Pink Champagne Cake

Pink Champagne Cake

Today is the last day in our 10-part series of recognising and sharing some of the recipes that have inspired, intrigued and challenged me from blogs I love.  I thought it would be good to finish the series with a bit of a celebration and there’s no better way than with a sparkle. I promised […]

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake

Excellent for entertaining

So far in this series we’ve made a vegetarian tart, baked some melt-in-the-mouth cookies, braised some ribs cooked in rum and coke and pickled some watermelon rind. Today we’re half-way through this series and by way of celebration we’re indulging in a dark, double chocolate, chocolate cake that also happens to be gluten-free. The recipe […]

Melting Moments with Passionfruit Cream

Melting Moments

Moving down from the Sunshine Coast where we tried Maureen’s Asparagus and Potato Tart, is the second stop on our 10-part journey.  It’s the Gold Coast which is about a three-hour drive south of the Sunshine Coast and where we find Liz, from  Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.  Liz is a fairly new blogger and one of […]

Asparagus and Potato Tart

Resting after the cooking

Over here at Hotly Spiced Headquarters, we’re starting a 10-day series on covering recipes from blogs that have inspired, intrigued and impressed me.  Some of these recipes have also either brought a nostalgic touch or thrown me an incredible challenge.  I have seen all of these recipes on blogs I subscribe to and at the […]

A Dud Dachshund Cake

Pretty cute

Not every day in the Hotly Spiced kitchen is a happy one.  In the lead-up to Arabella’s birthday party I set about making the cake she had requested, a dachshund.  What could go wrong! Pretty much everything. But not the baking-the-cakes part; that went very well except for being too heavy-handed with the tint.  I […]

Gluten-Free Banana and Hazelnut Cake

Upside down banana and hazelnut cake

After her whirlwind visit, my sister Em, is now on a plane flying back to her husband and two sons in LA.  It was a very brief and rushed visit and I was very grateful we managed to find a few moments to spend together.  As most of you are aware, we spent Sunday together […]

Mushroom and Asparagus Toast Cups

Toast Cups

After I made citrus peel that was such a gourmet trend back in the 70’s I thought I would post another recipe from that era.  And it’s one I mentioned in that same blog post where proficient home cooks wouldn’t just serve something from a jar, or even serve a pickled onion and cube of […]

Gluten-Free Chocolate and Raspberry Puddings and…The Charge Nurse

Molten puddings with a delicious sauce at the bottom of the dish

After I posted my story about the Charge Nurse on the cardiac ward, a few of the nurses I trained with read it and then contacted me to swap war stories.  This gave us a lot of laughs and we all agreed that tragedy plus time equals comedy. The reminiscing reminded me of another story […]

How to Make a Titanic Birthday Cake

A ship of Titanic proportions

As soon as Archie announced the theme for his party, my mind raced to the cake and I knew instantly, there was no way of avoiding the issue.  It had to be the ship.  As daunting as this sounded, the good thing is a few years ago, a friend asked me to make a ship […]

Shark Attack Birthday Cake

The birthday cake arrives on the table

Alfie has just celebrated his ninth birthday with a shark party where nine boys watched Jaws in his bedroom then had pizza and jelly cups followed by a Mintie scramble and a shark attack birthday cake. Hooray!  It’s all over for another year.  That probably sounds a bit mean but I’m currently organising a 21st […]