GROW FOOD slow food Have your garden and eat it too. A practical guide to organic gardening in the sub-tropics with step-by-step instructions and delicious seasonal recipes. Come with me too on some of my travels in Australia, Europe, Asia and beyond.
Italian Spiced Apple and Nut Cake

Italian Spiced Apple and Nut Cake

Our recent trip out to Stanthorpe, three hours north-west from where we live, took us into the heart of a cool climate wine and orchard growing area – and, at this time of year, laden apple and pear trees that are dripping with ripe fruit.  In fact, right now...
Carrot and Sultana Cake with Banana Icing

Carrot and Sultana Cake with Banana Icing

One of the weirdest cake recipes I have ever seen was in a collection called 100 Years of Australian Country Cooking (1988) that I picked up in a garage sale with the kind of recipes that raise your eyebrows but, nevertheless, I find fascinating for their novelty...
Best Ever Fruit Cake

Best Ever Fruit Cake

How many fruit cakes have your tried in your lifetime?  Well, this is the best one that I have ever had – and it is very easy to make.  In fact, it’s my lovely neighbour Belinda Jeffery’s recipe, and she calls it ‘Last Minute Christmas...
Pineapple and Cardamom Cake

Pineapple and Cardamom Cake

Pineapples are plentiful at the moment so it seems a shame not to give this luscious cake another airing.  This is one of those sticky upside-down affairs that is best eaten warm and the marrying of the cardamom with the pineapple just seems to be one of those...
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake – Best Ever

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake – Best Ever

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake – Gluten Free and Best Ever Happy Easter everyone – it’s that time of year where everyone looks forward to a chocolate treat so I thought I had better make something to keep everyone happy – me included! This is an...
Baklava -Mediterranean Nut Pastries

Baklava -Mediterranean Nut Pastries

Strictly speaking, the heading should be Middle Eastern and Mediterranean nut pastries for you will find these tasty little filo pastry treats in every cake and coffee shop from North Africa, through all parts of the Arab speaking world,  Israel and around into...
Peach Cake

Peach Cake

Peach Cake While many of my readers are hunkering down for the winter we, in Australia, are in the early days of summer – although you wouldn’t know it because it is very dry and hot already – it has barely rained for four months and spring was a...