PRETTY-IN-PINK SEMLOR (Swedish cream buns, with a vegan twist & extra bling)

This time of year is one of celebration, with Shrove Tuesday, Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year knocking at each other’s doors, not to mention all three of our children celebrating birthdays within a one-month period (the first being our pink-obsessed little Lillian). The lazy girl in me has responded to the call to […]

BAKED BANANA “FRITTER” SPRING ROLLS & BANANA CHOCOLATE “CREPE” SPRING ROLLS

You may wonder why the words “fritter” and “crepe” appear in the titles of these recipes (and in quotation marks). The first variation is clearly not a fritter at all, as the banana is neither battered or fried, and the second variation is clearly not a crepe. Rather, both are inspired by food memories of […]

MISS MARZIPAN IN PASTRY SCHOOL (“Whaaa…?”, I hear you think)

Hello lovely people! I have so much to share, very little time left before bed, and I don’t really know where to start, so this is just a short and sweet* sneak preview of my recent pastry school adventures. Still on maternity leave and trying to complete personal graphic design projects, spend as much quality time with the children as […]

TWO-POTATO PASTIES WITH HOMEMADE ROUGH PUFF PASTRY (a journey to River Cottage, part 2)

My childhood tuck shop school lunches growing up Down Under often featured the ubiquitous Aussie sausage roll/pie/pasty, all impossible to find in this part of the world unless you are prepared to pay exorbitant prices for factory-made, frozen versions at The English Shop (which, no doubt, many a homesick Aussie is wont to do). These undoubtably healthier veggie […]

SUPER-EASY, CHEESY BISCUITS (AKA how to transform pesky puff pastry scraps into yumminess)

My perfectionist tendencies have meant that over the past couple of weeks I have been testing all the recipes of dishes I plan to serve at the blessingway/baby shower. I recently experimented with two types of mini quiches made with puff pastry and, as a result, had a bunch of puff pastry scraps that I […]

BLUEBERRY DANISH (AKA Do try this at home)

Another of my Project Pinterest must-do’s for my husband’s birthday brunch, modified from a recipe that seemed (and proved to be) simple in execution and fun to make! The main modification I make is a steep reduction in the amount of almond extract (which, in the amounts specified in the original recipe, can make for cloyingly sweet, overly […]

APPLE PIE (AKA autumn perfection)

Autumn. Apple pie. Perfection. Need I say more? APPLE PIE Prep Time: 30 Min, Cook Time: 60 Min INGREDIENTS: 1 quantity of pastry for a 9 inch double-crust pie 115 g unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 60 ml water 100 g white sugar 110 g packed brown sugar 7-8 peeled, cored and sliced Granny Smith […]

EASY DOUBLE-CRUST PASTRY (AKA pastry making for dummies?)

A recipe that I sought out/discovered by necessity (in order to make an apple pie), and one that I will keep and cherish! As a double-crust pastry novice, I experienced the nervousness associated with lovingly making a wonderful apple pie filling yet not knowing whether the pastry would be a success or spell disaster. I […]