Busy-mum banoffee tarts

Banoffee Tart

Being a busy mum, I have bugger all time to do anything else these days, like blogging for instance… But I can still pretend I can bake dessert (which is still quite mumsy really). You can do wonders with just puff pastry, caramel (premade stuff in a jar or can) and bananas – well, you…

Sweet and simple cake

Chocolate Sponge Roll

Want cake and want it fast and easy? Try this chocolate sponge roll recipe that is off the Swiss roll tin I’ve got. It takes hardly any time to prepare, only 8 minutes to cook, a few to cool down, and then spread it with jam if you’re really lazy, or spend a couple minutes…

iced-coffee

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Go to a Vietnamese restaurant, or my mum’s house, and you can get a refreshing iced coffee done the Vietnamese way. Sweetened condensed milk is used in place of milk and sugar. I assume this is because Vietnam isn’t known for its dairy so fresh milk is hard to come by. The condensed milk also…

Pina Colada Cupcakes

I finally got around to making cupcakes this week – actually it’s the first time since Abby was born, which is not good enough! Being summer, I thought a cocktail-inspired cupcake was in order, so I came up with the Pina Colada Cupcake. It has chunks of pineapple baked into it and topped with buttercream…

Durian custard and sticky rice

Durian custard and sticky rice Serves 4-6 My husband would wrinkle his nose at this dish. He probably would hold it and stick out his tongue at the same time because he hates durian. He thinks it smells like farts and puts it in the same basket of foods that people shouldn’t eat, along with…

Lemon Lime Tart

I was looking for a recipe for key lime pie, and unsurprisingly they all seemed to be in funny American measures like sticks of butter, ounces, ‘large’ eggs, all that nonsense. And we don’t get Graham crackers so telling me I need 12 doesn’t help. I did find a recipe on a New Zealand site…

French Toast with Banana and Bacon

French Toast with Banana and Bacon Serves 2 The best thing about weekends apart from bumming around, is having the time for brunch. French toast with bacon and banana is one of my favourite brunch dishes (or alternatively I will also devour pancakes in the same way). The great thing is that it’s so easy…

Homemade Marshmallows

Yep. Homemade, from scratch. And the best thing? The hubby made them! They are absolutely delicious. Fluffy, creamy and addictive. People have made comments such as “amazing”, “whoa”, and “crack-like”… If you don’t mind a messy sticky kitchen, try these Homemade marshmallows from Alton Brown for yourself. You won’t regret it!

Cupcakes and cookies

I get excited when there’s a reason to bake, apart from just wanting to eat! Last Sunday we were invited to Kiwi Wolf‘s hubby’s surprise birthday get together.  Myhubby volunteered me to make the cupcakes – lucky for him I like making cupcakes and he knew it anyway. I decided to make two flavours –…

Put the lime in the coconut

I decided to be a bit adventurous this time and make coconut lime cupcakes with marshmallow icing. The intention was to use the dessicated coconut that had been hanging around in the pantry since ages ago, but when it came to it I couldn’t find it anywhere. Maybe I’d already thrown it out because it…