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Citrus Raspberry Olive Oil Cake

May 12, 2016

LemonOliveOilCake (3)If you want a light and springy cake with a touch of fruitiness then you can’t go wrong with this citrus olive oil cake. It tastes lighter than an all butter cake, and has a delicious crisp crust thanks to the olive oil. Continue Reading…


Mint, Lime and Raspberry Sparklers

June 20, 2015


If I had to pick a favorite herb, it would have to be mint. Mint is really versatile and a great addition to savory and sweet dishes. I use mint all the time – I add it to yogurt to have with curries, I make fresh mint ice-cream with it and I also use it to garnish nearly every cake I make.  This week, as the weather has been heating up, I used it to make simple mint syrup. Continue Reading…


Berry and Vanilla Cream Tart

May 9, 2014

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I often revisit and revise recipes I have made before on the blog. This week I went back in time – way back to the very start. My first ever post was for a fruit tart and the photos are so blindingly awful that I wanted to erase them the minute I saw them again. Continue Reading…


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…


Tartan Tart

April 5, 2012

You may not know it, but, the 6th of April is in fact Tartan Day. It’s a day to celebrate Scottish heritage and a day for the Scottish diaspora all over the world to celebrate tartan and Scottish culture. April 6th marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath which confirmed Scotland’s status as an independent sovereign state. During the 18th century there was an attempt to ban tartan in an effort to bring warrior clans under control. Thankfully it never happened and tartan remains as popular as ever today. As a McDonald, I feel I should pay some attention to my roots and wanted to celebrate this quirky feast day with some food.  I think Tartan Day is a great way to wear some beautiful colours, cook up some Scottish food and celebrate our ancestors. So what better way to celebrate tartan day, than with a tart. A wee tartan tart *to be said in a Scottish accent*.
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Raspberry Mule

March 19, 2011

I’m not the biggest cocktail fan, as I find most cocktails too sweet, but I love a raspberry mule as it’s refreshingly tart. You can make a raspberry mule extra icy with frozen raspberries. You can also make it extra healthy by omitting the vodka! Continue Reading…