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A kind-of fancy blueberry bundt cake

A kind-of fancy blueberry bundt cake

Do you have a bundt cake tin? I've had one for years, but rarely use it except to make this blueberry bundt cake. I am never sure if you can just make an ordinary cake recipe in the bundt tin, or if you need a special bundt cake recipe. All to do with cooking times in...

Wholemeal apple scrolls that are quick to make

Wholemeal apple scrolls that are quick to make

We try to limit the amount of processed foods the kids eat, which often finds me needing a quick bake to get something into the lunchboxes. These wholemeal apple scrolls are a reliable go-to.  You can mix up the dough using just Greek yoghurt and wholemeal...

Quick chocolate biscuits that are kinda healthy

Quick chocolate biscuits that are kinda healthy

I made these quick chocolate biscuits this week and I reckon I'll be making them again and again. I modified a recipe from an old cookbook to arrive at something reasonably nutritious. As nutritious as a choccy bickie can be, anyway! What I've ended up with is a quick...

How to make easy damper on a stick

How to make easy damper on a stick

In the wintertime we love setting friendly fires in our outside fire pit, which we built out of old bricks and creek pebbles. Cooking damper on a stick is a cold month institution at our place. We gather wood from the bush around our house all autumn long, getting...

Clinkers slice – because small things are worth celebrating

Clinkers slice – because small things are worth celebrating

We call this the celebration slice because for years I made this slice for the kids to take into school on their birthday. It was always either this Clinkers slice, or if we were feeling flush, a Mars Bar slice. I could never be arsed fiddling around with cupcakes....

South African rusks – health rusks are your new fave snack

South African rusks – health rusks are your new fave snack

I’m lucky to have many lovely South African friends. They are a generous, fun, good-natured bunch and you get used to the accent. Actually, you never really get used to the accent. But once they introduce you to South African rusks, you won’t mind. When a friend...

Retro cornflake cookies with a twist

Retro cornflake cookies with a twist

It's very possible that back in the day, your Gran made a version of these cornflake cookies. No doubt she made them petite-sized so you were allowed to eat three, and served them up with a big glass of milk. Some recipes just stand the test of time. Mind you, your...

Simple choc chip slice – ready in a jiffy

Simple choc chip slice – ready in a jiffy

This simple choc chip slice recipe is for the days when you want an afternoon snack, but you really couldn't be bothered. That's not to say it's not amazingly yummy and moreish, because it is. What it mainly is, is fast. You will memorise the recipe within about two...

Festive blossoms cupcakes recipe from Crown Street Celebrates

Festive blossoms cupcakes recipe from Crown Street Celebrates

Years ago I used to live across the road from Crown Street Public School at #307. It was a huge, rundown terrace house that we filled with friends, frivolity and dysfunction. We were all living silly student lives, really. Up until all hours, running ourselves into...

Healthy flaxseed and apricot bliss balls recipe (delish!)

Healthy flaxseed and apricot bliss balls recipe (delish!)

These flaxseed and apricot bliss balls are just the ticket when you need a little pick-me-up. I'm trying not to eat between meals right now, but the 4 o'clock slump gets me nearly every day. I find the munching on just one of these lovely apricot bliss balls is enough...

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