Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding

I know you can’t really have ‘leftover’ hot cross buns; they’re always good toasted and buttered, even a couple days old. But if you can no longer justify eating them for breakfast past Easter Monday, or perhaps if you’re looking for an Easter Sunday dessert that doesn’t involve chocolate, this might be just the thing…

Good Friday breakfast; fresh hot cross buns

What better way to kick off a four-day weekend than with a couple of fresh, home-made hot cross buns and a tea or coffee outside in the sunshine? Plus lashings of butter of course! You can see Mr t2k’s bun is toasted while mine is freshly warm from the oven but not toasted, the soft…

Jaffa Yo-Yos (choc-orange biscuits)

Melting moments were absolutely the defining biscuit of my childhood. For any occasion, a melting moment was always the perfect sweet treat. These are whipped up with ease by my Mum, who is absolutely an expert at recreating this biscuit perfectly every time. While they are undeniably perfection just as they are, I can never resist…

Lime Cream Cake

Never one to let anything go to waste, this cake came about from a need to use up a small tub of cream. Although the original cake is a plain vanilla flavour, I had a bag of limes in my fridge and decided the richness of the cream would offset the tart bite of lime…

Huevos Rancheros (Spanish Eggs)

Again, I can make no claims to the authenticity of this dish but it has been on breakfast café menus around Melbourne for some time now. I’m not sure whether it is traditionally a breakfast or dinner dish, but I made it for dinner this week and it was thoroughly enjoyed. I can see why…

Thai Chicken Larb

Keeping on the Thai meal theme in our house, I decided to try this recipe from Michelle Bridges. It’s a very simple but flavoursome meal, packed with herbs and spices. As I couldn’t find any lean chicken mince readily available, I blitzed some skinless chicken thighs in my food processor in place of the mince….

Summery cupcakes (blueberry muffins with cream cheese icing)

I made these for a friend’s birthday as a celebration of summer. With the biscuit ‘sand’ and the mini umbrellas, these recall long summer days spent at the beach. The blueberry cupcakes and lemon cream cheese icing pair beautifully together to make a delicious summer treat.

Thai Fish Cakes and Noodle Salad

Lately, in the Brisbane kitchen, our dinner menu has been a little stale so I’ve been trying a few new weeknight meals. While some are not likely to grace our table again, some are absolute winners and this was certainly one of them. Delicious Thai-flavoured fish cakes with a yummy noodle salad were easy to…

Death by Chocolate Cake from Mary Berry

This cake was one I had my eye on for a while, simply because of the name. But, as the old adage goes, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and the name turned out to be a little more than the cake could deliver. It’s a good cake and the icing is actually …

Fish and Vegetable Stew

In an effort to eat more fish, I picked up this recipe from a Michelle Bridges cook book (of The Biggest Loser Australia fame, The No Excuses Cookbook). With very simple flavours and almost no effort, it seemed like a good addition to our weeknight dinner rotation. While the basic premise is easy and creates…

Healthy (low-calorie) Banana Bread

Sometimes life gets in the way of a good thing – even something as beloved as this little blog! Between holidays, illness and overtime, I have sadly neglected my baking. Luckily Mel has come to my rescue and provided plenty of lovely recipes to keep me going in the meantime. This is the first cake…

Chickpea and Pasta Soup

This was a dish my (Greek) Grandmother used to make for me and I always adored it. While I never got the recipe from her, this one in How to Eat caught my eye and I tried it out for the first time 5 years ago. While I expected a delicious soup (it is from…