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”

Gluten free lemon friands

Thank you for all your lovely comments about Felicity’s Formal Frock made from Funky Fabric with some Flares of Frustration but now Finally Finished. Clearly, I like F-words, and need to keep using them. Words like Friands. These were made by He who Cooks. And they were Fabulous! Ingredients 180 g butter melted, plus extraContinue reading “Gluten free lemon friands”

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”

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”

Little lemony syrupy polenta cakes

Craft night at my place = gluten free yummy things (one of the crafty peeps is a coeliac). Tonight we had individual serves of nachos and these little cakes. The cakes have that distinctive grainy polenta texture with moist lemon syrupy goodness. Lemon polenta syrup cakes 160g unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup caster sugar 3Continue reading “Little lemony syrupy polenta cakes”

Winter comfort food

Let’s start with dessert Chocolate cake I think you know what my priorities are. Yes. Chocolate is one of them. It’s a vegetable with lots of antioxidants. What’s that you say? Something about fat and sugar? Surely not! This is the second time I’ve made this cake. First time was for craft night and exactlyContinue reading “Winter comfort food”

Chocolate mousse cake with coffee icecream

This is why elastic waists were invented. Chocolate Mousse cake 500g dark chocolate 2 tablespoon (T) golden syrup 125g unsalted butter 4 eggs 1 T caster sugar 1 T plain flour, sifted Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease and line a 20cm round spring-form cake pan. Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowlContinue reading “Chocolate mousse cake with coffee icecream”

More daughter cooking: Rhubarb ‘Snacking’ Cake

I hope this is turning into a pattern. Felicity turned her hand at one of Smitten Kitchen recipes. This is what she did. Cake 560 grams rhubarb 1 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 120 grams butter, softened 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 2 large eggs 1 1/3 cups plain (all-purpose) flour 1 teaspoon bakingContinue reading “More daughter cooking: Rhubarb ‘Snacking’ Cake”

Sephardic Flourless butter-less orange-and-almond cake

Pssst Can you keep a secret? Yes? Good…. now what I am about to tell you must NEVER be told to anyone that is not a cook. Here it is …the secret handshake of the food lovers fraternity…. we share recipes….yep its true …and we pass little jars of quince paste, capsicum relish, greens pickedContinue reading “Sephardic Flourless butter-less orange-and-almond cake”

Lime Coconut Cake

Limes are in season said the magazine, sure enough the greengrocer had them bagged up ready to go, shiny and green and cheaper than usual. The ones ‘on special ‘ were smaller than the ones I had been buying so I did a bit of research… seems the ones currently ‘in season’ were probably MexicanContinue reading “Lime Coconut Cake”