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Anything else that doesn't fit neatly into another category.

  • 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…

  • Rocky road

    Rocky Road

    I can’t eat whole nuts, so I generally just don’t eat nuts at all because there’s a fine line between what I can eat and what will make me sick (I’m not anaphylactic, but it’s not pleasant).  What I can get away with (luckily) is eating foods that may contain traces of nuts.  However, I know that this is not the…

  • White chocolate cheesecake

    So this is what I use as my base (not baked) chocolate cheesecake recipe.  It has a simple flavour and it is easily adjustable to make several variants, which I am sure you will see a few of in later blog posts. Ingredients Base: 250g plain chocolate cookies (I use Arnott’s chocolate ripple) 100g melted butter Cheesecake filling: 375g cream…

  • Wedding planning – stationery

    I’m an event planner – that’s my jam.  It’s not what I do for a living now, but I worked in hospitality for a long time, and I used to own and run a small business that did party planning.  It’s my dream job (if I could make enough money from it while still being my own boss). I’m also…

  • Baked Chai Cheesecake

    So I have this policy at work where I tell my team mates that they can pick any type of cake they want for their birthday and I will make it.  It’s never actually backfired yet, but there have been a few times where I think they just like to test me.  Case in point – E asked me if…

  • Cheesy Chicken Macaroni

    So, I have this amazing recipe for a simple chicken pasta, that’s a bit like macaroni cheese (the Aussie version – I have not tried the US version).  I was gifted it by a friend, and up to this point, I still have it as a photo of a handwritten recipe, which is what I use to cook it (when…

  • It’s a cat life…

    So, partner and I have three (yes, you saw that right, THREE) cats.  I’m going to introduce them now because it is likely that I will talk about them lots.  They have real names, but that’s not what we refer to them as.  We call them The Cat, The Kitten, and The Fluffy. The Cat So this one is our…

  • Nan’s Rock Cakes

    My grandmother taught me to bake when I was a child.  I remember going to her house after school and on weekends (she was a substitute babysitter) and we would bake all kinds biscuits, cakes and slices.  Mostly these were sold at the local church fête, or for the Country Women’s Association (CWA). One of her most famous baked items…

  • Mini Baked Lemon Blueberry Cheesecakes

    I love cheesecake.  There’s likely going to be a lot of cheesecake recipes on here.  I’m just preparing you now. I found a recipe online for lemon blueberry cheesecake, but when I made it, the whole thing just fell apart.  It was a disaster.  And that was the last time I actually followed a recipe instead of making my own.…

  • Bowel diseases and polite society…

    So.  I have a bowel disease. Surprisingly, it’s not something that I feel comfortable talking about.  In fact, I’m kind of ashamed by it – and I don’t know why.  I guess there’s a taboo talking about your intestinal tract in polite society.  But then again, I’m not sure we live in a polite society any more. Also, it’s not…