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Passionfruit cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

Cooking with seasonal ingredients is something I always try to do. It gives our dishes the best possible flavour because the produce is at its peak when it is in season. It also means that we can (generally) source items from our local area.

This was one of […]

Banana bread

I never thought I’d own a Thermomix, let alone actually be doing in-home demonstrations and loving being an Independent Consultant for the product.

Why? You might ask. Sometimes I tell my story about how I started in this business during my demos. Briefly, I owned every kitchen appliance known to […]

Chocolate cake (raw/vegan/paleo)

Recently I’ve been varying our diet a little (much to G’s dismay) by trying to get a few more veggies and leafy greens into each meal. That includes breakfast and dessert. And although my banana, chocolate breakfast shake, including a huge handful of spinach (I know it sounds bad), seemed […]

Lemon Tart – Thermomix

Some time ago I made a strawberry and lemon tart in my food processor. Crisp and buttery pastry, tangy smooth filling, it was the kind of dessert that both G & I love. Unfortunately it didn’t score too highly on the G scale (nor with me really) and the remainder […]

Caramel mud cake with toffee cream

It was my Birthday a few months ago. As I get older the actual celebration of a Birthday on “the day” means a little less. However, because I have lived away from my immediate family for so long I still get very excited by receiving cards in the mail to mark the special occasion. […]

Pancakes

Even after many years of cooking, gaining valuable experience and improving my technical skills I have never been able to cook a light and fluffy pancake. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s the recipes I have chosen in the past or the ingredients I have paired together OR maybe it is simply […]

Strawberry cheesecake with strawberries in rose syrup

There are times that I can take one look at a photo of a dish and know that I want to cook it. That is exactly what happened when I saw this cake of the cover of the October 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller. It took me a […]

Chocolate and hazelnut celebration cake with Frangelico syrup

Time flies when you’re having fun! I recently realised that a very important date had passed without my acknowledgement. Just over one year ago I decided to give Food 4 Thought an online presence including my blog. The reason I started blogging was to not only share my cooking experiences […]

Classic lemon cheesecake embellished with hibiscus flowers in syrup

Being a passionate cook often involves giving and receiving food related gifts. I love seeing the look on someone’s face when they try something that I have created and really enjoy it. The gifts I have received over the years have been many and varied.

Items such […]

Buttermilk and vanilla cake with raspberries

One of the things I love about cooking is being able to bring pleasure to other people’s lives. I know that might sound like a cliché but it is honestly the truth. I guess cooking for others is my tool for showing that I care about them.