40 Facts About Me and Roasted Fruit

Roasted Stone Fruit

Something a little different today!  Let me explain, Jocelyn Hefner from  The Inner Interior wrote a wonderful, insightful blog post at the beginning of March sharing 40 facts about herself.  The aim was for her readers to get to know her better and deeper connections formed.   Since then, Tina from Colourliving and Mel from Armoire, Pegs and Casserole have joined in.  Tina asked me last week if I’d also be interested in sharing 40 facts about myself.  I agreed and here’s the list, of course I couldn’t do a post that didn’t involve food so you’ll find out what the pictures are about when you get to fact 40!

roasted fruit

1.    I have a strong faith in God.

2.   I have two girls five years apart.

3.   I wanted to wait until I really wanted another child before deciding to have a second one.

4.   My parents are from Belfast from different religions.

5.   I’m a first generation Australian.

6.   My Father has prostate cancer and has been having radiation.

7.   This has been a very difficult time for me and my family.

8.   My Mother travelled for six weeks on a ship by herself to come to Australia over 50 years ago.

9.   Many of my family members, including myself and my husband worked for Kodak.

10.  That’s where I met my husband.

11.   Next year is our 25th wedding anniversary.

12.   I have done alot of short courses.

13.   I worked at Safeway after school in year 11 & 12.

14.   I was accepted at University but didn’t go because I didn’t know what I really wanted to do.

15.  I am a fast reader.

16.  My oldest daughter has an astonishing singing voice for choir.

17.  My youngest daughter is the most insightful and considered person I know.

18.  I am very close to both my daughters.

19.  My Irish Grandmother cooked a traditional lunch including soup on Christmas day even if 40°C!

20.  Cooking and crafts run in my family.

21.   I spent my 21st birthday on a train from London to Holyhead to catch a ferry to Dublin.

22.   I have an Australian and British passport.

23.   I am an asthmatic.

24.   I love our new townhouse and feel lucky every day that we were the successful bidders.

25.   I have never know true joy like the joy my dog Charlie gives me.

26.   I have just started running every morning and can currently run 500 metres which I plan to build upon.

27.   I am very lucky at winning things.

28.   Generally if people ask me for money on the street I will give them some.

29.   I don’t like gambling.

30.  Once I was on the boat that shot a cannon to herald the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

31.    I’m not a morning person.

32.   I sometimes struggle with social media, the time spent on it and what it all means.

33.   I like eating cold toast with butter and vegemite.

34.   I spread vegemite on thickly.

35.   Coloured television had been available in Australia for three years before my family got one.

36.   As children, my mother told us alot of stories about her upbringing in Belfast.

37.   I could write a book based on these stories.

38.   I am very proud of my Irish heritage.

39.   My first concert was to see the rock band Cheap Trick.

40.   I love fruit based desserts.


Oh my goodness, did I really make it to 40!  I hope you feel you know me a little better after reading my list.  If any of you feel like joining in that would be wonderful and I look forward to reading your lists.  Thank you Jocelyn for kicking this off, Tina and Mel for encouraging me to give it a go.  Here’s a recipe for one of my favourite fruit based desserts, Roasted Fruit.

roasted fruit dessert

Roasted Fruit

You can use any fruit to make this dish.  Peaches, apricots, nectarines, strawberries, plums, apples, blackberries, raspberries, pears.

Preheat your oven to 180°C.  Cut an assortment of your choice of fruit in half or quarters depending on how big they are and place in a roasting dish.

Sprinkle with vanilla sugar (sugar that’s been placed in a jar and had a vanilla bean scraped into it and the bean then buried in the sugar) and slosh some brandy or I used calvados over the fruit.

Roast until the fruit is soft but still holds it’s shape.  Spoon into a bowl and pour the juice from the bottom of the pan over the fruit.  Serve with vanilla ice cream, yoghurt, mascarpone or cream.

I served it with caramelised yoghurt:  Spoon some yoghurt in to a bowl, sprinkle with brown sugar and leave it for five minutes, then swirl the melted sugar through the yoghurt with a spoon.


Catherine x


  1. Jocelyn Hefner

    Well done, Catherine! You certainly have quite the list here! It sounds like you are surrounded by a lot of love and kindness…thank you for spreading that out into the world! y the way, I love fruit based deserts as well! xx

  2. Miranda

    Oh yum, I want to eat this. Wow, you have Irish blood – I have a thing with Ireland and Scotland that I cannot explain except by supernatural ways, ahahahah!! Ok, it’s the viking thing, I believe. I loooove Irish traditional music, it moves me in a way the traditional music of my own country does not, in fact I am easily irritated by fado and modinhas, while whenever I listen to traditional Irish songs there’s always a lump in my throat the size of an ostrich egg. Go figure!! Loved reading these facts, and loved this recipe. Plus, besides being irish you live in Australia, aha, two of my dream countries in the world!!

    1. Catherine Bedson

      Hi Miranda, thank you. Irish people love music and it’s not uncommon to go to someones house and end up singing, it always comes from the heart. So happy you enjoyed reading the 40 facts, I didn’t think I’d be able to come up with 40 but was surprised when I did. You should give it a go on your blog, would love to read it. xx

  3. tina @ colourliving

    Fascinating. It doesn’t matter how long we all blog, nothing is as revealing as thesr 40 facts…. love the fact you joined and of course I love what you said about Charlie. I know the story from the beginning:-))))

    Can’t wait to meet you one day in person. Am sure we’ll have a lot to talk about.

    Your photographs are so seductive. You make everything look amazing.
    Tina xx

    1. Catherine Bedson

      I couldn’t agree with you more Tina it’s so insightful. London is at the top of my travel list, I’m dying to get there one day as I’d love to meet you and have other friends that’ve moved there from Australia. Big thanks for asking me to join in. Catherine xxx

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  6. anastasia

    oh Catherine – what a wonderful post…SO great to read and learn more about you…I do hope your dad is holding up okay during his treatment…(hugs). My parents also came to Australia by ship…it took them 40days, my mum was 5months pregnant with me, not the most comfortable of trips…you’ll have to do a home tour blog post of your new townhouse! Id love to see!!

  7. Noreen

    hello catherine –

    how wonderful to learn more about you! i am also irish. my grandparents on both sides were from there. irish catholic. i say that i’m pigheaded, and by that i mean i’m irish and stubborn. but i don’t drink.

    sorry to hear about your dad. i hope he has more up days than down. chemo is so tough. you have to be tough, too, to stand it.

    much joy to you and a happy fall,

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  9. Keely @ Gormandize

    These roasted stone fruits look gorgeous Catherine! I sometimes roast up stonefruits when I’ve got people coming to dinner but I’m trying not to eat too much dessert :) They make such a healthy and easy dessert option and nobody ever complains!

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