brookies

Sometimes when I am browsing recipes online I see one that just shouts out “MAKE ME NOW!”. And this is one of them. One look at the photo had me drooling and it has occupied my thoughts for a couple of weeks now. Brookies – a brownie base with a cookie topping. The best of…

make your own vanilla extract

I’m willing to bet if you are reading this, that you love baking. And chances are you have vanilla extract in your pantry. Am I right? Of course I am. Unless you have run out. So is it real vanilla extract, or the imitation stuff in your pantry? I’ll wait here while you check… Not…

topping that pizza

Now that I have given you the recipe for the perfect pizza dough, what do you put on top? Well the answer is limited only by your imagination. Maybe that is the reason pizza is such a popular food… there are toppings for everyone’s taste buds. You might be surprised to know that in Italy, the home…

best ever pizza dough

Pizza. The perfect food…according to my kids. Whenever I suggest pizza for dinner there are never any arguments (except for who is going to do the dishes, but hey, you can’t win them all!). We have always preferred homemade pizza but until recently would buy pre-made bases to cover with our own toppings. And then…

lime, poppy and pineapple syrup cake

I am a bit ‘over’ chocolate at the moment. Even my kids are. The scrummy Chocolate slice that usually disappears within a day or two of making it has lasted four days in the fridge so far – and there is still over half of it left. Very strange indeed. When I saw this recipe…

coconut cake

125 g butter 1/2 teaspoon coconut essence 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup dessicated coconut 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 300 g sour cream 80 mls milk Preheat oven to 180 C Grease square cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper Beat butter, essence and sugar until light and fluffy. beat in…

mars bar brownie

This is incredibly delicious! 400 g butter, chopped 400 g good quality dark chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2 cups caster sugar 6 eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 2 x 60 g Mars Bars, chilled & chopped Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease a 4cm deep, 22 cm x 28…

italian-style chicken pasta salad

This is so good! Great for a dinner party. 350g chicken breast fillets ¼ cup lemon juice 1 clove garlic, crushed 100g thinly sliced prosciutto 1 Lebanese cucumber 2 tablespoons seasoned pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 ½ cups penne pasta, cooked ½ cup thinly sliced sun dried tomatoes ½ cup pitted black olives, halved…

tartiflette

Just a little more fancy than your average scalloped potatoes. 1 kg potatoes 50 g butter 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp freshly chopped herbs (thyme, oregano) 200 g piece speck or pancetta, cut into 1 cm cubes (or use bacon) 1/2 cup dry white wine 200 ml thickened cream 250…

herb chicken balls with spicy dipping sauce

(Makes about 40) I made these recently. My teenage sons saw the recipe and asked if I was really going to cook chickens balls… ½ cup rice 2 teaspoons oil 5 spring onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 750g chicken mince 1/3 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons chopped…