Category: Cakes & Biscuits

  • Rhubarb and Marzipan Torte & Rhubarb and Strawberry Buckle Cake

    Rhubarb and Marzipan Torte & Rhubarb and Strawberry Buckle Cake

    There has been lovely quality rhubarb in the markets over the last two months. Being under COVID-19 lock down restrictions much of that time has given us the chance to try new recipes. Here we give two rhubarb recipes that are terrific for morning or afternoon tea or as a dessert. Both last well in…

  • Icelandic Rhubarb Cake – A Family Farmhouse Recipe!

    Icelandic Rhubarb Cake – A Family Farmhouse Recipe!

    Iceland is covered in ice! Well that perception needs to be debunked. It’s all rhubarb! Is it not perhaps the most amazing country on Earth! Even the food – like this remarkable cake – is full of surprises. The scenery Yes, there is a lot of snow in Iceland, and the weather is cool, with…

  • Virtual Dinner Party No. 7 – Bulgar Soup, Lamb Fillet, Quince Cake!

    Virtual Dinner Party No. 7 – Bulgar Soup, Lamb Fillet, Quince Cake!

    (Update: For VDP No. 8, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a number of VDPs. Here is the link to the first…

  • Virtual Dinner Party No. 4 – Slow-Cooked!

    Virtual Dinner Party No. 4 – Slow-Cooked!

    (Update: For VDP No. 5, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. We have now had a few VDPs. Here is the link to the first of…

  • Shortbread – With Vanilla Bean Sugar!

    Shortbread – With Vanilla Bean Sugar!

    When the term ‘vanilla version’ is used in general, it means the simplest, least complicated version of what we are talking about. Thus, vanilla ice cream is considered to be the simplest flavour of all. However, when it comes to shortbread, the ‘vanilla version’ has no actual vanilla in it. Thus, the key ingredients for…

  • A January Dinner Party – For a Birthday!

    A January Dinner Party – For a Birthday!

    Dinner parties are hard work if you try to do all the catering yourself. And they are made more daunting by the need to “perform”, given Australians’ growing knowledge and expectations about what is good food. Apart from working out a “modern” menu and doing the actual cooking, much time is also taken up doing…

  • What’s in the Fridge? No. 9

    What’s in the Fridge? No. 9

    Christmas Sink Cake The Olive’s Kitchen recipe for Summer Fruit Cake is very versatile. You can modify the ingredients in many ways, keeping the key cake ingredients (dry and wet) to roughly the same proportions. The fruit, including the apple, can be varied according to what you have on hand. The recipe came in handy…

  • A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

    A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

    (Updated August 2021 with extra scone recipes – See pdf below for further recipes including buttermilk, lemonade, coconut cream.) We have a meeting with some or our Windermere neighbours over scones, jam and cream. (Continued from: Soup and Golf ) The neighbours rally Windermere is a semi-rural settlement with houses on half-acre or bigger blocks…

  • New York City – The Big Cheesecake!

    New York City – The Big Cheesecake!

    This continues on from New York – Settling In! New York may well be called the Big Apple, but if it were to have a signature dish my guess it would be ‘cheesecake’. This blog post is about a cheesecake, a strawberry blonde one. You hear about my first encounter with it and our experience…

  • Indigo Valley – Home Grown Produce!

    Indigo Valley – Home Grown Produce!

    Several years ago, Barry and Liz wound up their professional jobs in teaching and accounting-law in East Gippsland, and moved to the Indigo Valley in north-eastern Victoria. That enabled them to relocate to Liz’s family home and farm, where several siblings live nearby. We recently made the four hour trip up from Melbourne to see…