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Cardamom Patty Cakes
Cardamom Patty Cakes

  A patty cake is a miniature cake, essentially a cupcake but more importantly a single individual serve of cake. The term made famous by the poem "Pat-A-Cake", patty cake is often used in Australian English. I am quite convinced that the name caught on...

Pacific Oysters With Frozen Mango And Chilli Dressing
Pacific Oysters With Frozen Mango And Chilli Dressing

  It feels like summer in Sydney today. The mercury almost crept up to 38C where I live. Our towering trees have kept the house cool. I started the day with a mango smoothie so thick, you could only have it by scooping with a spoon. That cooled me down. Now that...

Bubble Surprise Cake
Bubble Surprise Cake

    The month of April never comes to pass without a plethora of birthday cakes. We have always had four birthdays and a party to celebrate and for the longest time I was the official cake master for all the birthdays. These days I only bake for three of...

Vegetable Fritter Salad
Vegetable Fritter Salad

  I have never been much of a salad person. There, I admitted it! But something has changed. I seem to like them now. Maybe I am all grown up. Maybe it is a phase. I am but a puppet to my whims and fancies. And my whim of the moment are salads. Not regular...

Butterscotch Cake With Caramel Cream
Butterscotch Cake With Caramel Cream

When I was little, my favourite sweet was a butterscotch toffee wrapped in a matte golden wrapper. It was smooth and the colour of rich butter kissed all over with the warmth of the sun. I used to put it in my mouth and relish it slowly, big hard sucks, rolling my...

Chocolate Beetroot Pudding Cake
Chocolate Beetroot Pudding Cake

A few weeks ago I bought a big, vibrant bunch of beetroot from the farmer's market. I was lucky to find them the day I decided I wanted to make a red dessert for Valentine's Day. I wasn't cooking a special lunch or dinner, just dessert and I wanted it to be different,...

Sticky Dark Chocolate Cake
Sticky Dark Chocolate Cake

  With the extremely early arrival of my Christmas present - the iPad 2, I now have even fewer hours in my day than I did before. After being enslaved to it for a good few hours on the first day and earning a splitting headache as a result, I decided to be more...