Spiced Apple & Maple Syrup Fritters

Spiced Maple-Apple Fritter

Spiced Maple-Apple Fritter

These are a very popular weekend brunch or after school fill-them-up. They are significantly sweet, and as such, I prefer mine with a squeeze of lemon or a dollop of citrus curd. Still, they also work very well with most tart-ish jams, vanilla whipped cream, angel food, strawberries alá Hana or berry coulis.

And let’s be honest here .. they’re really just pancakes 😉

Anzac Biscuit (and variations)

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

Let’s get something straight right from the beginning, an Anzac is a biscuit, occasionally a crisp, but never, ever a cookie. According to tradition, they were baked in their thousands by Aussie womenfolk during World War 1, bringing a tiny mote of comfort to the boys in the Hell-on-Earth that was Gallipoli and the Western Front. Golden Syrup imparts a unique flavour to the crisp, crunchy originals. In our family they are spiced, be-fruited and rather plumper than their country cousins, which will get you a disdainful sniff at CWA competitions. It might be delicious, but is it really an Anzac? With Anzac Day upon us I set out on a quest to find the perfect (traditional) Anzac Biscuit.

It took very little searching before I discovered that there were regional, seasonal and personal variations (ahah!! Gran’s bikkies are an authentic family variation!!). Some had coconut, others omitted it. Some had tartar to make them crunchier, others had more syrup and less sugar. All of them have enough oats to make great dunking biscuits .. and give your colon a good clean out. You’ve been warned 😉

Salsa de Tomatillo con Aguacate (Serious Guacamole)

Serious Guacamole

Serious Guacamole

I love the internet .. well most of the time anyway. I went looking for a way to utilise the mid Autumn glut of Tomatillos in a creative contribution to a party supper. This is my adaptation of one of Zarela Martinez recipes, recommended to accompany grilled meats, chicken and fish. Complex, rich flavour .. warm, spicy and slightly acid .. had us all instant addicts. Certainly the large bowl intended for the party never made it out the door. Judging from the contented expression worn by my hitherto avocado-pathic Littlest Angel as she scooped it into her mouth with corn chips, there may just be mutiny in the ranks if I make Guacamole any other way.

Muesli Slice

Muesli Slice in Pan

Muesli Slice in Pan

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This began it’s life as an emergency measure to use up a batch of unusually loosely set jam. It was an instant hit with the Junior Sorority as a lunch-box filler, and Beloved as an on-the-run breakfast substitute. It’s appeal for me is its good nutritional value, and high fibre content. The ease and speed that a batch or two comes together is also a definite bonus. Low mess, low fuss easily qualifies as a cheat.

Spiced Pumpkin and Cashew Pesto

Spiced Pumpkin and Cashew Pesto

Spiced Pumpkin and Cashew Pesto

This is a very versatile little pesto. As a nourishing instant breakfast, pumpkin pesto spread over thick slices of toast and topped with tomato or swiss cheese it has few parallels. With just a little imagination, that extends to crusty bread as a base for bruschetta or an exotic BLT. It makes a fabulous dip served with crackers, crudites or toasted pita bread. It’s spiciness lends itself to casseroles or soups, especially those featuring lighter meats like chicken, veal or turkey. Stirred through cooked pasta it makes an aromatic and delicious instant dinner .. especially for vegetarians who will get a big mineral boost from the cashews.