Walnut and fig tart

Am I the only person who occasionally buys canned food because I like the design of the packaging? I found these Baldjis figs in Waitrose recently and thought they just looked lovely, trouble is, I don’t really like figs. I knew I’d be able to bake them into something acceptable and so came up with…

Financiers and friands

After pursuing a recipe that used 6 egg yolks, I had a moral duty to rescue at least some of the egg whites I had set aside. My inner-thrift simply wouldn’t let me throw away perfectly good egg whites, but I couldn’t face making macarons. After a little searching, I stumbled upon a recipe for…

Orange, coconut and semolina cake

It’s no secret that I love the food of Yotam Ottolenghi. His approach to vegetables is exciting, his flair with cake is inspiring and I have absolute faith in his palate which means that when I see a recipe for a semolina, coconut and marmalade recipe – I make it with the confidence that it…

Honey and Lemon Almond Cake

On our journey home from Korcula to Split during our summer holiday in Croatia, we drove through the coastal towns and winding roads, even crossing into Bosnia-Herzogovina for a brief moment. During our stint in Bosnia we passed roadside stalls selling fresh produce like watermelon, figs, grapes, bunches of garlic and jars of honey. The…

Raspberry and custard cake

This post has been a long time in the making. For weeks I’ve been slaving away, making and tweaking this recipe, putting custard and various fruits into all manner of batters. And so it is after many failures and triumphs, many evenings ‘testing’ the spoils of my culinary conquests, that I share with you this…

Bill’s Jamaican coconut bread

Sydney-siders will know all about him, and some hip city folk might have heard about his London presence. I’m talking about Bill Granger. That man-child food wizard who has made his career on sensational scrambled eggs. Of course there are a more strings to his bow, but his eggs really are good. I think a…

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

It’s nearly Mother’s Day. In my house this means home made cards from the boys, and an uncertain hubby asking what I want. While I wasn’t blessed with the sensitivity and understanding of little girls, I was gifted with two precious boys who love me. I don’t need Hallmark to help us along with that,…

Ottolenghi carrot cake

Many years ago I used to work at a cafe that was run by an Armenian family. I met my husband there, and they ran a tight ship where both AT and I learned the skills we would later use to run our own cafe, years later. But it wasn’t only organisation and service skills…

Blueberry butter cake

This recipe is really just another version of my mum’s apple cake. Easy to make and even easier to eat, this is the go-to pudding in my house. AT and I had been discussing a blueberry pie, but in my thrifty culinary wisdom I envisaged that a pie would require a truck load of blueberries,…

Perfect cream cheese icing

I had a victory yesterday. A cream cheese victory. I hear you asking, ‘can cream cheese be anything other than victorious?’ and I agree but in this case I’m talking about cream cheese icing. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried making it, but mine always goes runny. I’ve researched it and up until now…