A whey with mandarins

Well, that was some pretty awful punning in the title, wasn’t it?  Still, you don’t see too many protein bars that practically scream with the fresh citrusy goodness of mandarins.  Why not, I say?  Mandarin protein bars are the shizz. I’m sorry I have been slack as with posting over the last month or two. …

The Merits of the Mise en Place (and chocolate cake)

One of the best tips I could give to anyone who is new to baking (or even those who are more experienced) is to prepare their mise en place before mixing and baking. My mise en what? I hear you ask. Your mise en place … all your ingredients weighed and measured out before you…

Persimmon Pudding with Lemon Balm

I love Autumn foods.  Much more than I love the Autumn weather and certainty that Winter is coming.  But the produce!  Wow.  The second blush of raspberries is always the best for me, even though I know they will soon be gone for another year.  The new season’s pears and apples makes me want to…

Apple Upside Down Cake

For me, every day is Mother’s Day.  I love my Mamma more than anyone or anything and I let her know it as often as I can.  I mean, the woman has been putting up with my cranky pants attitude since the day I was born.  That deserves some serious recognition, and a fair few…

No Bake ANZAC Biscuits

This Saturday, 25th April 2015, is ANZAC Day.  This year, however, it is not just any ANZAC Day.  It’s the 100th anniversary of that fateful day in ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli in 1915.   It is an event that became a defining part of Australian (and New Zealand) folklore, history, and culture.   As such, the commemorations…

Mocha Protein Bars

I thank the gods for chocolate every day.  These days I am even more thankful for chocolate.  Because while I am unable to bake anything that I could possibly deem blog worthy in my recalcitrant oven, I can still play with chocolate.    Hooray for chocolate! Well, actually, I’ve been busy with my Easter chocolate selection…

Hot Cross Protein Bombs!

Because Hot Cross Buns are just …. so last Easter 😀 Well, okay, big call.  Will undoubtedly fail to substantiate that one but you know, there are only so many hot cross buns I can eat before I run smack up against my carbohydrate allowance for the day. Things are slow here in the Chocolate…

Banana Doughnuts with Nutella Glaze

It all started with a few lovely over ripe bananas in the fruit bowl and some good intentions.  Banana bread.  The healthy kind.   However, somewhere between sitting in my office and arriving in the kitchen, those good intentions got railroaded by the thought of doughnuts.  Baked doughnuts.  But proper baked doughnuts.  Banana doughnuts to be…

Protein Pancakes with Maple Caramelised Figs & Bacon

I missed Pancake Tuesday completely.  But then, so what?  Why make a huge deal about having pancakes on a “once a year” occasion when, let’s face it, every Sunday is pancake day! Wait … every day is a valid pancake day 🙂 I have put various photos of these babies on Instagram and Facebook lately. …

Deconstructed Rhubarb Tart with Rose and Vanilla

Forgive me, dear readers, it’s been 4 months since my last post … wait, no.   There’ll be none of that.  No long-winded apologies.  Or short ones for that matter. I’ve been off doing other stuff, but it’s all good stuff.  Well, mostly.   I had surgery in September thanks to a long-standing hip injury and some…

The one about my fantastic voyage

Well, when I say “fantastic voyage” … I mean I went into hospital last week for a bit of surgery. A hip arthroscopy, in fact.  Keyhole surgery to put matters right after a running injury from almost two years ago that just wouldn’t lay down and die already. They go in with their little instruments,…

Oranges and Cream

I know.  I know.  Sometimes you just don’t have either the time or the energy to make buttercream. Maybe you find the thought of making buttercream just a little too daunting. Maybe you just found out you are about to have guests coming over and are paralysed by the idea that you only have 30…

Chocolate Strawberry Protein Loaf

I rather like the idea of chocifying the world.  Heck, the whole universe is better with a little chocolate shared around. If someone tells me they don’t like brussel sprouts, my response is usually … Well, you can’t be expected to love all the foods. But, if someone tells me they don’t like chocolate, it’s…

Lemon Financiers

“Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat” So sang Peter, Paul, and Mary way back in the early 60s.  I think they were being a bit harsh, don’t you?  Poor lemon?  Impossible to eat? Sure, there are not too many people…

Guest Post: Tiramisù a là Gourmantine

I wish I had the time to follow and read more food blogs, but the reality is that I don’t.   So I only consistently stalk follow a select few that I absolutely could not live without.  For their recipes, witty repartee, or a shared aesthetic sensibility, and because I love what they do and how…

Lemon Ricotta Protein Hotcakes

Life has recently dumped a few bagfuls of lemons on my lap. Well, two of my aunts gave me bags of lemons from their trees, which is close enough, right? Big, juicy, fragrant lemons. I’m using them in literally everything at the moment, getting the best of them while they are still fresh. So be…