Saturday, 30 November 2013

comfort food

it hasn't been much fun here lately..first my daughter got sick so i made her a nurturing chicken soup and a cinnamon tea's her childhood favourite..she got better and went back to work and then i succumbed to the same i made a curried carrot soup for myself and some passionfruit for the first time in more than a week i can say i'm on the mend..

passionfruit cupcakes
adapted from 'favourite cake recipes' family circle
makes 15

ingredients cupcakes

2 cups self raising flour sifted
3/4 cup castor sugar
125 gms softened butter
1 teaspoon (tsp) grated lemon zest
strained juice of 3 passionfruit
3/4 cup milk
pinch salt
2 eggs

ingredients icing

2 tablespoons double cream
pulp of 1 passionfruit
1 tsp lemon rind
pure icing sugar


~ place dry ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and add remaining cupcake ingredients and beat on low speed for one minute
~ increase speed and beat for a further 2 minutes
~ divide the batter between paper case lined patty tins and bake at 200 deg c for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer
~ make a firm but spreadable icing by mixing enough icing sugar with the cream, lemon rind and passionfruit and ice the cupcakes when cool

adaption notes: in the original recipe the passionfruit pulp was not strained but i prefer the texture of the cake without the seeds and i opted for a cream rather than a butter based icing

curried carrot soup


1 kg carrots peeled and cut into large pieces
1 large onion cut into large chunks
1 thumb size piece of ginger finely grated
pinch of chilli flakes
2 1/2 litres stock (i used homemade)
2 tablespoons (tbs) organic coconut butter
1 1/2 to 2 tbs curry powder
1 teaspoon (tsp) cumin
2 tsp murray river salt

to serve per bowl

1 tbs lime juice
1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest
1/2 tsp finely grated ginger
3-4 small sprigs of coriander flowers
1/4 cup basmati rice cooked by the absorption method with the addition of coconut butter
extra salt


~ heat coconut butter in a large saucepan, add onion and cook gently until transparent
~ add carrot, ginger, curry powder, cumin, chilli flakes and salt, stir for a couple of minutes, add stock, bring to the boil and then lower heat and cook covered until the carrots are soft
~ puree the soup and adjust seasoning
~ place rice in serving bowl and ladle over hot soup
~ garnish with lime zest and juice, ginger, coriander flowers and salt and pepper to taste

i hope you're well and that you've had a relaxing weekend! x

Monday, 18 November 2013

vintage floral enamel

this lucky find was bought for $1 on the weekend!

i store my tea in this lidded's the perfect size for the one and a
half packets of tea i use to make my mix

i found this little lidded cup among my mother's things..
it fits perfectly in my bathroom cupboard  

if only i'd learned to like floral enamel earlier because unfortunately it's rare to find any these days

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

using up egg white

coconut chocolate macaroons
with decorative adaptations
go here for david lebovitzs' recipe
makes approximately 24


4 egg whites 
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
1 tablespoon (tbs) honey
1/4 cup of plain flour
1/2 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla
1/4 tsp salt 
30 gms dark chocolate
candied orange peel


~ place egg white, coconut, sugar, honey, flour and salt in a large shallow pan and cook over low to moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to just scorch on the bottom of the pan
~ remove from the heat and stir in vanilla
~ leave to cool
~ shape into walnut sized balls and cook at 180 deg c for about 20 minutes or until browned
~ melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water
~ once the macaroons are cooled drop a half tsp of chocolate on the top of each macaroon and then top with a small baton of candied orange peel

if you like to use up egg whites too what do you make with them?

Sunday, 10 November 2013


flanders poppy picked from my garden

thinking of

 my paternal grandfather whom i never met who served as a chemist in the field ambulance corps on the western front in france during world war 1..during the war he developed depression and he committed suicide when my father was three months old 


my father who, during world war 2, piloted four of the six survivors of the sandakan march in borneo to safety

grateful for

the sacrifices made by the forces

Friday, 8 November 2013

where's the bread and butter?

i bought these plates from an op shop this week for $5

royal albert
swinnerton's staffordshire 'luxor vellum'
ridgeway potteries queen anne 
royal stafford 'blue bird'

here's the bread..just out of the oven!

organic sourdough whey (from making ricotta) bread

and a slice cut, buttered and eaten before it's cooled

have a happy weekend x

Saturday, 2 November 2013

raw chocolate date bites

my daughter katerina made these this afternoon

raw chocolate date bites
adapted from here
makes 32


2 cups finely chopped medjool dates
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
4 tablespoons (tbs) organic cocoa powder
2 tbs organic coconut butter
extra shredded coconut


~ place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together until the mixture forms a ball
~ roll walnut sized pieces in extra coconut

they went really well with a cup of tea after a few hours of work in the garden