Tangy Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars

It can sometimes take a long time to come full circle on a promise.  Sometimes, it can take a full fifteen months before you make good and deliver … *whistles as she looks around aimlessly, avoiding eye contact with the computer screen*.  Remember those yummy Coconut & Lime Bars I posted in October 2011?  I…

Orange & Rosemary Butter Cake

Hello there!  Anyone still around???  I feel like I’ve gone AWOL again.  Would be lovely if I could have this blog as my full-time occupation.  Some of you do the blogger thing full-time out there … what’s the secret???  I’ll figure it out, eventually …  😉 I’m very excited as I’m working with some very…

Crostata di Fichi Freschi e Ficonero

The lovely folk over at the live with ILVE blog invited me to contribute a guest post recently.   So, with fig season now in full swing, how could I post about anything other than a fig tart?  While we can get figs all year round here in Australia, the Victorian fig season is actually…

Amarena Caramel Tart

I like a little ambiguity in life.   Maybe that’s why I love the darkest, most bittersweet chocolates. Warm chocolate ganache over cold gelato.  Zesty, pucker-up citrus with smooth, warm, nutty chocolate.   Hot, spicy chilli with silky, luscious mango. I must confess I do particularly love tart and sweet together.   Like tart cherries in a sweet…

Amarenata

I remember gorgeous blue and white vases, with the word AMARENA emblazoned on them, with me staring up at them in wonder.  What child isn’t fascinated by beautiful, tantalising displays of sweet seduction in a pastry shop?  I know it wasn’t just me.  Most Italian pasticcerie, even here in Melbourne, Australia (so so far away!),…

Coconut & Lime Bars

Ever since my holiday in the tropics I’ve been a bit obsessed with the combination of lime and coconut.  I’m still slathering on lime and coconut body lotion to recapture a little of that holiday in the tropics feeling. At first, I wanted to make a super healthy treat (shhh … for that “other section”…

Passionfruit Cream Sponge

There is something about springtime and the Royal Melbourne Show that makes one think of tradition, the country, and dang it, the mighty CWA. Huh? What say you?  The CWA, dear long-distance readers, is the Country Women’s Association of Victoria.  A wonderful bunch of ladies with a long and rather distinguished history and a long-standing…

Blueberry & Lemon Protein Loaves

  Wait for it … this doesn’t look like a protein snack or bar or whatever … does it?  Doesn’t taste like it’s a pre-workout thang either.  It’s kinda dainty and, dare I say it, girly.  Well, don’t let appearances fool you.  Don’t even let the mmmm yumumumumum taste fool you either.  These are a…

Vanilla Charm Quark Ice Cream with Blueberries

Maybe it’s because we are witnessing the end of the Space Shuttle era.  Maybe it’s the run of documentaries about space and the origins of the universe that I’ve found myself watching lately.  But I’ve got rather nostalgic about my time as a physicist. While working on my thesis, I was stupendously lucky.  Lucky to…

Blueberry Almond Muffins (protein)

I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions.  I never keep them.  So I don’t make them.  I’m not much for setting myself a list of goals either.  But occasionally I decide to commit to something for a while.  Lately, I’ve committed myself to eating healthy and clean for at least 80 – 90% of the…

Festive Christmas Panettone – Part II – The Baking

Brace yourselves dear readers.   This is a long post.  It follows on from Festive Christmas Panettone – Part I – The Fruit Mix.  I have included lots of photos to hopefully make sense of what I’ve done along the way.  I hope they will make it easier to follow for anyone who is not used…

Flourless Mango Cake

On the weekend, I bought a beautiful book that I’ve been secretly lusting after for a while, Grand Livre De Cuisine: Desserts: Alain Ducasse’s Desserts and Pastries.  It gave me tingles.  And inspiration to make a spectacular mango dessert.  There was going to be a crispy chocolate layer, macadamia praline, moulded mango jelly shapes, creamy…