baking
Friday, April 4th, 2014

Olive oil and honey cake

It would seem there are two camps when it comes to olive oil cakes.  Those who prefer to use a mild flavoured oil and let it lend the cake a beautiful moist texture without a strong flavour, and those who prefer to use a good extra virgin olive oil to lend the cake a distinct [...]

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Banana, almond butter & chocolate gluten-free muffins

These muffins are good, honest food for both the body and soul.  They are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet cravings that may plague you whilst simultaneously providing you with belly-filling healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, potassium and vitamin E.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Cookie ice-cream sandwiches

Those of us who were lucky enough to grow up in little old New Zealand will no doubt have fond memories of the Mr. Whippy truck winding its way through our suburban streets on a summery afternoon, playing its happy chimes, tempting children out onto the footpath to queue up for icy cold sweet treats.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Banana bread

A lazy Sunday is more of a dream than a reality in our house, Ada (3) and Sami (10 months) ensure that every Sunday is a wild ride of unpredictable hilarity, but in no uncertain terms does any form of decadent laziness come to mind. A long, intermittent breakfast,

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Chocolate banana jam brownie

Did somebody say ‘banana jam’? Yes it does sound kinda weird. But this combo of banana and ridiculously rich, sticky chocolate it’s oh so good, trust me. Just like a perky nana only, well made of real food. Probably still not considered food for the health of the body but undeniably food for the health [...]

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Oaty ginger crunch

Nothing beats a beautiful slice of ginger crunch along side a nice cup of tea. Dedicated fans will have a favourite style, from the purist form of a plain shortcrust base with an equal depth of icing to those with‘creative extra’s’ like mine (surely you can make most things better with pistachio nuts?).

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

jelly sponge

Grandma Ada was my heroine as a child. She is really the reason I became so fascinated with food and in particular baking. Our family regularly visited the farm where Grandma and Granddad lived and were always spoilt with homecooked feasts and an endless supply of meticulously perfected baking.

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Sticky ginger cake with lemon frosting

I’m thinking that if there should ever be a campaign for real ginger….then this cake would become iconic.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Pear upside-down cake

Growing up, we had a pear tree down at the bottom of the garden. It has had various swings tied to its low hanging branches over the years. A shady haven over the summer, as the weather cooled it would become weighed down with fruit, so much that if you got the swing going back [...]

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Ginger kisses

These ginger kisses are for my boyfriend.  He’s rather partial to them you see and prior to me making these ones he had only ever eaten ginger kisses of the store bought variety.  A fact which as a passionate cook and foodie is rather hard to stomach (excuse the pun!).  And so we set about [...]

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Raspberry Marshmallows

Are you a careful, artful toaster?  Slowly, turning your stick with a steady hand, creating golden perfection with your pillowed confection?  Or are you more of a fire fiend, roasting close for sugary fireworks? Burnt to a crisp, the instant fix. These raspberry marshmallows are seriously good, but toasting them takes their real raspberry flavour [...]

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Coconut Cake

I am a keen baker – I love to spend a Saturday afternoon in the kitchen, up to my elbows in recipes books and cake tins.  Often I am inspired by a recipe someone from the office has shared, or a new cookbook purchase; this cake was inspired by a bag of gorgeous coconut chips [...]

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