Victoria Sponge Cake* (or the only Victoria Sponge Recipe you’ll ever need)

I love the Victoria Sponge Cake. There is something so simple, yet so alluring about it. A light, lovely, sponge cake filled with jam, fruit and cream is a perfect reminder of summer. The first recipe I ever made from Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess, was the Victoria Sponge. I fell in […]

Raspberry Buns

On the first Saturday in May, my friend Belinda and I made the small trip up to Clunes in country Victoria. The Clunes Book Town Festival celebrates books, and this year the festival attracted around 30 second hand book stores. As an avid reader and vintage cookbook collector, I was more than a little excited with […]

Gateau A L'Orange Et Aux Amandes

Gateau A L’Orange Et Aux Amandes (Orange and Almond Spongecake)

I recently enjoyed four days off work. On Tuesday, after having lunch in the city with Mum, we wandered in one of the department stores. I say wandered, because I practically dragged mum to the Kitchen Appliances. I could never afford a Kitchen Aid; they are expensive and up until recently I was only casually employed. In the […]

Monte Carlos

I will have to admit, I don’t have fond memories of Monte Carlos. In Australia, made by Arnotts, Monte Carlos are quite  hard biscuit with an unusual icing in the middle. They are part of many biscuit trays and always are  the last left on the tray (along with the poor Kingston). When I saw this recipe […]


For the most part I don’t usually plan what I make. I prefer for the inspiration to come to me organically. It doesn’t always work and can mean I spend quite a bit of time just reading cookbooks. The only exception is when I have an ingredient that I need to use. A few weeks […]