Spiced Carrot, Pistachio and Almond Cake with Rosewater Cream

  Recently I was invited along to a book club of the very best kind known as The Cookbook Club.  The group chooses a cookbook from which they all prepare a dish and then come together to share a meal with each other.  For anyone who is a regular follower of my blog you would…

Carrot and Cornmeal Soda Bread

When Lady Red Specs posted this recipe on her blog Please Pass The Recipe a few days ago I was instantly excited to try the recipe.  I’ve been seeking something new and different for breakfast and this seemed to fit the bill where muesli, plain old toast and smoothies were losing their appeal.    I loved…

Banana and Walnut Bread a la Jane Grigson

Banana bread gets a bit of a bad rap out there I think.  There is so many commercial versions that really leave a lot to be desired in both flavour and texture of the loaf.  To be honest, I tend to look at my banana bread as being more of a cake in name and…

Zesty Coconut Bread

I’m sure we all have memories from our child hood of particular foods.  For me this recipe of Coconut Bread is one that I remember making when I was probably about 10 years old.  I’m fairly sure Mum was away working and so Dad was taking us on a car rally with my two sisters…

Orange Coconut Haystacks

I’ve spent quite some time this weekend considering my options as to what I am going to contribute to this month’s The Cookbook Guru.  The challenge for August is to pick a recipe book from my bookshelf to cook from and share with the group as an introduction that may result in it becoming part…

Cornish Saffron Cake

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have an in depth love affair with saffron.  I love the golden colour that it imparts into the food you add it to, I love the fragrant flavour and smell and I love all the memories, reaching back into my childhood, that are sparked when ever I smell…

Special Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate is one of those things that is always a good idea.  A small bite of the good stuff can lift your mood, increase your happiness and delight your taste buds.  Plus if you’re a dark chocolate fan there is plenty of evidence out there stating that the antioxidant properties make it good for us. …

My Daily Bread…and some Scots Baps

Is there anything quite like the smell of bread baking? For me it rates up there with freshly ground coffee, just cut grass, fresh sheets from drying on the washing line and the smell of a weather breaking storm as the rain hits the earth after a hot summers day. Energising and uplifting and comforting…

Macaroons

Who knew that macaroons were so easy to make?  Now I’m not saying these turned out like Adrian Zumbo’s perfect round discs of colour, but the flavour and texture was awesome  Given I was using a 1907 recipe from Mrs Beeton as part of The Cookbook Guru I certainly wasn’t wanting them to be high-end French patisserie…

Mrs Beeton’s Thick Gingerbread

I had the pleasure of having my parents come up for a visit for Mother’s day.  It was a wonderfully relaxed catchup filled with good wine, good food and great conversation.  It wouldn’t be a visit without us spending some time in the kitchen together and it was a great opportunity to chat about The…

We all love a bit of Crumpet

Crumpet has a two different meanings depending on where you are from.   As a breakfast item, crumpets are something that Australian’s are familiar with for breakfast created by the Golden company.  For me, as a child I loved this sweet yeast cake sometimes served instead of toast for breakfast.  It’s light bubbly appearance and texture meant that you…