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  1. CheezyK

    Mmmm, there’s that chocolate and cherry combo again … one day I’m going to stop drooling over these recipes and actually try some!

    As for magic, I’m going to have to steal your ‘smell of a thunder storm’ because now that it’s in my mind I can’t get it out. That moment of fresh breeze chasing the humidity on a warm summer’s day right before the storm breaks, that is pure magic 🙂

  2. Lizzi

    OKAY I TAKE IT BACK… I don’t want the granola for my birthday.. I want THIS for my birthday!

    I believe in the magic of onion peels always finding their way on to your kitchen floor, regardless of whether you have onions in the house. And the magic of how the disgusting concept of kissing (and many things, actually, come to think of it…) is no longer disgusting when it’s with someone you love. And the magic of the dessert stomach (and crusty bread on the side stomach). And the magical healing properties of mum and/or dad hugs. And the magic of Easter egg chocolate tasting SO different to other chocolate and distinctly ‘Eastery’. Oh.. and the magic of a birthday being made perfect by the perfect treat baked by a friend….YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?! 😉

  3. Debi

    I like your kind of fancypants magic. 😀

  4. Catherine McLean

    Oh, wow, you have lorikeets in your lap!

    Your Santa story made me laugh, because my parents only introduced Santa after my little brother was born. I was three, and knew perfectly well there was no Santa – but I pretended to believe in him for years, because that way I got presents from my parents *and* presents from Santa…

    As for magic, though, I’ve always been pretty good at believing in things, partly, I admit, because I like the idea of them and don’t want to not believe in them… So I do believe, most of the time, that there are small folk going about their business just around the corner of reality from where I sit. There are places where you can almost see them.

    And really, is this any less probable than seeds or bulbs planted by such an incompetent gardener as me actually turning into flowers or lovely edible things? I’m sure it’s more probable than dough rising, and yet that happens. There’s so much magic in everyday, practical things that it’s never seemed like much of a stretch to believe in the other sort.

  5. Lou

    I believe in the same kind of “magic” you do…. I was never one for Santa either. I think it’s kind of creepy, an old man sneaking around your house while you sleep. Don’t get me started on what I think of the Santa’s in malls around Xmas time, ew.

    Your recipe looks/sounds amazing – love the pepitas on top for crunch… and you know how I feel about chocolate/cherries/coconut 🙂

  6. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    After years of training we can handfeed the rosellas and magpies at Mum and Dad’s place, it is just the best. And I think it is a bit magic, the point where a wild animal chooses to let you touch it. But maybe that is just because I patted a cheetah on the weekend.

  7. L-Engineer

    The photos are so nice and stylish, that I just want to reach out, grab some, and gobble it up!

  8. Margaret

    That is such a creative combination of flavours; I’ll definitely try it.
    I had to laugh over your use of the term “death-creating”!
    From the beginning my parents told me there is no Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc. They said all my stuff came from them. I was fine with that and remember being shocked that some children actually believe in Santa! 😉

    I definitely believe there is magic in the world though – the experiences we have and the people we meet – sometimes the things we need most come to us at precisely the right time. 🙂

  9. JohannaGGG

    you find baking books with this sort of recipe in your cupboard – that is magic! I am sure I believed in magic as a child but my memory provides no evidence right now! I agree that baking is magic and so is technology – in fact maybe technology like the web and mobile phones is the magic that we dreamt of as kids

  10. hungryandfrozen

    Ah, I can identify – I used to want to believe in fairies SO badly, but couldn’t quite convince myself. I did love reading about them though, and that was good enough.

    This slice is so beautiful – I love the pepitas on top, can just imagine how deliciously nutty they’d become under the oven. Keep on highfalutin!

  11. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I’m with you in the magic camp…I think I did believe in Santa (but Father Christmas to me at the time 🙂 ) at one point, but these days it’s the magic of day-to-day moments and the magic of kitchen experiments that make me smile on a regular basis.

  12. Hannah G

    love this post. Gotta make time for appreciating that daily magic, or there’s really no point to anything, is there?

    Glad I’m not the only lorikeet photography person I know called Hannah 😉

  13. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh no! Really? But I still believe in magic! Next you’re going to tell me that the Easter bunny isn’t real 🙁

  14. Iron Chef Shellie

    Fancy pants indeedy!

  15. Emma

    When I started reading, I thought you were going to say that you were lying because you still believe in magic. You fooled me! Although you brought it back at the end with a diff’rent kind of magic.

