Dark-Chocolate and Sour-Cherry Panforte

Dark-chocolate and sour-cherry panforte

One of the other Christmasy treats I made this season was this Sienese panforte.  I made this to serve after the Balmoral Carols when we were all back at our house and looking for something sweet to enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of red. I do love panforte as it’s not […]

Sour-Cherry and Roasted-Almond White Christmas

White Christmas

On the last Saturday night before Christmas, we met up with a group of friends for the Balmoral Carols By Candlelight.   The plan was to arrive early, stake out some territory then have a picnic dinner before the carols began.  Everyone brought something savoury and then after the carols, they all came back to […]

Snowman Cake

A snowman cake

Alfie is so skinny.  When he is in his swimsuit Arabella always says to him, ‘Can you cover up your skeleton?’ But he’s been this way since he was born.  In the hospital there were two babies that were over 10lbs, Alfie and a baby girl.   Apart from their weight they had little else […]

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

Today was my right leg’s turn to be operated on. And yes, I am talking it up.  Not exactly an operation as such, just continuing on with the sclerotherapy and ligations I had last week on my left leg. After an ultrasound where my leg was marked-up I went into the operating room.  The surgeon […]

Festive Fruit and Nut Cake and…Morning Drama

Festive fruit and nut cake

Do you all have morning drama?  We have it in spades. This morning Arabella had a very important interview.  She had to be in the city and ready for her appointment by 9.30am.  That shouldn’t be a challenge.  But when she woke, first she had to go out for a takeaway coffee and then she […]

Homemade Vegan Bread

Bread with cheese and relish

Recently I have been up at Scoop buying everything I need to make my Christmas cakes.  And when I say I’ve ‘been up at Scoop’ I mean I’ve made 10 Christmas Cakes and two festive Christmas cakes. Because of my many and frequent visits, I’ve noticed that they’re selling jars filled with a mix of […]

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice

All it takes is three ingredients! I haven’t made coconut ice for years and while prevalent in the 70’s at just about every church fete, school fair and fundraiser, it seemed to then just disappear off the scene.  But recently I’ve seen coconut ice pop up in a few different places so I’m thinking all […]

How to Make Your Own Bacon

You can make your own bacon!

It’s Day 9 of our 10-Day Tour and we’re still in Sydney.  A few suburbs away from Tania (where we were yesterday) is Lorraine, Australia’s Uber-Blogger from Not Quite Nigella. When I first started blogging I was a little bit lonely because I didn’t yet have any cyber-friends and the only person commenting on (and reading) my […]

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 […]

Easy Pickled Watermelon Rind

Easy Pickled Watermelon Rinds

After visiting Maureen, Liz and Rebecca, we’ve had to leave the East Coast of Australia and head to the USA.  We’ve landed but I just don’t know where. We’re visiting John from Kitchen Riffs and I know he used to work and live in Manhattan and I know he’s now semi-retired and has left New […]