Pistachio Fig Yoghurt Cake

  My first taste of fresh figs was years ago. I’d bought some from the supermarket out of curiosity. Without knowing any better, I bit into an unripe one which tasted so terrible that it left me with a distaste for figs for a long time. Then a few months ago at the Auckland Food…

Brûléed Citrus Pound Cake

  Last weekend, we took a trip up north to the Mahurangi Peninsula and drove around Matakana, Warkworth and Scandrett Regional Park. It is the ideal weekend getaway just an hour drive from Auckland Central with many interesting local primary industries like cheese and honey factories, the famous Matakana Farmers’ Market and tons of regional…

Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Ganache

Psst! If you haven’t heard, it’s Mother’s Day (everywhere except the UK) this Sunday. If you’ve forgotten because you’re too busy enjoying Spring (un/fortunately it’s coming into Winter here in NZ) or got just too caught up with the results of the big fight, who can blame you? And if you haven’t gotten round to…

Orange and Poppyseed Syrup Cake

It’s the time of the year when Singapore becomes a ghost town and the occasional clanging of cymbals and drums from the lion dance troupes are the only signs of life. Yes. I’m talking about Chinese New Year. Most shops would be closed for at least 2 days and so people usually stock their homes…

Plum Crumble Cake

Hello again. Not to make you jealous or anything if you’re from the other side of the world but the New Zealand summer has been nothing but spectacular. Despite being from the tropics, I see the beauty the sun in a completely different light. Sunrise and especially sunsets are glorious every single day and in…

Nigella’s Nutella Cake (Torta Alla Gianduia)

I owe you a massive apology for being away for so long. Since August, I’ve been busy studying for my TESOL exams and preparing for a move…We’re temporarily moving to Auckland, New Zealand for the whole of 2015 ! It’s been a longtime coming as we’ve been preparing for this for years but it’s crunch…

Alice Medrich’s Best Cocoa Brownies + Cherries

I’m packing my suitcase while typing this post. Multi tasking is not my forte so this post will be skimpy. We’re headed to Java, Indonesia for a short break and I cannot wait to see Borobudur! About these brownies. Do I need to explain? They’re brownies! Who doesn’t like them? These are the easiest and…

Moist Strawberry Loaf Cake

  Growing up, I remember having an extreme dislike for strawberries. Actually, not strawberries, but strawberry-flavoured ice-cream. They were a pale, calamine lotion-pink (Yuck!) that bear no taste resemblance to real strawberries. None. So for a long time, I never had anything made with strawberries until I’d tasted the actual strawberry fruit when I was…

Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts

Of late, I’ve an extreme weakness for cookbooks. I cannot stop buying them. Usually, I find that at the bookstore I’m very excited to read it from cover to cover and when I buy them back, I just enjoy looking at them from my sofa. Terrible. A few new year’s resolutions have been made to…

Flourless Citrus Cake

  Many moons ago, I was watching an Italian travel and cooking show and was very intrigued by a cake the host was making. She boiled an entire orange and chopped it and used all of it in a cake. An entire orange. Most citrus cake recipes only call for the zest or juice of…

Marble Pound Cake

  A pound cake always reminds me of my childhood years when my mum used to stash Sara Lee pound cake in the freezer. It was a treat, especially during the school holidays. I ate it cold or toasted. Have you tried lightly toasting your cake slices on  a pan and then finishing it off…

Penang Laksa, Cendol and 50 Shades of Sexy Mee Goreng

So, how many of you clicked on the link because it read… 50 Shades of Sexy…? It’s alright. No one’s judging. Ha! I promise, we’ll get there. Eventually. So, this week has been an exciting week as my birthday is approaching (12th March, if anyone’s interested!) and celebrations have started! Ever since our dating days,…

Boozy Watermelon Mint Granita

This will be a very short post because, really, do I need to wax lyrical about a granita? And that too, a boozy one? I could sum this post up in 4 phrases. Scorching hot weather. Juicy,ruby red watermelons. Hmmm, granita? Why not vodka? This combination is extremely thirst quenching with just the right amount…

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cake

    We just got back from a short foodie getaway to Penang, Malaysia. Pictures and food posts from Penang will be put up very soon as I’m still sorting through the countless photos I’d taken. So, I picked up a few magazines at the airport en route to Penang and one of the magazines…