Flourless orange almond cake


We’re keeping it simple today because delicious doesn’t have to be complicated. This flourless orange almond cake has become my go to cake for when I want to whip up something that’s easy but also mood-enhancingly good. It is wonderfully dense and moist and has a marmalade-like flavour that is incredibly moreish. I especially love the way… 

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My Great Grandmother’s gnocchi


I’d forgotten how good fresh pasta is. It was a recent visit to my Great Grandmother’s that swayed me back to the virtues of making pasta from scratch. When we gather as a family together to eat at her home, my Great Grandmother almost always makes gnocchi. We hanker for her gnocchi whenever we come… 

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Hello again + Shepherd’s Pie


There has been quite a bit going on lately. Outside of this blog that is. The past few months have been muddled due to the many things we’re juggling. I’m sorry to say that the continual busy-ness has left little time for much creation in the kitchen. We just moved into our new home and… 

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Simple Crêpes

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I have a sentimental soft spot for crêpes. I remember my Mum making them when I got home from school and eating them with a spread of jam or Nutella. I’m sure at the time I didn’t appreciate her efforts nearly as much as I should have. This is my favourite recipe for crêpes. It makes lovely delicate crêpes without too… 

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Neglected sourdough starter


Sometimes it feels like the weeks just sprint by. We’ve been caught up with our day jobs, building a new home, friends’ birthdays and the rest. When life gets busy it can be hard to catch up. Not surprisingly, our sourdough bread making has taken a back seat. I posted about our foray into homemade… 

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Organic sourdough bread


The aroma of baked bread filling our kitchen is nothing short of delightful. We attended an organic sourdough beginner’s class a few months back with Yoke Mardewi and since that class, we have not bought a single loaf of bread. Not one. If you’re like us and love eating sourdough bread, have a go at making… 

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Dark chocolate pots de crème


I don’t think I need to warn you that this baked dark chocolate custard is a decadent dessert. It’s indulgent yes but not overwhelmingly. The recipe for these very toothsome pots de crème is from Deep Dark Chocolate by Sara Perry and Jane Zwinger. First thing to do is place 180g of dark chocolate in a medium bowl…. 

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The poached egg


We find ourselves poaching eggs two or three times a week. A simple poached egg can be sublime when it’s cooked perfectly. A little while ago, we decided to road test a number of different approaches to find the holy grail of poaching methods. Cue many pots filled with spidery tendrils of egg white, rock-hard yolks… 

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Go fish pie


It’s usually a Monday night when we make this. It’s become a trusty weeknight staple. I’m not the cream-sodden white sauce pie type. Enter our version of Jamie Oliver’s fish pie from Ministry of Food. We’ve made it our own. We use large plump chunks of bright salmon and omit the prawns altogether. We also ramp… 

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