Tuesday, 3 May 2016

French Onion Soup





Bonjour! One the best things about the onset of Autumn and the chillier weather is that I get to eat soup all the time! Yes, I actually get rather excited about this. I try to make a couple of big batches of different flavours, and then freeze them in portions so that I always have some on hand for quick lunches. (If only I was that organised with all my meals!)



Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits






So today I am grateful for two things. 1.) That I managed to get a blog post together for this week, and 2.) that I am able to string a coherent sentence together. It has been a rough couple of days you see, with the entire family being struck down with an assortment of germs and lurgies. Currently my kitchen counter looks more like a pharmacy than anything else and we are all lacking in the sleep department which is less than ideal. The timing was also unlucky as we had planned to go away this past weekend for a wedding. We did manage one night away in the end but we were not on best form. Never mind, grumble grumble. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Lightest Lemon Squares




The other day my daughter came home from school and (after proudly showing me the red autumn leaves she had found in the playground that day as well as an energetic, full length rendition of "The Farmer in the Dell" - oh to be four again!) told me that her class had celebrated a birthday that day and that the birthday boy had brought a lemon cake to school for everyone to share. It made me think of this recipe which is one of those that I have had for years, scribbled on a piece of paper and unceremoniously shoved inside a notebook. It is a fantastic recipe and worthy of a more permanent home here on the web and not just on a scrap of paper!


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Green Chilli Con Carne Tacos





Every so often I am gifted with some fresh produce from various neighbours. Everything from gorgeous cauliflowers the same size as my head to fragrant fresh herbs to the latest drop-off - a bag of green chillies! In a world where retailers bombard us with messages to buy buy buy I *love* the simplicity and sense of community that comes from homegrown produce that is grown and shared at home. Speaking of which, our turn to share has come around because in the last few days our guava tree has started producing a deluge of fruit! 


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies




So how were the holidays everyone? Did you have fun? Did the Easter bunny come to visit? The last two weeks have gone quickly - holiday outings and play dates, the build up to Easter and of course lots of egg hunting fun and family time over the long Easter weekend made for a busy time. Then last week we went on a family holiday with friends where we headed to Montagu for a few days. (Can you believe that in all my thirty five years this was the first time I had ever visited Montagu Springs?) We love a good road trip, although sadly the littlest of our troupe decided that he was not enjoying the long drive and expressed his disapproval in a rather loud and shouty manner for much of the way! Other than that little hiccup the trip was loads of fun and turned out to be a perfect spot to take the family. All in all it was a very special holiday and I can't help feeling a bit sad that it is over. For now, it is back to school runs, packed lunches and the regular term time routine - onward and forward! 



Monday, 28 March 2016

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Fridge Cake - and a surprise!




This surprise has been a long time coming - a thought that became an idea that I have been stewing over for many, many months that then turned into a project that became a labour of love. This month the blog turned 3 and as a big, huge thank you to everyone who has followed my kitchen adventures I decided to put together a little gift for each reader. Yes, you get one! And you get one! Everybody gets one!


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sugar Free Banana Cake



It is March and in my house that equals birthdays and lots of baking! I made this cake earlier in the month for my daughter's school birthday and wanted to avoid added sugar but still make something delicious that the children would love. This cake has a soft, light texture and a delicate banana flavour. Rather than cover the cake with icing I drizzled it with delicious melted carob. This is a great alternative to chocolate!