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  • Sweet potato fries with cinnamon chilli sauce

    I don’t only do sweet baking – although I am far better at it than I am at savoury.  But I’m forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone more often to pursue a more even keel with the recipes.  You can thank Ben, a friend who has complained that he doesn’t want to bake cake, for the next…

  • Mixed berry cheesecake

    Summer in Australia can be brutal – and as we move towards the end of the seemingly constant stream of 30°C plus days, I felt the need to indulge in a light, cool dessert.  Lo and behold, the mixed berry cheesecake.  Yum! Ingredients 250g plain biscuits (I use Arnott’s Butternut Snap, so an ‘oaty’ biscuit is great) 100g butter 250g…

  • Hummingbird cake

    This cake is a favourite – it’s sweet and moist, but not over the top.  It has that fulfilling ‘tea cake’ feel to it, which I think comes through with the cinnamon and fruit taste to it.  And if you like Banana Bread, then you should absolutely love this too! Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup self raising flour…

  • Carrot cake

    There is absolutely nothing better in autumn than home made carrot cake, made with the carrots you’ve pulled out of your garden.  Autumn is the season I associate with apples, carrots, pumpkin and falling leaves – this is mostly because I always forget to plant my carrots until mid-end of spring! The cake itself is dairy-free and nut-free, but if…

  • Cream cheese frosting

    There is NOTHING better than a super delicious frosting for a cake, and there isn’t a frosting much better than cream cheese frosting. I could be super biased, but I think this is best cream cheese frosting I’ve ever made.  This frosting is best on citrus and berry based cakes, such as orange and poppyseed cake, carrot cake, or even…

  • Orange and Poppyseed Cake

    There is nothing I like better than a tart citrus-based cake…  Well, except a really good chocolate cake!  But orange and poppyseed is definitely one of my favourites. Ingredients 50g butter 2 tbsp grated orange rind 1 cup caster sugar 1 eggs 1/4 cup orange juice 1 cup self-raising flour 2 tbsp poppyseeds 1/3 cup milk Method Preheat oven to 180°C…

  • Apple and cinnamon tea cake

    My parents have a small hobby farm where we grew up.  On the farm we had some cattle, horses, chicken and the occasional sheep that escaped from the neighbours.  We also had an small orchard, as my mum is great with plants.  There were peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and apples. Every year when the summer was finishing up and the…

  • Chocolate Brownies

    Brownies are one of those magical things that have migrated from the US, along with Coca-Cola, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hallowe’en.  And the best brownies are slightly gooey in the middle… just like these ones! Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, melted 3 eggs 1.5 cups white sugar 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder (Dutch cocoa powder is the…

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo

    The last week I have had the delight of entertaining my cousin’s daughter while her mum is at work.  When I lived closer I would take her for a day or two during her summer holidays so her mum didn’t eat up all of her leave or have to pay for babysitters.  Now that we live ~8 hours by car…

  • Goals for 2017

    I am relatively new to blogging.  I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, but just never quite got around to finding the time.  You know, we’re all so busy with life that we just keep adding things to our “I should do that” list, and if you’re like me, that list just keeps getting longer and longer. In…

  • Mullumbimby, NSW

    I’ve been relatively quiet this week – I’ve been on holidays with family.  I’ve used the time to catch up on some books, catch up with family, and just relax.  Relaxing includes swimming in the ocean, getting a massage, shopping, drinking, napping, and of course, reading.  Being an Aussie, there was some cricket involved as well. We’ve been staying in…

  • Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

    One of my ‘go-to’ recipes is my cookies and cream cheesecake.  It’s relatively simple and very delicious – a definite crowd pleaser.  It is based on my white chocolate cheesecake recipe, but I make it as a larger slab type recipe for bigger groups.  It has the potential to last up to a week in the refrigerator – but alas,…

