Spicy burnt fig & ginger stewed apples

Spicy burnt fig & ginger stewed apples

Don’t know what to do with a bag of slightly mealy apples from winter?  You can always make this gorgeous stewed fruit which goes perfectly with cream, Greek yoghurt or even with porridge or oatmeal for breakfast.  It’s kind of a nanna recipe but I love how warm and cosy it is (I’m one of the only people I[read more…]

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.

Orange ricotta hotcakes with orange honey syrup

Orange ricotta hotcakes with orange honey syrup

I made these zesty, bright pancakes one recent weekend; the syrup is so deliciously sweet and full of floral honey and orange flavours.  I make ricotta pancakes quite often; ricotta makes pancakes fluffy yet slightly custard-like inside unlike the cake texture of your classic buttermilk pancakes, but lovely just the same. There’s heaps of syrup so if you[read more…]

Fig, honey & salted pistachio raw muesli

Fig, honey & salted pistachio raw muesli

I know, I know, I posted a granola recipe a couple of weeks back but have I ever said on here how much I love salted pistachios?  I’m a little bit obsessed actually.  Give me a big bowl of dry roasted, salted pistachios and I’ll sit on the lounge happily shelling and eating them like[read more…]

Ginger spice & apricot toasted oat clusters

Ginger spice & apricot toasted oat clusters

I whipped up a deliciously spicy, crunchy, cold weather inspired toasted muesli a while back, just from ingredients I had on hand. It’s not full-on ginger in flavour, just enough to give a sweet, warm flavour however if you’re a real ginger fan, add a bit more fresh or ground ginger to the recipe.  This is nice[read more…]

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…]

On figs

On figs

I couldn’t let fig season go by without a couple more photos of the prettiest fruit around.  And in case you’re wondering – the below is rolled oats, figs, raspberries, Greek yoghurt, salted pistachios & honey (although delicious, I genuinely felt bad about digging into this, it’s a natural work of art).

Roast breakfast peaches

Roast breakfast peaches

The fragrance of these roast peaches throughout the house while baking! Vanilla scented, sweet and caramelised – a lovely (and health conscious) breakfast, even if you do have to turn on the oven on a sunny morning. Totally worth it and their warm sweetness went so well with some cool Greek yoghurt.

Blueberry waffles

Blueberry waffles

I haven’t used my poor waffle iron in ages so this morning I used some lovely, fresh blueberries to make waffles for a special Sunday breakfast.  Although I’ve made waffles before quite a few times, they were usually a bit thinner and crisper and I really wanted to make higher, fluffy ones. They turned out really[read more…]

Herb & cheese Croque Madame Muffins

Herb & cheese Croque Madame Muffins

I was watching the Little Paris Kitchen one recent weekend and spotted Rachel’s Croque Madame Muffins which looked so easy I immediately jumped up to make them for lunch.  I didn’t have any ham so used up some herbs and added heaps of cheese.  This recipe was also serendipitous because my organic fruit & veg people sent[read more…]

Berry cherry smoothie

Berry cherry smoothie

This light, naturally sweet, low cal, yet full of antioxidants smoothie was just the thing after Christmas/new years …

Black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast bowl

Black sticky rice antioxidant breakfast bowl

Remember the black sticky rice pudding I made a while back?  Well lately, due to hot mornings and such, I’ve been cooking black glutinous rice and storing it in the fridge it for breakfasts for the next day or two and serving it with maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and berries.  It’s a really convenient breakfast if you make the[read more…]

Chorizo & caramelised onion scrambled egg brekkie wraps

Chorizo & caramelised onion scrambled egg brekkie wraps

I love scrambled eggs on their own but in a wrap they’re even more awesome, like these spicy, flavourful, Mediterranean inspired egg wraps; they’re perfect for a Sunday brunch when you have people over.  And if you’re not keen on chorizo, you can always leave it out and add sliced vegetarian sausage with a few[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…]

Vegan breakfast bars

Vegan breakfast bars

I’ve heard a lot of negative remarks about the humble little muesli bar lately … too much sugar!  Additives!  You may as well drink a can of coke!  etc etc.  Poor muesli bars, being a child of the 80s I’ve always liked them and if you buy a brand which is quite healthy and lower[read more…]

