Chocolate Macadamia Butter Biscuits

Thursday, December 31, 2015


Gott Nytt År! (Happy New Year) It's been a long while to get my computer off the ship and set up on my new desk. I can't seem to blog from iPads nor laptops something to do with google logins when you're sharing computers. No matter, I'm back and looking forward to 2016! And gosh I wish I had something a little more interesting than biscuits, but the Swedes have a real sweet tooth as I'm finding out. Add coffee than you're on the path to becoming Swedish.

So we live on Kungsholmen, one of several islands that comprise Stockholm. There are 11 bridges from the islet, in reality I probably really use 4 with some frequency. On Bergsgatan, my street, there is a cheese shop close to the top of the hill, my source for Ligurian olives or plump green ones from Sicily. Before the cheese shop on the left down a short block is the neighbourhood ice cream parlour Kungsholmens Glassfabrik, open year round, in summer there are queues out the door. I've seen emergency crew pile out of their vans for a scoop. Swedes are mad about the buns (the sweet ones) and Bulleboden, a bakery cum cafe off the Bergsgatan hill on my side makes the finest in Kungsholmen. At the end of the street is my greengrocer, think small bags of Swedish fruit e.g. pears, apples, plums for 10 kronor (a steal). Bypass the train station then you're at the church gates, on a Monday evening I'm here practising yoga to yogic chants in the serene surrounds of Lutheran theology.

Coconut, Oat & Cinnamon Biscuits

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


And with a heavy heart we bid Sydney goodbye one early winter morning. In so few months we were fortunate to make some dear friends in our adopted Sydney neighbourhood. We love you Roseville! Sorely missed, friends and family alike, we will hold those friendships close to our hearts.

Tropical Cakes

Monday, July 20, 2015


Pineapples in winter?? I know I was surprised too, my natural instinct being to bypass them at the grocer and this I did for a period until recently when their sweet perfume caught me off guard and voila a pineapple came home with me. And yes they are to be enjoyed in winter too. Combined with a stock of bananas from my cousin's tree it seemed an opportune time to make this cake. You could say it's a close relative of the hummingbird cake from the United States, the addition of coconut sets it apart. I've been making this cake for a good while now and it's the only cake my "I don't like cake" husband raves about and I agree with him. It disappears in a day it's that popular, mostly because the man devours more than his fair share. My approach to cakes is generally a little rustic meaning I don't bother with frostings because vegan toppings take a lot of time to make and the hero is the unadorned cake right? So you could as in the case here layer the bottom of the baking tin with pineapple rings for the pineapple upside-down cake look. And serve with ice-cream, vegan or otherwise.

Roasted Macadamia Nut Butter

Friday, June 19, 2015


A couple of weeks ago we took a car trip up north to the Byron Bay hinterland. It took an entire day with frequent stops on route to reach the tiny hamlet of Eureka. We rented a modest house, perched on a hill, with awe-inspiring views. The only other living creatures during those two days that we saw were the neighbouring horses chewing innocently in the morning light. I find it incredibly thought provoking when surrounded by nature, in this case my mind was spinning in an endless loop trying to work out if we could move up there. To say that the area resonated with me is an understatement, I loved everything I saw. Acreage up high with rolling hills and views of the ocean (if you're lucky), a plot of organic vegetables and herbs growing in the garden and rows of fruit trees in your very own orchard. Organic markets rotating through the towns, the sea a short breath away and above all the relaxed vibe of the residents and passing through folk.