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Chocolate & Hazelnuts – I don’t know what two flavours marry so well. According to my amazing new Flavour Thesaurus book by Niki Segnit, these two flavours came about in the late-nineteenth century due the the lack of cocoa. They had to add ground hazelnuts to bulk out what chocolate they had and hence Nutella was born!  Nutella would have to be my food heaven, so much so that I’ve had to ban myself from buying the stuff. I can’t have it in the house or I will eat it

This is my mama’s famous recipe and she’d always make for me when I arrived home from London. It’s the best! The secret to it is the strong feta in the bechamel sauce to give it a little saltiness and a can of tomato soup. It does make it a little sloppy but the flavour is a-mazing. Like most boys, Seb is a minced meat lasagna kind of guy but even he loves this recipe. My mum, Suzanne, makes it quite often for my nephew & niece’s dinner when they’re over

This cake recipe doesn’t have one skerrick of butter or oil in it, so make it if you’re on that health-kick. Instead of butter I used Coconut milk (see…healthy right?). I was surprised how well the orange and milk coconut flavours go well together and topped off with the crunchy dessicated coconut – my ‘invented’ recipe is a winner!     Orange and Coconut Milk Cake 2/3 Cup coconut milk orange rind 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 3/4 cup sugar whisked 1 egg 1 cup self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder shredded

Chicken & Leek Pie

…this is what I finished my amazing Sunday off with. Chin chin…here’s to this weekend!     Chicken & Leek Pie olive oil 1 leek, chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Salt & Pepper 1/2 cup white wine 1 carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 large chicken breast 200ml cream 200ml milk 2 tbsp flour Puff pastry, store bought, thawed 1. Preheat oven to 200°C 2. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add leek, onion and garlic and stir until browned. Add diced chicken and

Sunday was the best day I’ve had in a long time! I woke up early and made pikelets for breakfast and then a spot of gardening in the beautiful sunshine. I have the rocket in the greenhouse along with my coriander and basil and all are coming along nicely. I’m looking forward to Summer when everything will (hopefully) leap out of the ground! It was such a beautiful day here on Sunday that I went for a m-a-s-s-i-v-e bike ride around the Yarra trail and stopped off for a bite to

Oat biscuits

These are essentially anzac biscuits but with less butter to make them a little less naughty. I’ve now found Seb’s biscuit weakness…I swear, any recipe with golden syrup in it is always a winner. Mark my words.   Oat Biscuits 1.5 cup flour 1.5 cup oats 1 cup of shredded coconut 1/2 cup sugar 175g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons boiling water   1. Place flour, oats, coconut and sugar into a bowl and mix until combined. Make a

These American style sticky pork ribs are a-m-a-z-i-n-g and stupidly easy. I found a few different recipes online and made my own version so I was a little unsure about how it would turn out but I highly recommend making them this weekend – do it! American Style Pork Sticky Ribs and Spicy Chips 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1/4 cup golden syrup 2 tbsp soy 2 tbsp malt vinegar 1 tsp brown sugar 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce 1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Add

I’ve been thinking recently why exactly I’ve taken on this blog and taking the time to cook/bake/photograph and post everything;. I’ve discovered two things about myself. 1. I love baking. It puts me in a happy place and it’s always nice offering people home baked goodies. And 2. I’m not as good at cooking as I am baking. I’ve got my staple dishes that are always favourites but I want to teach myself how to be a better cook. I plan to cook lots of staple dishes that are always

  I made this Apple & Blueberry Pie for a bbq a few weeks ago and it was so well received – to say the least! If you’re not confident about making pastry, have no fear. The recipe is dead easy as you pretty much just put everything in your food processor/mixer/bowl and just beat it till it comes together. I think one of the most important things in pastry making is letting it rest and cool in the fridge. Let your filling cool quite a bit before you start

Almond Biscuits

Hmmm…what to bake? I know I have some almonds in the pantry and I’d love a little biscuit to go with my afternoon tea so it’s decided. Almond biscuits! I found this dead easy recipe on the taste.com website which makes 24 biscuits, if you can get the mixture out of your mouth and in the oven.     Almond Biscuits Makes 24 Biscuits 125g butter 1.5 cups self raising flour 1/2 cup sugar 60g chopped almonds 1 egg lightly whisked 1tsp vanilla essence 1. Preheat oven to 180°C.  Melt

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