Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers

Apologies for my long absence – we’ve just returned from a long holiday to Canada and Alaska. I do normally publish posts when we’re away but the scenery and natural splendour of that part of the world were so amazing that I wanted to spend as little time as possible on my laptop. As you … 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

Coffee & Walnut Cake

The term “coffee cake” in America usually refers to any type of cake that would be good served with a cup of coffee, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the cake contains any coffee. The coffee cake in this recipe however, whilst it is fantastic with a cuppa, is the old-fashioned English fair stall type of coffee cake … Continue reading

Warm Lentil Salad with Walnuts & Goats Cheese

I’ve been making this Delia Smith lentil salad for a very long time. Remember Delia? She’s the no-nonsense English cook who taught a whole generation basic cookery skills. One doesn’t hear much about her these days and it’s been a while since Delia has written a cook book but her recipes are tried and tested and can … Continue reading

My Favourite Carrot Cake

It’s only been in recent years that I’ve developed an appreciation for carrot cake. It was never something I would think of ordering when I was out and I only remember making it at home on a few occasions. But my niece has really turned me on to the beauty of a great carrot cake. … Continue reading

Sour Cream Walnut Streusel Cake

This cake is what they refer to in America as a coffee cake. Not because it contains any coffee but because it’s the perfect type of cake to have with a cuppa – similar to what the Brits call tea cakes. It’s moist, light, sweet and just perfect for morning or afternoon tea. I made … Continue reading