Lime and Coconut Cake (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

It’s been a long time between posts, my apologies. Turns out it takes more than cardigans, spectacles and a killer “shhhh” to become a librarian. You have to study, and ironically, there were very few books involved. I’ve finally emerged from the assignment and online study scrap heap with some of my sanity intact and…

Easy Chocolate Cake

A simple but slighty indulgent chocolate cake to celebrate 1500 facebook fans. A super exciting milestone for little ole me! Ingredients 200g unsalted butter (softened) 1/2 tsp. salt 200 g soft brown sugar sugar 4 eggs at room temperature 150g plain flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 50g cocoa powder sifted 50ml…

Mixed Berry Muffins

My first year of teaching, I taught a year 1 & 2 combined class. Come Mother’s Day, we decided to keep it simple. We asked the kids to draw pictures of themselves and their mothers and we cut and pasted cardboard frames. We were a government school and so had limited access to cardboard, a…

Donna Hay’s Raspberry Brownie Tarts

  When Mr Firehouse came home last week and said he wanted something “super chocolately”, I consulted my Pinterest treasure trove of “sweet treats” desserts I would get to one day and found this. It’s originally a Donna Hay recipe and who doesn’t love Aussie Donna? This week we also bought a deep freeze, to try…

Mini Baked Cheesecakes (Gluten Free)

I want to talk a little less about the cheesecake here and more about the gorgeous cake stand that my girlfriends got me for my birthday. Isn’t it darling? It sits on our buffet and generally looks beautiful but today it was put to real use! I’m strictly in the baked cheesecake family when it…

Vanilla Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

I suspect Mr Firehouse was duped. You see, a few weeks ago he came to me and asked for some salted caramel cupcakes for the following week. I agreed of course, this wasn’t an unusual request. When I asked why, he commented that a colleague was  adamant that salted caramel could not work as a…

Lankan Butter Cake

   Have you ever heard of a cake smash? If you have a little tyke, you probably would have. It’s a uniquely American, though now a much more ubiquitous concept, of presenting a child with a cake on his/her birthday that can be smashed to their hearts content. The more mess, the better.  Owing to…

Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream

The Aussie blogger, Not Quite Nigella once commented that most people have a celebrity cook or chef who’s recipes never work for them. She remarked that Karen Martini’s recipe always flopped for her. For me, that cook was always Martha Stewart. Living in Australia I thought her recipes would be foolproof, her shows were staged in…

Cranberry Orange Loaf with a Crumble Topping

Here’s something ironic. I write a food recipe blog and I have trouble following recipes. I’m forever substituting, deleting, thinking I know better and generally being a know-it-all. Mr Firehouse is always commenting on this fact. Recently he spied me working in the kitchen, pen and paper in hand. He wanted to know what I…

Banana Cake with a Maple Glaze and Pecans

Me and measuring cups have a checkered past. When Nuwan and I were getting ready for our wedding, we went to Myer (big Aussie department store) and registered. That’s the fun part where they give you scanners and you can walk around the store scanning items that your guests will hopefully buy for you. We…