Brownie-based cherry cheesecake

Brownie-based cherry cheesecake

Lately I’ve been finding new ways of using leftovers. Well, if you have left over brownies (or cake), then you can turn it into a yummy base for a cheesecake! In my case, I also had left over cream cheese and sour cream, so they all went in to this delicious cherry cheesecake. Brownie-based cherry…

Vietnamese pancakes banh xeo

Vietnamese pancakes (banh xeo)

This is my first attempt at making Vietnamese pancakes (or banh xeo). I’ve grown up with my mum making these, and it’s only taken me 33 years to try it myself! It was actually really easy, and successful too. Chuffed I am. Vietnamese pancakes recipe Serves 4, makes about 8 Make the batter Whisk together…

My baked florentines and a cup of tea

Marmalade muesli florentines

This is my version of florentines using marmalade and muesli. It’s a bit like a flourless Anzac biscuit with the added bonus of nuts and chocolate! Marmalade muesli Florentines Preheat oven to 160°C on fan bake. Cream together: 2 eggs 3 Tbsp margarine 3 Tbsp golden syrup 1/4 C brown sugar 1/4 C marmalade (use…

Mac and cheese

Grown up’s mac n cheese

This is a mac and cheese using cream, feta, leek, broad beans and a garlic crouton topping. There’s nothing wrong with normal mac and cheese, but if you want something a little more grown up then this is a good variation. And the crouton topping is like having garlic bread with your cheesy pasta –…

Paella cooking in a pan

Paella, please!

This is a cheat’s paella, but nevermind as a busy parent can’t complain if it’s easy and tasty! If you haven’t heard, you can get paella seasoning in sachets. Use half of that (or to taste), a can of roasted garlic and onion tomatoes, arborio rice, water, and shellfish (and fish if you like) and…

Easy pineapple cake

Easy pineapple cake

A cake for when you want cake now – well in 45 minutes anyway. This recipe is adapted from Easy Pineapple Cake at Allrecipes.com. I added cinnamon because I like spiced cakes. And I reckon it would also work with other tinned fruit such as apples or plums – I’ll let you know when I try…

Bacon and egg pie

Best ever bacon and egg pie

A bacon and egg pie, with onion, cheese and baked-in tomato sauce – best ever? I have to say so myself. The recipe is pretty flexible – just use more or less to fit the pie dish. If you’re using a rectangle dish, just cut the pastry and arrange to fit – you don’t have…

Warm sausage and couscous salad

Warm Sausage Couscous Salad

This is the delicious result of using stuff that needed using in the fridge and pantry. Warm Sausage and Couscous Salad Serves 2 Method Make couscous according to packet. I used one cup which makes two serves. Use a large bowl that you can later add everything else to. Heat a frying pan and fry…