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…

Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch

  So much of my food experimentation these days is spent trying to get my little man to try new things and keep food in his mouth.  He has a strange love of baby tomatoes that involves sucking the guts out of them and then spitting out the skins.  I’m hoping one day he’ll take…

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

Ginger Thins

For me gingerbread and ginger flavored biscuits spell Christmas time. For the past 20 years I’ve religiously made at least one batch of my Swedish Pepakaka recipe for adoring family and friends. This year I thought I’d try a new recipe I found in one of my latest cookbooks; Under The Walnut Tree by Anna…

The Cookbook Guru’s take on Christmas

Christmas is already seeming so far away, but there is time for one last festive post in the form of a little Cookbook Guru roundup on the month that has just come to a close.  December was all about Christmas, about baking and the sweet stuff in our lives. Lady Red Specs started us off…

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…

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

May your table be plentiful with good food, great company and joyful moments. We’ll be sharing the food we love with the ones we love (& wishing absent friends & family a wonderful day) Leah x

Join Our Christmas Kitchen Today

Lady Red Specs from Please Pass The Recipe and I have a very special treat for you all just in time for Christmas.  If you are about on social media on today and looking to distract yourself in the wind down at work we will be in the kitchen together making some delicious treats and…

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…

…and making this delicious treat is about as close as I’m going to get to having one whilst I live in Australia.  For me born and bred here in the southern hemisphere there is still something about christmas that feels more real when I experience it in a cold winter over a blustery scorching summer…

Beautiful Yellow Google Buns

I’ve talked a few times about spending a year in Sweden when I was a teenager as a Rotary Exchange student.  One of the things that inspired me to go on that journey is these buns.  True!   The very same family friend that made me my very first Swedish gingerbread as a child used to…

7 Swedish Flavours that I’ve Fallen in Love With

Sweden is probably not really known for its food.  It’s beautiful people, its tennis players, and its cars; yes… food not so much.  But for me some of my fondest memories of Sweden are around food and every time I recreate the dish it evokes great moments from my time spent in this Nordic country….

Kyrddpepparkakor (swedish gingerbread)

These treats have been a part of my Christmas long before I spent a year living in Sweden.  My Mum’s best friend Mary used to make them for us every year as children, when we would celebrate Lucia, piping our names onto hand sized hearts and turning them into Christmas decorations for the tree.  You…