I didn’t bake much while I was pregnant last year. It’s weird, but I actually lost my baking mojo. I wanted to bake a lot, but every time I did, I messed it up. Even with simple things I’d made before. I just couldn’t get things right, so I gave up in the end. But lately I’ve been overcome again with the urge to bake. However, with a small baby and an almost five year old I don’t have a heap of time to spend in the kitchen yet. So I started with something relatively simple: Napolitaines.
These are a Mauritian biscuit (cookie) that I fell in love with the moment the crumbly shortbread crossed my lips for the first time about seventeen years ago. And they are ridiculously easy to make because the shortbread only has two ingredients and then you just ice them. Too easy, right?
I don’t make cookies and cakes with nuts in them because my daughter has a nut allergy. But recently I was overtaken by the urge to make a really nice, soft peanut butter cookie. I do have a peanut cookie recipe in my favourite recipe book, but I wanted something super soft and chocolate-y, which… Continue reading ->
Despite all the rain here in Melbourne (seriously, dudes), I’m starting to day dream about warm Summer nights where we can relax outside on the back porch and eat dinner as the sun sets and watch our daughter play in the backyard. Before we moved last year, we only had a very small courtyard space… Continue reading ->
Hey, hi, how are you? I’ve been AWOL, I know. It was unintentional and due to a number of things, mostly because we have been on and off the Winter cold, flu, and tonsillitis merry-go-round since about June. – Every cough and cold around has come home with my daughter, then she got a nasty… Continue reading ->
If you’ve ever been inside an Italian bakery, chances are you’ve seen and maybe even purchased crostoli. Well, let me introduce you to frappe, crostoli’s far, far superior sibling. Growing up with an Italian grandmother meant we were treated to all kinds of delicious savoury Italian meals – pasta and the best damn sauce I’ve… Continue reading ->
We’ve been trying to get out a little bit more now that the dust has settled from our house move last year and we’ve managed to achieve a lot of the things on our house to-do list in the past few months. One of the things I’ve been enjoying doing is visiting cafés I hear… Continue reading ->
I bought a new slow cooker cookbook during the week. Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks are always winners, and this one is a dense tome, with two hundred slow cooker recipes. I was immediately drawn to the lamb section, because there is nothing better than beautifully soft, slow cooked lamb in the Winter months. I was… Continue reading ->
It’s no secret that I love cinnamon. Particularly cinnamon and sugar in some kind of cake or doughnut form. So recently when I saw a recipe in a baking group I’m in I had to save it and give it a try. It’s for a sort of cake, that actually has the texture of something… Continue reading ->
I’m not a big cake person, for a number of reasons. If it’s a sponge cake, it’s the texture that I don’t enjoy. If it’s a black forest cake, it’s all that cream and stuff. If it’s a really dense mud cake, then it’s too rich for me. There are a select few cakes I… Continue reading ->
I did something a few weeks ago that I don’t normally do. I did SUCH a blogger thing and I “reached out” to a company to see if they wanted to partner up for a post reviewing their products. I know, très blogger-ish, right? But here’s the thing. When you’re browsing the internet, specifically scrolling… Continue reading ->