the Whole Family: http://www.cookusinterruptus.com/menus.php

  41. Carmillia

    What a wonderful giveaway. Hope you are feeling better, pneumonia sounds nasty. It’s a pity you couldn’t go to Japan but I’m sure you’ll get to go one day! I would love to go there (I’d end up with a suitcase of cute Japanese things!)My favourite internet recipe is probably vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing. Mmmmmm! Simple, but tasty, especially if you add real vanilla bean seeds into the mix 😀



  42. Sarah

    My favourite recipe has to be the rich chocolate cake that I found one day on a packet of cocoa. It became our standard birthday cake recipe for may years and it’s amazing with far too much butter cream icingIt also becomes more and more moist if it’s not all eaten in one day 😉

  43. Cele

    Hi, Thought I’d send you a link to our favourite recipe for a special occasion. Mushroom Wellington from the “Cranks Bible”veggie cookbook.It’s perfect for a veggie Christmas with roast veg. Delicious I promise and we use frozen puff pastry so it is easier to prepare.The recipe makes Loads, so if you wanted to feed 4-6 half the recipe is ample. Hope you give it a try.http://www.nadineabensur.com/vegetarianrecipes/mushroomwellington.html

    Glad you are feeling better 🙂


  44. Amelia Hart

    The most amazing chocolate cake in the world comes all the way from Dorset, England. From my big sisters ‘blog Milk for the Morning Cake’http://tinyurl.com/5mrs3x


  45. Emma

    Wow that bundle of frabric and trim looks awful tasty! You’re so generous We get most of our recipes from magazines, as opposed to on the internet, but there is one site where you can access a lot of the recipes from Aussie food mags: http://www.taste.com.au

    One of my favourites I found on there though is for lemon curd shortbreads:http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/11961/lemon+curd+shortbread

    There’s no picture with the recipe, but you can see the ones I made here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/62743910@N00/2651718353/

  46. Jessica

    my computer is playing gameshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/yorkshirepudding_67385.shtml

    these are homey good things

  47. carla

    this was easy, since i didn’t wanted to share a recipe in portuguese (my native language) i’ll have to share the only recipe in english i’ve ever used to bake.and it is: http://tinyurl.com/3ky5gohint: i didn’t used the rolled oats and used much more cinnamon than the recipe asks for, i loved it!

    veludo_rosa at hotmail dot com

  48. Jennie

    http://babyledweaning.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/3/10/2793721.htmlsorry if that’s too long – couldn’t get the tinyurl thingy to work. I love these lentil and cheese wedges and, more importantly, so does my little boy! You can grate in some carrot or courgette or any other veggies and either stick them in a loaf/cake tin or shape individual patties and they are a meal in one, great on-the-go food.

    I loyally follow your blog and checked back regularly while you were on hiatus to see if you were back. Your creativity inspires me! Glad I finally got around to posting and saying that, even if I was lured in by free goodies 😉

  49. Rita Carvalho

    These are brilliant anda absolutely delicious pan fried :)http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/plump-pea-dumplings-recipe.html

  50. bec

    what a lovely idea 🙂 I agree – it’s the other lovely bloggers that keeps one going! 🙂

  51. gin

    During this credit crisis, this dessert is more than appropriately named! Enjoy it while it’s warm, because Poor Man’s Pudding is best fresh from the oven, with a generous overpour of the bottom dwelling sauce 😀

  52. Carly

    Hi Claire,I’ve been following your blog for years now, and recommended it to many others. You make beautiful things and I enjoy seeing them on your blog. I feel as though I know you because you draw readers into your life with your writing. I admire the joy through creativity you give your family.

