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Ginger and Nutella Cookies

Ginger and Nutella Cookies

Go directly to Nutella heaven with these Ginger and Nutella Cookies. Fluffy Nutella buttercream sandwiched between crisp ginger biscuits and topped with a Choc Nutella drizzle.A new twist on an old favouriteThese delicious cookie sandwiches were created with Nana...

Ginger Biscuits

Ginger Biscuits

This Ginger Biscuits Recipe is an old-fashioned recipe which delivers a thin, crisp biscuit that's the perfect little accompaniment to a warm cup of something.These biscuits are just the thing to remind you how the simple things in life can be the most wonderful and...

Mother’s Day Cake

Mother’s Day Cake

This Mother's Day Cake is a celebration of everything we love about the day devoted to mums. And while it looks fancy, it's quite simple to put together.Chrysanthemums and cake for Mother's DayThe chrysnathemum, our most popular Mother's Day flower in Australia, is...

Weetbix Slice

Weetbix Slice

Weetbix Slice is one of those slices that's great to pop into lunch boxes or enjoy as a sneaky snack. It's also one that'll quickly become a family favourite – if it's not already.I don't remember a time when my mum didn't make this slice. When I think of it, I can...

Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes, or Rock Buns as they are sometimes called, are a traditional fruit cake. They are – thankfully – more cake than rock.Rock Cakes are crispy on the outside and a little less perfect in shape than most cakes. It's easy to see how they got their name. But...

Bounty Easter Eggs

Bounty Easter Eggs

These pretty homemade Easter Eggs are inspired by the Bounty chocolate bar. This chocolate bar introduced many of us to the wonders of combining chocolate with coconut.If you're a fan of the Bounty, this is definitely one to add to your recipe collection. The taste of...

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits are an iconic Australian biscuit, known to have been baked by Aussie wives and mums and sent to the front during wartime. We’ve long loved these crunchy and chewy biscuits, defined by their key ingredients – oats and golden syrup. There's also,...

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Around the world, dumplings are the comfort food of choice for many. And there are a huge variety of dumplings out there, both sweet and savoury. This is a recipe for old-fashioned Golden Syrup Dumplings.The sweetest choice in dumplings Golden syrup dumplings are a...

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is one of the easiest breads to make at home. There's no yeast required, no waiting for the bread to rise and very little kneading involved. Best of all, it's a wonderfully comforting and tasty bread.The history of soda breadWhile it was the American...

Pavlova Grazing Board

Pavlova Grazing Board

Pavlova Grazing Boards became a huge hit recently. We've used a summer fruits theme to prepare our version of this popular dessert.Pavlova – just how you like itOver Christmas 2019, Shalini Nestor of Swish Biscuits shared her pavlova grazing board creation. Pavlova...

Caramel Slice

Caramel Slice

This baked Caramel Slice recipe combines three wonderful layers: a buttery biscuit base, a rich baked caramel in the middle and a smooth milk chocolate topping. Although there is some baking involved, the recipe is still a simple one. The baking guarantees a gorgeous...

Tomato Sauce Recipe

Tomato Sauce Recipe

This Tomato Sauce recipe will take you back to a time when the internet, Uber and Insta didn't exist – but tomato sauce tasted a whole lot better. Remember what tomato sauce used to taste like? You will once you cook up a batch of this! Enjoy your homemade tomato...

Cherry Ripe Love Cake

Cherry Ripe Love Cake

This one's for you Cherry Ripe lovers. This heart-shaped cake is packed with the gorgeous flavours of Australia's favourite and oldest chocolate bar, the Cherry Ripe.  You'll need just minutes to whip up this Cherry Ripe Love Cake. And it might disappear just as...

Macadamia Cookies

Macadamia Cookies

These Macadamia Cookies contain all the right ingredients for the ultimate Australian snack.  Aussie-grown macadamias, a crunchy old-fashioned biscuit recipe, a sprinkling of white choc chips and native spices make these cookies absolutely irresistible.  ...

