Quinoa, Cinnamon And Chia Seed Bars

It’s been a lot of years since I have eaten store-bought muesli bars. They have too much sugar for my liking and added preservatives that I just don’t care for. I prefer to make my own. This simple recipe is adapted from one I wrote for Who Magazine last year. Oats and quinoa flakes are…

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…

Medjool Date And Cranberry Balls With Chia And Macadamia

Truth be known – I adore Medjool dates, and think they are fabulous simply eaten as is. Their soft, sweet, distinct caramel flavour, can’t be beat. But you take that flavour and add it with other goodies like chia seeds, spices, coconut, and nuts and you get date balls. They are my latest obsession, and…

Coconut Pepita and Chia Biscuits with Dark Chocolate

I have to admit, I’m more of a cake-kind-of-girl then a biscuit one. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a good biscuit. I do. Actually, I’m sharing this recipe with you now because this IS a good biscuit. It’s a great biscuit. It’s crunchy…not too sweet…and can actually be debated that’s it’s kind of healthy….

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…