    I have a recipe – it’s Nigella’s choco hot pots. Mmmm.http://www.oprah.com/recipe/food/recipesdesserts/food_20030718_chocolate

    Take care, I’ll visit soon,Carlyitchy_81 at hotmail dot com

  53. Noelle

    Well, butternut squash and pears are both in season here in Canada–but likely not for you? It’s a fabulous recipe for Fall when the weather turns chilly. Hope you enjoy it!Butternut Squash and Pear Souphttp://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=7195

  54. Katie

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!I have two favorites for you:

    Family Style Chicken. We’ve never roasted the vegetables, I can only speak to how delicious the chicken is. We make this recipe with about a 3 pound package of chicken thighs (skin on), and use the same amount of spice.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/family-style-chicken-recipe/index.html

    Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes–my 1 year old loves them, which says a lot.http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-stella/mock-garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe/index.html

  55. Melissa

    I so never win these things but I have been a avid reader of you blog for years. I post from time to time and the link I am leaving is from another wonderful blogger Posy gets cozy you should really check her out if you haven’t already. Let us know if you try any of these wonderful recipes. Have a great dayhttp://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/2008/06/cherry-clafouti.html

  56. Tina

    My family love this recipe (cream cheese lasagna), I omit the pepperonihttp://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1835,145191-243205,00.html

  57. Katie

    I’ve been into soups lately, now that it’s getting cold here in Colorado. So here’s a link to a great Tomato Soup:http://tinyurl.com/5r4l3h

    Thank you for Loobylu.com. It has been my favorite blog to visit for a few years now.

  58. gesikah

    Glad you are feeling better. I know how awful pneumonia can be, I got it the week before my wedding. At least I didn’t have to worry about fitting in my wedding dress, I was too sick to stress eat. ;)Sorry I couldn’t pick just one and this is disgustingly self-promoting, but hey, it’s one of the reasons I started blogging again.

    Fish Tacos, Charlie Browns (Chocolate Oatmeal Boiled cookies), and Rosemary Bread


  59. CitabriaG

    Hi! I read often but do not comment as such. Love the idea of the giveaway. I always see the fabrics you choose and try to figure out how to use such great prints. This recipe is from Real Simple/Real Life there is a new series the first episode was on TLC last week. It is a recipe for guacamole. I like to splurge and have it on turkey burgers with swiss cheese.


  60. Tuesday

    Ohhhhhh this coffee cake recipe, DEFINITELY awesome, I’ve made it about 10 times now….never fails (oh, but I *DO* double the yummy topping portion (not the cake portion though) because I LOOOOVE tons of topping you know :Dhttp://southernfood.about.com/od/coffeecakerecipes/r/bl30220a.htm


  61. Leonor

    Hi, thank you for the opportunity <3When I made this, I caused an uproar, they were so yummie that people started to ask me to do some every chance they got.Heres the recipe for Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies, at Martha Stewart’s:http://tinyurl.com/5mxzp7

  62. Jackson

    I tried– VERY VERY HARD– to come up with just one recipe from this site…but I can’t. I’ve made dozens of things off it and they’re all delicious beyond all reason. The Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich, however, is fantastic, as are all the desserts…http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

    *wants to go home and cook now*

  63. tania

    whooo boy – this is going to be a big list!:)we love reading all your thoughts and ramblings and we should be thanking YOU!

    my current favorite recipe is apple/pear cake found here-http://allbuttonedup.typepad.com/all_buttoned_up/2008/09/its-saturday-lets-have-some-pear-cake.html

  64. Leah

    Hi Claire,Glad to hear you are feeling better. What a great list of recipes you’ll have after this! I’ll add to the list: http://www.recipezaar.com/133387. I originally found this 6 minute chocolate cake from Amanda at Soulemama, but the link to that one is not working. We made it this year for my husband’s birthday and it was amazing! We did a real butter cream instead of the glaze and it was devoured. Enjoy!

  65. Monda

    Hot Cross bun pudding – totally a cheats recipe, but a really tasty one:http://tinyurl.com/6rdzgt

    Thanks for the link to Tinyurl – I never knew this existed before today, v useful indeed.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now – I found you via a book on blogging of all things.


  66. Emma

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now, and find it very inspiring!Here is my favourite recipe. I use it all the time to make cupcakes for my daughters various social activities, and because well, I just love cupcakes! They are super easy and everyone loves them.

    Luckily I found it online (I am a bit of a cookbook person myself).


