Roasted pumpkin, spinach and feta quiche

This roasted pumpkin, spinach and feta quiche is a wonderful vegetarian dish that beautifully combines the sweetness of roasted pumpkin with salty feta. It’s perfect for a summer evening dinner served with salad and a glass of chilled Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. Ingredients 1 or 2 frozen puff pastry sheets 1/2 small pumpkin, chopped into small…

Pillow beds for little peopleĀ 

My two girls love to lounge around the house reading books, on the iPad or watching movies; therefore these pillow beds are perfect lounging beds and as an added bonus keep the lounges free for the adults! Pillow beds are also great for sleepovers, nap times and even as a camping bed. Of course I…

Creamy Nutella liqueur – just in time for Christmas

Are you a fan of Nutella and vodka? Well have I got the liqueur recipe for you! It’s super easy to make which means you get to drink it in no time at all, and it also makes perfect gifts at Christmas for all your like minded Nutella and vodka friends!! This recipe was adapted…

The gingerbread house experiment

I absolutely love gingerbread as it includes all the delicious spices of Christmas and its smell revives happy childhood memories. Every Christmas I make a big batch of gingerbread biscuits to give as gifts, but this year I decided to think big and try to construct a gingerbread house, without having the required prerequisite engineering…

Chocolate mousse with olive oil

My husband and I have just had our ninth wedding anniversary, but considering that I’ve just had my wisdom teeth out, romance or celebrations won’t be high on my list; just pain killers and ice packs!! As I have to exist on mushie food for a while, I decided to make this delicious chocolate mousse…

Tiramisu – a little pick me up

Tiramisu is one of my all time favourite desserts. It’s light and delicate with a not so subtle coffee kick. No wonder tiramisu translates to ‘a little pick me up’in Italian. This recipe is a cheat version as it uses freshly whipped cream instead of whisked egg whites but it’s quicker and easier to make….

Mulberry and apple cake

Our local communal mulberry tree across the road from our house grew a bumper fruit crop this year and as usual young and old appeared with buckets (and even ladders) to pick the juicy messy fruit. It’s a lovely way to get the community together. My girls love eating them straight from the tree and…

Beetroot, feta and basil pesto tart

The beetroot in our garden is finally ready to eat…though it seems to have taken forever to grow this year. I love fresh beetroot when it is combined with feta, so this delicious tart with basil pesto is perfect. This tart would be ideal served at a relaxing Sunday lunch with a garden salad and…

Homemade doughnuts with icing and sprinkles

Making homemade doughnuts is a great idea for a school holiday baking project. My girls have been begging me to make doughnuts for a long time, but I didn’t want to make the deep fried versions. These baked doughnuts are nice and fluffy minus the greasy fingers. Of course the girls wanted theirs covered in…

Lollipop flowers

There’s a school tradition that when it’s your child’s birthday, you send something in for your child to share with their class to help celebrate their birthday. Now if I’m perfectly honest, contemplating and preparing these gifts send shivers of fear down my spine! Last year I made and iced thirty cupcakes for my daughter…

Homemade muesli bars

Finding nutritious and tasty snack food for my kids is hard work. Thankfully these homemade muesli bars are full of seed goodness and are nut free so they are also great for school lunch boxes. I also like to have them as breakfast bars on the go or as a quick pick me up in…

Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce

It’s been so cold lately and constantly raining, so last weekend I made the family a classic comfort dessert to brighten their day and warm them up. This sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce is so sickly sweet and so bad for you but is so good to eat.  It’s also quick and easy to…