Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: January 2011

Recipe Alert – Donuts!


What do you do on your public holidays?

Go to the beach…have a picnic…go out with friends?

Yeh…sounds like fun…but not as much fun as closing all the blinds, putting the air conditioning on and trying to ignore the searing heat of an Australian summer.

That’s what we did.

Oh, and I made donuts. Yippee!!!!!!!!

I got the recipe from Tastespotting , but it originates at the Food Network and is an Alton Brown Donut Recipe .

I tried making the donuts straight from the first rise of the dough, and then from the second, and recommended rise.

The …

Double Chocolate Chip Anzac Cookies

On the 26th of January Australians celebrate Australia Day.
It is the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain in 1788, and the birth of this nation.
Along with fireworks and BBQs something that usually gets whipped out on this day is ANZAC biscuits.
ANZAC (acronym for Australia New Zealand Army Corp) biscuits – it is said – were sent to the soldiers in battle in the World Wars.
Because they contain no egg, they kept a lot longer than normal biscuits.
We eat them here because we love that golden syrupy …

Gu Puds Review

Let me start by mentioning this is not a paid review.

It’s something I meant to do with this blog when I found good things, and I don’t think I ever got around to it.

Probably because I mainly buy things like oats and milk and apples. Lots of apples.

Anyway…last night AT and I felt like something sweet, because, as I have mentioned, we are back on the wagon. We’ve cut down on the bad foods and the alcohol.

I haven’t bought a packet of chips for two whole weeks!

So, as we all know, one of the first …

The Magic Ingredient

I was just watching Ina Garten in  The Barefoot Contessa …I love that show.

There is something so soothing in her voice and accent. Reminds me of all the good things I love about the USA (like cheese in a can, Reese’s peanut butter cups and See’s Candies).

Anyway, she was dedicating one of her Back to Basics shows to an article she was writing about what makes for a Magical Ingredient.

One of those special touches you add to a dish that really makes it shine.

Her Magic Ingredients were Lemon Zest ( in baking and roasting), Instant Coffee …

Vintage Feeding Time Recipe – Vegie Burger

I made some Lentil Burger mix today. Going to bag it in portions and freeze it.

AT and I are on the wagon again…food-wise that is.

Anyway, I took some photos and decided to update my original post as my photos have become a lot better over time and with practice.

I thought it was a good time to re-post this old favourite. To remind us all that there is such a thing as good, tasty food that is low fat and does not contain bacon or any meat.

After the Christmas binge, it’s time purify our plates with some …

Babushka Cups

Well, it was my birthday last week.



Anyway, had a lovely birthday, as I always do.

Got lots of cool gifts and celebrated with dinners and cakes.

VC made me a truly amazing Black Forest Cake.

Layers of rich chocolate cake, cherry syrup, cherries and cream all decorated with shavings of dark chocolate.

The highest praise you can give a cook is when you voluntarily make yourself sick on their food.

The day after my birthday, I felt like a little sweet snack, as you do at 3.30 in the afternoon.

And, because I am watching what I …

Fried Chicken with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

VC came over tonight declaring she was going to start drinking more beer in an effort to try and enjoy it more, because let’s face it, beer is an acquired taste. Alongside the beer drinking VC also came to make her famous VFC (like KFC but without the Colonel). I wondered what else we could batter up and fry while we were at it, to which there was a swift and solid response from my young sister – ‘Onion Rings!’. I didn’t think it was possible, but our humble onion rings, made in the same manner as our fried chicken, …