Dessert

Pavlova

October 12, 2012

How do you like your eggs is a pretty common question, but how do you like your Pavlova is an equally interesting question. Some people like them crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Other people like them brittle and crisp all the way through. I like mine with a marshmallow soft centre and a delicate crispy crust. I think your answer will strongly depend on the type of Pavlova you ate when growing up. Continue Reading…

Treats

Peanut Butter Toffee Popcorn Poppers

October 5, 2012

Popcorn is such a great snack, but sometimes I almost forget about. It’s so simple and takes just a few minutes to make, plus you get that lovely popcorn aroma in your kitchen. Popcorn is a great carrier of flavour, and with a few ingredients you can transform it into something wonderful. Whether it is sweet or savoury, there are so many ways to enhance and flavour popcorn. I love toffee popcorn. As soon as I get that buttery caramel smell from the pan it always brings me right back to when I was a kid. I’ve made this recipe a little more indulgent by adding peanut butter and chocolate. Continue Reading…

Treats

Jellies

September 29, 2012

As the evenings are getting that bit darker and pumpkins have started appearing in the supermarket, it got me thinking about Halloween and trick-or-treating. I love jellies and sweets, but sometimes you have to wonder what actually goes into these colourful jems- emulsifiers, weird E numbers, and lots of other unpronouncables. So, I decided to make some of my own home-made jellies. At least that way I would know exactly what I am eating. Continue Reading…

Dessert

Chocolate Cointreau Cake

September 21, 2012

 This is the second time I made this particular cake, and I am always surprised how decadent and chocolaty it is. The ground almonds and Cointreau make this a very rich cake. One thin slice with a cup of coffee is perfect, which means this cake goes a long way. It is a great cake for entertaining or for birthday parties. It has such an intense flavour and you definitely don’t miss the flour at all. Continue Reading…

Starter

Tomato and Ricotta Tarts

September 14, 2012

Now that the days are closing in and that last bit of sun is squinting through the trees, it’s time to get ready for some hearty soups and stews.  But  just before I get the big heavy pots and casserole dishes out, I thought I would make one last, light, and simple tomato tart. The tomatoes at the end of summer are always intensely sweet, as if they’ve soaked up every last drop of sunshine. Continue Reading…

Treats

Apricot, Almond and Plum Crumbles

September 7, 2012

Plums are at their very best right now, juicy and bursting with flavour. My Dad has a plum tree in his garden with a small crop of plums this year. Trouble is, they were all very high up in the top branches. The other problem is that the wasps had gotten to most of them before we had. Undeterred, we got a ladder and poking stick (an old brush handle) and salvaged a few delicious organic plums from the very top. Continue Reading…