pavlova recipe
Australia, blogging, Cakes, Food, History & Traditions

The Challenge of Making the Perfect Pavlova

Christmas has been and gone and with it the traditionally festive dessert of choice in Australia, (with its warm weather), the humble 'Pavlova.' This ubiquitous dessert really needs no introduction and not wishing to trigger my New Zealand counterparts, I won't mention its origins, but will note the recipe has Australian variations! Photo by Sandra… Continue reading The Challenge of Making the Perfect Pavlova

baking yema cake
Cakes

Gulkake Yellow Cake Recipe

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time, will know that Norwegian and Scandinavian things are very close to my heart, so it will come as no surprise to read that I am sharing a Norwegian recipe with you. This is a traditional Norwegian cake with an intense yellow colour. Not… Continue reading Gulkake Yellow Cake Recipe

Early morning sunrise photography
Food, History & Traditions

Cook Eat Repeat Challenge – Healthy Breakfast Eggnog

I have been following Moons' blog, Bits and Pieces for some time now and read her post on a traditional form of Chai style tea that originated from Calcutta, as well as the beautiful traditions that surround this drink and its preparation. She's challenged the blogging community to write about a drink that is a… Continue reading Cook Eat Repeat Challenge – Healthy Breakfast Eggnog

savoury muffins
Community

Savoury Muffins – School Lunch Recipe

Trying to get teens to eat anything green/healthy/vegetable/fibrous and they will run a mile, in the opposite direction, so the secret to this recipe is that it looks like a sweet cake in appearance, (first duplicitous maneuver ) and it tastes like the junk food on offer at most food outlets, but is not.

Food, History & Traditions

Scones with Tea – A Morning Tradition

In my husband's family, it is a tradition to have morning tea. That is, a cup of hot tea with a scone, or two, with butter or jam. My husband's paternal grandmother was a brilliant farmhouse cook and used an old wood burning stove; one that was without thermostat, temperature gauge. And everything was cooked to perfection. Wouldn't we all love that skill? I am going to share a simple and 'NEVER FAIL,' Family recipe, (and variations), so that your kitchen will RULE when it comes to morning teas.

Cakes, Community, Food

Chocolate Brownies – so Quick and Easy ‘No-Nuts’ Recipe

This is a very easy recipe,  one you really can't muck it up, even if you add the ingredients together in the wrong order. It takes around an hour from start to finish, including time for cooling out of the oven. No icing is required and the kids and parents at the Playgroup gobbled it… Continue reading Chocolate Brownies – so Quick and Easy ‘No-Nuts’ Recipe

Food, History & Traditions, Travel

Travel Odyssey – Sightseeing in Lucerne, Switzerland

EXCURSION to MT PILATUS

The top of the World... From Mt Pilatus, Lucerne, Switzerland. From there, one can see the Bernese Oberland, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland...fabulous. And this is was our destination this morning by Cable car and Gondola. Once upon a time, citizens thought it would bring bad luck to climb Mt Pilatus, but now, millions of tourists visit every year, without any disastrous consequences. In winter, one might see snow at this altitude, but not this year.... no snow to be seen. Nevertheless, the views are still spectacular in weather such as this: it was sunny, mild but not cold!! Ordinarily, the mountain is covered with fog in the morning, but not so today! The vistas were ours, to be seen.

Cakes, Food

Blueberry Muffins with Brown sugar

We must take advantage of blueberries when they are in season, and if you live in my corner of Australia, that is right now. They are cheap as chips and so good for you, protecting against diseases and ageing, as well as helping to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which is excellent if you are wanting to loose weight