Lemon Cream Oatmeal Slice

This is a crunchy and at the same time a very moreish slice.  The use of oats gives the crunch, while the simple subtle lemon cream used as a filling gives the fudgy texture to the overall slice.  This recipe is certainly a keeper! 125g unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract…

Banana Weet-Bix Chocolate Chip Muffins

I discovered this recipe soon after I made Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins last week. I decided to give this recipe a try.  These muffins turned out very well and they were so very delicious!  The use of Weet-bix gives a good texture and it also provides enough overall sweetness to the whole recipe.  These…

Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Last week, I made my favourite Banana Cake and I find myself with having  riped bananas again this week.  So, I thought I give this recipe a try.  Muffins are lovely when you get the texture right but they taste at their best on the day you make them.  This recipe makes 12 muffins which is standard….

Pea and Ham Soup

This is a hearty soup that is perfect for those cold Autumn or Winter days.  This is one of my favourite soups to make each year and it also freezes very well.  You will notice that I don’t puree my Pea and Ham soup.  After the long cooking process, the green split peas breaks down…

Toscanner Slice

This is a buttery almondy delight of a slice! It has a firm base, topped with a frangipani type of filling covered by a buttery and honey caramel-like crunchy topping.  Despite the recipe involving a few steps, this slice is worth making. Base: 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract…

Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Biscuits

These biscuits or cookies are sinfully moreish and delicious!  The outside is lightly crispy and inside is chewy or fudgy – exactly the way I like my biscuits. They are filled with generous chunk size chocolate pieces with a little bit of cherry throughout. This recipe can be doubled easily if you need to bake…

Chocolate Fudge Muffins (Gluten free)

These heavenly rich chocolate flavoured muffins are moist that is enjoyed by everyone. I decided to try this recipe because I have been looking for gluten free recipes.  It is challenging to find some easy recipes that I can do at home, without having to purchase many special ingredients when I only needed a small…

Peach Cobbler

This is a lovely dessert that takes advantage of seasonal fresh peaches.  Even better, if you have your own peach tree!  The Peach Cobbler is delicious, whether you have it while it is warm or cold.  The original recipe makes no mention of whether the peaches are peeled or not.  But I peeled them and…

Vegetables and Chickpeas Curry

This is a delicious curry filled with lots of different vegetables and chickpeas. This recipe is flexible in that you can use different vegetables, depending on what you have in the fridge that needs to be used. You can brown some strips of chicken thigh fillets in place of chickpeas. The curry also freezes well,…

Banana Cake

This is a wonderful moist banana cake.  It doesn’t matter if you use two or four ripe bananas – the cake will always turn out delicious. 125g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 1 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 3 very ripe bananas Juice of 1 lemon 1 1/2 cups self-raising…

Cherry Blondies Slice

Make the most of summer’s fresh cherries with this fudgy white chocolate brownie recipe. This delicious slice is so quick and simple to make.  To gauge whether the slice is cooked through, the centre of the slice needs to be firm to touch.  Due to the moistness of the mixture, the skewer test will not…

Potato Gnocchi Bake

This is a very delicious meal that is very quick and simple to make!  The recipe below is the original recipe.  However, I have adapted by making the tomato sauce more richer and tastier by adding other ingredients and preparing the sauce beforehand, see NOTES below.  The beauty of this recipe is that, whichever method you use,…

Chocolate Fruit Slice

A very simple slice to make!  It is quite moorish with the texture being firm, almost biscuit-like with the pieces of mixed dried fruit and crunch from the pecans. I didn’t iced this slice, but rather dust it with icing sugar.  It really depends on your personal taste. Base: 125g unsalted butter 1 cup self-raising…

Easy Pumpkin Fruit Cake

This is a lovely light fruit cake that can be whipped up in seconds, literally!  The mashed pumpkin adds colour and moistness to the fruit cake.  I often make my own dried fruit mix because I don’t like the fruit peels because they are often too chunky for my taste. To make your own dried…

Blueberry, Lemon and Sour Cream Cake

This simple cake has a wonderful tangy lemon flavour which comes not only from the batter, but from a thin, lemon glaze that is brushed over the cake. The addition of blueberries is a great way of using this fresh seasonal fruit. 250g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 2 cups (440g) caster sugar 3…

Blueberry Traybake

A great summer cake, light and full of seasonal fruit. The recipe is a breeze to whip up and also works well with raspberries or other berries. 125g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 200ml sour cream…

Jelly Slice

A delicious three layered slice consisting of a firm biscuit base, a luscious creamy lemon middle, topped with smooth jelly.  This slice looks impressive and yet it is easy to make. It does not involve baking!   The only thing you need for this recipe is time – time to allow each layer to set and…

Snickerdoodle Biscuits

These Snickerdoodle Biscuits are slightly crunchy around the edges with soft textured centres.  The flavour of these biscuits are buttery and vanilla which is covered in fragrant cinnamon sugar.  Cream of tartar imparts a unique tangy flavor to the cookie, which makes it a classic Snickerdoodle. 110g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 1/2 cup caster sugar…

An amazing lunch at The Lakeside Mill Restaurant!

A friend and I dined at The Lakeside Mill Restaurant in Pakenham on Sunday.  We went there because we both knew the Pastry Chef, an ex-student of ours who is so talented.  The picture of the dessert featured here  is her creation and it was simply stunning and so very delicious! The restaurant takes pride in…

Snickerdoodle Bars

This very simple and quick slice will have people coming back for more!  The base is a buttery and vanilla type brownie topped with aromatic cinnamon sugar. This slice version is based on the popular American’s Snickerdoodle biscuits. Base: 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 110g unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla…

Oats Biscuits with dates and white chocolate

These are crunchy biscuits that are soft and chewy inside – the way I like my biscuits to be! The combination of oats, nuts, dates and white chocolate is delicious!  This recipe makes a small batch of biscuits – so you may want to double it. 110g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 115g brown sugar…

Nutella and Oat Biscuits

These biscuits are crunchy with a nutty texture of oats and nuts.  The nutella compliments very well with the oats and nuts. This is such a quick and easy recipe that you can whip up a batch of biscuits in no time! 2/3 cup sunflower oil 1/2 cup nutella 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1  1/4…

Rustic Asparagus and Leek Pie

This is a rustic tart that doesn’t use a mould or form to keep the pastry in shape. Once you make the pastry, it’s easy to put this together and in the oven. The leek and asparagus filling is surprisingly flavoursome for just two ingredients. Pastry: 200g plain flour ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp grated nutmeg…

Peanut Butter Biscuits with Oats and Chocolate

These crunchy, nutty yet slightly chewy biscuits are really delicious!  And they are really fast and easy to make.  Be generous with either chocolate chunks or choc bits. What is stated here in the recipe is the minimum amount….. 150g castor sugar 175g brown sugar 80g unsalted butter, softened at warm temperature 250g crunchy peanut butter 1…