Happy Friday and have a strawberry bun

Happy Friday and have a strawberry bun

I revisited one of my old recipes for strawberry vanilla rolls last weekend and made them a bit more special.  It’s worth taking a look if you’re in the mood for some spring baking! Have a sweet weekend all.

Chocolate cashew butter

Chocolate cashew butter

Nut butter is fascinating to make – it starts off sort of crumbly then becomes this lovely butter if you process it for long enough.   Although, I have this paranoia about having the food processor on for too long and it’ll blow up or something .. can this happen?!  If you have a high powered food processor,[read more…]

Sticky lemon coconut ginger buns with lemon cream cheese icing

Sticky lemon coconut ginger buns with lemon cream cheese icing

I spotted these spectacular sticky buns on Pinterest the other day and had an overwhelming desire to eat one, then and there.  So I had a go at making some of my own with quite a few changes, as you do, and found the lemon, ginger and coconut flavours something quite special and the bun almost[read more…]

Pizza Margherita (and a great pizza base recipe)

Pizza Margherita (and a great pizza base recipe)

If I’m honest, my favourite pizza lately is really simple; home made tomato sauce with basil and mozzarella.  A few kalamata olives scattered over add a welcome touch of saltiness. I’ve made pizza bases before although it’s not a regular thing; I’ve finally come up with a recipe I’m really happy with though – chewy and[read more…]

Bruschetta toasted cheese sarnie

Bruschetta toasted cheese sarnie

Well I love bruschetta and toasted cheese sandwiches are my favourite thing ever so why not combine them? You could always slowly roast the cherry tomatoes beforehand, however I prefer them fresh and steeped in the olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing beforehand.  The combination of melted, decadent cheese with fresh tomatoes is really delicious.  

Lentil, feta & roast carrot salad with garlic croutons

Lentil, feta & roast carrot salad with garlic croutons

I’ve not cooked with lentils for a while.  Recently though, I’ve spotted this salad and this one and their loveliness inspired me to make a late Autumn salad with lentils and carrots.  There’s a few steps to this dish but don’t let that stop you if you’re keen for a hearty and healthy salad (it serves[read more…]

Brown butter toasted cheese sandwiches

Brown butter toasted cheese sandwiches

I was reading a book in bed the other night and one of the characters made toasted cheese sarnies but in browned butter!  Genius.  It’s super tasty, even more so than a plain toasted cheese, which is one of my favourite things to eat in the whole world except for hot chips.   So I got to[read more…]

Chilli cheese burgers

Chilli cheese burgers

I love a good burger!  I don’t know if I’ve ever said on here (probably but then I have a tendency to repeat myself) but years ago, when I was in my late teens, I became a vegetarian for around 5 years.  I really didn’t miss meat at all except for the odd bit of fish, but one[read more…]

Chocolate & caramelised banana baked French toast

Chocolate & caramelised banana baked French toast

Nutella and banana on toast is a no-brainer but in baked French toast is even better.  You’ll need about an hour’s advance planning to make this but it’s so worth it.  Rather than the crispy, pan cooked French toast I’m used to (which is fabulous by the way), this lush, gorgeous dish ends up pleasantly crunchy[read more…]

Cinnamon French toast with strawberry sauce

Cinnamon French toast with strawberry sauce

So recently I tried the lovely vanilla cinnamon shake as part of some Red Ape cinnamon samples sent to me by Jonathan from TBD Imports.  Today’s recipe uses their classic Red Ape cinnamon sugar shake and it’s just as warmly sweet and spicy as you’d expect and was perfect for French toast on the weekend. I like my French[read more…]

Fairy bread nostalgia

Fairy bread nostalgia

I don’t know who decided soft, white bread with lashings of butter and 100s & 1000s sprinkled over tasted good but there you go, it does.  I, like a lot of Aussie kids, grew up with this sweet snack for morning teas and birthday parties.  They’re perfect if you have kids or have small friends visiting as[read more…]

French inspired ham baguette

French inspired ham baguette

One of my favourite things to eat on the weekend is a sandwich or roll made with fresh, seasonal ingredients (and is there anything much better than fresh bread?).  So we usually go down to the grocery store and bakery and pick up some nice stuff, come home and put it together.  Of course, this often means we[read more…]

Chicken, walnut and cranberry salad sandwich

Chicken, walnut and cranberry salad sandwich

I loved this hearty sandwich I made using some of this roast chicken I made on a Sunday a couple of weeks back.  A classic chicken salad recipe, it combined the flavoursome, savoury roast chicken with crunchy, sweet, tart, creamy and fresh ingredients, all piled onto some toasted, rustic bread rolls.

