Wimbledon Cake

Hello, faithful reader! Sunday was the conclusion of the Australian Open, and the end of my summer of tennis. With trips to Perth and Sydney, and 12 hour days, I can finally breath a sigh of relief, and more importantly get back into the kitchen! The last month has been a diet of sandwiches, toast,…

Apple Bread

  I love Tessa Kiros, her cookbooks are wonderful. I own Falling Cloudberries and Apples for Jam. This recipe comes from Apples for Jam. I’ve made it a few times, and I love it. As someone who doesn’t eat bananas, I love the concept of apple bread instead. It’s perfect for either breakfast or an…

Chocolate Eclair

 I  have always thought choux pastry would be more difficult to make than it actually turned out to be. While the method is a little more involved in that the mixture is essentially cooked on the stove and then again in the oven, anyone who has ever made a bechamel sauce need not fear this delicious pastry….

Chocolate (Vegan) Olive Oil Cake

This cake is delicious. I was expecting a dense cake, and was surprised by its light and fluffy texture. I made this on a lovely lazy Sunday afternoon. When I first leisurely flicked through Nigellissima, I was instantly drawn to this recipe. It reminded me of the Vegan Chocolate Cake I love.If I had to…

Singin’ Hinny

This may not be the prettiest looking scone around, but its taste more than makes up for its lack of appearance. It’s called a Singin’ Hinny and was published in Mary Berry’s 100 Cakes and Bakes. The Singin’ Hinny is from Northumberland, and is an affectionate name for the way it sings when it’s cooking…

Zucchini Slice

I have been making this Zucchini Slice for years. I’ve made it countless times, and often can make it from memory. It’s adaptable and can easily suit vegetables you have. It’s also perfect to make the day before and take into work for lunch. I prefer to serve it warm, but it can easily be…

Yoghurt Pot Cake

I do not think it would be a suprise for anyone who reads this blog to discover that I love not only cook books in general, but that I also have a love and respect for Nigella Lawson and her books specifically. It would therefore be logical to presume I was excited for the publication…

White chocolate and wasabi cupcakes with salted caramel topping

Sometimes curiosity gets the better of me and I have to make something just to see what it tastes like. Some combinations sound so strange on the page that I can’t imagine the flavours together in one dish. So I get out my bowl and spoon and put it together, 100% prepared for the eventuality…

Caramel Pecan Slice

I rarely make a slice (or a bar as they are also known abroad). I’m not sure why that is, as I usually love the result and they are often much easier than they appear. I think it can be traced to a failed attempt at a caramel slice many, many years ago. This slice…

Lazy Loaf from Nigella Lawson

Flicking through my latest cookbook purchase (Nigella Express – a little late, I know), I was interested to see a recipe for oat bread included in a booked titled Express, given that making bread is a notoriously lengthy process. Reading the recipe however, I can see how the ‘express’ section of the recipe comes into…

Almond Biscotti

  Growing up, Almond Biscotti were always one of those fancy biscuits, which were brought and served on special occasions. Topped with either red or green glacé cherries, it was a biscuit I only really came to appreciate when I was older. They are usually piped using a star nozzzle, but I improvised with a…

French Lemon Tart

  My favourite Lemon Tart comes from a recipe published in The Age many, many years ago. If I had to give it an estimate I would say around 2005. It is the most wonderful tart; light and smooth with a lovely lemon taste.