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    ANZAC Biscuits

    ‘ANZAC Biscuits’ have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I. ANZAC was first operated during the Gallipoli Campaign. April 25 is ‘Anzac Day’ in Australia and New Zealand. It is a national day of remembrance that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Apricot & Oats Balls

    I made Apricot Sauce’ on the other day and there was some leftover in the fridge. I decided to make these delightful & gluten-free ‘Apricot & Oats Balls’. Simply mix same amount of Apricot Sauce and Instant Oats (or ground Rolled Oats) and heat in the microwave. I added Desiccated Coconut and chopped Dry Apricots …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Eton Mess

    Eton Mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped cream. I have heard about it and read about it, and it inspired me to make a dessert ‘Mango & Passionfruit Mess’, which is absolutely easy to make and delicious. Then I finally made ‘Eton Mess’. I understand …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Dorayaki with Peanut Butter

    One of the most famous Japanese sweets is ‘Dorayaki’, thanks to the Manga and adapted TV Anime series ‘Doraemon’. ‘Dorayaki’ is two small pancake-like sponge wrapped a filling of sweet Azuki red bean paste. My children love it but my husband doesn’t eat it, because he doesn’t like Azuki paste. I tried to make ‘Dorayaki’ …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Mango & Passionfruit Mess

    I have heard about ‘Eton Mess’, that is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped cream. I have never eaten it, but it probably tastes like our famous ‘Pavlova’. ‘Eton Mess’ inspired me to make this dessert, which is seriously delicious. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 to 2 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Passionfruit Icing

    Our next-door neighbours, Mr. & Mrs. Taylor, planted some Passionfruit along the fence some years ago. The passionfruit plants have grown so well, even over our trees and bushes. They must be looking after the plants incredibly well, as we have been harvesting lots and lots of purple passionfruit this year. Aren’t we lucky? Ingredients …

  • Cold Sweets

    Warabi Mochi

    When I shared my ‘Super Quick Milk Mochi’ recipe on Cookpad, someone found it and tried to make it. The person wrote that he/she had seen it in a Japanese Anime and had been quite curious about what it tastes like. I believe what the person saw in the Anime was ‘Warabi Mochi’ that is …

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    Super Quick Milk Mochi

    When I was a very young girl, my mother often made this dessert. She used Potato Starch rather than Corn Starch, sometimes she used Water not Milk. It’s basically Milk or Water thickened with starch. I loved to eat it with Muscovado Syrup and ‘Kinako’, ground roasted soy beans. The gooey paste turns firmer and …

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    Golden Syrup Dumplings

    It was before our first child was born. My husband and I tried to make this dessert for the first time. We ended up by burning the dumplings. We tried again and again, but we always burned the dumplings. Now I know that we were doing OK but the recipe was wrong! This dessert is …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Steamed Sweets

    Sweet Coconut Dumplings

    These dumplings are almost identical to my ‘Daifuku Mochi’, but they are made in a totally different way. This time, I used ‘Azuki’ Red Bean Paste for the filling, but Custard is also recommended. The sweet pastes that can be made from Canned Butter Beans are also very nice. The Coconut coating of these dumplings …

  • Bread Cold Sweets

    Brioche in Syrup with Lemon Cream

    When I was a uni student, there was a small cake shop next to the supermarket where I always bought my groceries. The cake shop was full of pretty sweets and cakes, but one rather plain looking cake was attracting my attention. It was actually ‘Brioche à Tête’ soaked in syrup and capped with whipped …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Icebox Cookies

    Icebox cookies are ‘Slice & Bake’ cookies. The dough is formed into a log, chilled in the fridge, then sliced into rounds or squares before baking. It’s so handy to have cookie dough in the fridge, as you can enjoy freshly baked cookies anytime.Today I made two different flavours. Simply divide the dough in half, …

  • Cold Sweets

    Super Easy Vanilla Ice-cream

    If you have a food processor, home-made ice-cream is easy to make. Some types of blenders are powerful enough to make it, too. When you make frozen fruit desserts, you simple process frozen fruit pieces with cream or yoghurt. You make Vanilla Ice-cream in the same way. By adding extra ingredients, you can create a …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Bean Spreads

    I often use sweetened butter bean paste for making Japanese sweets, but my husband is not a big fan of sweetened beans. He doesn’t eat even ‘Azuki’ Red Bean paste which is an essential ingredient for Asian sweets. I realised that the sweetness and the flavour of beans are not a good mix for some …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Basic Plain Cupcakes

    If you are a beginner cook and looking for a cupcake recipe, this is the most basic and easy-to-remember recipe. Once you have succeeded in baking these plain ones, you will wish to create new flavours by adding extra ingredients such as Cocoa Powder, Sultanas, Cinnamon & Apple, etc. Makes 12 Cupcakes Ingredients Butter 125g …

  • Cold Sweets

    Lemon Curd & Yoghurt Mousse Cake

    My daughter and I have been in love with ‘Barkers Anathoth Farm Lemon Curd’ from NZ. It is so good! I wanted to make a dessert using it. To make this dessert, you need no lemon juice, no sugar, no butter, or no cream! Just mix Greek Style Yoghurt and the delicious Lemon Curd, and …

  • Cold Sweets

    Whipped Cream Custard

    This is a very versatile soft cream that can be used for many dessert, particularly perfect for the trifle. Its softness can be altered by adding less milk or whipped cream for firmer texture. If you want it sweeter, add more sugar. This recipe uses a half of my ‘Basic Custard’, but you can use …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Strawberry ‘Tiramisu’

    September 2018 in Australia, there was a report that a sawing needle had been found in a strawberry in Queensland. After the incident, more and more needles have been found in strawberries all over Australia, and some farmers were forced to dump their harvest as they couldn’t sell them. Strawberries totally disappeared from supermarkets for …

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    Super Easy Caramel Sauce

    Caramelising Sugar sounds scary? Follow my recipe, and you will never ruin your saucepan. You won’t spend hours cleaning the disaster. My recipe uses Caster Sugar, so you will see the colour change clearly, and that means you will know exactly when to stop cooking. ‘Caramel Sauce’ can be EASY! Ingredients Caster Sugar 1/2 cup …

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