Cinnamon Buns (Bulkas)

The smell of cinnamon always take me back to my childhood. My grandmother liberally used cinnamon in most of her baking, from layered palacsinta (pancake) cake to babke. The smell makes me feel like I’m being lovingly enveloped in my grandmothers arms once again. Cinnamon mixed with lavender perfume, her bright red lipstick and gold…

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

I do love a good soup and pumpkin soup is always lovely, however as a single ingredient soup it can sometimes be a bit pedestrian. Roasting the pumpkin with shallots and garlic is a wonderful way to boost the flavour and accentuate the pumpkins sweetness. I always use butternut pumpkin for making pumpkin soup, but…

Chocolate (Zucchini) Cake

My almost four year old daughter has decided that vegetables are not to be eaten. To say that this is driving me insane would be an understatement! My husband and I model wonderful vegetable eating habits and are at a complete loss as to why our daughter has taken this stance (it has more to…

Mum’s Seventieth Birthday Cake – fondant roses and cake lace

My Mum has just turned seventy and a while ago asked me to make her a special birthday cake. She was very specific. She wanted an ivory fondant covered cake with white lace and pink fondant roses on top. She had planned a family luncheon and thought a lovely cake would be a nice present…

Every little princess needs a tutu!

My youngest daughter is turning one in a couple of months (where has the time gone?…they grow up so fast). To celebrate this milestone I want to do a little photo shoot in the backyard. As a click happy mother, taking photos of my girls is always a wonderful diversion. I literally have thousands of…

Traditional Jersey Bean Crock

I’ve been battling a horrible head cold over the last two weeks, which has also gone through the whole family. Whenever I am sick, I always crave childhood comfort. This bean crock is definitely one of those must haves. My Mum is, or was, a Jersey girl (Channel Islands Jersey, not US New Jersey), and…