Delicious homemade strawberry jam

My family recently went strawberry picking at a farm not too far from home. We had so much fun picking and eating loads of fresh sweet strawberries that I’m sure it will become an annual family tradition. The only problem of course is that we ended up with around 6 kg (13.2 pounds) of strawberries…

Is cinnamon babka really the ‘lesser babka’?

It’s a stormy rainy day and I’m in the mood for baking! There’s nothing quite like kneading beautiful silken yeast raised dough on a wintery day while wearing your pajamas. I obviously love the simple things in life!! Babka is a wonderful sweet bread filled with swirls of chocolate or cinnamon. It’s similar to brioche…

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…

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…

Minestrone soup – a one pot wonder

Now that it has finally begun to feel like winter, a large pot of warming soup is just what we need to keep us going. This minestrone soup is a family favourite. I’m not sure that it is particularly authentic as an Italian recipe, but with loads of nutritious vegetables, beans and pasta in the…

Chicken and matzo ball soup

The food my grandmother used to make always fills me with love and fond memories. So whenever I feel the need to reconnect with her, I always make one of her recipes. Like many grandmother’s; mine loved to make food to show us how much she loved us. I often remember her urging us to…

Happiness is a Chocolate Brownie

Sometimes all you need to make yourself happy in this world is a chocolate brownie. This brownie recipe is my go to comfort food when I’m feeling a bit down. It’s full of sugar, chocolate and butter and if that combination doesn’t make you happy, then perhaps nothing will! ┬áIt’s even better served warm with…

Spiced Carrot and Walnut Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for some comfort food. This carrot cake certainly provides comfort in its old fashioned familiar goodness. It’s like being enveloped in a loving hug from your grandmother and being told that everything is going to be OK. This cake is perfect with a cuppa in…