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…

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. …

Creamy Vanilla Choc Chai Brûlée

I love the idea of chai tea.   What’s not to love?  That heady enticing aroma of spices.  Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper swirling around in a hot tea drink just smells so divine. Except it is a tea drink with milk.  I have never liked milk in tea.  Ever.  So I struggle with the…

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…

Vanilla Passion Proughnuts

I’ve been playing around with passionfruit in the kitchen for a few weeks now.  My natural instincts would have lead me to a tangy, fruity dessert or pastry … passionfruit curd tart, passionfruit macarons, passionfruit and chocolate entremet, passionfruit and vanilla gelato, or a passionfruit and coconut panna cotta perhaps.  I could go on.  Frankly,…

My Blue Heaven

Milkshakes are such a big part of childhood.  I always feel a little sad and as though I may have missed something essential about growing up because I was never into milkshakes as a child.  Something important.  Like a rite of passage, you know? I have never drunk milk in my entire life.  I was…

Vanilla Cupcakes

Are you the kind of person who hates piping frosting?  Too fiddly? Or your baking is always rushed and you just don’t have the time to do it? Piping bags?  What?  Maybe you don’t even own any piping bags or nozzles at all. Or, like me, do you ALWAYS have them handy, until one day…

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…

Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Panna Cotta … tennis anyone?

We are very blessed in Australia to have access to wonderful fresh strawberries all year round with different growing regions having different seasons throughout the year.  Right now, Queensland strawberries have started to appear and are sweet and juicy. So when I settle down to watch a spot of tennis at Wimbledon, do I rue…