Who doesn’t love a classic lemon tart? Who doesn’t love a classic gin and tonic? They both score a big yes from me. The tangy bitterness of a refreshing G&T has me dreaming of balmy summer evenings, and so, inspired by the sudden arrival of summer weather last week, I experimented with a gin and lemon tart. … Continue reading The Best of Both Worlds: Gin and Lemon Tart
Happy Birthday to Miss S and Miss E. Sixteen already! I blinked and my babies turned sixteen this week. How is it even possible? It’s a paradox, raising kids. Time moves at a glacial pace during the everyday mundanity, but it’s a blink of an eye when you stop to take a breath. To mark the momentous … Continue reading Sweet 16 x 2 and a Gluten Free Cherry and Almond Birthday Cake.
Things have been rather pedestrian at dinner time in the last few weeks. I’ve been on a bit of a downer all round. I seem to have lost the ability to think about cooking. Anything new I’ve tried has turned out rather bland. The fog in my head has extended to the kitchen. A sorry state … Continue reading Bombay Potatoes and Surfacing from the Culinary Fog.
I came across this doll’s tea-set in the back of a high cupboard the other day, whilst rummaging around for something else. It belonged to my great Aunty Gwen, who passed away some years ago aged ninety. The teapot and milk jug are different to the rest of the set; they’re painted with little violets and are … Continue reading Afternoon Tea with Aunty Gwen.
I’ve always wanted to try a chocolate and beetroot cake, but just never got around to it until now. We are huge fans of beetroot at our place, and one of our favourite comfort meals is a roasted beetroot risotto that I finish with balsamic vinegar. A little while ago, whilst watching Masterchef, Miss E … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected: Beetroot Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Ganache.
Last week I had an Op-shop win, and bought this cute little cake tin for $2.35. What a bargain! So much more than a second-hand cake tin though; it was pure inspiration. It conjured up a vision of a lemony, rose-petally kind of creation, and I set about trying things out in the kitchen. I based the … Continue reading Inspiration Strikes! Flourless Lemon, Almond and Moroccan Mint Cake, and a Lesson in Moody Lighting.