Conversations in Vegetables Stock

I am usually quite good at using up vegetables before they spoil. I wish I could be more like Alex, and plan my weekly meals, but I am much more of a reactionary cook based on what ingredients are present and what inspires me. Let me tell you, this is where Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion…

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…

Herb and Garlic Foccacia

Faithful reader, I have a confession to make. I call myself a baker, but I had never made bread. I had only used yeast on a small handful of occassions to make a sweet dough, and lacked the confidence to bake. Yes, I called myself a baker, yet I hid away from bread. It was…

Caramel Pecan Slice

I rarely make a slice (or a bar as they are also known abroad). I’m not sure why that is, as I usually love the result and they are often much easier than they appear. I think it can be traced to a failed attempt at a caramel slice many, many years ago. This slice…

Christmas Chutney

As promised in my sneak peek, a post about preserving! I spent a very pleasant Saturday afternoon making this delicious Christmas Chutney. I love Christmas time. I think this time of year means different things for different people. For me personally, it’s a hectic time, but it is one filled with love.. For me, I only give…

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over My Kitchen

In March  I was meant to assist a friend cater a Kitchen Tea where the bride to be was lactose intolerant. The afternoon had an Alice in Wonderland Theme and I had been given the task to make cupcakes. Frequently a number of different cooking blogs, I had always heard glowing recommendations for the book…

Spaghettini con le Melanzane (Spaghettini with Eggplant)

Pasta, is a food I take for granted. My grandparents emigrated to Australia from Southern Italy. My paternal grandfather in 1921, and my remaining grandparents in the 1950s.  I sometimes think about the difficult choices they made; I discovered when I visited Ellis Island in 2006 that my paternal grandfather John had originally lived in New York…

Vegan Apple Crumb Muffins

I’ve recently started a new job. We have a weekly team meeting at 11am and I though it would be nice at my second team meeting to bring something in for morning tea. Now can we please establish this as a judgement free zone? In a swot vac, working 14 days in a row while completing assignments…

Vegan Chocolate Cake

A Recipe Over Three Days by Mel  On Tuesday I  was invited over to dinner to my friend Lauren’s house (you should visit her blog). Lauren and Alan recently moved to St Kilda from Bath and I promised them baked goods. It was the perfect opportunity to make one of my favourite cakes, this chocolate…