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…

Coconut and Macadamia Cheesecake 

It was Father’s Day last week, so of course my husband requested his usual celebratory evening meal consisting of chicken Parmigiana followed by cheesecake for dessert. He absolutely loves my classic no bake cheesecake with just a hint of lemon, but I decided to twist it up this time by adding another of his favourite…

Blueberry burst and lemon drizzle cake

One of my pet hates is wasting food; ‘waste not, want not’ was a regular proverb in my childhood home. It essentially means that the less you waste, the more you will have. So whenever some of my fruit starts getting wrinkly or bruised, I never throw it away or compost it, I simply make…

Lemon curd and lavender tart

Sometimes I crave a dessert that’s both sweet and sour and this lemon curd and lavender tart certainly fits the bill. As it’s still summer, a dessert that’s also refreshing and easy to make is a great idea too. I also love using fragrant flowers in cooking as they look so pretty, but of course…

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…

It’s time to marinate…olives that is

At the end of April I preserved a bucketful of wonderful black olives gratefully received from my Step-mother. Over the last six weeks they have been quietly transforming in my dark pantry from unpalatable bitterness in to edible salty fruits. The process of making the raw olives palatable was relatively painless in the end and…

Easy no-bake cheesecake

Make this easy and yummy no bake cheesecake which is smooth and creamy and truly scrumptious.

Sunday morning waffles

While rubbing the sleep from my eyes this morning, I had the sudden urge to make waffles. It was chilly outside and I wanted something warm and sickly sweet to get me started. Miss three thought that it was a great idea and watched my every move while drinking her early morning Milo (malted chocolate…