A birthday cake fit for royalty

It was my birthday recently (lets not dwell too much on it) and I wanted to make myself a decadent and rich chocolate cake to celebrate/drown my sorrows! This no bake chocolate biscuit cake is apparently a favourite of the Queen’s as well as Prince’ William and Harry; it was even Prince William’s groom’s cake…

Pistachio cake with lime drizzle

I’ve just taken down the last of the limes from my lime tree; they were starting to fall off anyway! After giving away the majority of them, I decided it was time to try another lime cake recipe. Needless to say my husband was very happy to hear it; he LOVES limes! This recipe is definitely…

Panforte – an Italian Christmas sweet

Panforte is a delicious Italian sweet filled with dried fruit, nuts and a hint of chocolate. It’s a favourite at Christmas time and is often given as a gift. It’s perfect with a post dinner coffee or tipple, or as a sweet companion on a cheese platter. I found this recipe in a local paper…

Pistachio Pavlova with Nectarines and Raspberries

It was my mother in laws birthday recently and the family got together for dinner to celebrate. Of course as she was cooking her own birthday dinner, the least I could do was make her dessert! My mother in law is awesome, and I’m so appreciative of all the wonderful things she does for me…

Banana and Blueberry Cake with Honey Pistachio Glaze

A girlfriend recently forwarded a Karen Martini cake recipe to me after I posted my halva sweet recipe. The cake called for halva to be sprinkled on top. Karen Martini is an Australian chef who creates wonderful Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern inspired recipes.  The cake also included rhubarb, but I’m not too fond of this ingredient….

Israeli Halva (Halwa)

Ssh don’t tell anyone but Halva is my guilty treat. It’s sickly sweet and can only be consumed in small amounts, but it is seriously delicious. My father lived for most of his teenage years in Israel and discovered halva or halwa. It’s a simple recipe of tahini sesame paste and honey (though most manufacturers…