Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

After receiving Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Christmas as a Christmas gift this past year, I was browsing excitedly through it, imagining all the things I’d be making for Christmas 2015. A quick chat with Mel revealed that she owned the same book (no surprises there!). Mel mentioned to me that there was an excellent cookie recipe in…

Apricot fruit loaf cake by Mary Berry

So I’m in a bit of a baking frenzy at the moment, working my way through that ever-growing list of recipes to try (of which many are from Mary Berry). Luckily I can also fundraise for a good cause with the delicious results. Two of my colleagues have paired up with friends to complete the…

Chocolate-Chestnut Cake

I noted this recipe with excitement when I first bought How to Be a Domestic Goddess; I have fond memories of peeling chestnuts hot from the open fire as a child and savouring the effort and sore fingers with delight at the nutmeat within. The recipe calls for unsweetened chestnut puree; presumably a tinned substance…

Instant Fruitcake (Fast Mincemeat Christmas Cake by Mary Berry)

In an ideal world, I would have got the recipe for Christmas fruit cake from my Grandmother, who has been making (and thus perfecting) them for years. But as I am running late on getting a fruit cake together and also low on time to devote to such pursuits, I chose this quick fruit cake…

Lebkuchen Hearts from Marian Keyes

Having recently celebrated an Oktoberfest dinner at home with friends, I needed something traditionally German to end our meals, but nothing as hugely filling as the Black Forest Cake, which is the German cake to end all cakes. Although these are traditionally Christmas cookies (and Marian Keyes tells a charming tale of receiving a 20cm…

Chicken Teriyaki

  I love Chicken Teriyaki. There was a small Japanese restaurant in the Melbourne CBD that sold the most amazing (and affordable) chicken teriyaki. It was rare that you could finish a bowl. There has never been a store-bought marinade that could compare. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe from Nigella’s Kicthen for a long time….

Chocolate and Coconut Bundt Cake (Snowball Cake)

This cake is an absolute delight. I wanted something a little unusual to break-in my (other) new bundt pan and I’m glad I went looking because otherwise I would never have found this delicious recipe. Dense but light chocolate cake surrounds a moist, fluffy cloud of coconut filling. It is beautiful to look at and…

Oatmeal Cookies from Merle Parrish

I decided to make these biscuits after searching for a good recipe to use up some of the many oats I have leftover from making ANZAC biscuits in April. I love the chewy texture oats give to biscuits and slices and this recipe uses only basic ingredients yet is full of flavour. These are a…

Yorkshire Gingernut Biscuits from Mary Berry

I love gingernut biscuits; the spicy heat from the ginger is a very welcome addition to an otherwise simple biscuit to accompany my morning cup of tea. Perhaps originating from Yorkshire, given the title, they do seem very English and so Mary Berry’s recipe seemed a good place to start.