Lemon Verbena Syrup Cake

When skies are grey and you need some cheer – make cake. This tangy sweet delicious number will warm the cockles of your heart. This recipe is from The Cooks Herb Garden by Mary Browne, Helen Leach and Nancy Titchbourne. Three New Zealand sisters who put together useful, gorgeous books. See also The Cooks Salad […]

Our Favourite Pikelets

It was afternoon tea o’clock. We were gobbling oaty pikelets topped with applesauce and yoghurt, and Luke says “these are my favourite” to which everyone whole heartedly agreed. Joy in simple things! And I knew I wanted to share it all with you (the oaty goodness, and the joy). Thanks to the hungry tiger for the […]

Dried Pears and Apple Sauce

Easy, delicious and useful – these words are my guardian angels when choosing how to best preserve my harvest. There are many enticing sounding recipes out there and it’s easy to get seduced into fancy complicated preserves which don’t ever get used. The simplest preserving is storing the fruit/ vegetable whole; and the next is […]

Spring Broccoli and Leek Tart

A vegie tart today. Perfect timing to use up the forest of broccoli shoots that pervade the spring garden. Add some sweet perennial leeks (at their peak fitness right about now) and you have a beautiful tart – one with more vegies than egg custard for once! Did I mention the buttery pastry? Just the […]