Chocolate And Craisin Ricotta Cake

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Chocolate Ricotta Cake Ready to Enjoy

I had been doing quite a bit of savoury cooking using ricotta cheese but had bought far too much and had a substantial amount still in my fridge. I decided to surf the net and see what I could find using ricotta cheese but in a sweet recipe. I managed to find a chocolate cake which sounded really good and decided to give it a go.

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Beautiful Grape Harvest Cake

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A slice of cake

We had the pleasure of being introduced to this cake during our trip to Tuscany. We were told that traditionally this cake is made for only a few weeks a year.  The small sweet red grapes are used, usually those remaining after the grape harvest has been completed. Whatever the reason behind this cake it is a beautiful tender and flavoursome cake using part butter and part olive oil with juicy baked grapes. 

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“The Best” Apple Pies In Miniature

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The Best Apple Pie Miniatures

I had come across a lot of recipes which used sour cream pastry and I thought it was about time I gave this a go. I found a recipe which I will share with you later and have cooked with it for three different pies this week.

We have had two savoury and then this sweet apple pie. The first pie was with spinach, ricotta and fetta. The second one was somewhat different with fresh salmon and prawns in a lovely filling, and I will make these again and share the recipe with you then. I found the pastry brilliant in all three versions and will definitely make this again and again.

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Apricot And Sultana Oat Cookies

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Apricot And Sultana Oat Cookies Ready To Enjoy

The school my grandson attends is a “nut free” zone and it is always challenging to find a recipe that does not include nuts in some way. Just to give him something different from the usual fruit and carrot sticks for “play lunch” it was nice to find this recipe with a few healthy ingredients.

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Alternative To A Banana Bread

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Baked Pear And Raspberry Bread  Sliced

There are so many banana bread recipes out there it was nice to finally come across a different version. Being unable to eat anything that involves bananas I felt that I had to give this recipe a try. 

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A Special Gluten Free Almond Pear Cake For Mother’s Day

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Beautiful Slice Of Cake

As Mother’s Day is fast approaching I thought I should try and make something different. Although I can’t celebrate Mother’s Day with my mum I know she would like this cake. It is just a little bit different being gluten free, but she loved almonds and pears so I am sure this would have been a great hit.

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European Travel – Venice

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St Marks San Marco

After leaving Milan it was only a short drive to where we had to leave the car before catching the water transport to our accommodation in Venice.

Passing under bridge on canal

Water Taxi To Hotel

We had researched quite a few accommodation places before booking on line and had decided to stay at Duodo Palace Hotel in San Marco. It was a great choice with authentic Venetian décor and style with great service. Our room was air conditioned which we wanted and were very thankful of, as the day we arrived the temperature was 40˚, and even the locals were complaining of the heat.

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Jake The Dog Cookies From Adventure Time

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Jake The Dog Cookies Adventure TIme

One of my grandson’s favourite cartoon characters is Jake The Dog from Adventure Time. When he knew he was going to attend a Cartoon Camp during the school holidays and cookies were required Jake was it. 

Part of the fun of the Cartoon Camp was to sell your wares, both baked and/or unwanted toys. You were given (fake) money of $1000 so that you could purchase what you wanted.

I think we have a budding entrepreneur amongst us, he decided his cookies would sell at $250 each. When asked by one of the buyers why were his cookies so expensive his comment was “its Jake The Dog”. He managed to sell all 12 cookies and he used this money to buy a few items he wanted to purchase.

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Easter – Hot Cross Buns

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Hot Cross Buns Ready for the taste test

I’m not a huge fan of hot cross buns, but others in the family quite like them. Making your own allows you to decide what ingredients you include in the recipe. We found a recipe in Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes. Not being lovers of bought mixed peel we decided to go with glacé citrus peel and currants as a nice combination with the spices.

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Vegetable Spaghetti

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Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce

I can remember a long time ago when the children were young cooking a squash which resembled spaghetti. It was something I really enjoyed and so did the rest of the family. At a fruit and veg shop I recently visited they had quite a few of these squash and I had to buy one. It wasn’t cheap, I think it cost me around $5.50 as it was quite heavy.

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