  67. Emma

    Free form fruit pie —> http://tinyurl.com/5f3z4wEasy peasey, and with summer’s glut of stone fruit just around the corner the variations are endlessly delicious!!

    ps pick me pick me!! I looove japanese notions and fabric and have been coveting that book!


  68. Claire

    Hi Claire -How fun! I’ve already found some amazing recipes by clicking randomly on people’s links. 🙂

    Mine is as follows… I’ve also listed the ingredients and recipe, just in case the link doesn’t work for everyone. (You may need to be a Wagamama member). ENJOY – it’s utterly scrumptious! xxx

    *lemongrass and chilli creme caramel*


    Introducing rice to crme brule may seem like a sacrilege to some yet the inherent creaminess of the rice works wonders both for flavour and texture. you can play around with other rices too, italian arborio produces a richer, more rounded result and basmati has its fans

    you will need200ml (7fl oz) milk2 lemongrass stalks, outer leaves removed, slightly bashed1 dried red chilli2 tablespoons sake1 cinnamon stick1 star anise50g (2oz) white sugar1 egg and 2 yolks2 x 150ml ( pint) ramekin dishes for the caramel4 tablespoons water50g (2oz) white sugar


    put the milk, lemongrass, chilli, sake, cinnamon stick and star anise in a pan and place over a low heat for 15 minutes, without letting it come to the boil. turn off the heat and leave to infuse

    preheat the oven to 150c/300f/gas 2. first prepare the caramel. put the water and the sugar in a small pan over a very low heat, without boiling, until dissolved. turn up the heat and boil until golden. carefully pour into the bottom of the ramekins

    whisk the sugar, egg and yolks in a mixing bowl until light. strain the unfused milk on to the eggs, mix well and pour over the caramel. place the ramekins in a roasting tray on the middle of the shelf of the oven and fill the tray with enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. bake for 40-45 minutes until set, with a slight wobble, but not coloured. allow to cool completely in the roasting tray. turn out on to 2 plates and serve

  69. Michelle

    Because I love ginger (and I hope you do too! :P)http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Big-Soft-Ginger-Cookies/Detail.aspx

  70. Allison

    Hi Claire,I knew those illustrations looked familiar when I bought that book. I actually bought it as a gift for my daughter’s little friend as we have just moved interstate and it was a ggodbye gift. I really wanted to get one for my daughter as well, but they only had one in the shop. So, obviously I would love to get my hands on another one so she can send letters and cards to all her little friends back in Sydney.

    Here is a recipe that I have bookmarked http://www.cuisine.com.au/recipe/Marshmallow-biscuits

    They saved the day when I tried to make marshmallows and it turned out too runny. Got to love a Wagon Wheel!

    You were the first blog I ever read, so I also want to let you know how much of an inspiration you have been!

  71. Emily

    This is a traditional South Texas recipe, where citrus orchards abound (and where my hubby comes from). The original link no longer works, so here it is on my blog, YUMMY grapefruit pie:http://tinyurl.com/653ftj

  72. Krista

    flourless chocolate cakeHi! It’s been too long since I’ve been for a visit. It’s been nice catching up, your family is beautiful, as are your creations.

    How fun to find a recipe of mine here in your comments!!

  73. JoyfulHomemaker

    The recipe is on my blog its so delishous you use coconut flour …its these yummy moist brownies with chocolate cream cheese icing its so yummyhttp://joyfulhomemaker.blogspot.com/2008/08/low-carb-chocolate-brownie.html



  74. Sarah-jo

    oh me oh my I dont cook so dont have any fave recipes, please dont blame me its just I was raised by a domestic goddess and I vowed never to be a mans slave…..this included cooking and cleaning, sewing and darning socksI took wood work instead of home ec and shunned all things womanly

    It hasnt served me well nor my two lil children who only get home cooked meals at ‘daddies’ houseI did however learn to sew….does that redeem me?

    if not, I do have ‘that’ book, I bought it for my son to encourage his writing skillsas he really doesnt appreciate drawing/writingits a fabulous bookwould love another copy to give to my nephew as a pressie

    ok so after that essay lets hope the magic number generator pics moi hahaha


  75. Mo

    Cant resist a give away!Or italian food:)http://fiordizucca.blogspot.com/2008/06/insalata-di-melanzane-e-arance-in-salsa.html

    Luckily there is also a translation in English on the site! Its really delicious and such an original combination of aubergine, orange and mint & easy to make!!

