Peanut Butter and Strawberry Muffins

Strawberries are in season at the moment in Brisbane and I’m finding myself buying them by the kilo I’m eating that many.  The price is right so I’m not holding back.  It does mean at times there is a few too many hanging around so I’m happy to throw a few into my baking if…

Coconut Flour Pancakes

I’ve had a bag of coconut flour hanging out in my pantry now for about 12 months, that I purchased on impulse one day.  I tried using it once and found it so absorbent that it ruined a recipe that the rest has been languishing until this week. A visit from my niece who is…

Hob Nobs

How have I not made Hob Nobs sooner?  It’s quite astounding when I can confess to having a borderline obsession with chocolate hob nob biscuits.  I’m pretty sure I love the texture & flavour equally and if they’re in the house they are unlikely to last more than a day. Needless to say, they are…

Donna Hay’s Seed and Date Slice

 I’m a massive fan of Donna Hay and have been since the days when she wrote for Marie Claire Living. She has a distinct style and her food is generally straight forward, clean flavours and recipes easy to execute. As time has gone on from the early days her food has shifted to healthier stuff,…

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…

Buckwheat Pancakes

Pancakes always seem like a decadent treat for me.  It brings up ideas of long lazy Sunday breakfasts over a newspaper with too many cups of coffee.  As I’ve gotten older they also have turned into a yummy breakfast to create when I have the nieces and nephew’s over for a weekend visit.  I know…

Orange Coconut Haystacks

I’ve spent quite some time this weekend considering my options as to what I am going to contribute to this month’s The Cookbook Guru.  The challenge for August is to pick a recipe book from my bookshelf to cook from and share with the group as an introduction that may result in it becoming part…

Special Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate is one of those things that is always a good idea.  A small bite of the good stuff can lift your mood, increase your happiness and delight your taste buds.  Plus if you’re a dark chocolate fan there is plenty of evidence out there stating that the antioxidant properties make it good for us. …

Macaroons

Who knew that macaroons were so easy to make?  Now I’m not saying these turned out like Adrian Zumbo’s perfect round discs of colour, but the flavour and texture was awesome  Given I was using a 1907 recipe from Mrs Beeton as part of The Cookbook Guru I certainly wasn’t wanting them to be high-end French patisserie…

Honey Ginger Semolina Porridge

It’s a fresh Autumn morning here in Brisbane.  We’ve had a cold snap sweep through Australia  the weekend just gone with winds blowing up from Antarctica and we’ve not been immune from its effects, even halfway up the country.  Now cold for us is in single digits celsius which might make me sound like a…

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…

Toasted Hazelnut, Honey and Ginger Muesli

The middle of last year I had a very disappointing revalation that I had developed an allergy to oats.  As a lover of porridge, muesli, grainy breads and crumbles this was a highly difficult discovery that I wasn’t sure how I was going to get around.  In fact I’m inclined to forget, thinking oats are…