    I was so lost in my daydreams as a kid, and I was/am pretty naïve to boot, so I had no trouble believing in magic, Santa, anything. And without siblings or much friendage, I had nobody to set me straight, which I think was just fine. I dunno, it seems like innocence, creativity, believing in magic, that sort of thing, are all linked, and when it’s gone… it’s usually gone for good. I would love to get back how I used to see simple things like the trees in my yard or fog in the road:)

  16. penny aka jeroxie

    Not just fancy but magical. I need some of this goodness. Delivery?

  17. Amy

    I’d totally forgotten about magic lessons at music camp and playing spit for the entire lunch break, oh and zooper doopers!! Those were the days.

  18. Hotly Spiced

    Arnott’s Nice and condensed milk are almost a meal on their own! What a great recipe and I love your magic story. I’d love to go back to the days when I believed in magic. Life was so exciting and filled with endless possibilities! xx

  19. Ricki

    I used to LOVE magic bars. These look like such a great variation that will benefit another one of your lucky friends!! (So, um, you say you might be visiting Canada. . .??) 😉

  20. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I was never a believer in magic/sorcery/witchcraft/religion either. (In fact, I clearly remember the moment I knew there’s no such thing as god [not that I ever believed it; it was probably the first time I’d ever pondered it]. At preschool one day, the teacher told us “No matter where you are, Jesus is always beside you.” In the car ride on the way home that day, I closed my eyes and tried to “sense” Jesus in the empty seat next to me. Obviously, nothing. And I knew in that moment that they were lying to us…whether they knew it or not. Thank crap I was a smart kid and never wasted any time or mental energy on all that nonsense!)

    I AM a believer in magic BARS, though. Fo sho.

  21. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    mmm magic in daily life, yes. it’s the little things that make life worth everything. i see magic in the #powerofprayer.

  22. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Lorikeets are better than fairies anyway. I think I’d be a bit creeped out by a tiny flying humanoid creature eating out of my hand.

    When I was younger, it was fun to pretend to believe in things like fairies though. There was something empowering about the idea that I could make something real just by believing in it. I’m a total skeptic now though, extremely logical and unconvinced of anything without supporting evidence. But even this cynic still believes in the magical feeling of hearing a dramatic part of a favorite song, tasting a new flavor combination and having it totally work together, or traveling to a new place and seeing something you’ve never even imagined.

  23. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Oh my goodness, lorikeets! I remember being fascinated by them as a child (my dad brought back photographs from Australia). And playpi, also. But lorikeets are so beautiful! Are they chirpy?

    Yes, those bars look magical indeed.

  24. Hannah

    Oh, now those -do- look magical! I love pepitas and really don’t use them enough. Now I must veganize this treat… They look amazing, and so much better than standard magic bars.

  25. Kath Lockett

    I want a chunk of that slice!

    As for magic? The mysterious alchemy that condensed milk conjures up when next such things as chocolate chips, biscuit crumbs, dried fruit and or nuts…. Plus, the cook then gets to grab a teaspoon and ‘tidy up’ what’s left in tin = magic!

  26. Anna johnston

    What?.. Santa isn’t real? Ohhhhhh….. You know something, I believe in magic…. Life is full of it. You for example are a wonderful example of said magic… You light up SO many lives sharing who you are, and making goodies like this… Girl, you are a magician.

  27. Libby

    Ooooh, that first pic looks like a piece of toast covered in pepitas! Hmmm, that wouldn’t be a bad idea, maybe use some of your wonderful nut butters too so that the seeds stick onto the bread 🙂

    That said, your fancypants magic bar sounds and probably tastes a lot better hahaha.

  28. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    LOL love the name of this dessert 😛 and because you’ve put so many pepitas in I have once again convinced that this is healthy for us ~ hmm magic… I don’t think I really believe in magic anymore…but I swear my sister has a magic hand…she always brings me good luck 😀

  29. Catherine

    Must try this one. The caramel date slice is a hit here. Still don’t know what pepitas are. Could I use sunflower seeds?

    Magic? I make a wish if I look up and it’s 11.11. Sometimes it works!!

  30. Louise

    Not just bonus lorikeets, but an extra special bonus pukeko too! I think the NZers have a much better term (pukeko) for what we would call a purple swamp hen. That slice looks so fabby. I thought I saw the delicious unctuousness of condensed milk in the pictures. I’m not a great fan of cherry chocolate, although could see it working here. Hmmm, and I’ve got a tin of condensed milk in the cupboard (as long as the boys haven’t eaten it), coconut, a packet of plain sweet biscuits, and heaps of pepitas. And more importantly the next two days off. I think I can predict the future.

  31. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Look at all those pepitas!!!!! I like this kind of magic. Ben bought a magic trick once. & then did it for all our friends during our Morocco tour. And then back home. He’s hilarious. I don’t care for it much. Card tricks are kinda cool! I know a super easy one, I’ll do that for you and BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!
    Heidi xo

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