Hi, I’m Marie and I’m the recipe developer, cook, photographer, and author behind Sugar Salt Magic. I’m also mum to 3 amazing fur babies and wife to the most amazing man in the world. Life is good.

Ever since I was young, I’ve enjoyed food. Some of my fondest childhood memories are joining Mum in the kitchen to make her gorgeous Simple Strawberry Flan or family favourite, Homemade Sausage Rolls at Christmas time. In fact, so many of my favourite memories are centred around food and it’s what I love most about it.

As I got older and moved out of home my real love of food took flight and now barely a moment goes by that I’m not reading about food, looking at food, learning and researching about food or happily devouring food. 

Six Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream with strawberries on top.

Easy Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

My passion is cooking and baking from scratch. I like knowing what’s in my food and that I’m feeding my friends and family the very best I can. I love dinners I can put in the middle of the table and say “dig in” and all types of share food because isn’t that what food is all about? Sharing good food and good times with family and friends? Or maybe my love of share style food comes purely down to the fact that, if I can have a little bit of everything, I won’t get food envy 🙂 

I get a kick out of putting a smile on someone’s face when they taste something delicious and there’s no better time than when everyone is sitting around a table eating, chatting and smiling.

What you’ll find on Sugar Salt Magic

I want everyone to enjoy sharing food the way I do, so you’ll find lots of tips and tricks here to make something truly delicious and be confident doing it. 

A pink and brown frozen parfait on a plate covered in cherries and chocolate

Frozen Cherry Chocolate Parfait

Sweet baking is something that really excites me so you will find a large proportion of sweet recipes here. I have a particular fondness for layered desserts like these Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Blood Orange Jelly and fusion type desserts where I combine 2 desserts into one like my Chocolate Meringue Brownie Cake.

Most of my recipes are big enough that a minimum of 6 people can get a piece. If it’s gooey and dripping with caramel, even better.

4 cooked chicken thigh pieces in a pan in a thick sauce

Lime Chilli Coconut Chicken

As for savoury, my style is comfort food. Although you’ll find some weeknight meals and healthier dishes, most meals here are how I like to eat on the weekend.

Whether you’re entertaining or you’ve been good all week and you just want something a bit more hearty. From crowd favourites like Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff and Authentic Ragu Bolognese to recipes from my travels like this amazing Focaccia Di Recco and Venetian Crab Linguine

Because of my food philosophy of sharing, you’ll find me regularly adding delicious tapas style dishes, appetisers and finger food – all things that work well when entertaining but can work equally as well for a homely family meal.


From this gorgeous Pistachio Rose Panna Cotta Tart featured on Lauren Conrad to these decadent Salted Butterscotch Chocolate Fudge Brownies featured on The Feed Feed, I’m very humbled to have had my recipes and myself featured on a number of websites. You’ll find a few of these below.

Where to start

Check out the Recipes index where you can search by Category, Date or by Search Term right at the top – or scroll down to look through each Category.

Or click on one of these most popular categories – Sweets and Desserts, Main Meals, Appetisers and SnacksYou’ll find a search bar in the top menu and in the side bar to search for recipes or ingredients.

3 pieces of salted choc chip cookie dough fudge stacked on top of each other

Salted Choc Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

How it all began:

Ok, so I had this craaazy idea….. start a food blog. Sounds simple enough, right? I love food and cooking. I love being creative, and photography and when I was younger I used to love writing. Do I have enough time? Ummm, sure. Anyway back to the food blog.

I have some favourite blogs that I follow and found them so inspiring. Given all of the above, I wondered “Could this be for me?” I cook anyway….lots. I need a good excuse to practice my photography because, sadly, my beautiful, fancy DSLR rarely makes it out of its lonely case unless I’m going on holiday. I get lots of wonderful comments about my food. It all makes sense really. It’s like the next logical step.

I even had the perfect name AND the domain was available. Woohoo! And how did I come up with this awesome and perfect name, you ask? My gorgeous husband and I had a little competition with his family whereby each couple made a 3 course meal for the other 2 couples which were then scored in secret.

We were first up and we needed a name for our “restaurant”. We tried to come up with catchy names using the first letter of each of our first names and, hurrah! Salt & Magic was born. When it came to my blog, I had to include sugar because, well, dessert features largely in my life. Sugar Salt Magic it is, then.

… and now?

Now I have my little part of the virtual world to share my creations with you.  Please have a look around and check out some of my easy recipes.

I’d love for you to join the ride, so if you’d like my creations delivered directly to your inbox, please subscribe. No spam, I promise!

But I will promise to send you delicious recipes regularly and any little special offers I can muster up along the way.

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All recipes and photos are mine unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own. While sometimes I may show sponsored content, I will never accept payment in exchange for a positive review on a product. Where a post is for a sponsored product, there will be an annotation stating such.