Pat’s zucchini loaf cake

I was watching “Gardening Australia” on Friday night, as you do in the country ūüė¶ , and a segment came on which really warmed the cockles of my heart.

It was about a lady named Pat and her vegetable garden.  Pat is in her 90s and still tends to the garden with the help of her son, granddaughter and great granddaughter. Continue reading

Pistachio and lime syrup cake with pomegranate seeds

Today, I have a very nice cake from Belinda Jeffery’s cookbook, Desserts.  As I have mentioned (a few times) before, I do like Belinda Jeffery’s books.  I actually make recipes from them which is more than I can say for a lot of my books.  I also like syrup cakes because I have a tendency to over cook my cakes.  As a result, they tend to be on the dry side.  The syrup hides this fact.  If you have a similar tendency, syrup cakes could be for you, too.

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Pumpkin espresso loaf cake


I was going through my emails the other day, deleting like mad.¬† In this household, we get five of every email, we have¬†two computers, an iPad, and two iPhones.¬† That is a lot of deleting.¬† To make matters worse, when we arrive at either Bridgetown or Perth, the in-box is chockers after not being open for up to two weeks.¬† On the night of arrival,¬†I¬†delete like crazy and, again, on the night before departure.¬† Sometimes, I get carried away and delete an important email or one I had saved to read –¬†que sera, sera.

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Orange … or lemon muffins … or cake

IMG_5958copyMy mate, Steve, gave me this recipe.¬† It is called Easy Orange Cake and it’s not called¬†that for nothing.¬† You won’t get an¬†easier cake to make.

The recipe indicated the mixture could also be made into muffins. ¬†And since there is only Maus and me, I decided to go with muffins so I could freeze some, if necessary, but they are disappearing¬†quickly so I don’t think there will be any¬†to freeze.

All you have to do for this recipe is put the ingredients into a food processor.¬†¬†If you only have a small food processor, chop your orange in it and then¬†put the orange¬†and¬†the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand.¬† If you don’t have¬†a food processor, don’t worry, just chop the orange as finely as you can. Continue reading

In search of Chocolate Meringue Cake



Not so long ago, I read¬†this recipe on Francesca’s blog Almost Italian and I knew, instantly, that I was going to try it.¬† There are only¬†five¬†ingredients: egg whites (how I love to find a use for my ever-expanding freezer collection), sugar, chocolate, walnuts and dates.¬† With those ingredients, how could it not taste Absolutely Fabulous?¬† Then, whilst¬†reading the comments on the post, I was fascinated to note that Sandra from Please Pass the Recipe¬†had also posted the recipe on her blog.¬† That got me thinking.¬† From all those years studying statistics, I knew it could not be by chance that they had both come up with the same recipe.¬† So where did it come from?¬† Such a¬†question is usually quite¬†easy to solve with the help of Google – you can find anything on the web or, as it turns out, just about anything. Continue reading

Simple apple, pecan and cinnamon crumble cake


I got a text from my mate Deb, the virtual cook, last week.  It read:

I have a really nice dessert recipe for you.¬† I will email it sometime this week.¬† I didn’t make it but had the pleasure of eating it.

Later in the week, the pre-empted email arrived.¬† I read the first line (Whenever I bake this cake I think of my mum, Cooee, …) and was immediately interested.¬† There is only one cookbook writer with a mum called “Cooee” – Belinda Jeffery, of course. ūüôā¬† I went to my cookbooks and searched for the recipe.¬† “Strange,” I thought.¬† “I don’t have it!!!!”¬† I found a very similar recipe in Mix & Bake called Apple¬†& Pecan Crumble Cake but it wasn’t exactly the same. Continue reading

Spicy pumpkin loaf


As you all know, I made my mum’s pumpkin fruit cake last week.¬† I am not a fan of fruit cake but thought I would make it¬†because I have pumpkins galore.¬† Also, every now and again I do like¬†to make something that my mum made.

In my hand written recipe book, on the¬†same page¬†as mum’s fruit cake¬†is¬†this recipe.¬† ¬†I had made it before but it was long forgotten. Continue reading

Pumpkin fruit cake


You know, I have never been a fan of fruit cake and I place the blame squarely on this recipe.

My mum was a take it or leave it type of person.¬† If you didn’t want what was on offer, then you could go without.¬†¬†Many times I would be starving, as only a child can be, and I would ask mum, ‘What’s to eat?’¬† The answer was, invariably, ‘There is some pumpkin cake in the tin.’ There was always bloody pumpkin cake in the tin!!¬† For the whole of my¬†childhood, I don’t remember there¬†ever being another variety of cake in the tin. Continue reading