Lady’s Kisses (Baci di Dama)

Who can resist a little morsel of sweetness with their afternoon coffee?  When its tinged with the flavour of my European travels then I’m even more of a sucker.  This biscuit is reminiscent of shortbread, but not quite so crumbly.  The addition of lemon zest and vanilla essence to the blend of almond and flour…

Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet. This recipe…

Banana and Walnut Bread For Everyone

I love that food starts conversations, and fuels sharing like nothing else I know.   A previous post of wheat free peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies resulted in a number of conversations about catering for a growing number of allergies and intolerance for the people I know and love around me.   So much so…

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…

Cinnamon Bun… with a twist

This is a much loved recipe of mine.   I fell in love with these cinnamon buns (bullar) in Sweden back in my teens when I lived there.  The spiced soft bread with the crunchy sugary bits were delish with coffee and a staple in every home I visited in the year that I lived…

Coffee & Walnut Wholemeal Muffins

I’ve mentioned before about my journey to make the perfect muffin…. well this time I thought I’d try a different recipe to see if I’d have more luck.  I’m prepared to say I’m happy with these ones.  They are chewier than I expected but I think that has a lot to do with the ingredients…

Review: Reception Coffee Bar

First day back at work for the week and it was an early start for our regular weekly planner. I thought I had no time for brekky before I left for work, but as I discovered the upside of driving on the first week in January is that traffic is still not being back to…

Banana and Choc Chip Muffins

I always think muffins should be a really quick easy treat to make.  For some reason though,  I don’t have the muffin magic to get mine the way I picture them in my head.   I love the flavour combinations I create, but the texture has always been a bit wet and not quite as…

Chocolate, Hazelnut and Banana Muffins

Yup…..once again I have mushy banana’s in need of saving on my kitchen counter.  One would think I am not very good at shopping to our needs….or maybe I have an ulterior plan in place…. So combined with leftover easter chocolate still tempting my household, I thought once again I would turn them into a…