My macaron journey continues…

I’m quite proud of my latest attempt at macarons. I made a batch of my own flavour creation ‘Violet Rose’ (violet shell, rose flavoured centre) for a high tea to celebrate my friend’s engagement. Two of my girlfriends believed they were store bought and thought I was lying when I said I’d made them.

I chose to take this as a compliment. But then I’m a glass half full kinda gal.

In short, I’m pretty happy that my macarons are finally starting to look (and taste) the part.

I’m making one more batch on the weekend to ensure the recipe is foolproof. If they’re as lovely as this batch, a recipe post will follow.

If anyone has any flavour ideas, I’d love to hear them!

 

 

 

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Easy and delicious baked cheesecake

I love cheesecake, especially the baked variety. So when I came across this recipe for Donna Hay’s baked cheesecake on The Hungry Mum’s fabulous blog, I knew I had to give it a bash.

It did not disappoint. Exactly as promised, it was creamy but not sickly sweet. Best of all, it is super duper easy. For the recipe, check out The Hungry Mum’s post here. Make it, then sit back and relish in the compliments your family and friends will bestow upon you. Thank you Hungry Mum & Donna Hay – this one’s a keeper!

Donna Hay baked cheesecake

Black olive and parmesan focaccia

Who doesn’t love fresh bread? Seriously, who? The smell that takes over the whole house while it’s baking is actually intoxicating.

Today I decided to deviate from my usual bread recipe and experiment with focaccia. Little bit of trivia for you – focaccia is believed to have originated during the time of the Ancient Greeks and is considered the earliest form of the modern pizza.

This recipe is courtesy of the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook. Never fear, this method is easy peasy – even without a mixer. Continue reading

Mini curry quiches

My friend Melissa brought a plate of these delicious morsels to a quiz night last weekend. I was starving so I stuffed one in my mouth as soon as they hit the table. I was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected curry hit.

I was even happier to learn that they are super duper easy to make – perfect for any ‘bring a plate’ occasion or as a yummy canape to serve with pre dinner drinks. Continue reading