Apple Pear Crisps

Spiced Apple and Pear Crisps

We have a few fruit trees in the garden. An apple tree of indeterminate variety, a Victoria plum, a Quince and finally a Conference Pear tree. The pear tree has branches fully loaded this year.I can’t say that this is my favourite variety of pair, but the tree was established when we bought the property….

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Pt 1 – Starter

Having a sourdough starter in your life is much like having a pet. We have even named ours Heston Bloomin’heck. You have to keep him in the right conditions and feed him, or he will die. I have made my own bread off and on for several years, but sourdough is by far the tastiest…

Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky

About 12 months ago, I bought a dehydrator so that I could dry iced cookies quicker in order to get on that all important second layer of detail. I justified the expense (which wasn’t that huge actually) to my husband saying that we could also use to it to dry bananas (he loves the chewy…

Cinnamon and Plum Cake

Cinnamon and Plum Cake

Despite the colder turn the weather has taken, my garden is still producing. I picked some Victoria plums last week while they were still green and under ripe. The reason is, if I wait for them to ripen on the branch, then the bugs and birds will have had a nibble. Picking them under ripe,…

Italian Sausage Rigatoni Bake

Italian Sausage and Spinach Rigatoni Bake

I am very fortunate where I live to have a fantastic butcher who makes a wonderful range of sausages and black pudding. I love sausages so when I am passing, I like to stop by and buy a few sausages to stock up the freezer. One thing they don’t do, however, is Italian Sausage. I…

Chocolate Chip Melting Moments

Chocolate Chip Melting Moments

Melting moments are as described, small cookies that melt deliciously on your tongue. Light and moreish with a lovely creamy vanilla flavour thanks to the custard powder, these cookies are very popular in Australia. Usually flavoured just with vanilla and the custard powder, or occasionally with lemon zest, I decided to take it one step…