Weekend Cooking: Experimenting with Cheesecake

I don’t have a specific cookbook to review or recommend today, but I thought I’d share my recent cooking experiment before I forget what I did and what worked. We had friends over for dinner during the week and I love the opportunity to make some fancy dessert I’ve previously only salivated over. Trouble is, […]

Weekend Cooking: Australia Day Lamingtons

Happy Australia Day!!!

Since it’s the Australia Day long weekend (26th Jan), naturally things like Pavlova, Anzacs and Lamingtons are everywhere you look, much like Hot Cross Buns at Easter. I don’t have a good enough excuse to make a pav, and I didn’t feel like Anzacs, but Lamingstons, now, they’re a real treat and […]

Weekend Cooking: The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits

The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits: Vintage Edition edited by Pamela Clark The Australian Women’s Weekly 2013 (1982) Paperback 128 pages Non-fiction: Cookbook

The Australian Women’s Weekly, as every Australian knows, isn’t just the publisher of a long-running women’s magazine. They also produce a range of inexpensive but reliable cookbooks, and the new ones […]

Weekend Cooking: Chocolate Surprise Cookies (Biscuits)

The Cookie Bible Publications International 2004 Hardback 309 pages Non-fiction: Cookbook

I bought this book several years ago from one of Chapters-Indigo’s sales tables; they often have cookbooks in this section of the shop but I’ve learned from experience they’re on the sale table for good reason – this book is […]

Weekend Cooking - Review: What Katie Ate

What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits & Bobs by Katie Quinn Davies Vol. No. 1 Collins 2013 (2012) Hardback 291 pages Cookbook

It’s pretty near impossible for me to resist a cookbook which has raspberry friands on the cover. RASPBERRY FRIANDS!!! When I was a uni student living in Hobart, I used to […]

Weekend Cooking: Birthday Cake

My family is a large one and everyone’s an artist, pretty much. Growing up, my mother always made us these wonderful fancy birthday cakes, personalised and created straight from her head, from scratch – no pre-made anything or templates or what-have-you. Some were flat on the plate, artistically shaped and decorated, while others were […]

Weekend Cooking: Cranberry Swirl Bread

A while ago I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Choc Chip Muffins from a magazine, Taste of Home: Fall Baking (2012), and made mention to the fact that I bought the mag for the cover recipe, which was absolutely delicious. I also promised to share it with you at some point. I started […]

Easter Weekend Cooking: Simple & Delicious Chocolate Truffles

I have two cooking secrets that I tend to hoard – one is how to make the perfect biscuit/cookie (still not quite willing to share that trick but I’m getting there – there just aren’t very many things I’m good at, but impressing people with my baking seems to be one of them and […]