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…

Chocolate chip cookies with brown butter and pecans

I used to pooh-pooh brown butter. Can you imagine? That was until I smelled it and had it drizzled over ricotta and butternut squash ravioli. Now, I’m of the opinion that everything is enhanced, made better, improved a million-fold by it’s mere presence. The sun has been out in Seattle this week. The sun! This…

No Churn Mango Macadamia Ice Cream

I love mango macadamia! In fact, it’s my favourite ice cream flavour.  If you want to hear me wax lyrical about it, read this post here on Sharon’s Blog. Nowadays, when I get a craving for mango macadamia ice cream, I have to make it myself.  It’s actually not that hard. When I bought my…

Brown Butter and Berry Tea Cake

A couple of months ago we were at another baby’s birthday party at a park. Mr C was in his element, running around, terrorising adults and children, and being the centre of attention. Come cake time, he was nowhere to be found. I was getting a little worried when I spied a curly head peering…

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…

Chocolate Eclairs

 Eclairs are my mum’s favourite dessert. Not exactly these ones. Her weakness are the sickly sweet ones from Perera & Sons Bakers in Sri Lanka, filled not with custard cream but the oh-so-sickly sweet chocolate buttercream! Anyway, this recipe is dedicated to my mum and all the other awesome mums out there. I hope Mother’s…

Chocolate Coconut Balls

I studied Physiotherapy for 4 years and the knowledge that remains with me is astounding… or more accurately, lack of knowledge. I remember vaguely attending lectures, I could probably name a few bones or muscles here and there if pressed, the jury was still out on stretching before exercise so I’m still unsure about that…

Browned Butter Anzac Biscuits

If you’re Aussie or a Kiwi, ANZAC day is a big deal. April 25th is a day Australians and Kiwis alike celebrate the sacrifices of our armed services, past and present. It’s a humbling day, but also a day of celebration. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it: Anzac Day /ˈænzæk/[1] is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New…

Healthier Oat & Raisin Cookies

Raisins are one of Mister C’s current favourite foods. They are the bane of my existence, I find the little black shrivelled masses everywhere. They’re especially hard to clean out off the black leather seats in my car. Having said that they usually keep him calm for extended car trips, relieve the sudden onset of…

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…