White Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

These are a new version of my tried and tested brownie recipe. This recipe yields a decent quantity so plan to freeze or share with friends and family. Otherwise, halve the quantity to feed a more reasonable amount of people. However, no judgement here if you decide to eat one tray on your own, they’re…

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…

Quick Passionfruit and Macadamia Cheesecake Cup

With two small children, our family goes through a lot of fruit. A few weeks ago, it was late on a Sunday and we were facing the prospect of starting the week sans fruit. Mr Firehouse volunteered to go to the shops as the grocery shopping was often a task that fell to me. As…

Macadamia White Chocolate Cookies

For the first six months of our marriage Mr Firehouse worked FIFO. He would fly into Perth early on a Monday and stay a week, sometimes two, before flying back on a Friday. We had a bunch of lovely friends in Perth who took great care of him. Inviting him over, taking him out and…

Lemon Curd

A few weeks ago I left the role of the SAHM (stay at home mum, if you’re not up with the lingo) and joined the ranks of the working. It makes for a busy week, frantically bolting out of the house at 7 with 2 kids, then rushing back in time for dinner, baths, bed,…

Chocolate Friands (Gluten & Dairy Free)

My parents, born and raised in Sri Lanka, are highly bemused by the sudden popularity of coconut oil, especially as many of the virgin coconut oil products come from Sri Lanka itself. They find it highly comical that health food nuts and buffs are paying exorbitant amounts of money for something that’s rather cheap and…

Sri Lankan New Year

April 14 will mark Sri Lankan New Year this year. Sri Lankan New Year is an important time for all Sri Lankans. Full of rituals, and the signalling of a new beginning for all involved. There are the rituals of cleaning the house and lighting the oil lamp adorned with a proud rooster. Traditionally the hearth…

Easy Creme Brulee

I’m a bit of a creme brûlée fanatic. I can’t resist ordering them off any menu. My sister is the same. So when she and I are out together our husbands have no choice but to comply. While in Seattle, while my sister and her husband were visiting from New York, we decided to do…

Peach Friands

I love the magic that is the stone-fruit of the Pacific North-West. As summer dawns upon us and the markets become laden with summer peaches I’m determined to use them in every way I can think of. Pudding, cakes, and even salads. I bought a rather large quantity of almond meal from Costco some weeks…

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…