  76. Sulz

    ohmigoodness! I love the Japanese prints so much! Thanks for having this wonderful giveaway!As for the recipe… I’m partial towards recipes which are fast and easy to whip up. I have an excuse – I am a student =P and have little time to fit books, crafting AND cooking (so cooking is not priority, although snacking is). Hehe. So here’s my favourite: http://www.taste.co.nz/home/recipedetail.aspx?ArticleID=3051It's simple, fast and yummy-licious. =)

  77. Lisa

    HiI don’t ever really never leave comments! but this time I thought it rude not to, as I’m always popping by and reading your blog! glad your feeling better and maybe this recipe will put the snap back in your celery!!It’s little ginger loaves with chilli Icing…send any bugs packing!!


  78. gingermog

    Ummmmm actually my favourite internet recepie was yours for torilla soup.http://loobylu.com/archives/000086.htm

    You also had one for a mean brocolli and sweet potatoe soup which is so easy to russle up and I still have it memorised. I can’t find it on your site now.

    I am glad your still writing.

  79. rbiggs

    I was so glad to see you return after your hiatus! I wish that I had a recipe to link tofor my favorite dish! It is actually my family’s favorite dish.Tater tot hot-dish (casserole, but “hot-dish” is a Minnesota word!)1 pound of ground beef (or turkey) with a finely chopped onion. browned well1 can of cream of mushroom soup 1/2 a can of water. Stir together and pour into a baking dish and top with frozen tater tots.

    Bake at about 400 degrees F for 45 – 60 minutes or until the tater tots are golden brown.

    Easy, but always a hit at the Biggs house.

  80. leslie

    the link to the book isn’t working any more- but it looks adorable! Hope I win so I can see more of what it’s about! 🙂

  81. Stephanie

    It’s the season for apple picking – and cider donuts! I don’t use a round cutter – I just cut them into one inch squares (with squares there’s no re-rolling the dough, and I like them small!)http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/CIDER-MINI-DOUGHNUTS-240597

  82. Louise

    My daughter and I love making this recipe for special treats and the icing part of the recipie works for so many other things as well.www.allrecipies.com/Recipe/Delilahs-Frosted-Cut-Out-Sugar-Cookies/Detail.aspx

  83. Viva

    i have too many favs, but i love getting ideas from here.http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/

    Even if it just visual ideas!

    Like Catherine above, your blog was the first one that really connected we with the whole world creative people like me with kids, and finding the right balance between the both.

    Don’t stop

  84. Tricia

    I don’t have a link, but my favorite thing to do right now is slice an acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds and fill it with a mixture of chopped apples, golden raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a drizzle of honey. Bake in a dish with some water at 350 degrees until the squash flesh is soft but not too dry. It’s like eating pumpkin pie for dinner! I pair it with a nice salad. Yum!

  85. Melanie

    Hi! And thank-YOU for all the years of reading and inspiration you’ve given me!I couldn’t possibly pick an absolute favourite, but this recipe for wholemeal banana bread is being made at least once a week in our house at the moment. Where the recipe says vanilla yoghurt I just substitute whatever natural yoghurt we have in the fridge at the time. Which usually is a natural yoghurt mixed with passionfruit, which makes the bread extra-yummy!


    What a great idea! I’m going to browse your comments for recipes!


  86. Jenny

    Besides a fun giveaway, you have also created a treasure trove of favorite recipes! I can’t wait to try some of these, but where to begin?Here’s my favorite recipe, given to me by a college roommate from her mom.http://pomly.livejournal.com/17295.htmlI've made it countless times and it’s always so good. Enjoy!

  87. Heather in Washington State, USA

    Love that Klutz book you did — I bought six of them earlier this year for my daughters to give as gifts at the many birthday parties they’re invited to. Now our store is sold out of them, and I’ll be elated to get another copy!

