TBD Imports Product Review – Vanilla Salt; recipes for salted caramel ice cream cookies and caramel crunchy peanut butter fudge sauce

TBD Imports Product Review – Vanilla Salt; recipes for salted caramel ice cream cookies and caramel crunchy peanut butter fudge sauce

Jonathan from TBD Imports very kindly sent me a new product to try recently – vanilla salt.  I’ve been noticing different salts around lately and they intrigue me so Ant and I were really happy to try this.  TBD’s Singing Dog vanilla salt is a mixture of Murray River pink salt from Australia and organic ground vanilla from Indonesia.[read more…]

Whisk & Pin (Australian made)

Whisk & Pin (Australian made)

There’s nothing I love more than a site featuring gorgeous sweets, I just can’t resist them.  Even home bakers appreciate beautifully made, healthy baking mixes and desserts and they make great gifts. Whisk & Pin, a company based in the Blue Mountains from whom I’ve ordered regularly, now have a sparkly new gourmet food site!  Their products are handmade with the best[read more…]

A giant chocolate chip cookie for Valentines Day

A giant chocolate chip cookie for Valentines Day

Hee hee.  I’ve always wanted to bake a giant cookie. A few years ago, in lieu of a birthday cake for a good friend from uni, I purchased a giant chocolate chip cookie with Happy Birthday iced over the top.  I remember sitting on the steps outside a bookstore in the city waiting to meet up with him holding the[read more…]

White chocolate cranberry cookies

White chocolate cranberry cookies

I love this combination of cookie – little tart yet sweet dried cranberries and a burst of candy sweetness from white chocolate.   I prefer these cookies chewy with chunks of white chocolate because there’s just something really messily decadent about those uneven chocolate pieces.  No neat little cookies for me, I’m a giant cookie girl. Not that[read more…]

TBD Imports product review and two tested recipes; vanilla bean creme brulee and cinnamon sugar cookies

TBD Imports product review and two tested recipes; vanilla bean creme brulee and cinnamon sugar cookies

TBD Imports is an online company located in my home town of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, which sources organic and fair trade cinnamon and vanilla products (I also spotted flavoured nut butters, I’m really looking forward to trying those). Recently, Jonathan from TBD very kindly asked me to review Singing Dog Organic Pure Vanilla Extract, Singing Dog Organic Gourmet[read more…]

Chocolate chip cookie chocolate brownies

Chocolate chip cookie chocolate brownies

No you aren’t dreaming or hallucinating.  This really is a thing – a wonderfully inspired recipe I discovered recently by lovely Sydney blogger Katrina Meynink, (also freelance food writer and recipe developer and lots of other things).  You could say I did a double-take.  Cookie dough chocolate brownies – no way!  As a long time brownie lover, I’m[read more…]

Date, pecan and ginger cookies

Date, pecan and ginger cookies

Is there anything better than the warming fragrance of home made cookies baking?  These chewy, spicy and sweet cookies were a delight and were made with oil rather than butter.  Just an excuse to have more I think.      

ANZAC day baking – anzac biscuits with nutella filling

ANZAC day baking – anzac biscuits with nutella filling

Anzac Day, for those readers who aren’t from this neck of the woods, marks the date of the first military action fought by Australians and New Zealanders in WW1 (ANZAC = Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).  We remember those who fought on 25th April. To commemorate, I though Anzac biscuits would be nice to make[read more…]

Almond and macadamia biscotti

Almond and macadamia biscotti

What little delights these are.  Crunchy and sweet, perfect for having with espresso – which has given me a genius idea so stay tuned for a lovely dessert soon. I didn’t have enough almonds so I used some macadamia nuts to make up the difference and they were perfect so I would probably do this again.