Category Archives: Baking

Basic Homemade Bread

Happy new year!  A new year and I’m happy to get it started, take stock of life and think about the year ahead.  We’ll be staying put in California for 2013 and we hope to see as much as we … Continue reading

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Chocolate Orange Cookies and Favourite Cookbooks

I wish I had a little more time to sit down and rant about my favourite cookbooks but the clock is ticking and I have a list of ‘to do’s’ as long as my arm before we head to Lake … Continue reading

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Lemon Shortbread and Christmas Giving

At school tomorrow is a Sugar and Spice Holiday Cookie event where each class brings in several batches of homemade cookies which are all displayed in the staff room.  All the teachers get to choose which cookies they would like … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Cookies

I bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook ‘Notes From My Kitchen Table’ when it first came out and wasn’t sure if the recipes would be my kind of cooking.  So far everything I have cooked from the book have been winners but … Continue reading

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Chorizo, Spinach And Cheese Muffins

I’m on a quest, well I have been for a few years now, for the perfect savoury muffin.  I want good savoury muffins not only to have stored in the freezer for kids lunch boxes but also to serve warm … Continue reading

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Hot Cross Buns

Deep breathe.  Term one is over and I have one very tired 5 year old, one sick 7 year old and one recovering 9 year old.  We have made it to the holidays so I can breathe a sigh of … Continue reading

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Plum And Hazelnut Crostata

One of my most loved cookbooks is Belinda Jeffery’s ‘Mix & Bake’.  It is quite well worn and tattered but very much loved and I’m slowly working my way through all the recipes.  One recipe that I have been eyeing … Continue reading

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Chocolate And Almond Cake

My good friend Liz hosted a few mums and toddlers for a Melbourne Cup lunch last year.  A glass of bubbly, chicken salad and scrumptious chocolate and almond mini cakes topped with cream and sweet strawberries – not a bad … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

These last couple of months have been such a blur of activity and it is hard to believe Christmas in only 4 days away.  Joel has been working day and night and all my time has been devoted to keeping … Continue reading

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Coffee Pecan Biscuits

Several years ago I went to a morning tea hosted by a mum from school where I was served lovely little biscuits topped with icing and a pecan.  I thought someone had baked them but it turns out my local … Continue reading

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