Liebster Award #5

Good morning bookworms! I am so sorry that I have been away most of this last week. Between travel for work, getting a terrible chest infection (which I still have) and basically falling asleep every time I pick up a book, as well as continuing to make a DnD character for our new game that... Continue Reading →

Liebster Award #3

Good morning bookworms! The gorgeous Siobhan @ Siobhan's Novelties has tagged me in the Liebster Award. Thank you Siobhan!!! I've done this one a couple of times now, but as the questions always change it never feels old. (And I love that!!) If you aren't following Siobhan's blog, then please go and amend that error... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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