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 […]

Raw, Vegan Lemon ‘Cheesecake’

A cheesecake with no cheese

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

Perfect with just a sprinkle of icing sugar and a dollop of cream

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 […]

Raspberry Praline Meringue Cake – A Gluten-Free Dessert

A gluten-free dessert

Thanks for all your lovely comments regarding the ladybird cupcakes.  The children in Alfie’s class just loved them but there was one boy who went up to Alfie and said, ‘I have to be honest, I didn’t like the icing; it made me feel sick’.  There’s one in every crowd!  There were no mishaps with […]

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

We all know that life isn’t fair and that good people are not immune from having bad things happen to them.  And when people we love are struck by something they never saw coming, it creates opportunity for those around them to show they care. Just before the end of the year, Carl and I […]

Rosewater Meringues with Raspberry Sauce and Cream – Gluten Free

Sandwiched with raspberry sauce and whipped cream

If you’re going to be vain, you have to have a very high pain threshold. A few weeks ago I went to a dentist for a long overdue overhaul.  While pretty much unable to speak due to my tongue and both sides of my mouth being numb, I decided to mention, through slurred and barely […]

Tropical Meringue Roulade and it’s Gluten-Free

Tropical Meringue Roulade

Yes, I know it’s a shock but yes, I’m finally back in the kitchen. I thought I’d ease back into the food blogging genre by sharing with you how we spent Australia Day. There were two functions.  The first was at Mr Competitive’s house.  He hosts an annual BBQ lunch after the Palm Beach to […]

Frozen White-Chocolate Christmas Bombe

Ready to serve

Thanks for all your comments about how you spent Christmas.  I loved reading how you celebrated. As promised, here is my mother’s white chocolate bombe recipe.  I’m not sure how long she’s been making this but I’m sure it’s been on our table every Christmas for at least 25 years.  Back then my mother was […]

Mum’s Buche de Noel and it’s Gluten-Free

Buche de Noel

A few posts ago I told you about my family’s traditions of celebrating Christmas and how one of these involved a Buche de Noel. Buche de Noel is a French Yule Log or Christmas log and is traditionally served late on Christmas Eve as a family gathers together to await the arrival of Santa, bounding […]

Mum’s Cherry Chutney – Perfect with Turkey or Ham

Cherry Chutney

When I was growing up there were a lot of traditions to be observed.  Christmas had the bulk of these traditions. On Christmas Eve my mother would be up at around half past five to begin a day spent in the kitchen and in the climbing heat. In the early evening my father would gather […]