Vegan lavender and vanilla cake

22 Jul

Lavender and vanilla vegan cake

I am not vegan but the ongoing free-range eggs situation in Sydney is forcing me to come up with egg-free baking recipes. When you bake as often as I do – at least once a day – you go through a heap of eggs. And to paraphrase PETA, I’d rather go bake-free than buy battery hen eggs. Continue reading

Pistachio meringues

20 Jul

Pistachio meringues

I am not a fan of meringue. There, I said it. Please don’t judge me. Even as a kid I wasn’t a fan but to be Australian and to admit in public that you don’t like pavlova, the base of which is an enormous cream-covered meringue – is practically heresy. Continue reading

Apple strudel dessert recipe

16 Jul

Apple strudel recipe

I have always loved apple strudel, making and eating it. I remember making this apple strudel for my late, great nana – who Miss 10 is named after – and I recall her saying to me her to just give me a slice to take home, rather than the whole thing, as she would just eat the lot. Despite her protestations I gave her the entire thing, she ate the entire strudel – presumably over a few nights – and told me later that she thought it was ‘bloody beautiful.’ That made me happy. Continue reading

Chinese corn and crabmeat soup

14 Jul

corn crab soup

You may have guessed by now that winter and I are BFFs. I know many of my international readers are basking in the sun and eating ice-cream, but here in the antipodes we are freezing our whatsits off. Continue reading

Butter lemon heart cookies

12 Jul

lemon heart cookies.

Regular readers will know that The Hungry Dad recently raided his mum’s lemon tree for my baking pleasure. Our lemon bowl is still plentiful but another recent visit to mum-in-law’s house resulted in yet more lemons coming home with us. Continue reading

Easy tomato soup – vegan

7 Jul

Easy tomato soup

Winter is well and truly here in Australia. I am probably the only person in Sydney cheering for the cooler weather. I am not a fan of the heat and humidity but am absolutely pro-boots, coats, scarves, heaters and all the other trappings of winter. Winter also allows me to indulge in some of my favourite foods: soups and puddings.   Continue reading

Lemon baked doughnut recipe

4 Jul

lemon baked doughnuts.

My love of baking is legendary but what you may not know about me is that I love politics. Before you click ‘unfollow’, hear me out: I’m not going to share my politics with you, nor bore you with stats. I just find elections exciting and the democratic process fascinating. Plus there’s always a cake stall for which I undertake a marathon baking effort. Continue reading

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