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Strawberry & rhubarb crumble

I have always found it quite fascinating how our taste buds change over the years. And I have often wondered, is it because of age, because we experience different things or simply because we are more open to trying something new?

No matter what the reason, it means we can […]

Lemon curd

Like many other households, winter tends to be the time of year when comfort food hits our table. Dishes like curry, pasta, casserole and all those heart warming things that make you feel snug when it is cold outside. And while I love all that winter brings at times I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Banana bites

Finding new and interesting ways to use overripe bananas seems to be a constant challenge, especially lately. I buy them with the best of intentions to make sure that I eat at least one piece of fruit each day. The only problem being that I am quite fickle when it […]

Mastic parfait with pistachio, strawberry and rose

Desserts have always been one of my favourite things to cook and it is only in the more recent years that I have really enjoyed cooking other dishes. I also like being able to create slightly different desserts. Whether it be the shape of certain components or simply the interesting […]

Mandarin almond cake

Recently I wrote about the generosity of a friend who gave me some mandarins from his orchard and that I decided to make mandarin muffins to take to the office and share with others. On the day I chose to make them I needed a recipe that was quick and easy […]

Red lentil, kumara and coconut soup

A little while ago I realised that my obsession for food magazines and cookbooks was completely out of control. My bookshelves were almost bursting out of the shelves, my spare room looked more like a library as each day passed and the spare piles of magazines were becoming high enough […]

Mandarin muffins

In some of my previous posts I have mentioned the generosity of friends and colleagues when it comes to serving my passion for cooking. Several of them grow their own fruit and vegetables and often I am the fortunate recipient of any excess goods that they may have.

One […]

Cupcakes for a cause

As you may already know I never seem to need an excuse to bake something as it is one of my favourite hobbies. However, when there is a good reason for doing so it makes it that little bit more exciting. Last Monday was National RSPCA cupcake day here in OZ. So what […]