Rhubarb & Orange Tea Cake

I should be planning my work schedule for the next two weeks, but I just needed some time out today as I’ve been unwell over the past month.  So I decided to put my time to good use and do a little food prep and get this tea cake recipe posted on the blog, after…

Brown Butter & Cinnamon and Pistachio Cream Glazed Doughnuts

In today’s world, making a choice can become an almost impossible task.  It is easy to feel confused and overwhelmed when faced with too many options.  I find that I tend to choose what is familiar in such times.  It brings a sense of comfort and relief. At other times, we wish we had some…

Macro Friendly Microwave Chocolate Bowl Cake

  Necessity really is the mother of invention, isn’t it?  Often, it’s only when you lose something, that you start finding clever ways to do without it.  So it has been for the best part of this year with regard to my failing oven.  In among the whiff of charcoal on burnt pastry, and the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Pros of Carrot Cake

The weather has started to turn lately and it is now very obviously Autumn here.  We have even reverted back to non-daylight-savings time.  It gets darker earlier and the nights are cooler (mostly).  Today it started to rain.  A grey, dismal afternoon, with the promise of a week of more rain to come. Good weather…

Muscling in on a classic

Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt.  Sometimes it begets comfort.  It can be very reassuring and soothing.  It can be joyful, playful, and nostalgic.   The familiar can be amazing. I thrive on change and fearlessly love experimenting with the new, in work and life, and definitely with food.  But I also love need my comfort foods.  …

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Tour

  July is a month that always throws my body clock right out of whack.  It’s not the cold weather and short days  (it’s winter here, oh joy), although I am not a fan of the cold.  It’s a sporting issue, dear readers.   You see, while most of Australia is focussed on our local Australian…

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte (Special Diet)

  Nobody should be denied a little pleasure in life.  Nobody should have to make do with insipid desserts or cake just because they have an allergy, a food intolerance, or a medical condition.  Where there’s a will, there is always a way to be inclusive and leave everyone else none the wiser, with a…

Lemon and Blueberry Protein Coffee Cake

I’d like to say this cake is guilt-free or that it is not a cheat meal … but I don’t subscribe to the notion of cheat meals, nor to the idea that food should ever cause feelings of guilt.   I just don’t buy into that dogma.  It implies that some foods or food groups are…

Raspberry and Chocolate Financiers

I know that many bloggers cook, bake, and generally prepare fabulous food and recipes with their blog in mind.  Out comes the semi-professional food photography gear, amazing props, flowers, table settings, and hey presto, a few days of intensive preparation and forethought produce stunning pictures to accompany posts that are thoughtfully written, peppered with witticisms…

Berry Banana Protein Cake

Living with a fructose intolerance means that I am careful about which fruits I eat and how much.  Most of the time, I stick with the ones I know don’t hurt me – bananas, berries, and citrus.  I think I eat my bodyweight in berries every year and I’m not far behind with the bananas…

Sugar and spice and all things nice …

I made this sugary spicy cake for my dad to have as a treat.  He calls it breakfast.  Yeah, that’s my dad.  Cake for breakfast every day.  Because he can. But, I’m not dedicating this cake to my lovely and wonderful papà.  No. I am dedicating this sweet and spicy delight of a cake to…

Frosted Vanilla Orange Cupcakes (Dairy, Nut, and Egg Free)

As I sit here typing this post, I’m reminded full well just how debilitating food allergies and intolerances can be.  I’ve been suffering from a food intolerance attack since lunchtime and I’m not quite sure what triggered it, as I’m very careful with my diet, avoiding foods that will trigger my fructose/fructan intolerance symptoms.   I…