A Delicious Chocolate and Coffee Cake

Happy Easter šŸ£ Here is a delicious and easy to make chocolate and coffee cake recipe which certainly ticks all the boxes when you need a rich, moist and light chocolate sponge cake. I’ve made this cake for a family Easter gathering, but it would be perfect as a birthday cake too. And don’t worry…

Homemade toasted muesli to start the day right

I do love a nutritious fulfilling breakfast to start the day and to keep me going. As I look after two young boisterous girls and work, I need all the good energy I can get! I usually buy toasted muesli or granola, but after making my own, I definitely won’t be buying it again. For…

Fig, almond and honey frangipane tart

Fresh figs are a wonderfully sweet and decadent summer fruit but are exorbitant to buy where I live, even when they are in season. Fortunately my mother in law has a wonderful fig tree in her garden which produces beautiful fruit each summer. As much I love eating figs just as they are, sometimes it’s…

Apple and cinnamon cake

What do you do when you have wrinkly old apples in a fruit bowl and no one wants to eat them? Well if you’re me, you bake them into a cake of course! This apple and cinnamon cake is an instant classic and full fills all my comfort food requirements. There’s something about the combination…

Meringues with marscapone cream, peaches and raspberries

This sophisticated dessert is definitely for those special occasions in your life. I made these individual meringues with marscapone cream topped with peaches, raspberries and cherries for Christmas Day, but it could easily be made for Valentine’s Day or a special dinner party. The sweetness of the crunchy meringue is perfectly balanced with the creaminess…

A Bellini twist for NYE

My tipple at the moment is definitely the Bellini! It’s refreshing, a little bit sweet and perfect for special occasions. I’m not usually a consumer of alcohol (well…not since the kids arrived), so when I do decide to enjoy a drink, I like to make it a bit special. As far as cocktails go, Bellini’s…

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations

The smell of freshly made gingerbread is quintessentially Christmas for me. The combined smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves is magical in the way it can summon fond memories of distant family Christmas gatherings and of my first winter Christmas. Though funnily enough I wasnā€™t too fond of eating gingerbread as a child, just…

Plush toy snakes for little people

I’ve made these cute plush toy snakes for little people before. They are wonderful for kids to wear as scarfs or use as neck or body pillows or even just to be dragged around and jumped on! For Christmas this year, I’ve decided to make one for each of my daughters and my godson. You…

Dark chocolate and beetroot cake

I’ve just pulled out the last of our beetroot crop from the garden and with smallerĀ bulbs I decided to make a chocolate and beetroot cake; the original (& the best) red velvet cake when beetroot was used instead of red food colouring. My daughters have been quite adamant that they do not and will not…

Cornflake Crackles – a healthier version

Cornflake crackles or honey joys used to be a staple party food of kids parties during the seventies in Australia. They’re super crunchy, sticky and sweet but also really easy to make. I was feeling a bit nostalgic for the good old days (I’m very old obviously) when kids parties consisted of fairy bread and…

Chocolate fairy cupcakes

A lovely friend gave my daughter a beautiful kid friendly cookbook for her birthday. It’s called The Great Fairy Bake Off (of course) and it is full of yummy sweet treats that my daughter can make. My daughter chose to make these chocolate fairy cupcakes first as she absolutely LOVES chocolate! There are fortunately other…