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Chunky Chocolate Chip And Cashew Nut Cookies

  While perusing the Australian Women's Weekly "Cookies" cookbook yesterday, the 'Slice and Bake cookies' caught my eye. Actually it was the photography that drew me to this particular recipe. Who can resist a motley of various shaped glass cookie jars stacked randomly with cookies filled in some, a cute little wooden pinnochio figurine resting in one? On examining the recipe further and assuring myself that I had all the ingredients, I decided to make one of the four variations given along with the recipe. Although interesting I wasn't in the mood for 'orange and poopy seed', 'lemon and craisin', 'pecan and cinnamon' or m&a... Read More >>
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Hummingbird Cuppycakes With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

A couple of months ago I made a Hummingbird cake following a recipe for hummingbird cupcakes. It turned out to be quite scrumptious ... very moist and delectable. Then yesterday with the "The Cuppycake Song" doing its rounds in my head , I decided to take a shot at the original recipe. The cupcakes tasted exactly the same as the cake, but there was a big difference in texture. The cake was moist whereas the cupcakes turned out to be a wee bit dry. That was rectified by a generous dousing of delicious lemon cream cheese frosting. The overall effect was lemony, feel good and very satisfying. I might even add 1/4 cup pineapple syrup ... Read More >>
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Snapshots of a Sydney Summer Garden

  This summer I was a busy bee in the garden, quite literally. An initial active working period was toned down to make allowance for my lumbering, pregnant self. We made a sandstone bed, smack dab in the center of our frontyard and planted a gorgeous "Magnolia Soulangeana" there. I populated the bed with some "Kew Lavender" bought from Bunnings and 3 packets of pink and purple paper daisies. The paper daisies grew amazingly fast and were almost a meter tall within a couple of weeks with papery thin and wispy little blooms that I just have to touch every time I pass by. The Magnolia seems to have established itself ... Read More >>
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Heirloom Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

  Summer is on a slow decline here in Sydney. Thunderstorms cool the spiking temperatures every few days and tease you with the anticipation of autumn. On days like today when the sun is on vacation and there is a delicious chill in the air, there is nothing more comforting than a slice of homemade chocolate cake and a cup of hot coffee. A good, solid, no-fuss chocolate cake recipe is akin to the classic white shirt in your closet which happens to be a perfect fit and never goes out of style .... meant to be used over and over and yet over again with great results every time. I made this gorgeous chocolate cake over Christmas and the... Read More >>
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Little Miss Chocolate Madeleine

I don't remember whether I have mentioned this before but I have Donna Hay's "Chocolate" cookbook personally signed by her and it is a well put together little cookbook with simple and brilliant recipes and absolutely gorgeous photos. A couple of days ago I bought a very nice madeleine pan from the local David Jones store and was itching to try the chocolate madeleine recipe from Donna's book. The recipe had minimal ingredients and looked quite simple. I followed it to the letter and had a batch of spongy, fluffy, chocolatey madeleines in less than 30 minutes. The madeleines looked so ethereal and wispy with tiny flecks of vanill... Read More >>