Chocolate Rapeseed oil cake

The first time I became aware of Rapeseed oil was after moving to Ireland, in fact I hadn’t heard of it at all in Australia.  Coming from Mediterranean roots, Olive oil was all I had ever really known and generally if something ain’t broke why fix it? Well that was until Rapeseed oil became rather…

Coconut raspberry slice

Recently the CSIRO’s Total Wellbeing Diet had a competition looking for a “healthy indulgence.” I decided to enter this no-bake slice, as it’s one of my favourite healthy snacks. It’s super tasty, that’s packed with fruit and healthy fats; so there’s a little less guilt. 😉  I’m delighted to have won the competition and look…

Meringue roulade festive log

If you’ve seen my recipe for Christmas Truffles, you’ll know that I usually make an ice cream version of the classic Christmas pudding for Christmas dessert. This year I wanted make something a little different, as I’ll be arriving home on the 22nd and won’t really have much time messing around with soaking dried fruits…

Norwegian cinnamon buns (Skillingsboller)

On my first visit to Norway I fell in love with their waffles. The thinner, cuter, lovelier version of a waffle, with lovely warmth from the addition of cardamon. The love affair continued on my second visit, so much so that I had to buy a waffle maker so that I could make them whenever…

Apple cinnamon muffins with maple glaze

Many moons ago I bought a house and as a house warming gift, my mother gave me a book dedicated to muffins. It was the sort of gift that just kept on giving, because whenever I had a hankering for something sweet I could rustle up something quick and tasty with whatever was in the…

ANZAC Biscuit cups with gunfire coffee

ANZAC day commemorates those who served Australia and New Zealand in World War I and all wars that followed, and ANZAC biscuits were made during the time of WWI to raise funds for the war effort. Since then, they have become etched into our psyche- they are popular at local fetes, bake sales and are…

Christmas Truffles

Back home in Australia, every year it’s my job to do dessert at Christmas. It’s always an ice cream version of the classic Christmas pudding (think vanilla ice cream and boozy fruit with chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.) In Australia it’s hot at Christmas, it makes sense. In Ireland, it simply doesn’t work. It’s too…

Norwegian waffles (Vafler)

Ahhh Norwegian waffles (vafler). The thinner, cuter, lovelier version of a waffle. They work well with a dollop of raspberry jam and sour cream or with Norwegian brown cheese as an afternoon snack. But there’s no reason why you can’t make them a serious dessert by adding peanut butter and chocolate sauce or fresh berries…