What I’ve been cooking this summer

This summer I’ve discovered a fabulous new salad, two great cakes and a new gluten free cookie recipe. Carrot and edamame salad with soy ginger dressing Salad: 1  x 450g packet of frozen shelled edamame beans 2 medium carrots, shredded or grated 2 spring onions or half a red onion, finely sliced a generous fewContinue reading “What I’ve been cooking this summer”

Peanut butter, bacon and dark chocolate cookies and chocolate whoopie pies: gluten free goodness

Now that’s a blog title I never thought I’d write! The cookies were polarizing. I mean. Come on. Peanut butter, bacon and dark chocolate?? A little bit greasy, but the flavours were fabulous. They were made for craft night a few weeks ago. Rory devoured the leftovers. I might have helped a little bit too.Continue reading “Peanut butter, bacon and dark chocolate cookies and chocolate whoopie pies: gluten free goodness”

Christmas dresses for my nieces

When I said the blog would return to garment sewing, I didn’t say that all my Christmas sewing was over! Reindeer Retro Dress Before the final fitting (after which, the hem went up about 10 cm) Pattern: BurdaStyle 02-2011-101 I’ve made this pattern before, for Felicity. One of the 13 year old nieces likes retroContinue reading “Christmas dresses for my nieces”

Autumn baking and Downton Abbey dress WIP

Ginger nuts This great recipe is thanks to Jorth. 200g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 2 cups raw sugar 2 eggs, beaten (or 4 eggs -see update note below) 3 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour 6 teaspoons ground ginger (yes, I know that’s a lot, but ginger nuts need to be gingery!) 2 teaspoonsContinue reading “Autumn baking and Downton Abbey dress WIP”

Chewy choc chip cookies

These biscuits (cookies for you north Americans) are just right with a coffee for Mothers day. And they are even better when your daughter makes them for you! Ingredients 2 cups plain (all purpose) flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 170 g butter, melted 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon vanillaContinue reading “Chewy choc chip cookies”

Cinnamon cookies

Mmm yum, cinnamon cookies A very easy recipe from Ms Gourmet at Gourmet Warrior.   Chewy Cinnamon Cookies Ingredients 75gm unsalted butter 1/3 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed 1/3 cup golden syrup 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 ½ cups of self-raising flour, sifted Icing sugar for dusting Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/GasContinue reading “Cinnamon cookies”

Anzac biscuits on Anzac Day

Anzac biscuits are a sweet biscuit popular in Australia and New Zealand, and the story goes that these biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers during World War I. The ingredients don’t go off easily, and there are no eggs (egg producers sent all the eggs for the war effort) so there is possibly someContinue reading “Anzac biscuits on Anzac Day”

Oldies but goodies (Cornflake cookies)

Cornflake cookies must be THE most successful bit of marketing ever.. Surely the person who dreamed up the first marketing plan to recognize the potential of putting a recipe on the side of a box should get a noble peace prize (well it prevented a lot of nastiness in our house). Everyone knows that peopleContinue reading “Oldies but goodies (Cornflake cookies)”

They are sooo ‘chocolatey’ I could almost die

Ok all you people that are trying to lose the extra weight post Christmas…don’t even look…the following pictures are likely to cause you to throw your good intentions to the wind. Everyone should have a signature dish and chocolate brownies are the one Miss F is famous for. Whenever we have a picnic or specialContinue reading “They are sooo ‘chocolatey’ I could almost die”