Recipes & Posts

Banana Sour Cream Cake

Banana Sour Cream Cake

Another recipe that uses up those bananas which have turned from firm yellow to mashable speckled brown! This recipe was born from a surfeit of bananas and a pottle of sour cream in the fridge that needed to be used. It is super easy to 

Best Ever Banana Muffins

Best Ever Banana Muffins

This recipe is an adaptation from a very loved, and very well used, collection of recipes published by Kimi Ora School called “Nuffin but Muffins”.1 It is a delightfully easy and tasty way to use up bananas which have passed from the yellow and firm 

Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana

Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana

I feel the need to emphasise this point: this is by no means a traditional Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana. Instead it is a meat-free version that makes the best of pantry staples. However if you prefer to include guanciale (or a substitute meat), then notes for 

Walnut Cake

Walnut Cake

I had another post planned, but then I made this cake and it took priority. This recipe comes from Rachel Allen’s Bake which is a fantastic cookbook and one that I highly recommend. In fact, I’ve made this cake twice – I enjoyed it so 

Easter Fairy Cakes

Easter Fairy Cakes

This is a deliciously simple cake recipe to use up the left over ground almonds and glace cherries from Christmas. In fact, as this recipe is without butter and eggs, it is good so for those who eschew these products during Lent (or at anytime) 

Chicken à la Meates

Chicken à la Meates

This is my version of Chicken à la King – the one that I grew up eating and which is still a firm and frequent favourite in the weekly meal rotation. In comparison to both the original and contemporary recipes, it is pared back and 

Pancakes

Pancakes

A simple – but delicious – recipe for pancakes in time for Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday next week. Though this recipe doesn’t need to be confined to just one day a year! Serve them in the traditional manner with a little lemon juice and caster sugar 

Plum and Almond Upside Down Cake

Plum and Almond Upside Down Cake

I love upside-down cakes. There’s something about the fruit sitting on the bottom of the pan, only to be turned out to the top of the cake where it sits in its own glory. Maybe it’s because I grew up down-under? Ba dum tss! *insert 

Pavlova

Pavlova

The humble and iconic Pavlova: a staple dessert during the summer festive period in New Zealand and Australia. The ‘Pav’ is traditionally topped with whipped cream and slices of kiwifruit and strawberries – although pretty much any soft fruits will work well: raspberries, mango, passion 

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

When I was a wee lass – in the era of cassette tapes, shoulder pads, and glam rock – I had created a ‘recipe’ for cheese on crackers. It consisted of melting cheese on a cracker by way of the microwave. Immensely proud of this