Healthy Rice Crispy Squares

It’s funny how many childhood favourites stay with you as you grow up and get older.  Tastes change, but in so many ways they really don’t.   As a child Rice Bubbles were always one of my favourite breakfast cereals.  I loved putting my ear to the bowl filled with bubbles and milk and hearing them…

Saffron and Cardamom Poached Nectarines

I sometimes find myself with lofty illusions of what I’m going to be able to create in the kitchen.  I purchase fresh ingredients hoping they will inspire me with their presence or be devoured in the meanwhile.  Recently a bowl of nectarines have been the latest target in my kitchen.  I bought them thinking I…

Mixed Berry Coulis

Back in the late 80’s, early 90’s when I was starting out my life in the food industry in Melbourne, berry coulis was all the rage.   It was the era of  lemon curd tart,  chocolate mud cake and tiramasu adorning every cake fridge across the city.  If you bought a piece the chances are…

Black and White Rice Pudding

   Reading a Donna Hay magazine from a few months ago got my creative juices flowing and inspired me.  The theme was black and white.  Sounds great, but in actual reality I’m sure it was quite a challenge to food it up without colour… it’s such a big part of delighting the senses.   But…

Spiced Vegan Orange and Almond Rumballs

As you may remember I went on a foodie tangent earlier this year when I detoxed for a few weeks.  In the process I started exploring healthier eating options and discovered an amazing recipe for dairy free, sugar free, wheat free coconut rough and a walnut hedgehog which made my taste buds sing.  Well I’m…

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…

Make Your Own Baking Powder

As I start to delve deeper into my baking I’m coming to the realisation that a lot of people suffer from allergies or intolerences of some kind that really restricts their diet.  Fortunately it doesn’t have to restrict your taste buds, as there is also some seriously creative cooks out there divising some great ways…

Passionfruit Self Saucing Pudding

We had a spontaneous family dinner recently after a long day hanging out with our nieces and nephew, and I found myself scratching my head on what we could make as a quick dessert for a treat.  Fortunately I had a few fresh passionfruit in the fruit bowl and a bag of frozen pulp that…

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Well this recipe is impressive, to say the least.  When it was shared with me on Facebook and keenly pronounces NO FLOUR, NO OIL, NO WHITE SUGAR… and technically no dairy to boot…. well I’m intrigued, excited and a little nervous about what the outcome will be.  The verdict?  YUM….let me think about it some…

The Monkey Cake, Part Two: The Decoration & Buttercream

So today is all about how to make the icing on the cake…. literally! And this is where Sonia came into her own on the cake making….without her I probably would have been in tears as my butter was too soft and I was struggling to get the consistency I needed to be able to…

The Monkey Cake, Part One: The Cake & The Story

We had a birthday in our house this month, and along with that, a special visitor from Adelaide, my friend Sonia.  The combination of the two was perfect, as Sonia was an old housemate of mine, someone who has a mutual love of food and also someone who has been spending a bit of time…

Bill’s Banana Butterscotch Pudding

Puddings really are quite an amazing dessert in my recent experience of making them.   Quite often they take very little time to create, don’t really require any special ingredients, and are perfect for filling up your tummy on a cold winters evening. Recently I had a whole stash of banana’s sitting on the kitchen…