  88. Emmaline

    I read your entry, thought about which recipe to post and by the time I’d returned you’d practically gathered a recipe book! Like many others, i’m a long term reader, grateful for the inspirational blog and unable to resist the possibility of peeking at such a pretty package as you’ve compiled…Here’s a thoroughly trustable, emphatically brilliant recipe, that chances are you already know: Stephanie Alexander’s Lemon Tart, copied at the following blog:http://ourredhouse.blogspot.com/2007/07/lemon-tart.html(note the red house blog is a stranger to me; i just searched for a recipe i know oh so well!)

  89. kristen

    I do love the Pioneer Woman and Elise of Simply Recipes, but here’s what I am craving right now:My Chicken Corn Chowderhttp://www.thisclassicallife.com/weblog/index.php/archives/185




  91. theresa

    Now that I finally made a trip to the post office and posted a wee package to Australia today; I feel I can comment and leave my two cents for ya.This recipe and the book it came from has saved my life!It’s a big hit with everyone and the cupcakes are so tasty no one misses the dairy at all!!! I make a batch and stick them in the freezer (without frosting) and whenever I need to bring my kiddo a treat at a friend’s dairy filled birthday party, I can easily defrost a couple and make a quick frosting and off we go!



    So sorry to hear you missed your trip to Japan and have been so ill—what a bummer! Wishing you a wonderful trip in your future soon!

  92. Michelle

    Wow, I have been reading for over 5 years and this is my first ever post! Was sad when you had a break last year but am so happy you are back!My favourite online recipe has to be Portugese Tarts:



  93. Janet

    I’ve been a long time lurker and reader of your wonderful blog.Glad your feeling better

    I’ve been slowly going down all your comments for this post and checking out everyone’s favourite recipes its been so much fun.

    This recipe is from another blog I lurk on…lol…these potato skins are so yummy my teenagers love these.


    Take care of yourselfJanet

  94. Marcia

    Dear Claire, here’s my contribution: scallion pancakes from Jen’s foodblog Use Real Butter. Her step-by-step pictures are fantastic, the recipe is very easy to make and the flaky pancakes are really delicious!Get well soon, Claire. Take your time to heal, Japan will always be there for when you’re ready to go. 🙂

  95. Jo

    Wow look at all your comments! great idea though now i have hundreds of recipe links to check out & i love a good recipe. you have inspired me to start my own blog & what i really need is a simple recipe to make it as pretty as yours LOL.Try these coffee choc friands YUM


  96. Rosie

    Hiya! I’m another lurker. I love reading craft blogs & it has inspired me to get going on a few projects.Having little girls there are so many pretty things to make for them!I didn’t know you had done illustrations for a Klutz book. I love them! I have the pretty purses one put away for a rainy day. I’d just love to win your giveaway!Here is a gorgeous cupcake recipe.http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1217/pretty+cupcakes

    Take care!

  97. chantal

    With a glut of courgettes you can’t beat this recipe, I originally found it on a self sufficiency blog but this is the same recipe:http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/bluecourgettesoup_1948.shtml

    Add all ingredients bar the cream and freeze bucket loads to get you through the dark months.

    Thanks too for all the inspiration you continue to give. You may remember I emailed you post my m/c after you gave birth to Amelia and you sent a lovely reply? Your blog enabled me to cope with babies at such a sad time. Well now i have 4, yes 4 boys. All born within 40 months and ending up with identical twins. I feel I’ve taken a journey that I didnt expect and has been really tough, but your blog has been a kind of parallel journey which i really appreciate. Glad you are on the mend. Sorry to blurt. 🙂

  98. moomins for president

    THis one is a take on the NY Cheesecake.this recipe is interesting because there are rather scientific cheesecake questions and explanations in the comments. My little tip would be to add heaps more lemon zest and a little orange zest too. Also substitute a bit of the cream cheese for sour cream and even add in a little cooked potato for a more Eastern Euro vibe. Plus vanilla. Add lots of vanilla essence.


  99. Anary

    I love the site organization..the choice of colors are great…keep up the good job.My favorite treat and recipe..BRIGADEIRO…yummyhttp://www.maria-brazil.org/brigadeiros.htm

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