Strawberry and Cherry Jam

A couple of weeks ago I visited Auckland’s French markets, La Cigale, in Parnell. I hadn’t been before, but it was lovely! So many delicious things… I was drooling. I came home with pastries, a tart and 4 punnets of strawberries. They were a bargain, I couldn’t resist! Continue reading “Strawberry and Cherry Jam”

Gluten-free Lemon and Orange Cake

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Do you ever put your cake in the oven with a heavy heart, certain that what you’ve made is a disaster, only to be pleasantly surprised when serving up?

Last week I was baking a cake for my hubby’s birthday. He’d requested lemon. “Great, I love lemon cake.” I thought to myself. However, it turned out things weren’t going to be as simple as I hoped. Continue reading “Gluten-free Lemon and Orange Cake”

Sticky Date Cake

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I adore Sticky Date pudding. Whenever I go out for dinner/dessert, if there is Sticky Date pudding on the menu, I will almost always get it (unless of course there is Lemon Merengue pie… in which case I panic and blurt out whichever comes to mind first).

The other night we went around to some friends’ place for dinner, and I was bringing dessert. The impression I get from these friends, is that they eat a very healthy diet, which always makes me feel a bit guilty. So I thought, why not be a great friend and corrupt them with a sweet and sticky pud? They can’t not eat it, if I brought it…. right? Right.  Continue reading “Sticky Date Cake”

Cinnamon and Chocolate Cupcakes

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How much do you love cinnamon? And how much do you love chocolate? I love them both rather a lot, so I decided for this week’s blog, I’d combine the two in the form of a cupcake. It’s a little unusual with the spicy cinnamon, but makes for a tasty little morsel for afternoon tea. Not too sweet either!  Continue reading “Cinnamon and Chocolate Cupcakes”

Homemade White Bread

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Thanks for the lovely welcome to the blogosphere!!! I didn’t expect anyone to see my posts until I told my friends about it, but I was pleasantly surprised to have comments and likes from people who don’t seem to be bots! So much excitement! It totally made up for spending a sunny summer’s day stuck in a dark room staring down a microscope. So thanks 🙂  Continue reading “Homemade White Bread”

Hello world. Like loaf?

Hello everyone.

I thought I’d debut my blog with a humble fruit loaf that I made on the weekend. We came back from camping over the New Year period with some rather bruised and battered fruit that wasn’t particularly appealing to eat straight, but would be wasteful to discard. Have you ever noticed how quickly stone fruits go bad if stored at room temperature? Within the blink of an eye a relatively inoffensive peach will turn, covering your fruit bowl with slime, attracting all fruit flies in the vicinity and filling your kitchen with a sweet and slightly pungent aroma. I was forced to take quick action, excising the offending chunks of peach to salvage the remainder. But never fear, when combined with some mushy bananas and cinnamon… I had myself a lovely loaf.  Continue reading “Hello world. Like loaf?”