  • Pavlova

    It’s summer here in Australia at the moment, and the weather has been amazing over Christmas.  The days have been clear and sunny, hot at around 30°C (which is about 86°F).  I remember being a kid, helping my mum or my grandmother bake sweets in the summer.  I particularly remember making the pavlova because my grandmother didn’t have an electric beater…

  • Lemon Lime Tart

    My mother’s favourite dessert is a really tart citrus tart.  Like, it has to really bite as you take a mouthful, and then once in your mouth it takes on this sweeter, smooth consistency. Ingredients Base: 1.5 cups plain flour 1/4 cup self raising flour pinch of salt 1/2 cup caster sugar 100g butter 1 egg Filling: 1/2 cup lemon…

  • Brandy Custard

    My favourite side with plum pudding at Christmas time is Brandy Custard.  Well, brandy custard and ice cream.  I use a family recipe, and while it’s probably a little heavy on the brandy side, it is what I am used to (and besides, isn’t Christmas a perfect time for a little indulgence?). Ingredients 550g* of milk (full cream / full…

  • The cutest earrings ever

    I’m not really a jewellery wearer.  The only piece that I have worn consistently this year is my engagement ring – and I was only given it in June.  I don’t wear other rings, necklaces, bracelets or brooches.  I don’t even wear makeup that often. However, I cannot resist these amazingly adorable wooden earrings that are made by a lady…

  • Chocolate salted-caramel tart

    This is a complicated recipe – there are three parts to cooking it, BUT it is well worth it in the end. Chocolate shortcrust pastry base Ingredients 125g butter, cubed 1.25 cups plain flour 2 tbsp cocoa powder 2 tbsp caster sugar 1/4 tsp salt 2 tbsp iced water Method Add flour, cocoa powder, caster sugar and salt into bowl…

  • Vegan buttercream frosting

    Now, it is a little known fact (which I like to tell people about) that Oreo cookies are vegan-friendly.  I’m not sure if this is by design, or by accident, but it certainly make decorating (non-butter) buttercream frosting easier!  You can chop Oreos in half and add them to the top of the cupcakes for that little bit of extra…

  • Vegan chocolate cupcakes

    I love to experiment with baking.  I have this great chocolate cake recipe (that I will likely NEVER publish the recipe for because it’s my signature cake), but I also acknowledge that people have dietary requirements – I am a primary example of that. So, I like to play around with recipes to make alternatives for others.  This is my…

  • Jaffa cheesecake

    So, as I mentioned in my recipe for White chocolate cheesecake, I use this as my base cheesecake recipe for heaps of different variations.  This variation is for all the orange-chocolate lovers out there! There are two steps you need to add to the base recipe to transform it into choc-orange deliciousness. Steps for choc orange cheesecake goodness: At step 6, add…

  • Butter cookies

    Yum!  Butter cookies!  These are absolutely one of my favourites at Christmas time, and are perfect with either a tall glass of milk (because it is summer in Australia at Christmas time), or a delicious mug of hot chocolate… or spiked egg-nog! They are equally delicious the rest of the year as well, and a good recipe for kids too. Ingredients…

  • Vegan shortbread

    Christmas is a mere 21 days away (cue panic)!  I make shortbread and gift it around to colleagues, friends and family as a) it’s super simple, and b) everyone seems to like it! But alas, traditional shortbread is not vegan friendly, and I have vegan friends and colleagues.  So, this is the recipe that I amended for them! Ingredients 2…

  • Mint chocolate cheesecake

    So, earlier this week I posted my recipe for White chocolate cheesecake.  As part of this I mentioned that I use this as a base recipe to do variations – which is absolutely correct. Some of the variations include: Tim Tam dark chocolate caramel salted caramel, and cookies and cream. This version is Mint chocolate one.  Essentially the recipe is…

  • Banana bread with cream cheese swirl

    So, I know I warned you that I make a lot of cheesecake – and this (technically) isn’t cheesecake, but it might as well be.  It’s the most delicious combination of cheesecake with banana bread (or cake – whatever you want to call it). Ingredients Banana bread/cake: 125g butter (melted) 1 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 3/4…