dulce de leche

Dulce de leche is a sweet caramel which is popular in South America. Literally translated it means “candy of milk” and is prepared by slowly heating and stirring sweetened milk until much of the milk liquid evaporates and the mixture caramelizes. This can be a long process and we all have better things to do…

pumpkin and bacon soup

Soup is the epitome of winter comfort food. Quick and easy to make, delicious and nutritious, and versatile…there is always something in the fridge and pantry that can be turned into a flavoursome, soul warming comfort food. While the beauty of soup is the ability to use leftovers and items in the refrigerator and pantry…

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…