Grandma Bower’s Gingerbread Cake

This cake is a good, old-fashioned, sturdy and delightfully aromatic tasting cake.  No extra fluff of icing or decorating, just great flavour.  Perfect for afternoon tea with a cup of coffee, a pot of tea, or even with a nightcap like Cointreau or Kahlua.  What’s more, it’s one of those baked goods that keeps well…

my story of Australian ANZAC biscuits

My story of ANZAC biscuits starts quite a  time ago…… When I was 17 years old, I spent a year living in Sweden as an exchange student.   It was back in a time in my life where my interest in food lay more in the eating, a time before I really wanted to learn…

Homemade Frozen Dinners

I’m certainly in that category of people who works too many hours and finds it a struggle to be inspired to cook after a long day, this was particularly the case when I used to live alone.  Whilst I could never quite bring myself to eat the frozen dinners in the supermarket, it was way…

Spanish Inspired Risotto

When the weather is cold, and I have some time to spend in the kitchen, I love making risotto.  It’s warming and hearty and can stand up to pretty strong flavors.  Plus its fabulous with a great glass of red wine. There is a plethora of versions to be made but thought I would try…

My Bolognese Sauce

I’m pretty sure that a version of this dish is a staple meal for every Australian household.  It’s easy and quick to make, and a great way to get your protein and vegetables all in one meal.  Based on an Italian pasta sauce, we have adopted this of one of our own.  Over winter it…

get your veggie fix here…..

Is it time for you to get more vegetables in your life? I feel like I am going through a period where I’m just not eating enough.  When this happens, I seek out fresh greens, and fill my fridge with loads of fruit and vegetables.   Then the next challenge is then what on earth…

Easter Egg Chocolate Brownies

Last year at easter the other half and I got given so much chocolate we were not really sure we’d be able to get through it.  So I had a rather ingenious idea that definitely suited our palates and our bellies.   Much to the horror of the chocolate molders, I melted down our little easter…

Lemon Curd (Lemon Butter)

What to do when you have yolks made over from baking?    Well I was racking my brain and the only thing I was coming up with was mayonnaise.  Whilst I love homemade mayo, it really wasn’t something I was keen on making right now.  So I turned to my trusty friend google and landed on…

Cheese and Spinach Triangles

Cheese and pastry, can’t really go wrong there for most people.  Now add a Greek twist to it and you have Cheese and Spinach Triangles made in a light and fluffy filo pastry.  Whilst this is  labor intensive to construct, the actual making of the mixture is pretty easy, with few ingredients.  Serve hot or…

Mediterranean Flavoured Green Tomato Pasta Sauce

Green tomatoes make me think of pickles, and from there I really struggle to come up with ideas of what on earth to do with them because the pickles are just that good.  What do I do when I don’t have enough to make pickles though??? Thanks to Lifestyles of the Organised I have found…

Italian Flavoured Scone Loaf

Well its Sunday night and I’ve been attempting interspersed my recovery with washing and processing about 3 shopping bags full of basil plucked from a family garden.  It’s not easy work, but the reward of this yummy herb sure make it worth while.    The thing is, it’s now time to attempt to make something for…

Almond, Coconut and Cranberry Toasted Muesli (Granola)

  I’ve been buying and trying many different muesli’s trying to find something healthy, not to fattening (and full of yucky stuff) that I actually like to eat in the morning.  So far there has only been a few, and they are super expensive.  I love crunchy textures, and nuts so when I saw a…