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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...
Poached Oranges in Honey Syrup

Poached Oranges in Honey Syrup

I’ve just picked the first of this year’s crop of sweet and juicy citrus from my garden and am reminded that this is one of the many delights of enjoying seasonal harvests – as the weather cools, a changing variety of foods become available and we...
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...
Crostata – Rustic Fruit Pie

Crostata – Rustic Fruit Pie

Crostata  As its name suggests this dish has its home in Italy and is a very simple way to make a pie without too much fuss – with very little rolling and cutting out of pastry. Crostata with plums and strawberries – you can see where the rustic comes...
Meringue – top tips for perfection!

Meringue – top tips for perfection!

It has taken me 40 years of trial and error, mostly error, to finally get this right so I thought I would pass on what I have learned about making the perfect meringues – it’s really easy, once you know how – and it’s really worth it!! This all...
Lime-Papaya Meringue Pie

Lime-Papaya Meringue Pie

If you have followed my recipes before you will know that I always endeavour to cook things that are easy to make, delicious and with ingredients that are the freshest and cheapest around. This is all of those things but you will just need to put aside a little more...
Muhallabia-Middle Eastern Milk Pudding

Muhallabia-Middle Eastern Milk Pudding

I was brought up eating milk puddings of all shapes and sizes with everything from semolina, tapioca, rice puddings and blancmange – which this desert most closely resembles.  A favourite in my childhood, for my birthday, was a blancmange rabbit, with currants...
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...