Bouquet of Apple Roses

It’s here! You know it, just after the Superbowl, we have Valentine’s Day. That dreaded time of year when grown men run around like chickens with their heads cut off (no, even more than normal) in search of that perfect experience for those we love. Now having lots of excess cash around can make this easier, but if you – like me, enjoy giving your wife or significant other a tasty meal instead, then stick around and read this. More importantly, make this. I’m going to show you how to make a lovely bouquet of Apple Roses. I’ve said it […]

Game Day Spuds

It’s Superbowl weekend! Okay for those who know me well, I’m really not into the game. But, put some A-list performers like Beyonce on the half time show and well, it’s a different story. It becomes worth watching. Don’t get me wrong, I admire the athleticism but as my dad will tell you, I missed the team bus. But, where there is a game, there is food. That’s where I come in. So here is a great dish, an old standard to make for the game. So easy, Baked Potatoes stuffed with Mashed Potatoes (or not). Now I kept this […]

Tiramisu Cake

I made this for my dad’s 97th birthday. We celebrated it at his place on the weekend as it was too cold to bring him out to ours. I took the cake with us – he loved this cake!!  I actually think what he really loved was the booze in the cake – hey, when I’m 97 I’ll keep you guessing to! 🙂 I love baking, and I hope that’s evident from my blog. Not frilly little things but you know, the manly kind of big boy baking without the finicky frills. My Pastry Chef at George Brown would shudder […]

Masala Lamb Roast

Many many years ago, before we knew what nut allergies were, my mum used to make this lamb roast. She would use a bone-in leg of lamb – for best flavor, smothered in this wonderful paste that would form a crust on the roasted leg. Her choice was to grind up cashews and mix it with a blend of spices until it formed a thick paste. The meat was salted and peppered well and the wet marinade would be applied onto the surface of the meat, rubbed in well – my dad or I would have to do this, and […]

2017 Christmas Treat #12 – Louisa’s Cake

I love recipes passed down from generation to generation. I appreciate them even more when they are shared with someone who loves to cook (like me) even if they are not part of the family. I always ask for them whenever I eat something I enjoy and always seek them out in books and on the net. One of my greatest joys (and misses) is cooking with my mum. She was a marvelous cook but rather than spend time watching her, I took over for her. Not so much because I thought I was better (I never will be), but […]

2017 Christmas Treat #11 – Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Chips

When I make Portuguese Egg Tarts, I sprinkle the puff pastry with cinnamon sugar, roll up the puff pastry, cut about 2 cm lengths and roll out to fit a muffin tin (recipe is on the site). The fist time I made them, I accidentally rolled a few pieces using too much pressure and they became really thin, too thin to hold the beautiful custard filling. Rather than press it together and re-roll it, I placed it on a parchment lined baking tray and baked it. Loved the outcome and the result is 2017 Christmas Treat #11 – Cinnamon Sugar […]

2017 Christmas Treat #10 – Bakewell Tart

I often get asked if I watch the reality cooking shows on TV and really I don’t. I just find they focus more on the drama than the recipes. I miss the old cooking shows where you actually worked through recipes. There is one however that I tend to be most loyal to and that is the Great British Bakeoff. I’ve always been a fan of Mary Berry’s, matter of fact, when I first started this blog, I made her Victoria Cake. So its fitting that after all this time (oh there have been lots of her recipes I’ve made, […]

2017 Christmas Treat #9 – Sweet Benne Wafers

Best day Ever – the last part! You know the kids picked this and the previous two cookies. My daughter Lauren always challenges me with requests. She’ll visit a country, take a picture of a dessert she has had and then send it to me with the caption “Dad please make this when I come home”. No subtlety there! This is a nice treat! Sweet wafers so light but so full of flavor. I love toasted sesame seeds and used black ones for this recipe. It took no time to come together and best part of all, minimal clean up. […]

2017 Christmas Treat #8 – No Bake Peppermint Brownies

Best day ever – Part 2!!! I told you of my baking day with my kids, they each picked a treat they wanted to help me with.  This is an interesting choice and one I probably would have overlooked, however, I was totally surprised with the outcome and will definitely make it again – a keeper for me. This is Julia’s (Scott’s girlfriend) pick for the 2017 Christmas Treat #8 – No Bake Peppermint Brownies. Now I’m not a big fan of peppermint which is why I would have overlooked this treat.  And while internally I wanted to cut back […]

2017 Christmas Treat #7 – Raspberry and Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Best day ever!! I got to spend the day baking cookies with my daughter, my son and his girlfriend. This cookie was my son’s idea. He likes simple cookies – he isn’t into the embellished cookies like my wife and daughter. He prefers savory, but don’t worry this is not a savory cookie. Matter of fact it is a really nice sugar cookie. I used a basic sugar cookie recipe with cream cheese in it and thought this would be a nice way to highlight simplicity in baking. This is Scott’s selection for 2017 Christmas Treat #7 – Raspberry and […]