Sweet Treats

Plenty of indulgent blow outs and healthy everyday treats to keep you on track.

I try my best to make desserts as healthy as possible so that they can be enjoyed more often without sacrificing texture or flavour. I have been experimenting a lot with vegan desserts so there are plenty of those.

Chocolate solution Part 1: Aussie style

Posted on July 23, 2008

[Chocolate and ANZAC ice cream sandwiches]

Thank you to everyone who played along with my chocolate dilemma. You all well and truly ignited my creativity and I’ve had the difficult task of choosing what to make! Without further ado, here’s my first solution. (more…)

What to do with…LEMONS

Posted on July 15, 2008

All it\'s bits are edible - yum!

What to do with… is a new series I’m starting. Each segment will feature one of my favourite ingredients with a list of simple ways to use it. I’d love for everyone to join in and add their recipe idea or tip in the comments.

The plan is to build up a nice long list to be bookmarked and referred to when we have the particular ingredient on hand. What to do with… ingredients will also be featured on the recipe page for quick reference. So here goes! (more…)

Dismay at Donna Hay (sorry Donna!)

Posted on July 3, 2008

Not all their cracked up to be
[Donna Hay’s Self Saucing Chocolate Puddings]

It was with much trepidation that I posted that headline. I mean, all my Aussie readers will know what a powerful force Donna Hay is in the Australian food industry (and indeed too on the world stage) but yesterday I made one of her recipes and it didn’t work. (more…)

No icing, but cream makes it all OK

Posted on June 25, 2008

[Rhubarb and coconut cake, served with double thick cream]

I’m not a big cake lover really. I much prefer something custard-y like a creme brulee or a warm Portuguese tart or even a perfectly wobbly pannacotta served with lots of thick cream. I’ve previously described in great detail my love for cream, so we won’t go there again.

To be honest, I almost always prefer cheese and wine to finish off a meal but I digress. I’ve tempted you with all this sweet description and you’ve still learnt nothing about this cake which you no doubt drooled over when you arrived here today. It’s actually to celebrate a birthday. (more…)

All Women Blogging Carnival

Posted on March 10, 2008

Apple and macadamia nut crumble
[Apple and macadamia nut crumble with custard]

I’m very lucky this week to be hosting the March 10, 2008 edition of the All Women Blogging Carnival. If you don’t know what this is, then you can read all about it here. Basically, it’s about showcasing the many talented female bloggers of the world – no matter what they blog about!

To mark this special occasion I’ve made an easy and delicious treat using ingredients that pretty much everyone will have on hand. So why not give it a try this week and then enjoy a bowl while exploring these lovely ladies’ blogs? (The links are under the recipe).

Happy eating and reading, Christie

Apple and macadamia nut crumble

Macadamia nuts are native to Australia and have a delicious creamy taste. Other nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds could be substituted if you like. I’ve tried to keep the sugar content down by using sweet red Braeburn apples, but you can use any of your favourite variety.

For the crumble topping:
3/4 cup plain flour
60g butter, well chilled
1/2 cup whole macadamia nuts
1/2 cup rolled oats
4 tablespoons demerara sugar

For the filling:
4 red apples
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon demerara sugar

Preheat the oven to 200C or gas mark 6. For the crumble topping, put the flour and butter into a large bowl and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Place the macadamia nuts into a plastic bag and secure, then using a rolling pin bash the nuts into smaller pieces, leaving some fairly big. Add the nuts, oats and sugar to the flour mixture, stir to combine and set aside.

Peel, core and slice the apples and place in a round oven proof dish that fits the apples neatly. Add the lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon, stir to combine then flatten the surface. Top with the crumble mixture and press down firmly. Bake in the oven for 30-40 mins or until the topping is well browned. Serve with custard, cream or ice cream (pictured above with custard).

Now, onto the carnival links – enjoy!

Lin Burress presents Keeping the Fire Alive in Your Marriage posted at Telling It Like It Is.

