Strawberry almond tart

The wisteria is flowering and strawberries are delicious and plentiful. It feels like Spring! The Weekend Australian Magazine had a very tempting recipe for a strawberry almond tart. Resistance was futile! Crustless strawberry almond tart 150g butter, at room temperature ²/³ cup (150g) raw caster sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanillaContinue reading “Strawberry almond tart”

Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes

Grief. It’s a strange thing. Different very time. Why did I think I’d feel the same after my dad died as I would after my mum did? I guess it is (blessed) inexperience. But it has been so much harder. Anyway. I’m out the other side of (most of) it now. And I have aContinue reading “Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes”

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”

Sophie wins: BurdaStyle 03/2018 #117

M of Nonsuch and I have just enjoyed a delightful sewing weekend. One of the daughters benefited more than either of us planned. So. How does that work? Something to do with everything looks good on her perhaps? M made Tessuti’s Alice top in a delighted watermelon linen from Spotlight. It was remodeled into aContinue reading “Sophie wins: BurdaStyle 03/2018 #117”

Mmmm. Delicious autumn food

[is it still autumn??!] Who knew cauliflower could be so delicious? Twice-baked cauliflower souffles Ingredients 200g cauliflower, cut into florets 1/2 onion, chopped 1 bay leaf 2 fresh thyme sprigs 350ml milk 80g unsalted butter 120g plain flour 4 eggs, separated 300ml thickened cream 140g gruyere, grated Radicchio leaves to serve Method Preheat the ovenContinue reading “Mmmm. Delicious autumn food”

Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins

I know. Its halfway through January and no-one. No. One. cares about Christmas cakes. But they were so cute. I just couldn’t not blog about them. This is almost entirely the work of He who Cooks. The sewing related contribution was very minor, and only added the finishing touch. Yes. It was cutting the ribbonContinue reading “Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins”

Dealing with a surfeit of bananas: banana pecan cake with maple syrup glaze

Banana purchasing in our house is a fine example of excellent procurement. It’s not very often that supply outstrips demand. But, when just occasionally, He who Shops gets it a little wrong, She who Bakes needs a good banana cake recipe. This one, from Chocolate and Zucchini, is pretty good!   Ingredients 80 grams (3/4Continue reading “Dealing with a surfeit of bananas: banana pecan cake with maple syrup glaze”

Chai Carrot Cake and Floral Nettie

This blog needs to be renamed from He Cooks… She Sews! to He Cooks…. She Shops, She Bakes and (just sometimes) She Sews… The Shopping. See previous post. The Baking. Chai Spiced Carrot Cake: 3 eggs 175g honey 125g gluten free SR flour (2/3 cup) 155g grated carrots (2 to 3 carrots) ½ tsp groundContinue reading “Chai Carrot Cake and Floral Nettie”

Fabric sale coming up: you need a chocolate cup cake!

“Real” red velvet chocolate cake. Celebrity chef recipe. Beetroot. Dark Chocolate. Cream cheese icing. Resistance was futile! These were made with Poh Ling Yeow’s recipe from her new cookbook Same Same But Different. Poh made hers as a 20 cm cake, with the cream cheese icing in the middle and chocolate ganache on the sidesContinue reading “Fabric sale coming up: you need a chocolate cup cake!”

Christmas fruit cake in June

Being baked on the winter solstice makes it Christmas cake doesn’t it? Even when the winter solstice is in June? The cake can’t help being in the Southern hemisphere can it? Whatever. This isn’t ordinary fruit cake anyway. Its delicious. And very easily made gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, if that’s what you needContinue reading “Christmas fruit cake in June”

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”

Cappuccino cake

Yes, more baked goods! (If you are here for the sewing, click away now! or scroll to the bottom to see what’s in progress..) with my sister-in-law’s gorgeous red roses (Papa Meilland– stunning to look at and to smell) Ingredients 220g butter, softened 220g caster sugar 220g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoonContinue reading “Cappuccino cake”

School lunch box food

Bland, a bit stodgy but very moist and the kids like them. Just right for back to school tomorrow (pity we already ate them all…) Ingredients 125g (one stick) butter 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 2 very ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup plain yoghurt 1 1/3 cups plain flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powderContinue reading “School lunch box food”

Orange and poppy seed cake

Can I offer you a slice of sunshine? Moist orange and poppy seed goodness? This recipe is from the September 2007 issue of Australian Good Taste, Page 114 Cake 125ml (1/2 cup) fresh orange juice (1 orange wasn’t enough, two oranges were plenty) 130g (1/2 cup) Greek-style natural yoghurt (that’s the secret of this cake’sContinue reading “Orange and poppy seed cake”