Raspberry Almond And Buttermilk Cake

  It doesn’t come naturally for me to share my personal life here on my blog, this has always been a space to share recipes, post my photographs, and write about food. But there are some things, and some events, that change everything. These are the ones that must be shared. So it seems as…

Baked Rhubarb With Orange And Cloves

Although rhubarb is readily available through autumn it’s often not till early winter that I get round to baking my first tray. I keep it on hand in the fridge mainly to eat with breakfast, be it with porridge, yoghurt, or muesli. But it would be a crime against rhubarb to stop there. It’s such an…

Upside Down Blueberry, Hazelnut And Ricotta Cake

Cake has a wonderful way of making everything seem good and bright and cheery. This upside down blueberry cake is light and fruity and not-too-sweet. Why is it an upside down cake? The blueberries sink to the bottom of the cake during baking so flipping it over onto a plate lets the dark purple colours…

Nectarine and Coconut Bread

Nectarines have become a favourite summer fruit and when they are this good and plentiful I buy nothing short of a kilo at a time. With these sweet beauties I decided to make a simple nectarine and coconut bread. Well, it’s more like a loaf really. I call it a bread as after enjoying it…

Chocolate, Avocado and Macadamia Nut Brownie

When I first started out as an apprentice chef (all those years ago) I would of never considered combing avocado and chocolate. No Way! I would of screwed my nose up and shouted “don’t be ridiculous”. But these days, I’m excited by the idea. Last year I experimented with chocolate and beetroot and found this…

Blueberry and ricotta, buttermilk hotcakes

  There was a period there, about 10 (or more) years ago, where I spent entire weekends cooking ricotta hotcakes. I guess that’s to be expected when you’re working in a cafe, but there’s a limit to how many hotcakes one can make and still think of them as a food one might want to…

Lime and coconut cheesecake slice

You might mistake me for being obsessed with sugar if you were to know I have SEVEN different types of it in my pantry at home! How this has come to be, I’m not entirely sure. I obviously do a lot of baking and need caster sugar, and brown sugar as a standard. My husband…

Cardamom and ginger poached pears

I’m fussy about poaching pears. You have to be. For a perfect poached pear there are rules to follow: I can think of seven. Don’t go for heavily sugared poaching syrups – these must be avoided at all costs. Water enhanced with a little sugar, spice or citrus is just right and allows the natural…

Chocolate, chia and banana cake

  It’s high time I posted a cake recipe. The last cake recipe I shared was an old favourite I’ve been baking for years, one my sister has taken to and now bakes for any and every occasion a cake is required. But this little beauty is a new recipe. It’s based on a simple…

Salted coconut caramel sauce

I’ve dreamt about sharing a recipe for salted caramel sauce ever since this blog was just an idea (I won’t mention how long that idea took to come to fruition). It’s time dear reader. It’s time you got acquainted with salted caramel. I’m sure you’ve tasted it at any number of establishments. Good cafes are…

Life would be dull with out cake

  Life would be dull with out cake. I try to eat it only on occasion, and some times I manage, other times I can’t help myself. I need cake in my life. It makes me happy. A good recipe should be shared and this one already has been. I learnt this recipe from a…

Chocolate and Beetroot Mini Cakes

“Chocolate and beetroot!”, you may well scream, “Are you mad?” These two ingredients might seem unlikely companions, yet they work tremendously well baked together in a cake. I want to feel that cake I’m eating is offering some sort of health benefit. It means I can eat more of it. So what does the beetroot…