Apple Pie Bites

There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a good book, a pot of a tea and a sneaky sweet treat.

Winter + lots of sweet treats = a not so happy summer body.:(

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Recipe | Börek

Borek was a firm staple in our home growing up, and it still is today. It’s traditionally a Turkish dish, but has been adopted by many other nations, who’ve put their own spin on it. It’s easy, filling and versatile. It’s like a (lighter?) cousin of the gozleme There’s many different types, which you can see from the Wikipedia link above, however the recipe I’m going to share is the basic and simplest version. This is great to have on hand to serve to unexpected guests with tea, or even for breakfast or afternoon tea.

A colleague recently asked me where I would recommend getting this dish from, and I told her to make her own! Borek is most often found in kebab shops and are often laden will oil and excess fat which is totally unnecessary. So here we go…mums tried and tested cheese borek recipe. Note that this is traditionally made with yufka pastry, however as this is harder to come by, we substitute for filo, which is just as good. Continue reading

Recipe | Easy strawberry smoothie

I’ve been a little obsessed with smoothies lately. As in, the idea of making them, not so much the actual act of making them. I didn’t realise I already had the necessary equipment on hand to whip some up until…well, today. Faced with strawberries that were sure to spoil in the next few days, I pulled out my stick blender and decided to give it a go. And it worked!! I always thought you needed a regular blender or a food processor. I have a Braun multistick, which actually comes with a milkshake/smoothie attachment (you would think that was a dead giveaway?! I thought it was a measuring cup)

So here goes, my ultimate strawberry smoothie recipe. No added sugar and perfect for summer.

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Recipe | Spag pom with a twist

We don’t eat a lot of pasta at our place. We’re talking maybe 4-6 times per year, max. When we do, it’s normally this dish. It’s so easy to make- you just chop everything up and chuck it all in the pot. It’s the perfect dish for summer entertaining. Less time mucking around in the kitchen, and more time with your guests! So without further ado…
Spaghetti al pomodoro…with a twist!

The recipe is by Jill Dupleix, and I tried to find it online but it doesn’t seem to exist. I got it in a little recipe book of hers along with the SMH one weekend. Actually, it was more like I got the SMH along with the recipe book, cos let’s be honest, who actually reads those things when it’s all old news by the time it’s printed? Continue reading

Recipe | The scrummiest of all crumbles

So my parents came over this weekend, and I needed the perfect dessert to polish off our BBQ. After flipping through a hundred cookbooks and mags, and driving my hubby insane, I settled on a fail proof carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. A colleague gave me this recipe and it’s ah-mazing.  Except, hubby politely pointed out, he doesn’t like carrot cake, and he most certainly does not like cream frosting. Oops.

Manically searching the interwebs, I came across Maggie Beer’s apple crumble, which happens to be easy, impressive looking and one of my hubby’s fave desserts. Win!

The recipe is super easy. You basically stew the apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest. The hardest part was crumbling the crumble…it’s a good all over arm workout 🙂  Continue reading