Dried cranberry, white chocolate and orange hot cross buns

Dried cranberry, white chocolate and orange hot cross buns

  It’s a bit sacrilegious I know, changing hot cross buns but … I always buy the fruit spice ones and they’re lovely, in fact I usually stock up around this time of year so I can have a few stored in the freezer.  However, I wanted to bake some buns myself so thought I’d throw in[read more…]

Berry almond brioche pudding

Berry almond brioche pudding

I’m really very enamored with brioche pudding these days. This one’s full of squishy blueberries and crunchy almonds and was gorgeous with a drizzle of cream.  I’m amazed actually, that a tiny bit of effort with a bit of bread; albeit lovely and luxurious brioche (I used a frozen one I made previously but you could always buy it from a[read more…]

My new obsession for breakfast: avocado and egg on toast

My new obsession for breakfast: avocado and egg on toast

I’ve been eating this a lot lately for breakfast/brunch – you could say I’m obsessed!  I can’t imagine why I haven’t been eating this my whole life and just had to share in case I wasn’t the only one under a rock all this time. Basically it’s creamy, perfectly ripe avocado sprinkled with sea salt and[read more…]

Happy Wednesday and make me a sandwich

Happy Wednesday and make me a sandwich

Happy middle of the week and … here’s an awesomely crunchy, creamy, zesty and simple sandwich to keep you going. For future reference – tiger bread shall forthwith be known as giraffe bread.  That is all. Club sandwich: Tiger bread, toasted and buttered Ranch dressing Left over spicy avocado dip Take-away barbecued chicken breast Fresh avocado, sliced thinly Lean,[read more…]

Herb and garlic bread

Herb and garlic bread

Honestly, once you make this you’ll wonder why you don’t do it more often, it’s so easy. It’s also the fresh herbs and garlic.  No matter how great a quick supermarket fix can be, there’s no replacement for fresh herbs.  I really love the combination of spring onions, basil and continental parsley but you could use any you[read more…]

Chickpea, bacon, avocado and rocket sandwich

Chickpea, bacon, avocado and rocket sandwich

This hearty, tasty, stick-to-your-ribs sandwich is a very pleasing combination of healthy, fresh and decadent with a cheeky touch of bacon and a subtle hit of lemon and chilli.  It’s pretty easy to whip up, especially if you already have this chickpea spread knocking around in the fridge left over from the other day.  It’s also a good way[read more…]

Home baked spelt bread and a simple lunch

Home baked spelt bread and a simple lunch

There are so many bakeries selling delicious, healthy loaves; for example, the San Francisco sour dough bread I buy at our local bakery, and yet still I find the occasional bread making I do very satisfying and sort of old fashioned and traditional.  I love the science of kneading the bread by hand and seeing it rise, watching it brown after being[read more…]

Cheese and chilli cornbread

Cheese and chilli cornbread

Cornbread is a lovely, rustic addition to soups or casseroles.  I make mine with fresh corn when I can, which means I usually make it in summer.  So although cornbread might go with more cooler weather dishes traditionally, I find it’s a delicious accompaniment with a chicken salad or summer tomato soup or even as a snack[read more…]

Strawberry rolls with vanilla bean glaze

Strawberry rolls with vanilla bean glaze

It’s been raining heavily here for the past few days and doesn’t look like letting up any time soon.  Rain’s lovely, for a night or so, drumming on the roof in that comforting way while I’m reading and listening to music, but goes on for too long and it makes everything a bit flat and gray. Anyway. I pulled my[read more…]

Five simple and healthy lunch ideas

Five simple and healthy lunch ideas

Living in a big city where food is so easily accessible, lunch is one of those meals which is often neglected; it seems more convenient to grab fast food sometimes, especially on stressful days.  It’s just as easy though, and well worth it to whip up a delicious and healthy meal at home in a matter of[read more…]

Brioche bread pudding

Brioche bread pudding

I’ve never appreciated the appeal of bread pudding – I always thought it would taste bland and I just couldn’t understand how bread belonged in a pudding.  While shopping for Christmas I came across some brioche loaves which looked gorgeous and fluffy and sweet, thinking I would have some toasted with tea or something.  But then for[read more…]

Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup

Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup

Today’s featured dish from one of my favourite cookbooks, How to Cook Italian by Giuliano Hazan, is a Tuscan ‘poor man’s soup’ made with a few simple, healthy, fresh ingredients.  Historically, this recipe was a way to use up stale bread so it didn’t go to waste (something I still find useful now). I loved[read more…]

Sticky cinnamon rolls for breakfast

Sticky cinnamon rolls for breakfast

A simple breakfast from here.  I didn’t bother with the icing although next time I’ll add some chopped toasted pecan nuts to the filling. I have to confess I didn’t make these under the best of circumstances for baking bread; cold weather, the uncooked buns stored in the fridge overnight, taking them out early in[read more…]