Month: May 2015

Scrumptious Chocolate Cake

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Who does not love a great Chocolate cake. There are so many kinds – the delightful; chocolate brownie, the fudge chocolate cake, the mouse style chocolate cake and so on !!

In our workplace we generally make the cake for our fellow coworkers. I think the most popular choice is chocolate – there is something very satisfying about a good one.

One of our favourites is the Bourke Street Bakery Chocolate cake pictured above with chocolate chards and fresh raspberries.Here is a link for the recipe care of another blogger.


My Tips for making a great chocolate cake

1. Use good chocolate – most baking chocolate sold in supermarkets are made from animal fat and do not taste very nice. Use real chocolate – look for a cocoa content of 70%

2. Bring all your ingredients to room temperature – eggs and butter.

3. Older eggs will give better volume.

4. Be careful of your oven temperature and using a conventional oven will give this very rich cake a better baking result.

5. Dont be frightened of checking the cake throughout the cooking time.

6. Be careful not to un mould too early and ensure the tin in greased and the base covered in baking paper.

Burger Kings


It was time for a quick sunday night burger after flying back from a weekend in sunny Sydney . It is such a beautiful city  to be a tourist, I had a wonderful time eating and seeing great friends Trish,  Gayle  ,Mark and Andrea.

I really do love a great burger and Steve, Olivia and myself headed to our local burger joint . Its a delicious quick meal – a nice sweet meat patty, a soft flavoursome bun, fresh salad ingredients and most importantly some caramelised onion.

Why then do so many cafes and restaurant’s get it so wrong? – sometimes they are dry and lacking with flavour. My girls love to eat at Grilled and their burgers are extremely good.

What makes a great Ham Burger ??

1. Good bread – sourdough, or even good turkish bread . The bread needs to be slightly soft, chewy with great flavour but not too toasted that it is crusty

2. A great meat patty – I love making minced chicken patty – a mixture of thigh and breast for flavour and  lots of fresh herbs.

3. Flavour, Flavour with a good chutney, great mayonnaise,great tasting tomato sauce.

4. Fresh lettuce, maybe herbs, fresh salad ingredients.

5. Caramelised onion or onion jam

Here is a recipe for Onion Jam.

Quick Easy Soup


With lots of cold and flu in the air ,and with Zoe not feeling at her best I thought it would be best to make some Green Soup. Zoe is not fond of any green vegetable and sometimes a vegetable cooked in a soup on its own can taste a little too like peas, or broccoli.

The challenge is to get the balance right. The key to a good soup is not only flavour, but texture. A soup too thin is not filling and lacks the right feel in the mouth, to counter this problem a couple of potatoes adds depth and texture.

Today my soup consisted of 3 chopped zucchini, one leek ( sometimes onion is just a little too strong for a subtle green soup) 2 chopped potato, two handfuls of spinach and today I chose chicken stock to give it a more distinct flavour.

It was easy and quick to make, a mere 25 minutes and once blended was a beautiful soft green soup with a sweet flavour. Just the thing to stave of the winter flu