Wave goodbye … and Say hello!

Miscalenous things

It has been more than six months since I last updated this blog. So many things have happened since then. Marriage life has been sweet, although Mr B. and I are living in two different cities for a while.

I said goodbye to Melbourne and have started a new “crazy” life in Sydney. Gone are my peaceful university days. Now I face the burden of work and study. No complain now, but well, I do see that time has become more limited these days.

On the bright side, we have settled in a lovely apartment in Sydney. Our first home! The apartment is nearly ready and I will show you around when things are in order. But here is the very first photo – view from our balcony. (Can you spot the Opera House there? All I can see is my work building! :P)

And of course I have started cooking in my new kitchen. Not a lot of exciting stuff since sometimes I just do not bother cooking just for one. But well, the joy of cooking is always there. All I need to do is to find some time to cook (and hoping that there is still enough light to photograph my food!)

So here it is, the first thing I bake in my kitchen. Really simple small pound cakes, which are full of flavours and love. Apples are in season, and I got the really delicious un-waxed ones from the farmers´ market. I also used the maple syrup that a lovely friend from Canada sent over as housewarming gift (Thanks sister Feb!). Adding in some cinnamon, I could sense the fragrance of fall in my very own place.

These cakes are really lovely and a breeze to make. They have the texture of doughnuts so you can roll them in cinnamon sugar mixture. I like them warm with a bit of mascarpone cheese, a drizzle of maple syrup and light dust of cinnamon.

Apple and maple syrup pound cake

Apple and maple syrup pound cake

Recipe from Donna Hay magazine

Ingredients (for 12 generous small size cakes)

375g self-rising flour, sifted

1 tsp ground cinnamon

250g butter, melted

175g brown sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup

4 eggs

6 red apples, peeled and grated

Mascarpone cheese and extra cinammon powder & maple syrup to serve


Preheat oven to 180C. Place flour and cinammon in a bowl and mix to combine. Add butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, egg and apples – mix well to combine. Spoon to 12 well-greased tins (muffin pan works fine). Bake 20 mins or until cooked though.

Serve warm with cheese, mapple syrup and cinnamon powder.


I am still adjusting to the whole blogging thing again after so long! I opened my google reader just now and there are more than 1000+ entries I have not read! I will be going around all my fav blogs to get inspired all over again :D.

17 Responses to Wave goodbye … and Say hello!

  1. Gattina says:

    Congrats for having your own 'nest'!!! What a great view from your building! So… you walk to the office ;)

  2. Manggy says:

    Yay, welcome back!! I'd forgotten you lived in Melbourne (I'm a lot better-versed in Australia now, thanks to friends), but Sydney looks fantastic. I'm looking forward to having you back with us again! And thanks so much for bringing that delicious poundcake along- I can almost taste it 😉

  3. Shreela says:

    Oh Hi! I must have subbed to your feed a while back, right before you took your break. So welcome back, and I'm looking forward to reading your yummies.

  4. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Welcome back! I'm sure you will love Sydney — it's a beautiful and vibrant city. Looking forward to more treats from your new kitchen.

  5. Pam says:

    Welcome back!!

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    Welcome to Sydney! Ah yes finding enoguh light is hard now we're in Winter. I find I need to have everything done by 3pm some days when it's raining! Lovely view BTW :)

  7. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Lovely little cakes!

  8. Anh says:

    Gattina, I am very happy! And it's soo good when it takes like only 20 mins to walk to work.

  9. Johanna says:

    living in different cities from your partner is no fun but blogging makes it fun to share your food (and I am sure your partner will enjoy reading it as yet another way to keep in touch)

  10. Sophie says:

    Congrats on your appartement!

  11. Kalyn says:

    Welcome back! Really look forward to seeing what you are going to be cooking.

  12. Lucy says:

    Lovely to see you back – and in Sydney, too. That is a grand view.

  13. eliza says:

    i need to say welcome back to you to blogging world again! i, myself, haven't done any blogwalking for a few months so i miss lots of stuff happening. can't wait for more delicious posts Anh!

  14. Elk says:

    Hey welcome to Sydney, I look forward to seeing what you do with your apartment, certainly the view is nice though I can understand not wanting to look at your workplace that much.

  15. Y says:

    Oh my goodness, you're back!! So glad to see you blogging again. I'd missed your posts, and thought you'd given it up for good. Surprised you're here in Sydney.. welcome! 😀

  16. ChichaJo says:

    Glad to see you back here! :) How exciting – a new apartment, and new kitchen! And yummy pouncake! Looking forward to seeing more of your new life there!

  17. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo these look so delicious. I love maple syrup! Thanks for the suggestion about how I could get more of a roasted banana flavour into my loaf/bread. :)

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