Last Minute Chocolate Goodies For Christmas

Some times I get that impulse to bake last minute for Christmas, and the last thing I want to do in our summer heat is turning on the oven, or sweating my way through a day in the kitchen. I thought I would collate and share some of my recipes that have gotten a work…

The Easiest Cake You’ll Ever Make

This is possibly the easiest cake you’ll ever make.  As easy as using a packet mix but with the pride of knowing you made it from scratch and know each and every ingredient in it.  I’m pretty sure its the best foundation cake I’ve happened upon and will certainly be getting a work out to…

Seasons Greetings

Here in Oz the world is just starting to wake up to Christmas morning. As the day begins for celebrations we’re sending best wishes to you all a wonderful festive season filled with laughter and joy. May you share great food and wine with the people that you love. Leah & Mr G

A Bundle of Greens

Recently I inherited an old copy of Home Beautiful magazine.  It’s a publication I’m always more than happy to have a browse through to get some new idea’s for home decoration, but also for foodie inspiration.    When I saw this idea in a special food lift out I instantly grabbed it as something that…

Traditional English Hot Cross Buns

I think I can say that the recipe I made for my hot cross buns last weekend is officially pretty traditional.  You see it was sourced from my new and very coveted book of English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David, published in 1977.  Not really an old publication I know (well maybe not so new…

Easter Recipes to Get Your Tastebuds Watering

Sharing The Food We Love has some delicious Easter recipes that I thought I would share with you again as some of them are almost as old as this blog is. Do you get a mountain of chocolate and you’re not sure what to do with it?  Make yourself some of this delicious Easter Egg Brownie…

The Ottolenghi Trio of Salads

I’ve been very fortunate to have most of my family visiting me in Queensland for a few weeks over Christmas.  Time spent together, and in particular at the table and in the kitchen is very precious to me.  It epitomises the wonder and pleasure that food can bring when you can share a meal of…

Sandra’s Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

I have many memories of cakes baked over the years for birthdays in our family.  If you’ve been following this blog for a while you will have read my story about the Strawberry and Cream Sponge and seen the efforts that went into making the “Monkey Cake“.   I can’t think of a time when…

Homemade Pistachio Nougat

Nougat is a real treat for me which I have great memories of my Dad loving to eat by the plateful.  At Christmas Mum will always make sure she buys at least one length of it to have as part of the sweet treats on the table.  Often this would mean a journey to the…

White Chocolate and Apricot Balls

I’ve been experimenting a little bit with dried fruit and no bake treats these past few weeks and this is one creation that I thought was worth sharing.  To begin with they didn’t look like they were going to work, the flavour was too tart and citric for even the bitter loving palates.  A bit…

Homemade Mint Sauce

I really can’t believe just how simple and delicious this sauce was.   I had chosen some lamb cutlets and sausages for a BBQ recently with family and wanted to have something yummy to accompany it.  I’m not particularly a fan of the commercial mint sauces available as I find them to be glutinous and oily…

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

It seems my birthday presents had a very distinct theme this year…. not that I’m complaining in the slightest.  Food, and more specifically chocolate seemed to be the order of the day.   A very delightful birthday treat indeed! To celebrate it was only logical that I bake a chocolate cake, or in this case, cakes…