Smashed berry smoothie

Smashed berry smoothie

Summer to me is smoothie weather and since I posted a lovely green one recently, I thought I’d post this one before the weather gets too cool to really get into them.  I love this thick and creamy smoothie full of fresh flavour and good things which I whipped up a while back on a[read more…]

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

St Patrick’s Day – the green smoothie

I had grand ideas of making a chocolate Guinness cake for St Patrick’s Day but ran out of time.  Instead, I thought I’d go off the beaten track and offer this green smoothie I made recently which is such a lovely green colour, it seemed serendipitous, despite being devoid of butter, cream, potatoes or Guinness I’ve[read more…]

Lemon ricotta pancakes with berry sauce for Pancake Day

Lemon ricotta pancakes with berry sauce for Pancake Day

  Whoop it’s that time of year again!  This year I’m offering lemon ricotta pancakes with lush berry sauce for Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, tomorrow. You can serve these just with unsalted butter, lemon and sugar on their own and they’re amazing; soft, fluffy, lemony/sweet and reminiscent of pancakes your mum might have made. [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…]

Chai spiced cherry coconut granola and Red Ape organic cinnamon review

Chai spiced cherry coconut granola and Red Ape organic cinnamon review

Jonathan from TBD Imports very kindly sent me some more goodies to review recently, the new Red Ape organic cinnamon shake range; Rasta Shake, a sweet and spicy Jamaican style mix for meat or rice dishes Vanilla Cinnamon Shake, a spice mix for hot drinks, desserts and baking The classic Cinnamon Sugar shake, perfect for cinnamon[read more…]

Peanut butter banana pancakes

Peanut butter banana pancakes

My latest flavour pancake uses a classic combo of peanut butter and banana.  These are quite high, fluffy pancakes with a lovely peanut butter taste and chunks of banana rather than it being mashed. Oh and if you make too many (can you though?  Can you ever make too many pancakes?), they can always be stored[read more…]

Banana flaxseed smoothie

Banana flaxseed smoothie

I’ve taken to adding flaxseed oil to smoothies lately and it makes them amazingly creamy and luscious.

Chilli cheese cornbread waffles and a big breakfast

Chilli cheese cornbread waffles and a big breakfast

These hearty waffles have a definite cornbread quality.  I really liked them but if you want a lighter waffle I would replace some of the cornmeal with plain flour or use white flour instead of wholemeal.  I’m a rustic girl though, I like things which pack a punch. They have a subtle spicy and savoury flavour with a[read more…]

Eat more purple

Eat more purple

One of the best things about autumn/winter is that we get to eat purple vegies and I do love purple food.  Not only are they super healthy (the experts say we should eat more purple/blue hued fruit and vegetables), they’re also fun to eat, as randomly coloured things usually are.  The other day I thought I’d use up[read more…]

6 easy and delicious ways to introduce more omega 3 into your diet

6 easy and delicious ways to introduce more omega 3 into your diet

The omega 6 -v- omega 3 debate is something I’ve been reading about recently, including lots of conflicting, alarming information.  One thing seems certain; whether we’re talking about heart health or general well-being and preventative health, most of us need more omega 3 fatty acids in our diet and not only that, we also need to[read more…]

Feta, chilli and herb scrambled eggs and a BIG breakfast

Feta, chilli and herb scrambled eggs and a BIG breakfast

I love these eggs!  Trust me, you will too. Scrambled eggs, as most of us know, are an easy and tasty breakfast you can whip up in minutes.  Well, with some bright and savoury flavours of feta, chilli and herbs added to spice up your morning, or perhaps brunch, it elevates the humble scrambled eggs to a whole[read more…]

Grape and flaxseed smoothie

Grape and flaxseed smoothie

I’m always trying to think of wonderful things to use in smoothies so searched a bit to see if grapes could be a thing and, inspired very much by Golubka, a lovely recipe and raw food blog, I thought I’d give it a go. Grapes are an unusual ingredient for a smoothie but they somehow work,[read more…]

Chocolate hazelnut breakfast oats with coconut milk

Chocolate hazelnut breakfast oats with coconut milk

I didn’t realise that chocolate oats were a thing until I searched recently and found quite a few recipes.  I think it’s inspired!  This cacao flavoured, nutty, creamy breakfast dish is also very timely considering Easter’s just about upon us. I love hearty, healthy oats and will always try something a bit different with them.  Inspired by this[read more…]