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Lime coconut cheesecake squares

2 May

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I have a bit of a fixation with cream cheese of late. I just cannot get enough of baking recipes that use this creamy, unctuous ingredient. I also love pairing cream cheese with savoury ingredients – I am looking at you, smoked salmon – but when there is a block of cream cheese within arm`s reach I WILL turn it into a sweet treat. Continue reading


Anzac biscuit tart with crumble ice-cream

24 Apr


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As an Australian the most patriotic day of the year for me is Anzac Day. Australia Day is reviled by some as Invasion Day, while a great majority of the populace uses the day as an excuse to tie a flag around their shoulders and get smashed.

And while many Aussies have a beer VERY early in the morning on Anzac Day many more attend the traditional Dawn Service. From the smallest country town to the largest city, Dawn Services are a humbling reminder of how the life we take for granted today came at such a mighty cost.

It is impossible for me to imagine what these brave men and women went through in war but we are eternally grateful. Seeing the armed servicemen and women marching each year, proudly wearing their medals, also brings home how lucky we are.

Anzac biscuits – AKA bickies but NEVER cookies – are made by home cooks in commemoration of Anzac Day. These egg-free biscuits were made by families during the war and sent to the soldiers. They are a famous, easy to bake bickie that last for ages.

I took my Anzac bickie recipe and tweaked it to create this Anzac biscuit tart with crumble ice-cream. I realise Aussie diggers would not recognize this deesert but I feel that as long as we talk about the heroics of these men and women we are remembering their legacy.

If you want to stick with the classic Anzac Day biscuit you can find the recipe here:

Lest we forget.




1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup caster sugar

3/4 cup desiccated coconut [I used shredded for a change]

3 tablespoons golden syrup

150g unsalted butter, chopped

1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda

1 1/2 tablespoons hot water



400ml thickened cream

1/3 cup icing sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1/3 cup Anzac crumble mix


Preheat oven to 170C and spray a non-stick round tart pan with removable base with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl.

In a small saucepan over low heat melt butter and golden syrup. Remove from heat.

Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to pan. Stir and pour into bowl of dry ingredients.

Set aside 1/3 cup mixture then press the mixture into the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes – it should be golden.

Remove from oven, sprinkle the extra 1/3 cup crumble onto a tray then bake for 10 minutes.

Set aside to cool.


400ml thickened cream

1/3 cup icing sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

1/3 cup Anzac crumble mix


Sift the icing sugar into bowl of electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, add cream and vanilla and beat until soft and thick but not stiff – do not overbeat. Stir in the cooked crumble mix.

Pour into the bowl with a lid and freeze until firm (at least 6 hours).IMG_1553.jpg


Remove ice cream from freezer and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Use a palette knife to place the icecream on Anzac base. Return to freezer for 20 minutes before slicing into wedges to serve.

Dense chocolate Guinness cake with buttercream for St Patricks Day

13 Mar


Chocolate Guiness cake

St Patrick`s Day is Friday March 17 and while the day marks a religious and cultural commemoration I believe there is always room for dessert. Continue reading

Eggplant parmigiana

31 Jan

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So, here’s some exciting news – next week I am teaching a vegetarian cooking class at our local college! It will be the first time I have taught anyone anything in a formal setting so I am excited slash nervous. Not only that – the class has sold out! No pressure, then…

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Donna Hay gingerbread men recipe (egg-free)

14 Nov

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gingerbread men - The Hungry Mum

It wouldn’t be Christmas without home-made gingerbread men! Or gingerbread people, I should say.

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Red velvet skillet brownie

2 Nov


Not very many desserts or sweet treats can tempt me – but when I see the words ‘red velvet’ I am in! I always order anything red velvet at cafes or in bakeries and I love baking red velvet-based recipes.

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One bowl vegan chocolate cinnamon cake

27 Oct


Cinnamon is one of my all time favourite flavourings for baking. It provides a classic yet distinctive taste to cakes, bickies, brownies and crumbles. Continue reading