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Never Fail Batter Cake

Last week I had a baking failure. In fact, I had two of them. I decided to add something to my repertoire so I tried a couple of new recipes. An apricot slice and some fruit biscuits. They were horrible. The slice was heavy and not sweet enough. The biscuits were doughy. Despite large amounts of… >> Read more

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Cake For Breakfast? Yes We Can – Gertrude & Mabel

You face a big issue when heading to brunch these days. No parking. Brisbane must surely be the apartment capital of the universe. Where once there was one Queenslander (house) on a double block, there are now 15 units. Fifteen units with two cars per unit, half of which are parked on the street. Yes, parking… >> Read more

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I love semolina. I don’t know what it is about it but I can’t get enough. It’s not as if I grew up eating it as a child but there is something about the texture that draws me to it on menus and in recipes. A Semolina Primer Semolina is purified, coarse milled wheat middlings… >> Read more

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In My Kitchen… June 2014

In my June kitchen there’s a bit of a baking theme going on. In my kitchen… …was my first attempt at a blockbuster celebration cake. All eaten now. I offered to make a cake for my niece’s birthday and decided to surprise her with an Ombre Cake. It’s not something I had made before but… >> Read more

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Fragrant Coconut Lime & Rosemary Syrup Cake

I’ve got a triffid in my garden. It’s growing bigger by the day. It’s so big now that it’s consumed one of the rose bushes and it’s on the march. It’s climbed above the fence line and the neighbours are looking worried. A wet summer and a dry winter has created the perfect conditions for… >> Read more

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Goodie, Goodie, Yum, Yum

GF. Gluten Free. You see that little notation on menus all the time these days. But what does it mean?  Gluten Free or GF means that it’s OK for those who suffer from a gluten intolerance to eat the meal without an adverse reaction.  What is gluten?  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley… >> Read more

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Spicy Cashew Love Cake – SABH

Yep – it’s that time of the month again. Another Sweet Adventures Blog Hop has rolled around and this time the theme is ‘Nut’s about Sweets’ hosted by Nic from the fabulously named ‘Dining with a Stud’. I love, love, love nuts. I eat a handful of raw nuts every afternoon as a tasty, low… >> Read more

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Bali Bakery

Admit it.  When you think Bali, you don’t think ‘Bakery’.  Tropical paradise with cocktails at sunset – yes.  Patisserie – no.  None the less, Bali had a little surprise for me in the form of Bali Bakery in Kuta.  Bakery is understating it as they do breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as offer an… >> Read more

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If You Like Pina Colada…

…or even if you don’t, most of you will no doubt have been ‘caught in the rain’ that is blanketing the east coast of Australia. Thankfully, last week there was a brief reprieve that allowed a group of us to enjoy a picnic in New Farm Park. We were celebrating Oscar’s 7th birthday which gave… >> Read more

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It says ‘Choirboy Fancy’ 1.35 – cheap at half the price!I’m sure that line has never been used as the title to a post or article anywhere on the internet.  Anyway……I started a new job this week so I’m a bit short of time whilst I’m adjusting to a new routine.  I have some extra… >> Read more

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A few of my favourite things – Update!

Just before I left the UK, I did a post about some of my favourite food items from local supermarkets that I would miss.  Well good news Anglophiles – Soreen has hit our shores!Just a reminder, Soreen is not a cold sore cream as I suggested or a brand of toilet paper as my mum… >> Read more

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Swiss Roll (all over Spain)

Dear readers – do you ever visit my blog site, instead of just reading the email?  Make sure you visit soon as I have added a lovely new background and you can see the blogs I am following and the websites I have discovered.  It’s worth a trip.This is just a quick post in recognition… >> Read more

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