afternoon tea

Cheat’s coconut macaroons to make you swoon

Cheat’s coconut macaroons to make you swoon

At the risk of sounding like I’m writing an 1800’s manual for housewives, I quickly just want to talk about emergency afternoon tea provisions. Now, I’m fully aware that running out of biscuits to serve with a pot of tea is not exactly...

Muesli cookies – or biscuits, but probably cookies

Muesli cookies – or biscuits, but probably cookies

Hmmm, muesli cookies. Is it wrong that ‘cookie’ has entered this Australian's lexicon? It’s just that some ‘biscuits’ are most certainly ‘cookies’. Pretty much anything large and free-form, and definitely anything rocking chocolate chips. Biscuits are nice and...

Amazing crispy date slice – this one is so, so, so good

Amazing crispy date slice – this one is so, so, so good

My dear friend Michelle makes the best slices, and this crispy date slice is no exception. I think this is the third recipe Mich has given me. She's like the collector of unbelievably good treats and very generous in sharing recipes. She didn't hesitate to let me...

Wholesome pear and zucchini muffins recipe

Wholesome pear and zucchini muffins recipe

I was going to make some good ol’ zucchini slice for lunch one weekend, but I didn’t get around to it. I think we had 2-Minute Noodles instead, which basically just left me with mum guilt and a bunch of zucchinis with nowhere to go. Enter, the...

Lime syrup cupcakes recipe – a fail-proof treat

Lime syrup cupcakes recipe – a fail-proof treat

These lime syrup cupcakes are an absolute treat. Sometimes we don’t want to make a treat out of coconut, quinoa and flaxseeds. Sometimes we want an actual treat, a real treat, a good old-fashioned treat. Enter lime syrup cupcakes. I’ve got an oversupply of limes on my...

No-dairy raspberry and coconut loaf

No-dairy raspberry and coconut loaf

‘Loaf’ is one of those humble almost-forgotten-but-nevertheless-awesome foodie words. Mind you, my favourite is definitely ‘groke’ which is a lost old Scots word meaning “to gaze meaningfully at somebody eating in the hope that they’ll give you some of their...

Best-ever blueberry and yoghurt loaf (the flavour is amazing)

Best-ever blueberry and yoghurt loaf (the flavour is amazing)

When you need a fast afternoon tea or lunch box treat, this blueberry and yoghurt loaf is your new go-to. It's made from pantry staples and is super-quick to put together (I reckon it takes 10 minutes, including washing up time). Just mix, pour and put into the oven....

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