Lemon Basil Tart

RECIPE: We had friends coming for tea on a school night so I needed a dessert that was special but could be made with a minimum of fuss and stress. I haven’t made a custard-based dessert for a while and being mid-summer berries are at their cheapest and best flavour, so a fruit flan was…

Egg Noodles

RECIPE: I was making my mother a recipe from Bill’s Food and realised I’d forgotten to buy egg noodles. The recipe actually called for fresh noodles for the salad component, so this was my chance to try making egg noodles. They were on my list to try anyway and there’s nothing better than making something…

Lamington Slice

RECIPE: With Australia Day just around the corner it was time to experiment with an Australian-themed recipe and try this variation on the lamington. I had to substitute or make a few of the ingredients as I was unable to get them – they’re described in the recipe below. I made one-third of the recipe…

Baklava Cheesecake

RECIPE: The filo pastry I made for my Spanakopita was a large enough quantity to make two things, so a dessert it was. I thought of making baklava but I usually find it too sweet and in searching online for baklava recipes I happened upon this cheesecake. Perfect. I followed the recipe except fresh cranberries…

Filo pastry and Spanakopita

RECIPE: I’ve always wanted to make filo pastry but I delayed because I thought it would be hard. But it’s not! I used Chef John’s recipe and didn’t change it, although I did use more of the cornflour and flour mix for dusting than he did. The video was a really useful addition. The Spanakopita…

Pavlova with Strawberry Coulis

RECIPE: When I was growing up, the most special moments in the kitchen were when mum made a pavlova. It has always been my most favourite dessert. Mum had a little trick that I’ve never seen a recipe suggest – she’d cook the pavlova, then when serving she’d flip it upside down on the plate…

Gingerbread trifle

RECIPE: It might not look pretty, but it tasted amazing! I discovered my husband liked trifle, so I decided to make a version full of Christmas flavours for my family Christmas dinner. With a gingerbread flavour base I looked at the normal components of a trifle and chose my own flavours. I started with a…

Gâteau Basque

RECIPE: A Gâteau Basque popped up on my Instagram feed (@rubymadeit) and that immediately settled a decision about what to make for my kayak club Christmas party. I could prepare it in advance and it was easy to cut and serve. I used the recipe from William & Suzue Curley and didn’t alter it. COMPONENTS:…

Gingerbread house

RECIPE: The decision to make a gingerbread house is not to be taken lightly – it’s a big commitment. I had to provide a baked item for our work Christmas Bake-Off and having never made a gingerbread house before I decided this would be the year I tried it. Very exciting. There are so many…

Peanut butter chocolate cake

RECIPE: I have a little cookbook from a discount bookstore that has been a gem in terms of great celebration cakes. I wanted to take a cake to my kayak club to celebrate finishing a one-year 1000km paddling challenge. I followed this recipe as written, only leaving out the mini-marshmallows (I didn’t have any in…