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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...