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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

In My December Kitchen

It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve gone through Christmas and New Year it always seems like the chaos starts about the middle of November and it’s not until the first week of January that I start to feel like I can draw a breath and relax. Even in all the happenings I can still…

The Cookbook Guru for December: Your Favourite Christmas Cookbook

Yes we have arrived at December… scary isn’t it???  Whilst we are busy preparing the roundup from November’s Cookbook Guru we wanted to jump right in and launch this months book so that you all have time to think about what you would like to add to the conversation. This month it’s time to mix…

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…

Rumballs (definitely for grown ups)

I have to say that I never expected it to be so easy to make rumballs.  I’m not quite sure why I’ve never made them before, or even what motivated me to decide to make them now.  All I can think is that I’m trying to get myself into the Christmas spirit and these babies…