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January 14, 2012 by


Lebkuchen is a German Christmas specialty, a little like gingerbread. My friends in Leipzig tasted mine last year and said, “it’s very nice, but it isn’t Lebkuchen.” I was puzzled, because the recipe was given to me by a German friend. Surely Lebkuchen is Lebkuchen? Or could there be regional variations? As it turns out, […]

Cardamon Coffee Cake

October 6, 2011 by


“Cardamon Coffee Cake; very rich – very delicious,” begins the recipe, ever so enticingly. Somehow it’s the words that get me every time I look at a cookbook, even when it’s beautifully illustrated. Memories of descriptions of food in children’s books remain long after the storylines have faded. Do you remember the candied chestnuts with […]

“Hot” Chocolate Cake

June 3, 2011 by


Being named after a saint has at least one advantage – you get an extra birthday each year. Like a birthday, your Saint’s Day or Name Day is an excuse to have a feast. The tradition of celebrating your Saint’s Day was originally a Catholic one, and it has spread through Europe. But even if […]


January 14, 2011 by


German Christmas baking smells enticingly of spices and orange, and plays an important role throughout the celebration. Some cookbooks separate their recipes by the period of baking: November, Advent, Christmas or New Year. The batches the recipes make are often enormous, but there’s no hurry to eat them all since the biscuits and cookies baked […]

Pinenut and Cumin Beef on Blu Gourmet Pearl Couscous

October 19, 2009 by


For the most part, being a coeliac or having coeliac family members is awful all round. There’s so much delicious food coeliacs miss out on which is awful for them, and it can be frustrating for family to try and make food that is as delicious gluten free as it is with gluten. Still, for […]

Hummingbird Slice

June 20, 2009 by


“Summer is a State of Mind” read the slogan on an icecream advertisement in Edinburgh. It still makes us laugh, because the few days of “summer” we experienced in Edinburgh were a lot like Sydney in winter. The sentiment is understandeable though. As we wind down to the solstice, and our longest, darkest night, I […]

Almond Horns

May 30, 2009 by


“You can’t just eat whatever you like and then save yourself with walnuts,” she explained. “Their study shows that walnuts only lower your cholesterol if your diet is low in saturated fat.” These aren’t the ideal words to hear as you tuck into a bowl of creamy gorgonzola risotto, but I guess I had to […]


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