Apricot Almond Cake, with Rosewater and Cardamom

A few weeks ago, Alex and I had a rare Sunday afternoon free and we made the most of it by baking together. We made some spiced nuts, as well as a nut loaf, however the hero of the day was without a doubt this Apricot Almond Cake. I loved the idea of this cake,…

Christmas Cookie: Golden Ginger Star Biscuits

It’s less than a month to Christmas, and I hope our readers are not overwhelmed with the stresses of the season. I love the season of Christmas, as friends and family get together. Coming from an Italian background, Christmas lunch is a feast, a celebration of the joy of family. When I think of Christmas,…

Christmas Morning Muffins

As Christmas draws near again, I have the pleasure of re-visiting my Christmas cook books, including Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Christmas. In an attempt to spread my (admittedly premature) Christmas cheer, I’ve chosen to make these Christmas Morning Muffins, which Nigella recommends as a lighter way to celebrate Christmas morning.  Frankly, there aren’t many mornings in…

Paul Hollywood’s Maneesh Bread

There is something delightful in making flat breads, and comforting knowing that the recipe has survived centuries, that our ancestors once enjoyed the same flavours that you are now using in your own kitchen. Growing up with Italian grandparents, bread plays such an important role in our meals. Affordable and filling I love the simplicity of…

Apricots, Apricots, Apricots (Part 2)

It’s Part 2 of my Apricots journey! You may recall from my earlier post I received 6kg of Apricots fresh from my grandmothers tree. I made this delicious Apricot Jam  however that only used 1.5kg of the apricots. With 4.5kg to go, I turned to Sally Wise’s A Year in the Bottle  . There I found…

Crumpets

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I love to do on a weekend is cook breakfast for the household. For the most part I tend to rise quite early (or at least early for a weekend) and make breakfast. One of my new favourite treats to make are crumpets. Almost deliciously…

Best Ever Chocolate Cake

Okay, so the title may be a little hyperbole but this is an excellent chocolate cake to have up your sleeve. This is a cake I have thrown together for at least 10 years now, and while there are others I make – I keep coming back to it.  What I love most about it?…

Stuffed Tomatoes and Baked Salmon Fans

I think I may have mentioned in my previous post, it’s the middle of Summer. I was fortunate to spend some time recently at the beach enjoying quiet days of reading, walking and just enjoying some great meals. We are very fortunate to live in an area where beautiful seafood and seasonal produce is so…

Apricots, Apricots, Apricots (Part 1)

We’re in the middle of summer here in Melbourne. As I type this, it is a warm and pleasant February Saturday afternoon. February. How is we are already 6 weeks into the new year? I must admit, I feel my year is just beginning. A side effect of my job means January is otherwise occupied…