Jenny presents The Media Makes Moma’s Look Unrealistic posted at the so called me.

Alice Audrey presents Suzie’s House 52: Mixed Up With Muffins at Alice’s Restaurant posted at Alice’s Restaurant, saying, “A continuing story about a household in Madison Wisconsin”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Pedestrian Poems posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Richard McLaughlin presents Choice Of Internet Marketing Methods posted at Cindy King.

Josephina Dominguez Perez presents I Met Him Through My Friend Craig posted at Heart To The Ground.

Lorena Zuluaga presents What is social justice? posted at Let’s talk about social justice.

Nicole Graham presents Competition for all Goddesses posted at Virtual Book Tours.

The Modern Goddess presents Coaching and What Is It? posted at A Modern Goddess Online.

Holly Ord presents Happy International Women’s Day! posted at Menstrual Poetry.

Micellaneous Mum presents A poem for World Women’s Day posted at Miscellaneous Adventures of an Aussie Mum, saying, “A poem in honour of International Women’s Day.”

Tamika M. Murray presents Blossom Into Womanhood With My Girl posted at PJSandAMovie.

All for Women presents International Women’s Day posted at All for Women.

Leigh presents Ugly shoes 2.0 posted at crazy meezer.

Health and Beauty

Rose Walbrugh presents Depression – Is a new perspective needed? | Free My Mind posted at FreeMyMind.Net, saying, “Are you feeling stuck, repeating the same cycles or not comfortable taking brain altering drugs just to get through the day? There may be a much milder AND more effective alternative. This articles introduces a new approach based on our core beliefs.”

Marcella Chester presents Blog Against Sexual Violence Day 3 April 2008 posted at abyss2hope: A rape survivor’s zigzag journey into the open, saying, “Sexual violence impacts women’s lives in various ways which are often out of our control. This event allows women (and men too) to talk about how to better prevent sexual violence.”

Megan Bayliss presents Photos of women in Cairns sharing afternoon tea and research at the Imaginif talk doctor?s surgery posted at Imaginif…, saying, “At Imaginif, we LOVE women and we wish every day was International Women’s Day. Here in the far north of Australia, we celebrated women’s diversity with an afternoon tea at our Imaginif talk doctor surgery. Check out what we look like, what we wear, our hair styles, our womanhood.”

Home sweet Home

Charlotte Babb presents Hello world…Again! posted at Charlotte’s Babblings.

Rebecca Suzanne Dean presents Why Japan, Rebecca? posted at Rebecca Dean.

Edith presents The Dumpling Queen of Wanchai Ferry posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Christine presents Is Marriage Outdated? posted at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France.

Parenting and Family

Fiona Lohrenz presents Recycling at your day care posted at Child Care Only.

Carole Fogarty presents A Tao Guide for the Evolution of Single Parents: posted at THE HEALTHY LIVING LOUNGE, saying, “The group consciousness of single parents can often take you into the opposite direction to that which you want to be going. Create your own set of personal laws to keep upset and drama away.”


Clever Elsie presents Singletude: A Positive Blog for Singles: Pets for Singles, Part II posted at Singletude: A Positive Blog for Singles, saying, “If you’re a single woman, find out why these pets may be perfect for you…or not so much.”

Shopping and Money

Christine presents The Exchange Rate and Travel in Barcelona posted at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France.

Sarah Paine presents Post Dating Blog Entries posted at Sarah Paine.

Carol Bentley presents Research and write posted at Carol Bentley.

Rebecca Suzanne Dean presents How To Write Your First Paragraph posted at Rebecca Dean.

Tali presents The Maven Matrix Manifesto – A Guide to Self Branding posted at The Marketer Review, saying, “If there’s one thing I hate about Schefren’s reports, it’s his pitchy style. So I always begin with what should be skipped. The Maven Matrix Manifesto is no different.”

Stephanie presents Profitable Shopping posted at Stop the Ride!.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Get Rid Of Your Debt With These Debt Defying Strategies posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thank you!”

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