Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

A new spin on my muffin recipe that I just love to make when I feel like the classic mix of raspberry and white chocolate. Again, I do not bake my muffins too sweet, I’m sweet enough as it is 🙂 ha, ha! But then again you can add more sweetness if you wish. I […]

Sylvia’s Special Spiced Anzac Biscuits

Sylvia's Special Anzac Biscuits on Steve's Glass Platter
I first made these Anzac Biscuits in 1988 based on a recipe in a clipping from The Adelaide Advertiser on 20 April 1988 when Margaret Kirkwood was writing the Cuisine pages and have been baking them ever since adding my own special touch over the years. The result is quite a different recipe that includes [...]

Baked Quince with Cloves and Cinnamon

Baked Quince with Cloves and Cinnamon
Quintessentially Quince! Quinces are divine. Their perfume pervades the larder and kitchen when in the bowl and being cooked. I just love them! Do you? Some people are intimidated by them, but I'm always excited by them, especially when I receive them as gifts from our guests and culinary students whom I am very grateful [...]

Sylvia’s Plum Bruschetta with Crème Fraiche

Sylvia's Plum Bruschetta Crème Fraiche
Looking for new and easy ways to use ripe stone fruits from the orchard?This recipe for a mouth-wateringly simple dessert (that I have finally written) takes me back to my childhood days cooking with my late grandmother. This is an easy summer dessert when stone fruits are plentiful and the harvest basket is overflowing with [...]

Sylvia’s Seven Top Tips for Christmas Entertaining

1. Keep It SimpleI know I keep going on about this, but it really is true. We all get caught up in the spiral of Christmas and then when the day is over, we just fall into a heap. Don’t! Try to keep a simple perspective on it all. Remember your “mise en place”, that [...]

Sylvia’s Lemon Posset with Berries

Sylvia's Lemon Posset with Berries
When I was Chef at The Peacock Inn Chelsworth in countryside Suffolk England we served delicious desserts. Patrons could choose from freshly baked frangipane fruit tarts, ice creams, crème brûlée in different flavours, sticky date toffee pudding, selection of English and European artisan farmhouse cheeses and more. But one dessert stands out as being the [...]

Sylvia’s Chocolate Draped Pears

Sylvia's Chocolate Draped Pears
Pears and apples belong to the rose family and have their origins in the Caucasus. Both were introduced into Europe and northern India by the Aryan tribes from the original region. The wild pear has now been developed into nearly 1,000 varieties after interbreeding with native wild pears of Europe and Asia. Talk about going [...]

Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas

Japanese Simmered Beef Potatoes Peas
This is a very easy recipe! Do not be intimidated by the fact that it is Japanese. Contrary to popular belief Japanese Home Cooking is simple to prepare with inexpensive seasonal ingredients, is natural and wholesome, delicious and nutritious. This dish in particular is quite comforting, which is something we all need in these challenging [...]

Sylvia’s Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

Sylvia's Green Beans with Sesame Dressing
Another very easy recipe inspired by Japanese Home Cooking to accompany my Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas. Seasonal vegetables served simply are appetising additions to any meal. This dish dressed with ground sesame seeds has its roots in classic Buddhist vegan cooking also known as Shojin Ryori Japanese monastic cuisine. Green beans, spinach [...]

Miso Soup with Silken Tofu

Miso Soup with Silken Tofu
This Miso Soup with Silken Tofu is a wholesome, natural addition to my Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas and accompanying vegetable dish Green Beans with Sesame Dressing. A hearty and nutritious meal full of natural flavours and umami. I encourage you to try these simple dishes as a combined meal and enjoy their [...]