Hot Cross Buns

My friend Janene made some delicious buns the other day and was kind enough to give me her recipe.  Unfortunately for me it was a thermomix recipe and as I don’t own a thermomix I had to do some tweaking to ensure it would come out ok using conventional kitchen appliances! I have to say…

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

In summer my vege garden is literally heaving under the weight of rhubarb.  It’s such a beautiful plant with its ruby red stalks and giant elephant ear leaves.  It is one of my favourite plants to grow and eat as there are so many things you can do with it – just be careful not…

Tomato Jam

Yesterday we drove past a roadside fruit shop that advertised its tomatoes at 9c a kilogram … Bargain! So what to do with a bag full of ripe tomatoes … Make jam of course! When we were growing up, tomato jam was really popular at fetes and markets but you don’t really see it around…

Phoebe’s Fudge

A Couple of years ago I had the brilliant idea that my students would make something then bring it to class to show us what they did and how they did it.  Lucky for me, I had a class full of budding chefs and  I spent the week chomping through delicious cakes, biscuits and sweets….

Pikelets

The Americans can have their pancakes but we Aussies have pikelets!  I much prefer these small morsels which can be finished in 2 or 3 bites.  Great for morning tea – just smear with butter and jam and you are on your way – Enjoy! 2 cups SR flour 3 tbsp caster sugar 1 ½…

Scones

Is there any better morning tea than one that is accompanied by fresh warm scones? I don’t think so! I like mine smeared with rhubarb and strawberry jam and a sturdy dollop of whipped cream … delicious! 2 cups SR flour 1 ½ tsp baking powder 2 tbsp caster sugar 30g cold butter 1 cup…

Softies for Mirabel

A few weeks ago, it was rainy, I was bored, so I decided to dust off the sewing machine and do something useful. I follow a fabulous blog called Meet me at Mikes hosted by the energetic and very creative, Pip Lincolne.  Pip started Softies for Mirabel about 9 years ago and it is a…

Rhubarb Fizz

This is a great alternative to an alcoholic beverage when you still want something festive and a little bit special. Rather than being bubbly like soft drink, it has a beautiful, subtle fizz not unlike Lambrusco! Enjoy! 600g rhubarb 1 tbsp Herbies rose petals 600g sugar ½ lemon sliced 90 ml apple cider vinegar Combine all ingredients…

Banana Maple Bacon Toast

This may sound a little unusual but I guarantee it is delicious! 2 slices sourdough bread (I like Summer Kitchen Sprouted Rye Sourdough) Almond butter 1 banana 1 tbsp Seed Mix with dried cranberries 2 rashers bacon 1 – 2 tbsp Maple Syrup Cook the bacon rashers until crispy. Toast the sourdough and spread each…

Coconut Cake

I’d like to think of myself as a domestic goddess but that title is already taken and rightly so! Nigella Lawson’s book How to be a Domestic Goddess is one of my favourite baking bibles and my go-to book for sweet treats. The other day I was looking for a quick cake recipe when I happened…

Little Bap Rolls

Today I had that problem of wanting something but not wanting to leave the house to get it.  I’ve had a very busy week so the thought of spending the day at home with no appointments, no demands, just a day to myself was just too good to pass up.  But … I desperately wanted…

Wool Love

I happened upon this wool at my local wool shop and I am in love with it!  I can’t stop thinking up new ways to use it and am wondering if it would be ok if it was the only wool I ever use again for all my weaving and crochet projects!  It’s amazing how…