Nigella’s Italian Breakfast Banana Bread

Although my favourite Nigella book is still How to Be a Domestic Goddess, both for it’s writing style and its recipes, Nigellissima, Nigella’s take on Italian cooking, definitely has a place of honour on my bookshelf. One of my favourite recipes from the book is Nigella’s Italian Breakfast Banana Bread. As Nigella points out, Banana Read More…

Vintage Banana Nut Bread

I love making loaf cakes and quick breads and this Vintage Banana Nut Bread is fast becoming one of my favourites. The original recipe comes via my late Mom, from my well-worn but treasured copy of her Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I used to thumb through it when I was a kid, dreaming of being Read More…

Last Minute Christmas Cakes

There is nothing like a traditional fruit cake, made in advance and regularly drizzled with rum or brandy for weeks before Christmas. However many of us find that being organised enough and having the time to make a cake like that can be a challenge with our busy lives. So what to do if you have left everything far Read More…

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

One of my greatest places to find recipe ideas is my late Mom’s recipe box. It is one of the resources I am using to write my first cookbook of family recipes. Yes, I’ve finally starting work in ernest on the cookbook I’ve been planning for years! I have been gathering notes and writing snippets for ages but Read More…

Apricot Pecan Quick Bread

I love quick breads. They are the work of moments, smell amazing while they are baking and are perfect for pretty much any occasion. Often lower in sugar than traditional cakes, quick breads are perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or dessert. My Apricot Pecan Quick Bread is no exception. Sweet dried apricots, crunchy pecans and warming ginger make this Read More…