Banana cake

Banana cake

This pretty cake is simple with only a few ingredients but turned out fluffy and soft with a great banana flavour.  A pretty dusting of snowy icing sugar makes it perfect for tea time.

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles

Singapore noodles are one of my favourite things to eat; this dish was always something I’d buy as take away years ago if I felt like something spicy.  I’ve never made it though!  So last night I gave it a go and it was delicious.

Baked gnocchi, meatball & mozzarella bake

Baked gnocchi, meatball & mozzarella bake

I think I must be quite mad because I made this on new year’s day for new year’s dinner – one of the hottest nights of the year quite possibly!  Anyway, obviously something stuffed full of meatballs, gnocchi, cherry toms and cheese baked in the oven is going to be wonderfully decadent.  We added a crusty baguette with[read more…]

Mini zucchini & bacon quiches

Mini zucchini & bacon quiches

These are brilliant and so easy to make – I just made a bunch for new year’s to have with drinks.  You could easily add different flavours to your liking (chilli & sweetcorn, feta and roast pumpkin, just for example). You can store them in the fridge for a few days for lunches too.

Stove top vanilla bean rice pudding

Stove top vanilla bean rice pudding

Rice pudding is one of those comfort desserts I love, yet I’ve never been able to find a decent recipe until today. This turned out creamy and lush and full of childhood cinnamon and vanilla flavours – if you really wanted to turn it up a notch, you could replace 1 cup of the milk[read more…]

Bucatini all’amatriciana

Bucatini all’amatriciana

 Amatrice, a beautiful little gothic town in Italy, was devastated by an earthquake recently.  This made me desperately sad to read (how does a whole town disappear, a town which has been around for hundreds of years?) so I thought I’d make their national dish today which just happens to be one of the most delicious pasta recipes I’ve[read more…]

Breakfast sandwich

Breakfast sandwich

So I made this epic sanga this morning – so good!  If you’re not into bacon, just leave it out because I guarantee it’ll be just as awesome.  And I know it just looks like an innocent bacon, avo and egg sandwich however the egg is a type of omelet folded over melty cheese so that makes it[read more…]

Coconut bundt cake

Coconut bundt cake

So I made a little bundt cake today – I say little, because I halved this awesome recipe but only had a 24cm bundt tin and fretted for half an hour while it was baking.  It turned out perfectly though!  The crumb is amazing – fairly dense yet somehow light and fluffy and the flavour is pleasingly[read more…]

Swedish sandwich cake

Swedish sandwich cake

I’ve always wanted to make one of these as I’m a huge sandwich fan and I love all things Swedish and Scandinavian.  I haven’t made it exactly as you would a traditional smörgåstårta, as I wanted to use ingredients I had already.  However, I tried to think of traditional Swedish things while putting it together; making one layer with a fish[read more…]

Raspberry maple brioche pudding

Raspberry maple brioche pudding

I really really love brioche pudding, which is pretty obvious since there’s at least 3 other recipes on my site. Anyway, it’s finally cooled down here and feels like autumn so I made this one today for an impromptu afternoon tea treat.  It’s definitely a keeper and possibly my favourite pudding so far.

Lemon blackberry cake

Lemon blackberry cake

So I made this lovely lemon blackberry cake the other day.  To avoid using an electric mixer and too much washing up, I used oil instead of butter and just whipped it up by hand.  So easy and I loved using the blackberries I froze from summer.  

Easy spicy tuna & vegetable fried rice

Easy spicy tuna & vegetable fried rice

This is a super easy, fast and delicious recipe for fried rice using a few tinned and frozen things. I love it because I usually have most of the ingredients around and can just throw it together.

Valentines Day chocolate mousse pie with chocolate hearts

Valentines Day chocolate mousse pie with chocolate hearts

Inspired by this lovely idea the other day, I thought I’d whip up some home-made chocolate hearts to serve with an old recipe for chocolate mousse pie.  You can stick whatever you like onto the hearts and they’re super easy, yet make chocolate desserts and cakes looks so cute. And although I don’t feel so creative lately with recipes[read more…]

Raspberry, white chocolate, coconut & streusel muffins

Raspberry, white chocolate, coconut & streusel muffins

These are some cute muffins I baked the other day.  They’re lovely and great to freeze for heating up later. I’ll be back with another recipe post when the weather’s a bit cooler and I feel like baking again

Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae

Caramel chocolate popcorn sundae

This isn’t really a recipe but so good I had to share (and I’ve not had a lot of time for proper recipes/blogging lately). Although, popcorn with ice cream isn’t quite as genius an idea as I originally thought since it’s all over the internet So basically, find some vanilla bean ice cream, pile over as much caramel flavoured popcorn as you[read more…]

Lemon flower cake

Lemon flower cake

I know I said I’d be back in the new year but have a couple of lovely recipes to post from Christmas. Mostly I prefer a simple cake with one really great flavour.  Recently, I baked this sweet, lemony cake with a rich, soft crumb and added pretty edible flowers with fresh strawberries for a summery, festive effect.  I changed a[read more…]

One bowl Speculoos stuffed Speculoos, pecan & peanut butter blondies

One bowl Speculoos stuffed Speculoos, pecan & peanut butter blondies

I’ve seen Speculoos spread around recently with everyone saying how delicious it is (had never heard of it before) and had to try some.  I mean I’ve bought the bikkies quite a few times, usually for Christmas but this is sort of a spicy cookie butter, it’s amazingly good.  I purchased my Dutch goodies from here.[read more…]

Tuna pasta salad

Tuna pasta salad

Normally my salads are low carb affairs but I do enjoy a sort of retro pasta one.  And I really liked this – I mean I love pasta so no surprise there, but the dressing is one of the best things about this – creamy with a hint of lemon, it goes perfectly with the tuna, comforting pasta and crunchy[read more…]

Vegetarian sushi bowl

Vegetarian sushi bowl

This tastes just like sushi!  I have no hope of being able to make actual sushi, although I love it, so thought this would be an easier option. I loved this cute, healthy lunch!  

Curry puffs

Curry puffs

So I made these cute, tasty little curry puffs yesterday. The filling is spicy/sweet and surrounded by crispy puff pastry; dipped into tomato sauce, they made for a brilliant afternoon snack with a beer.

Chilli hummus

Chilli hummus

I eat buckets of hummus and always have some in the fridge.  Nothing wrong with buying a tub but making it is so simple.  Make it soon! This one is spicy and rustic and if you have it with heaps of carrot and celery sticks, you get most of your daily vegies in one hit then[read more…]

Vanilla berry coconut mini Bundt cakes

Vanilla berry coconut mini Bundt cakes

Has anyone else ever done this?!  Found a mysterious item in your kitchen?  I found a fancy mini Bundt tin in my cupboard shaped like sunflowers which I’ve never used (we live in a flat and while there’s a decent amount of kitchen cupboard space, some things are hard to get to, being up high or right[read more…]

Chocolate chip loaf cake

Chocolate chip loaf cake

Sometimes a simple loaf is just the thing.  I loved how hearty yet soft this lightly vanilla scented loaf was with chocolate chips inside and sticky ganache all over.

Salmon en Papillote with chilli, ginger & miso soba noodles

Salmon en Papillote with chilli, ginger & miso soba noodles

I eat a lot of salmon as is evidenced by the recipes on this blog (it’s so convenient and healthy), so I’m always looking at different ways to cook it. I really love this Asian inspired recipe with spicy/salty flavours.  The salmon is best cooked until just rare in the middle and once it’s placed[read more…]

Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla birthday cake

Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla birthday cake

So here’s a cake Ant and I made for my birthday a few weeks back.  This is from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook (online recipe is here) and is a fairly soft and dense cake with fluffy buttercream icing.  I added some jam in the middle because we in Australia love our layer cakes with strawberry[read more…]

Sweet chilli labneh (or labna)

Sweet chilli labneh (or labna)

As mentioned in an earlier post, I made some labneh! It’s very easy and sort of exciting seeing how it firms up.  I added a heap of chilli flakes and some honey which made it subtly sweet with a nice bite and it’s creamy texture is perfect on crackers as a snack with some wine or with bread for a quick[read more…]

Stir fried chilli basil chicken & cashew omelet

Stir fried chilli basil chicken & cashew omelet

I love a good curry!  Especially with chicken and cashews. So this is an easy, delicious dish I made recently with stir fried, spicy chicken, basil and cashews but in an omelet; much lower in carbs than a rice dish and with spicy, delicious flavours.  You can whip this one up in 20 minutes or so for a fast and[read more…]