• Bowl or Beater ?

    Hello and Happy Friday!

    I had a funny exchange with an old friend this week. We debated a question as old as time; do you go for the beater or the bowl? Personally, I think it comes down to how vigilant the baker has been with the spatula as to how I make this decision. How about yourself?

    Speaking of all things cake, I've been busy working on a script and storyboard to shoot a promotion video for Simple Cake. Maybe that acting degree from my twenties might pay off after all? It's been really exciting trying to workout how I can translate and teach what's in the book to screen. I may, or may not, have to have stiff drink before they call action!

    While I contemplate my academy award winning performance this weekend, I might just be brave and take on Cliodhna Prendergast's Lemon Soufflé. Make my husband happy by cooking something meaty and delicious from the awesomely masculine Matty Matheson's Cookbook. But tonight, I'm going to be lazy and go to our local, Franks.

    Have a great weekend!



    Photos: Nicole Franzen #SimpleCakeBook

  • Happy Holidays!!

    Hello Friends,

    Just a quick message to wish you all a wonderful, relaxing Holiday!

    I've gone menu planning crazy and have my cooking game on. Inspired by Dinner At The Long Table, I've got Short Ribs slow roasting in the oven, that I'll serve with Risotto Milanese, followed by Creme Brûlée. Our friends are also bringing Bacalao. YUM! For Christmas night we're going vegetarian and making Alison Roman's Cheesy Artichoke Lasagne from Dining In, with the compulsory Chrissy Pavlova from my book Simple Cake. Then on Boxing Day I'm doing Ina's Slow-Roasted Pork with a delicious cumin and jalapeño rub that will go into tacos followed by Mexican Flan. Does it get any better???? 

    God speed in the kitchen, and happy eating, drinking.

    Odette x

    ps. Thought you might enjoy this hilarious Matt Damon & SNL skit, that pretty much nails Christmas with kids :)

  • Thanksgiving Goals


    Hi Guys! Twice in one week... I know !! .. I'm coming on too strong?!

    Hope your Thanksgiving is coming together. I've committed to wearing stretch leggings and loose shirts all weekend. No high waisted jeans for this little lady. After the slaving and gorging, I'm going to try and turn my sluggish mind off. Hope my list inspires you to join me cooking and vegging out. 

    photos: Nicole Franzen

    Turkey can turn dry and nasty on a dime. This bird looks bulletproof.

    I'll make my Chocolate Crème Anglaise and eat too much pie.

    Go see Bohemian Rhapsody then play greatest hits Queen on loop.

    Sleep late, make a cup of tea, go back to bed, and read this

    Valiantly try to mediate everyday for at least 10 minutes. I don't know Andy but I feel like I do, and that's his talent.

    Take a wander through the apple orchards in Upstate NY.

    Hangout with our fun New Zealand friends that are behind this winery and probably drink a little too much of their awesome Ned wines together.

  • November Inspiration

    Hello ! Happy November! Here’s what’s been on my mood board this month and what’s been inspiring me.

    Falling hard for Henry Street Studio ceramics I want them all!

    Going gaga over A Star is Born and watching the Barbara and Kris version in front of a fire.

    Feeling a sense of comfort in everything Andrew Wyeth.

    Baking the Cinnamon Apple Cake from Simple Cake weekly. Pre-order your cake belly now!

    Drinking this bubbly deliciousness with dessert over the holidays.

    Obsessing over photographer Olive Cotton work and name.