grape sorbet

Sounds fancy, but it could possibly be the easiest recipe I ever put on this website. Only one ingredient, and one step. Actually, with only ingredient it can hardly be called a ‘recipe’ can it? But here it is anyway. Take some seedless grapes, any quantity, and freeze them. When you take them out of…

‘tis the season to bake a christmas cake

About a week ago I was walking through town and passed a shop that was already decked out for Christmas. It was still October, but it got me thinking about how fast this year has gone by, and how quickly the next few weeks will disappear and it really will be Christmas! I have not…

in the pink

Today I made a cake. You may not think that is unusual for me given past posts on this ‘ole blog of mine, but in recent months I have not ventured into the baking zone very often. Today though, I had the urge to create something pretty. And tasty. There was also the realisation that…

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…

the persimmon tree

As you would expect of a (nearly) 100 year old house, ours has a history. The last 20 years of that history involves being owned by a government agency and used as a half-way house for the reintegration of psychiatric patients back into the community. During that period, the once award winning gardens have been…

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…