Jelly Lamingtons

Jelly Lamingtons

If you love traditional Lamingtons, then you might like to try this pretty variation. Jelly Lamingtons are a delectable twist on this Aussie favourite.Making Jelly LamingtonsThe process of making jelly Lamingtons is much the same as the process for the chocolate...

Lamington Recipe

Lamington Recipe

This Lamington Recipe delivers everything that is wonderful about the Aussie icon – perfect sponge cake and a rich chocolate sauce, all rolled up in plenty of coconut. Here, we'll take a quick peek into the history of the Lamington before running through the steps...

Mango Pudding

Mango Pudding

This chilled mango pudding is made with tapiaco pearls and fresh mango. Topped with coconut cream, berries and mint, it's the perfect end (or start) to a summer day.Mangoes: the perfect summer-time treatWe have so many wonderful summer fruits to enjoy here in...

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

These rum balls are made with good ol' Aussie Weetbix. I researched several old-fashioned recipes to come up with a recipe that delivers perfectly soft and delicious balls of rum bliss. (If you don't have weetbix in your country, don't fear. You can use 120 grams of a...

Pavlova

Pavlova

It's the wonderful dessert that both Australians and New Zealanders call their own. This pavlova recipe creates pav perfection, with a smooth and fluffy marshmallow centre encased in a delicate and crisp meringue shell. Top it with whipped cream and fruit, add a...

Floral Fruit Cake

Floral Fruit Cake

This fragrant floral fruit cake incorporates flower essences and Jordan almonds along with all the usual fruit and alcohol ingredients. It has all those things that make fruit cakes so darn wonderful.Something a bit differentThis year, I wanted to make a Christmas...

Persian Rocky Road

Persian Rocky Road

Rocky Road is so easy to make and such an irresistible combination of ingredients. I've given it a Persian twist here, with pistachios, Turkish delight and scattered rose petals.The rocky road to AustraliaMany sources suggest that Rocky Road was invented in Australia...

Crunchy Peanut Balls

Crunchy Peanut Balls

These Crunchy Peanut Balls are exactly what you'd expect from the name – choc-coated balls of crunchy, peanut-y bliss.  They're so good, you may need to hide them!  A treat worth hiding (or sneaking)My mum often used to make these little treats for family parties...

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are made with an 80-year-old shortbread recipe and a beautifully handcrafted embossed rolling pin. I can see myself enjoying one or two of these with a cuppa in the quiet of the night after a loud and busy Christmas Day. Sound like a...

Butterscotch Pinwheel Scones

Butterscotch Pinwheel Scones

If you love scones, you'll love testing out this sweet twist on the traditional recipe. These Butterscotch Scones are best matched with a cuppa and a lazy afternoon.Making pinwheel sconesThis recipe is named "Butterscotch Curls" in Nana Ling's recipe book, but when I...

Passionfruit Pecan Slice

Passionfruit Pecan Slice

This Passionfruit Pecan Slice combines a golden biscuit base with a creamy, zesty passionfruit topping.Passionfruit and pecansThese star ingredients are available in supermarkets nearly year round. I found them in season and fresh, the passionfruit from my own...

Caramilk Christmas Slice

Caramilk Christmas Slice

In Australia, we enjoy golden sunshine and beach sand at Christmas rather than snow. So, let's update the traditional White Christmas slice with something more appropriate – a golden Caramilk Christmas Slice.It's beginning to look a lot like a Caramilk ChristmasIf...

Corn Relish Dip

Corn Relish Dip

This corn relish dip recipe is so easy, it may just be the most basic recipe in my jam-packed family recipe collection. The dip, on the other hand, reaches dizzy heights of tastiness. It's so good that I've never tired of it in 30+ years. It's one of those things in...

Choc Caramilk Cookies

Choc Caramilk Cookies

Australians and New Zealanders are going CRAZY over the return of Cadbury Caramilk chocolate. If you've finally managed to get your hands on a block of this golden chocolate goodness, add these Choc Caramilk Cookies to your recipe folder. It's back! It's back and what...

