Let them eat cake…

Well as the title says, this week is all about cake (to be fair most weeks are, but this one in particular!) ‘Cake week’ started last Saturday when Cake Fix and I attended the most gorgeous Ruffle Cake class, run by Rachael from Made From Scratch. Rachael showed us how to make a Vanilla layer cake,…

25. Syria – Ma’amoul (Date Pastries)

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr! Eid celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. A holiday that is spread over three days, it is customary for families to get together and exchange gifts for the children and eat delicious food! We travelled in the Middle East right through Ramadan a few years ago, and it…

24. New Zealand – Lemon Poppyseed Mini Loaves

Being the middle of winter here in New Zealand, there are loads of juicy lemons going free at the moment, and I nabbed some from the in-laws beach house out on the Awhitu Peninsula. Last week I had a mega baking marathon, and I distributed the results among some family and friends 🙂 I’ve got some new…

21. New Zealand – Mum’s Neopolitan Rosette Birthday Cake

Wow I can’t believe I am a quarter of a way through my challenge already! I’m really enjoying cooking and baking all these different things, and sharing them amongst friends and family 🙂 Right, this one is a bit confusing as I’m not sure what to categorize it as, so I’ve just put New Zealand…

20. France – Creme Brûlée

Ah I love this time of year – well certainly not for the winter weather, but it’s Tour de France time and of course Bastille Day. It was the perfect occasion to break out my lovely French linen, cook creme brûlée and to celebrate all things French. I hosted a dinner party which started with…

19. Thailand – Pla Nueng Manow (Steamed Fish with Lemon)

Visiting Thailand last year we had the most amazing steamed fish with chilli, lime, garlic and coriander. The best experience we had was visiting a local fish market and selecting our fish, then taking it across the road to a restaurant for them to cook it in the style we chose. This recipe is adapted…

18. India – Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is a tasty vegetarian curry – palak is the spinach and paneer is a hard type of cottage cheese. I ate this almost every day when I was in India, I loved it that much! Palak Paneer Serves 4 1 bunch of spinach, cooked and drained 200g paneer cut into cubes (you can…

17. USA – Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Happy Independence Day!! To celebrate the Fourth of July in little old New Zealand, I made some whoopie pies. I’ve been wanting to make whoopie pies for ages, and went out on the weekend and splurged on a whoopie pie tin. You don’t necessarily need a tin to make them though, and Betty Crocker even…

16. Croatia – Bajadera Torte

Today is Croatia National Day. I decided to make something sweet to celebrate, and came across a great recipe on About.com that I’ve adapted slightly. This is a no-bake recipe that combines biscuit crumbs, nuts and chocolate. Bajadera Torte is named after Bajadera chocolates, which are apparently very popular in Croatia. This torte is rich…

15. New Zealand – Individual ‘Mid-Winter Christmas’ Puddings

Mid-winter Christmas is (I think) a uniquely New Zealand/Australian tradition. As it is the middle of summer for us at Christmas time, more and more people are choosing to keep it simple by having a BBQ, salads, seafood and strawberries, rather than the heaviness and hassle of a full traditional Christmas dinner in 25 degree…