Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Puddings/desserts

The Poor Knights of Windsor

A little while back Green & Black’s  organic chocolate invited me out to Windsor for their pop-up stall as part of their Taste Tour. Sadly I couldn’t make it, so instead they sent me some chocolate and a recipe to create my own little food event at home. Green & Black’s taste specialist Brandt Maybury devised a variation on a recipe traditional to the area of Windsor to highlight the colour and flavour of Green and Black’s chocolate.

The original recipe from ‘The Compleat Cook‘ by ‘WM’, 1658 which is really a variation on the ‘poor knights’ recipe …

Baked Ricotta and Sour Cream Cheesecake

Feeding Time Blog

Feeding time blog

Early January is not the greatest time to have a birthday. By new year, everyone’s had enough of revelling, pigging out and parties and so the Capricorn must seek humbler means to celebrate. This year, mum bought a home-made feast to my house. She made her legendary lasagne and surprised me with what was possibly the most perfect cheesecake I’d ever seen. It was an epic feed and I enjoyed every single morsel and today I will share my mother’s recipe for the queen of cakes. You’ll see that in the original recipe it calls for cottage cheese, but mum …

Bee-sting Choux Buns

I celebrated my 14th wedding anniversary recently and as you might guess, for such an ordinary number and because it was karate night, we did nothing. Well, we said we’d do nothing but AT bought me some lovely long-stem roses, and I made him some choux pastry. And yes, it was looking as boring as it sounds, so, like George and his medicine, I came up with something marvellous.

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I’d intended to fill the profiteroles with custard, but as I bit into my test subject I was reminded of a much beloved German Bee-Sting cake. Without the need to bake …

Lemon Myrtle Yoghurt and Macadamia Shortbread

A friend from home sent me an Australian bush food recipe book for Christmas, along with a couple of packets of wattle seed and a chilli, wild lime and lemon myrtle seasoning blend. What a thoughtful gift and it truly got me thinking about the good friends I have left behind. It also got me thinking about this really nice yoghurt I used to try-not-to-buy because it was loaded with calories. It was a lemon myrtle yoghurt. Lemon scented myrtle or Backhousia citriodora was named after the British botanist James Backhouse, and shortened to lemon myrtle to market the dried …

Treacle Pudding

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Am I jumping the gun a bit posting a recipe for treacle pudding? It’s not really cold enough yet or dark enough and with the twinkling lights and festive cheer, winter gloom hasn’t quite set in. Does it count that I made this last month and that I found it perfectly fitting to eat the deepest winter comfort food on a dreary November evening? Does it help that I’ve heard the temperature is about to drop? Or, how about this one – is there really a wrong time for treacle pudding?

There’s a bit of irony about this recipe. I …

Blackberry and Apple Pie

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So many blackberries, so few recipes. I had to toss up between a pie or a crumble because I’m not interested in baking blackberries any other way. Whether you’re scrumping them from the side of the road or picking them off your neighbour’s rampant bush, blackberries abound and this pie is going to change your life. I have been known to take a nonchalant  stance when it comes to pie crusts. I’ve made a few good ones but mainly they’re not much to write home about. So I did a little bit of research before I made this pie and …

Luscious Lemon Pie with Coconut crust

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I’ve made loads of lemon tarts… but I’ve never felt moved enough, confident enough to share a recipe. It’s all been a bit hit and miss. Sometimes grainy, sometimes too tart and often too flat. But, I made a lemon tart the other day – and perhaps I’m jumping the gun a little here, having only made it once – but I’m going to share this recipe because it’s the best one I’ve ever made. AT made the bold call of saying it’s the best lemon tart he’s ever eaten – followed by telling me that I’ll never be able …

Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip

Sweet dips for fruit is always a popular search on my blog, and so I thought I’d share this recipe just in time for those super summer strawberries. So often the sweetness of a perfect strawberry needs nothing else, but after dinner or perhaps when you’re having a visitor, a bowl of strawberries doesn’t quite cut it in the dessert stakes. So up the ante and put out a bowl or two of fruit dips, throw in some cantaloupe and red grapes and you’ve got sweet fruit fondu. Or get creative and whip up some hazelnut shortbread and you’ve got …

Lebanese pastries; Ladies Arms (Znoud El Sett)

Back home there was a suburb of Sydney that was home to several Lebanese pastry shops. They sold sweets like baklava, halva, and all sorts of exotic middle eastern delicacies. We used to take a 40 minute drive just to have coffee and sweets there, or buy a plate to bring to a dinner party. The main difference in Britain is that most suburbs outside of London do not have the demand and hence the supply for this sort of thing, and I’ll be darned if I’m driving into Edgeware Rd to get my baklava fix. Funny how I don’t …

Walnut and fig tart

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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 the idea to make a tart like a pecan pie, except using figs and my favoured nut, the walnut. Walnuts are highly underrated in today’s kitchen and I sing their praises when I can. Walnuts shouldn’t taste bitter. It’s only because they’ve turned rancid (as …