Microwave Pavlova Roll

I have a confession to make. This is the second pavlova roll I have made in two days. Yesterday’s pavlova was cooked the traditional way in the oven and was very nice. I served it up to my guests last night and didn’t end up getting a slice for myself. I stumbled across a microwave recipe today and with some small tweaks gave it a go. It is quick and easy and requires only a handful of ingredients and tastes divine. Today I used banana and passion fruit but you can use any fruit of your choice. I gave this pavlova an upgrade by adding crushed honeycomb that I keep in the cupboard for baking days (OK.. I sneak little bits sometimes when I get a sugar itch). To serve I used extra passion fruit syrup and crushed honeycomb on the plate. You won’t find an easier and more delicious recipe than this one… give it a go!

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  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, browned
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 1 cup fruit of your choice


  • Beat egg whites and the caster sugar till stiff peaks form.

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  • Spread onto baking paper placed over the microwave glass base to form a round.
  • Cook on high for 3 minutes.

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  • Let cool.
  • On another piece of baking paper spread out the browned coconut roughly the same size as the cooked pavlova.

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  • Place cooked pavlova over the top of the coconut.
  • Spread with whipped cream and place fruit on top.

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  • Using the baking paper, roll carefully to form a log.

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Shabby Chic Drawer Makeover

I picked up this art drawer for $3 from a thrift store… I gave it a shabby chic makeover and added small legs… It is now a handy drawer for sewing bits and pieces….

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I glued some door knobs to the bottom of the drawers for legs and glued a faux pearl into the indent in the drawer knobs. I gave the drawers a coat of white primer/sealer and then a couple of coats of flat Antique White USA paint… I sanded it back a bit to give it a shabby feel.

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I found some vintage sewing prints on Pinterest and printed them and used matt Mod Podge to attach them to the drawers. When the Mod Podge was completely dry I used a flat water based clear polyurethane to paint the drawers.

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I now have a cute drawer for my sewing needs.

Plum Chicken

Plum chicken is a quick and delicious meal that takes very little effort for a great result. Serve with steamed rice or noodles or both if you like.

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Serves 4

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius


  • 500 grams skinless chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 jar savoury plum sauce (375 mls)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)


  • Place all ingredients except the chicken fillets in a jug and mix well
  • Place chicken pieces in a baking dish and pour the sauce over
  • Cook for 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked through
  • Slice the chicken fillets and cover in sauce to serve

tip: Once the chicken is cooked, If the sauce is not thick enough pour it in a saucepan and heat over a high flame until it thickens up and then pour over the sliced chicken.