No Bake Fruit Tart

  As mentioned in my Cheesecake post, I recently attended a BBQ with colleagues and was left with the task of making dessert. Having made a cheesecake, I also made this ridiculously easy fruit tart. Published in Nigella’s Kitchen, this recipe is perfect to make a day ahead, and easily impresses. Be generous with the fruit. I used strawberries,…

Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake

    Christmas always includes two desserts: cheesecake and chocolate ripple. I have been fascinated by this Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake recipe by Mary Berry for it’s combination of two favourite recipes. I decided to use a BBQ with some work colleagues to finally try the recipe. This cake is decadent but delicious. A small piece goes a long way! I’m always…

Cottage Pie

Winter is fast approaching here in Melbourne. As the temperature drops, the clouds darken and the kitchen becomes a welcome place of comfort and warmth. What better way to feed such desires than a cottage pie? I’ve been making this for many years and have yet to receive any complaints. It’s easy to increase the quantity and freeze the spare pie for…

Mexican Lasagna

Once again this recipe was first published by Nigella Lawson in Kitchen. It was always one of those recipes I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try but looked easy enough. I first made this in December. Mum was in hospital and I needed to make dinner for the rest of the week, without any…

Caramelised onion & blue cheese tarts from Stephanie Alexander

Or “how to turn a wedge of leftover blue-vein cheese into the most fantastic canapes” Blue-vein cheese is an acquired taste but in our house it is an essential addition to every cheese platter. Having bought this for a lazy, luxury friday night dinner, we found it too much to finish off between the two…

Mel’s (Famous) Cheese and Basil Muffins

I collect recipes. I love talking to people about cooking, about techniques and there is nothing I love more than someone sharing their recipe. This trait is a gift from my mother. The title is a little misleading as it’s not my original recipe. My mother Maria, received this recipe from a parent of one of my sisters primary…

Cheese Twists

When I was younger, mum would take me into the city. She would stop at the ground level of the Lonsdale St Myer store and treat me to a cheese twist. They were delicious puff pastry treats. Myer has since refurbished but the memory of those days remains. Seeing something similar at Safeway the other…

Cheese and Olive Scone Bake

As I mentioned in my previous post I  recently started a new job. After going to Brisbane for work, I ended up staying the weekend with Alex. It was only natural we spent part of it in the kitchen. After making Alex’s grandmothers delicious raspberry slice, we decided what we needed was cheese and olive…