Turmeric cake

I really have lost my blogging mojo.  I have two draft posts in the wing but it was this unusual but wonderful cake that sprung me back to life.

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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