Cherry Clafoutis

Last Saturday we were having our first dinner party in about three months.  I beetled around the house in a frenzy trying to knock the house into shape to give the illusion we are respectable.  I set the table with all my new homewares from Bali, I bought a vase full of lilies, and there […]

Mini Passionfruit Meringue Tarts

Our lodger has left the premises.  And we will miss him.  Barnaby was with us for four weeks and we fell in love with him.  He was terrific company for Rosie and once they established their relationship they spent the evenings snuggled up to each other on the couch. I do think Rosie will find […]

Individual Chocolate Pavlovas and…The Chocolate Game

When I posted a fig and prosciutto salad a few days ago, there was a reference to all the cousins at the party sitting down to play ‘the chocolate game’. I had many comments from people asking, ‘What is the chocolate game?’  It seems only Claire and I grew up playing this fantastic game and […]

Flourless Double Chocolate Cake

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 […]

Gluten-Free 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 […]

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

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 […]

Raw, Vegan Lemon ‘Cheesecake’

I’m no longer limping. I’ve been to see an osteopath and after telling him my tale of stupidity (air-headed notion of training for less than four weeks for a 10km ‘fun’ run), he looked at me like he was dealing with a slow learner and said, ‘That’s not very wise’. I said, ‘I know that […]

Pip’s Plum Cake

On Mother’s Day my cousin, Pip, brought a plum cake to our family lunch.  It was a fantastic cake that’s not only inexpensive to make but also extremely easy to create so I thought I’d share it with you.  I did want to call this, ‘Pip’s Plum Pie’, because that has a good ring to […]

A Cake of Joy

Prior to sculpting the Titanic cake, I had no idea of exactly how much cake I would need to make.  Just to be safe I made four very large cakes that were 30 x 40 cms (12 x 16 inches) and stored them in the freezer.  Running out of cake turned out to be not […]

How to Make a Titanic Birthday Cake

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 […]