Introduction

Hello!  Welcome to my blog on cooking and baking.  Those who do know me, knows that I love baking.  I love reading and collecting recipes, whether they be from cookbooks, friends, work colleagues and the Internet.  In the last year or two, I have been baking, whether from my recipes collection or trying our new recipes,…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Delicious is the word that comes to mind. These cookies are a cross between a brownie and a cookie that is both light and fudgy in texture.  They also look visually appealing with its ‘crackled shell’ appearance.  They are easy to make but you do need to allow time for the dough to chill in…

Porcupine Meatballs

A delicious comfort meal to enjoy during the cold winter months. They are called Porcupine Meatballs because the rice is mixed into the mince. As the rice cooks during the cooking, they poke out to resemble quills of a porcupine. This recipe originated from the 1930s Depression era when meat was rationed and supply was…

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

A friend found this recipe on the ABC Life site and shared it with me. As I was reading through this recipe, called Easy Apple and Cinnamon Crumble Cake from Bulgaria, I was intrigued! This cake is assembled in the cake tin with layers of ingredients, which magically works! I was skeptical to say the…

‘Retro’ Pineapple Pie

If you are looking for a dessert or to bring something for morning tea at work which doesn’t involve baking…  and it is easy to whip up using prepared ingredients, look no further!  This creamy pineapple pie is delicious. I am not completely sure of the origin of this recipe but it has been around…

Eggs, Bacon and Peas Pie

This is a lovely pie which can be eaten warm or cold.  It is so simple to make and it looks impressive. It does taste delicious as it looks too.  When serving this pie hot, it goes well with a garden salad.  However, this pie is delicious to have cold. In fact, this pie is…

Lemon Butter, Almond and Blueberry Cake

This is a lovely moist almond sponge cake that has a layer of tangy lemon butter and plumb blueberries. Perfect to enjoy with a nice cuppa! 140g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 140g caster sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 140g self-raising flour 140g almond meal 1 jar lemon butter (even better if…

Chocolate Chip Fudge Slice

This is a moist and fudgy chocolate slice that proved to be very popular with my work colleagues.  What is best about this recipe, is that it is so easy and quick to make.  It is basically throw all ingredients into a bowl to mix and then into a slice tin to bake… 395 can…

Christmas Chocolate Cherry Coconut Slice

A delicious and moist slice that is full of flavour from cherries and coconut. The use of glace cherries makes this a perfect treat for the holidays or Christmas.  What is best about this slice, is that there is no ‘baking’ required!  The recipe is set and chilled in the fridge. Base: 250g packet sweet…

Spiced Date Slice

This is a lovely slice!  The dates is the main feature here – a lovely gooey mixture with a hint of spice. Ingredients: 100g unsalted butter 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 egg 1 cup self-raising flour 1/2 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Filling: 1 1/2…

Homemade Peach Pie

At this time of the year, I am lucky to be able to harvest lovely yellow free-stone peaches.  The Elberta peach variety was carefully chosen for its excellent eating quality, sweet but slightly tangy flesh and they are free-stone – this makes life easier when wanting to take the stone out without ruining the flesh…

Malted Milk Blondies Slice

A brownie with a difference!  It has a lovely aroma and flavour from the malted milk powder.  It is dense, moreish and has the crunch from the maltesers found within….  It doesn’t matter that the slice isn’t ‘fully’ cooked through, as you may want the gooey bits found in the middle.  Store the slice in…

Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Quiche

This is a lovely vegetarian quiche that is full of flavour.  The use of roasted pumpkin and chargrilled capsicum takes it to another level.  The chargrilled capsciums can be prepared a few days in advance and the roasted pumpkin earlier in the day.  The assembly of the quiche is simple and quick.  Try having a…