Northern Rivers Stories

German the Herman Friendship Cake

Posted on September 30, 2014


As she walked towards me with a glass jar adorned with jasmine flowers I felt equal parts excitement and pure anxiety.

“It’s German the Herman Friendship cake. Do you know about it?”

My anxiety levels rose. And no doubt my face looked fearful.

Herman. Yes, I certainly did know him.

A sourdough cake batter that is lovingly nurtured for 9 days on your kitchen bench before being divided up and shared with friends to do the same. On the 10th day, you bake him into a delicious cake.

All of which sounds right up my alley on any usual day.

But I was on the eve of being home alone with two sick kids while hubby was overseas working for 2 weeks.

See why I was anxious?

My beautiful, thoughtful friend Zanni had chosen me to share her Herman with. Chosen me to keep him alive and well. To love him and transform him into an edible feast.

But could I do it? Did I want to?

Yes and yes (and a little bit of no), but I rose to the challenge and I did it.

I kept you abreast of the progress on Facebook and Instagram and you wanted to see the final result. So here it is.


I sprinkled it with a little raw cacao to add to the ‘old’ rustic nature of the cake. Are you buying it?

Although a lot of fun, I’m a little sad to report that I was not overly enthralled with the taste. It was nice, but I wanted it to be NICER for all the effort. Still, I enjoyed the process. And I ate fermented cake. Pretty darn cool.

You can get the recipe and read more about the cake’s origins here.

 Christie x

{tutorial, kind of} How to be a BAD food blogger

Posted on July 14, 2014


By BAD, I don’t mean bad-ass, as in, cool. I mean BAD as in CRAP.

This is obviously a tongue in cheek post. However, I have been a very bad blogger of late and I thought I might share with you some of the things you shouldn’t do.

So yes, if you want to be a GOOD blogger, do the opposite of what I say here.

These have been my crimes for the past 12 months… (more…)

Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park {Review}

Posted on May 19, 2014


This post is sponsored by Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park.

What’s the most stressful part of a family holiday for you? Is it the packing, the forgetting something or the kids not sleeping because you’ve relaxed the rules and they’ve eaten too much junk? Yep, me too.

But you know the MOST stressful part for us? The travel. Those awful early morning car trips to the airport, trying to keep the kids happy and quiet in small seats, navigating new terrain (and nearly ending your marriage because ‘someone’ can’t read a map – yes, that’s me), and the list goes on.

If we could eliminate travel altogether, that would be a great holiday for us. So we did.

We had a staycation (as opposed to a va(cate)cation). We holidayed just 20 minutes from our house, and we loved it! On the first night we were treated to the most amazing sunset, as you can see above. This spectacular act of nature slowly formed as we watched from the balcony of our two bedroom waterfront bungalow. It was the perfect start to our holiday. (more…)

A random act of kindness

Posted on March 26, 2014


I’ve been having a really tough fortnight. There are about 10 different things weighing on my shoulders and they range from personal, to family, to unexplainable (yes, that is totally a category!).

Yesterday I wrote down all the things that have been bothering me on a piece of paper. It was an effort to make myself feel lighter – and it worked.

I was inspired to do that because of a random act of kindness that happened on Monday. I am still smiling to myself now as I think about it, and I just have to share it with you. (more…)

Autumn & Autism

Posted on March 7, 2014

me n pop

You are going to learn a few new things about me today. I suggest you go and grab a cup of tea, cos this might take a few minutes.

As you know, I don’t often share deeply personal things on this blog, it is mostly just pretty food and occasional baby pics. But that is going to change, and I hope you are OK with that.

My life has changed dramatically in the last 12 months and I haven’t shared any of it here. For my blog friends and readers all over the globe, I’m sorry for that – because after all, that’s what blogging is all about. Sharing.

I have just been conscious about keeping this a ‘food blog’, but it’s now going to evolve into more of blog about my family and life on the northern rivers. Don’t worry, there will still be food, lots of it, so don’t click away just yet. (more…)

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