Licorice, Lemon and Poppyseed Cake

Licorice, Lemon and Poppyseed Cake

The cake I’m going suggest you bake will look different to the one above. It’s still the exact same ingredients but I’ll get you to chop the liquorice up into tiny pieces and incorporate them into the batter. When you bake the liquorice, like I have done above, it goes too hard and crunchy(I know(…)

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Chocolate Mousse Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie

This is, most definitely, a family favourite of ours. It is surprisingly light, with a super moorish brownie base. I use Whittakers Creamy Milk chocolate for both the brownie base and mousse. This is a dessert that needs to stay refrigerated, to keep it’s texture. I always make it in a round tin, I cut(…)

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Okay…I’d love to take full credit for these brownies but the original recipe comes from an Instagram friend of mine, “busykitchenmum”. Her website is www.busykitchenmum.com.  If you click on the link, it should take you to the original recipe. When I came across her brownies on Instagram, there was just something about her photo that said(…)

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Gluten Free Savoury Muffins

Gluten Free Savoury Muffins

I’m not GF myself, but have decided my addiction to the GF muffins at Two Birds Eatery could not continue, I needed to become more self sufficient. I spent a bit of time in the classroom last year and worked a lot with gluten free flour with the GF students. They know what works best and(…)

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Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oooooh, I have just found the perfect cookie recipe. Hankering for something oaty, I did a quick search and found this fabulous recipe from http://cookingontheside.com/chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies/I happened to have dried blueberries in the cupboard but these would be just as good with raisins. My recipe is just slighty different to hers, as I use wholegrain oats(…)

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Lunch Box Pita Crisps

Lunch Box Pita Crisps

Pita crisps are the best; super easy, tasty and inexpensive. I made these the other day, in class, to show the students there is a healthier alternative to highly processed nacho chips. These chips aren’t made from the smaller, thicker pita breads  but large soft ones, which can be purchased from most grocer shops( I get mine(…)

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Plum and White Chocolate Muffins

Plum and White Chocolate Muffins

I have been meaning to trial these muffins for ages and ages and ages, finally, they’re done and I’ve nailed it. If you’re a Hamiltonian, no doubt you’ve been to Jack’s cafe in Hillcrest. Jack’s has recently changed ownership, I’m not sure who the new owner is but the staff are super friendly, the coffee(…)

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Meg’s Apple Cake

Meg’s Apple Cake

This apple cake is outrageously good. The recipe comes from a wonderful woman, also called Megan. Her claims to fames, to date, are her bread rolls(amazing), salads(fantastic), pizza dough(my daughter reckons better than mine, I told her to shut up!)…..and now her apple cake. I had this the other evening at her house and I(…)

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Pepperminty Marshmallow Chocolate Slice

Pepperminty Marshmallow Chocolate Slice

This is my new favourite slice. The base is soft, yet a little crunchy, with a billowy, pepperminty, marshmallow topping. The base is a variation of a friend’s chocolate weetbix slice, the marshmallow is my mother’s recipe from years back. I’ve made many a marshmallow over the years, but for this recipe I’m using gelatin powder. Gelatin sheets will(…)

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Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins

As far as my kids are concerned, these chocolate muffins are the best they’ve ever had. In fact, my son went as far to say, “they were supermarket quality”, which is high praise from a 14yr old boy. He’s actually very astute, as they have some Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix in them, not much, just enough to(…)

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Honey Cakes with Peanut Butter frosting

Honey Cakes with Peanut Butter frosting

Peanut butter and honey is such a classic combination and for good reason too, it just always tastes great. Although there are three components to these cakes; the cake, the frosting and the honeyed nuts, it’s all super easy to prepare. The peanut butter frosting is very moorish but it’s the honeyed nuts that really finish(…)

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Spiced Blackberry Hazelnut Tart

Spiced Blackberry Hazelnut Tart

This spiced blackberry tart is the perfect replacement for hot cross buns over the Easter weekend. Although, hang on a minute, let’s not get too excited, how about we have it along side some hot cross buns. I’m sure they’ll all get along just fine. This tart is perfect for those of you who don’t(…)

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Oatilicious Brownie

Oatilicious Brownie

  I have never eaten a flapjack, but they look a little like this brownie I have just made, oaty and moreish. This is pretty easy to rustle up, although I did have to use my food processor to blitz the oats as they were large wholegrain ones. A good addition to this recipe would(…)

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Market Fresh Muffins

Market Fresh Muffins

These muffins are jam packed with local, market fresh ingredients; silverbeet, courgette, pumpkin, patty pan squash, parsley, spring onions, capsicum, chilli and chives. When I owned a cafe, I would make these once a week. It would involve gathering up anything and everything from the vegetable bin, chopping it up and shoving it in…no wastage(…)

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Raw Broccoli Salad

Raw Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad is my favourite new thing thanks to Jane, a lovely woman I met the other night. During drinks, loud conversation and interruptions I managed to get this out of her….. 1) soak the chopped cranberries in lemon juice 2) whizz up the broccoli in a food processor 3) chop the almonds and(…)

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Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni

Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni

This is my super easy chicken and spinach cannelloni. Made with fresh pasta sheets and rolled sushi style, even the younger family members can help out with this one. Cannelloni is a fantastic dish but I find filling those pasta tubes a little time consuming. To make it easier for myself, I have substituted the(…)

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Granny’s Jam Tarts

Granny’s Jam Tarts

I am sure there is someone else out there whose granny used to make jam tarts. My grandmother, we called her Marty, was always rustling these up in her kitchen. The dough I use to make these is a variation of the dough for my blackberry pie and can be used for anything, it makes(…)

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Breakfast Bran Cake

Breakfast Bran Cake

I would usually never apologise for a photo, as not so good photos are part of the learning process. However, I am really annoyed I didn’t put in more effort as this is really delicious served with whipped cream and maple syrup. I should have taken a photo of that too. I have to thank(…)

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Marshmallow Digestive Biscuits

Marshmallow Digestive Biscuits

These mallow puff style biscuits are right up my alley, a little bit of wholemeal and a healthy dose of homemade marshmallow, topped off with my favourite, toasted coconut. I’m going to tell you these are relatively easy, a little fiddly when you are piping the marshmallow on but other than that there isn’t much(…)

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Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

This post is more about sharing my idea with you than giving you an exact recipe. I intended to make these with my kids, all they could say was “naaaaaaa, you do it”, so I did. Yes, I guess I should be doing something more productive with my time but what the heck, it was(…)

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Healthy Protein Balls

Healthy Protein Balls

Dates, nuts and un-baking…..it’s all so hot right now, I can not even deal (teenage speak). Keeping that trend in mind, this next recipe is for all you refined sugar haters out there. It’s quick, easy,  nutritious and absolutely delicious. However, you will need a food processor or else you will be chopping finely for(…)

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Cream Horns

Cream Horns

If you are a product of the 70’s you will definitely remember cream horns. These were the bee’s knees and rightly so, what’s not to love about golden flakey pastry, butter cream and plum jam? Cream horns are easy to make but I am guessing no one has the cream horn forms in their house.(…)

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Bacon and Egg Pie

Bacon and Egg Pie

Just bear with me. I know it’s a boring bacon and egg pie, however, a lovely friend of mine has requested it, so I shall deliver. Her son ate my pie at the cricket the other day, came home, told her it was mighty fine and she needs to start cooking one just like it.(…)

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