Humpy Creek is the Bee’s Knees (Guest Post)

I have found that the people who truly inspire me are invariably those who dream large and are willing to take risks in life to achieve their dreams.  I suppose this is true for most of us. I first met Emily when she got dumped with me as her personal training client (some years ago…

Romancing the Rhubarb

I have to confess I’ve never been interested in, let alone understood, Valentine’s Day.  The way I see it, if I need to have a special day set aside to remember to tell someone I loved them, I might have bigger issues to deal with than gift giving 😉  But that’s just me. I’ve never…

Raspberry Lemon Thyme Tarts

You can only stay away from making pastry for so long before the desire overwhelms you like a tidal wave of flaky deliciousness … and you find yourself rolling and cutting out dough to line tart tins once more with delight. Just me?  I doubt it.  But it certainly describes how I’ve been feeling for…

Gelato Panna e Amarene

We always recall the truly memorable food moments in our lives with a smile and a longing to revisit the flavours, the textures, the sensory experience of that gastronomic interlude.  Sometimes we can, other times it must remain a sublime memory … perhaps associated with a special occasion, with people we love dearly, or places…

Lebkuchen Semifreddo

I was going to make my lebkuchen cookies this year but it looks to be a warm one this Christmas.  Yes, yes, lucky us, hey … with our summery Christmas 🙂 Except that those of us with European heritage get a little out of sorts with our love of traditional Christmas fare.  I try to…

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…

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

I call him Fred.  Fred and the Cat have become the best of friends.  He’s been dropping by for quite some time, but lately, something’s changed.  The Cat and Fred have started hanging out together and having long conversations … I’m not sure they understand each other too well, but whatever they talk about, it…

Double Strawberry Macarons … au naturale

Me: Hey, I’ve got these leftover egg whites.  What … ? My father: Macarons! I got no further with my question.  I made macarons.  Strictly speaking, these strawberry beauties are the second batch after reaching this “consensus”.  But more on that other batch another time 🙂 I’m still no big fan of eating macarons although…

Torroncino Ice-Cream

Aaahhhh nuts, what to do with all that leftover torrone from Christmas? When too much nougat is never enough … make gelato.  Let’s face it, you’re probably just a wee bit tired after all the Christmas preparations, celebrations and indulgence, right?  Yes, it’s easier just to eat the nougat, au naturel, but it’s more fun…

Yuzu & White Chocolate Teacake

All that healthy dark chocolatey protein genius had to lead to some wicked white witch madness eventually. So here we are … in the land of sweet and tangy badness goodness. I had to stop myself from making yuzu curd again or I know I’d just eat it all.  Not that there’s anything wrong with…

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…

Gianduja Ice Cream

Gianduja.  It’s so quintessentially Italian, it’s almost a national flavour emblem.  It would be tantamount to treason for an Italian to dislike the heady combination of chocolate and hazelnuts.  Consider the place that Nutella‡ has in the Italian national psyche … The origin of the name comes from a character in Italy’s Commedia dell’ Arte,…

Peach Raspberry & Hazelnut Tart … perfectly summer

My mum doesn’t like chocolate.  Stop. WHAT?  Yep, I used to think there was something wrong with her too.  Well, frankly, I still do.  I can’t imagine not loving chocolate.  Now, though, I mostly think it’s a bonus.  More chocolate for me (sly grin).  I tend to use chocolate A LOT when making desserts for…