Bourke Street Bakery Christmas Cake

Republished with Permission. Allam, P and McGuiness, D Bourke Street Bakery Christmas Cake, Murdoch Books, p338-341.  The recipe is not difficult but if you read through it all you will discover you need to start making about 15 weeks ahead of when you plan to have it ready to eat. That being said, when I made it I only fed the cake about four weeks … Continue reading Bourke Street Bakery Christmas Cake

Brunsli Chocolate Cookies

On this first day of December, a friend and I met to make some Christmas treats to gift to friends. We made two batches of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Brunsli Chocolate Cookies. These gluten and dairy-free treats are so simple to make and delicious to eat that we recommend trying them this Christmas. It is made using almond meal and has orange rind it it for that … Continue reading Brunsli Chocolate Cookies

Cooking in Marriage 101

Tomorrow, the 14th of April we’ll celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. The last year has been an adventure and it’s been wonderful to cook together. One of the best companions in the kitchen has been Karen Martini’s cookbook Everyday We have still yet to cook everything in this book but we’ve tried a lot. Our top three recipes we’ve cooked from this book are Curry … Continue reading Cooking in Marriage 101

Raspberry White Chocolate Peach Melba Trifle

Raspberry, White Chocolate, Peach Melba Trifle

Christmas may have come and gone but I’m already thinking about future Christmas cooking ideas. Today’s post is from a dear friend who I grew up with and also enjoys cooking. She recently posted a photo on Facebook of her amazing Christmas dessert: Raspberry, White Chocolate, Peach Melba Trifle. I asked if she’d write about cooking it and here’s her story.  It’s not my first … Continue reading Raspberry, White Chocolate, Peach Melba Trifle

Spicy sweet potato cheesecake

As well as celebrating Christmas, we also celebrated my beautiful mother-in-law’s birthday who is born on Christmas Day. I feel for all those people who are born on Christmas Day or around it. She said she likes pecans so I searched for a recipe to make and found this Spicy Sweet Potato Cheesecake recipe in The Ultimate Book of Vegetables published by Reader’s Digest. I … Continue reading Spicy sweet potato cheesecake