Cherry Ripe Slice

Cherry Ripe Slice

This Cherry Ripe Slice recipe uses just six ingredients and involves absolutely no baking. It's one of my mum's old recipes and was yet another of my childhood favourites.Cherry Ripe Slice: everybody's favouriteThis slice is based on the popular Cherry Ripe Bar, which...

Kit Kat Slice

Kit Kat Slice

Have a break. Have a Kit Kat. Or why not get to work in the kitchen instead and make this Kit Kat slice!A brief history of the Kit KatKit Kats went through a transformation in Nana Ling's time. Before World War II, Rowntree's of York produced a bar called the...

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

This old-fashioned lemon cake recipe has a charm that defies the years. Bake it now and bring some sweet, lemony loveliness to your day. Lemons: always in season and always usefulWhile lemons are more plentiful in winter, they're generally available year round. Which...

Honey Joys

Honey Joys

Honey Joys are the sweet, crunchy and golden treats many of us first discovered at a kids party many years ago. If you're looking for the best Honey Joys recipe, you're in the right place. We've perfected the recipe to deliver this one you'll want to add to your...

Carrot Pudding

Carrot Pudding

This old-fashioned carrot pudding recipe was recorded by Nana Ling on 17 October 1939. Nearly 80 years later, I can say that this recipe definitely stands the test of time.  Carrots and pudding: a winning combo?I found this recipe after picking up this wonderful...

Mint Rocky Road

Mint Rocky Road

Rocky Road is an all-time favourite and this minty version might just make your new favourites list.The peanut or biscuit crunch in traditional rocky road is replaced with chopped peppermint crisp bars, while spearmint leaves add the chewy, gooey factor.   A...

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

With the addition of a few magic ingredients, broccoli and cauliflower can be transformed into a flavour-packed salad. Don't believe me? Keep reading. This broccoli and cauliflower salad is based on my mum's recipe, which was one of those that used to get written down...

Faye’s Parsley Fritters

Faye’s Parsley Fritters

 My mother-in-law, Faye, was a fabulous cook, and would often land on our doorstep with a plate of something. Often, that plate was filled with these delicious little parsley fritters – still warm. Faye lived all her life in Australia and had a broad Australian...

Blood Orange Cordial

Blood Orange Cordial

Blood oranges are one of the prettiest fruits around and this Blood Orange Cordial takes advantage of both the colour and flavour of this wonderful winter fruit.Last week we made Passionfruit Cordial. It was a hit in our house and we used up 12 of the passionfruit...

Passionfruit Cordial

Passionfruit Cordial

Bottling the magic of passionfruit pulp with your own passionfruit cordial means you can enjoy that magic tang with a little added fizz! Mixed with soda water, my little family is  going big-time crazy about Nana Ling's passionfruit cordial.Why make it when you can...

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit pulp: is there anything that smells so wonderful, looks so exotic and conjures up so many recipe ideas? Nana Ling has quite a few lovely recipes jotted down in her notebooks, including this simple passionfruit curd recipe. Growing PassionfruitWhen we...

Lemon and Mint Cordial

Lemon and Mint Cordial

This Lemon and Mint Cordial recipe is an adaptation of Nana Ling's Passionfruit Cordial recipe. It's inspired by the sweet lemon and mint drinks that are popular throughout Egypt, but the best thing about this cordial is that you can mix it to the sweetness of your...

Ginger Sponge Cake

Ginger Sponge Cake

This Ginger Sponge Cake is also known as Ginger Blowaway Sponge Cake. As the name suggests, it's a deliciously light and fluffy cake that's warmed with ginger and spices.This cake was created from the top down. After finding these lovely dehydrated orange slices at my...

Keen’s Chicken Curry

Keen’s Chicken Curry

Keens chicken curry is a retro favourite, made famous by Aussie mums. If your mum didn't make a version of this growing up, well you really missed out!But you no longer have to miss out, because I've recreated my own Mum's version of this Aussie classic, with a few...

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