Embed from Getty Images Date night. It used to mean theatres, jazz clubs, bars and walking through town together. Now that we have two wee people and no obligated babysitters it now means a take-away in front of the TV after the kids are in bed. On the rare occasion that we do actually get to leave the house we often spend the time talking about or worrying about the kids anyway so our stay-in date nights feel more secure and cosy in many ways. We started using a few different take-away places before we settled on our favourites. Our favourite Chinese place does somethingRead More →

These Raspberry and White Chocolate muffins are very quick and easy to make. I tend to make small cakes rather than large muffins and in this case I’ll get 24 out of this recipe. If you go for traditional sized muffins you’ll get 12. Ingredients 2 cups (264g) self-raising flour 2/3 cup (147g) white sugar 2/3 cup (100g) finely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips 1 egg (medium) 125g butter, melted 150g plain or vanilla yoghurt 4 tbsp water 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 cup (125g) frozen raspberries Method 1. Preheat oven to 200’C (400’F) and prepare a 12-pan muffin tray. I just lineRead More →

These incredibly rich and decadent brownies have kind of become a bit of a signature for me lately. What’s not to love? Deep and silky dark chocolate combined with creamy cheesecake and tart raspberries and so easy to make. Ingredients – Brownies 200g good-quality dark chocolate, I use minimum of 70% cocoa solid 200g unsalted butter, softened 400g caster sugar 3 eggs 110g plain flour, sifted Ingredients – Cheesecake 400g cream cheese 2 egg yolks 1 tsp vanilla extract 120g fresh raspberries Method 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm lamington or shallow pan. 2. Place the chocolate inRead More →

These iconic biscuits from Australia and New Zealand were made by army wives to send to their troops during the second world war as they travelled well and the ingredients did not spoil so easily. As such they are named ANZAC Biscuits (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). They are associated Downunder with ANZAC Day and are often used as fundraisers. Incidentally, the name is protected and as such you cannot call another recipe or another biscuit ANZAC (which means you cannot add things like chocolate chips and still call them ANZACs). You also cannot refer to these as “cookies”. Ingredients 1 cup rolled oatsRead More →

Cheats Lamingtons From Kersti.com | Desserts Print Dig-in A cheats recipe for Lamingtons means that you can have these delicious Australian classic treats every day. Total 00:30 Prep 00:30 Cook 00:00 cal Calories 149kcal fat Total Fat 7g High sat-fat Saturated Fat 6g chol Cholesterol 2mg Low sodium Sodium 10mg carbs Total Carbohydrate 22g Serving size 43g Calories from fat 63kcal Fiber 2g Protein 1g Sugar 18g 16 servings Servings 4567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132 Ingredients 1 Victoria sponge cake (in two halves) 1/3 cup strawberry jam 4 cups desiccated or shredded coconut 2 cups icing sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Put the coconutRead More →

Pineapple Meringue Pie From Kersti.com | Desserts | English and Irish Print One of my all time favourites and a nice alternative for those who find a lemon meringue too tart. Total 00:30 Prep 00:20 Cook 00:10 6 servings Servings 1234567891011121314151617181920 MetricUS Ingredients 9 “ pastry shell 1 can ( 450 g) crushed pineapple 2 small eggs, separated 2 Tb custard powder (Birds) 2 Tb caster sugar Directions Put pineapple, egg yolks and custard powder into saucepan. Mix well and stir over a moderate heat until thickened. Pour into pastry shell, cool. Beat egg whites until thick and gradually add sugar. Pile onto pineapple mixture.Read More →

Perfect Banana Cake From Kersti.com | Desserts | English and Irish Print Dig-in Someone on Twitter was asking for a Banana Bread recipe, so I thought I would share my favourite which is R1409 from the NMAA Cooks Red Book (Aussies will know the one I’m talking about!) Total 00:45 Prep 00:15 Cook 00:30 cal Calories 221kcal fat Total Fat 5g sat fat Saturated Fat 3g chol Cholesterol 56mg Low sodium Sodium 50mg carbs Total Carbohydrate 41g Serving size 87g Calories from fat 45kcal Fiber 1g Protein 4g Sugar 28g 8 servings Servings 1234567891011121314151617181920 Ingredients 2 tbsp butter 1 mashed banana 1 tsp ground cinnamonRead More →