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…

Parisian-style Nutella Crepes

One of my very favourite foods I ate while strolling the streets of Paris were crepes, usually filled with Nutella and banana, desiccated coconut or all three together. Soft, warm and filled with melting Nutella, they were the perfect antidote to the chilly June days.This photo is of my Nutella and coconut crêpe (foreground) and…

Lemony Ginger Cake

This recipe is simple as it is delicious. Published by the CWA, in the aptly titled Country Women’s Association Classics: over 400 favourite recipes, this recipe is by Shirley Tongs from Tasmania. The recipe is apparently a standby cake on farms due to its simple ingredients. I selected it as it included two of my favourite flavours; lemon…

Banana Date Cake

This is a recipe from the archives, one from a large folder of clippings collected from newspapers and magazines over many years. According to the clipping, it was printed in The Age in 2005. Looking for something different to use up some overripe bananas, I found this recipe easy and delicious, although it did make…

Fairy Cakes from Mary Berry

These are beautiful little cakes to brighten up a gloomy Monday, such as we’ve just had in Brisbane. Mary claims these are easy enough for children to make and I can easily believe it; I could put them together in my sleep. Aside from their ease, they make a deliciously moist, plainly delicious sponge-style cupcake…

Jaffa Yo-Yos (choc-orange biscuits)

Melting moments were absolutely the defining biscuit of my childhood. For any occasion, a melting moment was always the perfect sweet treat. These are whipped up with ease by my Mum, who is absolutely an expert at recreating this biscuit perfectly every time. While they are undeniably perfection just as they are, I can never resist…

Lime Cream Cake

Never one to let anything go to waste, this cake came about from a need to use up a small tub of cream. Although the original cake is a plain vanilla flavour, I had a bag of limes in my fridge and decided the richness of the cream would offset the tart bite of lime…

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…

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…

Blueberry Pie

When I think of pie, I think of America. A few years ago I read ‘American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads.’ The book chronicles the authors journey for the perfect pie. While I don’t have the luxury of travelling across America, I think this pie is pretty delicious. The  pastry is…

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…

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….