Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing (g/f)

This recipe is much more exciting than the vanilla packet cake mix I have been using.

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I decided that this time for The Novice Gardener’s Party that I would bring along some cupcakes! I was very good last time and brought along something savoury. But making sweets and things still remains my passion, as you can no doubt tell from the content of my last post. Not to mention I’m having a blast trying all sorts of different sweet recipes in our new oven. And when it came to picking this one I realised that I hadn’t made a simple vanilla cupcake in such a long time, and wanted to rectify that. You can’t forget the basic flavours! They may be simple, but they can still sometimes pack a punch!

This recipe turned out to be quite straightforward, although I did learn with the first batch that you do need to resist the urge to add extra liquid even if the mixture looks dry. I fixed that with…

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Roast Lemon Chicken with Sicilian Olives

Simple flavours of lemon and thyme…

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1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 large onions, halved, thinly sliced

4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 heaped teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus 8 small thyme sprigs

8 skinless chicken thigh cutlets

GF plain flour to dust

2 -3 lemons, scrubbed, thinly slices, de-seeded

1 1/2 cups  GF chicken stock

24 Sicilian or other large green olives


Heat 2 tabs of the oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat.  Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for 20 – 25 minutes until soft and pale golden.  Season, then stir in thyme leaves.  Spread onions over the base of a roasting pan or large casserole dish that will fit the chicken in a single layer.  Sprinkle over the thyme sprigs the set aside.

Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.  Heat remaining oil in the same frying pan over medium-high heat.  Dust chicken in flour, shaking…

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Chocolate Orange Cake and Dinosaurs

A hint of Jaffa ….

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This cake is a sentimental favourite.

IMG_0630In the beginning when I was overwhelmed with the whole gluten free situation, I was speaking with a grandmother of a teenager who is both coeliac and type 1 Diabetic.

We were in the middle of outback Queensland on an Australian Age of Dinosaurs  dinosaur dig, out Winton way  and she grabbed a magazine on the table in the shearers’ quarters and said, “see this recipe, it will be easy to convert to gluten free, it doesn’t have much flour and it has the extra moisture from the creme fraiche and use extra large eggs.” She was right and it has been a winner.   She talked me through a few more tips, forwarded to me a few tried and true recipes and gave me the confidence to get back to baking.

This cake is meant to be baked in a loaf pan but I…

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Irish Cream Cheesecake (g/f, no bake)

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to mean green… so great to see the cheesecake become popular again.

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I spent some time browsing through possible recipes for St. Patrick’s day, but the one that really caught my attention was this no-bake cheesecake, subtly flavoured with irish cream and grated chocolate. It looked absolutely delicious, and it required very few ingredients. Not to mention the no-bake base made it very simple to transform this cheesecake into a gluten-free one. So I ducked out this morning, grabbed the groceries, and got started.

The one thing about this cheesecake is that it is time-consuming. It requires about a minimum of three hours of chilling time before it’s ready to serve, and it’s important to remember that when making the base, different biscuits require different amounts of butter. The biscuits I used were extremely dry, hence why I added extra butter. So don’t be afraid to experiment, and have a wonderful day!

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Grain free salmon quiche

A quick base for quiches.

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Looking for a delicious lunch time treat? why not try this easy gluten free quiche. Ground almonds are used instead of flour to make the base.




150g almond flour ( ground almonds )

150g parmesan cheese or grand pandana cheese ( grated )

1 large egg

1/4 tsp sea salt


1 courgette finely grated ( you could also use asparagus or spinach in quiche )

1/4tsp sea salt

75g parmesan cheese

250g mascarpone cheese

2 large free range eggs

100g smoked salmon pieces

1tbsp chopped dill


Put the ground almonds grated grana pandano and salt in a bowl


add 1 beaten egg


mix together

tip into a flan dish and press down


bake in hot oven 170c for 12 mins until golden

fry chopped courgette in olive oil or coconut oil


In a bowl mix mascarpone cheese, grated parmesan, dill, salmon and 2 beaten eggs




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