Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake with Espresso Ganache

As you can see from the Christmas decorations in the background this was a cake I made for a pre Christmas dinner we hosted. I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnut and try to sneak ground hazelnuts into a lot of cakes I make. This particular recipe is quite interesting as the base of … Continue reading

Best EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know the title of “best chocolate chip cookie” is a big call but I stand by the statement. If you love chewy cafe style chocolate chip cookies then this recipe is one you’re going to want to try. My family devours these and I have not used any other method since I tried this recipe. These … Continue reading

Cardamom Yogurt Cake

Not all cakes need to be fancy. In fact, sometimes the only thing that will hit the spot is a nice plain cake, nothing too sweet or overwhelming but definitely flavourful and moist. This is that cake. A great all rounder that’s easy to whip up and goes perfectly with a nice cup of tea. … Continue reading

Apricot & Walnut Buttermilk Cake

As the weather finally starts to get cooler in Sydney I find myself more willing to crank up the oven and do some baking. Those hot humid days of summer are more suited to fruit and ice creams but nothing beats a nice moist cake with a hot cup of tea or coffee on a … Continue reading

Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

I wish I had taken a picture of this tart once it was sliced to show the just set and slightly runny caramel interior as it would sum up more than any words could just how delicious, rich and decadent this tart is. If you’re not a lover of caramel, especially the kind that just … Continue reading

Kookoo Goosht – Persian Meat Frittata

Kookoo are a popular Persian meal or snack and are best described as a kind of Frittata. You can get a vast variety of different kookoo, one of the most popular being kookoo sabzi which is made with copious amounts of fresh herbs and eggs and is nearly always on the menu for Persian New Year … Continue reading

Egg Fried Rice

When we eat at Chinese restaurants I always order plain steamed rice. As much as I adore fried rice I find plain rice a better accompaniment to all the rich dishes that are normally ordered. So for me fried rice is usually something I make at home as I like to eat it on its … Continue reading

Homemade Portuguese Custard Tarts

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like Portuguese custard tarts – flaky crisp pastry and just set silky custard are a winning combination. They are dangerously addictive and nothing beats a warm tart fresh from the oven of a good Portuguese bakery. I’ve never been tempted to bake Portuguese tarts as I didn’t … Continue reading