Lemon Cake

I was asked recently to step back to age six. I was to think of my favourite cake, and make it for the BBC Good Food ME team – they wanted to know what an Australian food blogger thought they should take from my food-clogged mind, and put in their 6th birthday issue. But I…

Batheeth pies

It’s silly season again, that’s why. Only time for silliness, nothing else. In the midst, I have been preparing some Christmas recipes for Ahlan Gourmet. They are a twist on the original, and bring a little of the Middle East into the traditional English recipes.The first is Batheeth pies – a replacement to mince pies,…

Cherry Frangipane

A trip to a provincial market is always inspiring, but the recent one I took to Tarascon, in the Bouche du Rhone departement was an eyeful of the grandest degree. I came home with a bundle of goodies, not the least, but the cheapest, being a half kilo of deep purple ripe cherries for the…

Poached Pears

I usually avoid fruit desserts. They are naughty things pretending to be healthy. I’d much rather eat something healthy pretending to be naughty. Hence the drunken pears. They feel so naughty as you glug in the red wine, but we all know what happens to alcohol when you cook it down. Sure, there’s a little…

Orange jellies

We’re going on a time warp here – back to a time when I used to dream about these in the weeks of lead-up to my birthday party. My mum was fairly anti white-bread, definitely anti-sugar and not much of a baker, but she used to make these sunshine smiles with plain old oranges and…