A Cake for My New Home !

May.  What a whirlwind of a month for me.

Celebrating my birthday for the entire month kept me a busy girl, and if trips to Hobart, catering, cooking classes and lots of eating out wasn't enough....I also managed to move house.

Hence, the lack of cooking posts this month..sorry!

Sitting in the quite with a cup of tea in my new home, I'm reveling in the peace.  I love the sound of the trams whizzing by and overhearing snippets of conversation from pedestrians chatting as they wander by, but no longer do I hear the noise that constant construction generates from my old neighbour.

Peace is such a simple thing. 

It's amazing how much not having it can affect you.

So in the peace and quiet of my new kitchen, I made cake.

An old fashioned Apple Shortcake.

The recipe was found over at Dulcie May Kitchen

(see here)

The Cookbook Challenge #18

When I'm having a lazy day, one of my favourite things to do is to curl up on the couch with a pot of tea and flick through recipe books.  I also, like many of you who are also home cooks, have folders filled with recipes torn out of magazines, and I love to also flick through these, sometimes wondering why I haven't yet tried a particular recipe, and then for others, wondering why the hell I kept it or tore it out in the first place.

The below recipe is one I've had for quite a while and never managed to make.

That is until now....

Chocolate Orange Kisses

Donna Hay Magazine (date unknown)

These delicious and might I add oh so simple to make little beauties accompanied my Bitter Chocolate Meringue Tart to work for my birthday (see here).

Chewy sticky meringue with a subtle burst of orange chocolate.  An amazing combination of flavours and a very pretty treat to look at....kinda like me....hehe

Told you I'd be celebrating all month!

Cookbook Challenge #11

Cookbook Challenge #11

My mum's birthday was back in January. 

It took us until this past weekend to celebrate it all together.

Mind you, she's been celebrating with us individually in between, so she hasn't done too bad!

So for our little family get-together, I decided to make some celebratory cupcakes.....

The Secret Recipe Club - March

If you've visited ChitChatChomp before, you'll already know that I'm a little obsessed with citrus cakes.  Lemon, lime, orange...bring it on....I'm not fussed.

So whilst looking through my assigned "secret blog" for this months Secret Recipe Club Challenge, I broke into a little happy dance when the following words shouted out to me....

French Lemon Yoghurt Cake

(to see original recipe, click here)

I realise the whole point of joining this club was to get out of my comfort zone and find new inspiration, but how could I possibly go past a recipe with French in the's just the way I roll.....

I really enjoyed the dense texture of this cake, however with the added syrup at the end, I have to admit that I did find it a little too sweet for my taste buds.  This does make the cake wonderfully moist, but I wonder if I'd have preferred it without? 

My assigned blog for March is the lovely Jesse from Vanderbilt Wife - a wife, mother of two and writer who started her blog way back in 2006.

It was a pleasure trolling through all your recipes Jesse and I look forward to returning soon!

Cookbook Challenge #5

Cookbook Challenge #5

With what seemed like hundreds of egg whites sitting in my freezer and a picnic to plan for, I couldn't think of anything more appropriate to make than the humble French friand, especially as it was for the So Frenchy So Chic in the Park picnic (see post here)