Chocolate Sponge

One of the wonderful things about writing a blog about cooking, is people sharing their recipes with you. I love nothing more than collecting recipes people love and want to share. I have a book of recipes which friends, co-workers and acquaintances have passed on. Each proclaiming these recipes are easy and provide flawless results. It…

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…

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,…

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…

Orange Cake by Stephanie Alexander

Ever practical, The Cook’s Companion has always been a reliable source of last-minute solutions, both sweet and savoury. In this instance, I needed a simple cake to whip up to form a part of a more elaborate affair for a baby shower cake. This cake fitted the brief perfectly, used only what I had to…

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…

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…

Chocolate Squash Cake (or Chocolate Pumpkin Cake)

For reasons I cannot fathom, the North Americans and the British call butternut pumpkin ‘squash’. In fact, all pumpkin we have in Australia is considered ‘winter squash’ by North Americans and only the big orange ‘Halloween’ pumpkins are ‘proper’ pumpkin. No doubt we are considered the strange ones for labelling so many ‘squash’ as pumpkin…

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…

Chocolate-Banana Bread from Nigella Lawson

This chocolate-banana bread recipe is simply a chocolate version of Nigella’s banana bread; one of the first recipes I ever posted, or baked for that matter. As promised, I have indeed made it time and time again. Whenever there are ripening bananas in my house, there is bound to be banana bread. Not that you…