Mel has written 24 posts for Shimmy Shimmy Coconut

Cherry and nectarine tartlettes

Ok, well, it is technically the early end of the nectarine season but I’m such lover of all things summer that I start as early as possible. It may have its origins in my obsession with the movie Grease at the age of 3 where I’d frequently be dancing around to Summer lovin’. Or it … Continue reading

Shallot cake redux

Since leaving Canberra, I have only a few things I truly miss, food-wise. The beloved shallot cake is close to the top of the list. I’ve mentioned them before when I was trying to replicate them at home. Well, starting this blog again made me get the urge to try and perfect them. I found … Continue reading


We had a local village fair yesterday in our suburb. Walking along the street lined with all sorts of stalls and seeing kids with their faces painted, eating snow cones got me a little nostalgic for the times I went to that very same fair as a child. I guess that sense of nostalgia is … Continue reading

Coconut and kaffir lime leaf panna cotta tart

My friend is a panna cotta queen. I think it got to the point where she was going through uber pricey vanilla paste insanely quickly because of the multitude of requests she would get from people to make vanilla bean panna cotta. Of course, the classic recipes for this dessert are not vegan. Not even … Continue reading

Currently obsessed with…

All things Darren Hanlon! Lucky he’s coming to Sydney soon. (Language warning on the following clip)

Focaccia is like crack to some people…apparently

Those people appear to be certain family members who shall remain nameless (that is, until the end of this post). We had a family gathering on Sunday which seemed a perfect time to make this glorious Olive, garlic and rosemary focaccia: Precooked: Fresh out of the oven: It always surprises me how fast my tiny … Continue reading

Pancake weather

The weather has been seriously strange of late, or perhaps my expectations of spring in Sydney is full of fantasies about wearing 1950s-style dresses and skipping through parks filled with Jacarandas, all the while eating delicious (vegan) ice cream. As we edge closer to summer, the weather has remained more like winter, which means ice … Continue reading

Well…its been a little while

Hi there, I can’t believe how long its been! So many months since my last post, years actually…but here we are. After a few months of thinking about it, I’ve decided to come back to the land of blogging and start up this poor  partially defunct blog again. It’ll be a little different – not … Continue reading

Am I making you hungry???

I couldn’t resist posting another creme brulee picture. This time its wattleseed creme brulee (while I’m on a wattleseed frenzy): Still trying to perfect the texture…I have a couple of ideas so hopefully more to come on this.

Wattleseed and blueberry friands

Wattleseeds are my iron chefesque ingredient of late. I’m constantly thinking about ways to incorporate it into my breakfast, lunche, dinner and baking. I fully intend to make an extensive blog post about these lovely seeds, but for now my work hours are getting crazy and I don’t usually feel motivated between the hours of … Continue reading