One of the worst things happened to us recently. My rowdy 5-year-old son crash-landed on his 13-month-old baby brother! While bubba was generally fine, I still knew something was wrong with him but wasn’t sure exactly what – it was either to do with this left leg or his right shoulder. We had seen three [...]The post Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream appeared first on sweetest kitchen
I am so sorry. I am so sorry to bring you a post that is so sinfully easy and delicious, and that goes against all my better judgements. I’m talking about a chocolate chip cookie. A single, gooey, hot chocolate chip cookie. But this cookie is “baked” in the microwave. In a little glass mug. [...]The post Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie In A Mug appeared first on sweetest kit
While I don’t have a new recipe for you today, I thought I might share some things that I’m currently loving. I’ve seen some other bloggers do the same style of post so I’m going to give it a go as well! To get started, I’ll share some of the things that have been going [...]The post What I’m Loving Right Now appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
I recently discovered my old diary from 1992-1994. I was in 8th grade around that time. As I read through every entry, I was blown away; I couldn’t believe I wrote the things I did! Most of the writing was about all the boys I thought were cute, or which of my friends didn’t like [...]The post White Chocolate & Hazelnut Panna Cotta appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
One of the best things about the weather turning colder is that it’s a perfect excuse to bake something really decadent and comforting. I recently did just this and in so doing, I found my new go-to self-saucing chocolate pudding. This isn’t just any self-saucing chocolate pudding. It’s a gorgeous combination of light, spongy cake [...]The post Greek Yoghurt Chocolate Puddings
One of the challenges in raising children is getting them to eat the right things. While my oldest child, 7 years old, eats a perfectly healthy range of food (although she does certainly enjoy indulging in sweets!), I face the struggle of getting enough healthy food into my 3-year-old, who would happily survive on cookies, [...]The post Kid-Friendly Stoplight Sandwich appeared first on sweetest k
Have you ever written down recipe ingredients on your shopping list, only to discover that once you get to the grocery store, they’re sold out of/don’t stock one of the main ingredients in the recipe? How annoying! Do you improvise with another ingredient, or do you decide not to make the recipe at all? Or [...]The post No-Bake Chocolate Ginger Bites appeared first on sweetest kitch
I’m surprised I’ve gotten through the past few months without having ever posted one of my most favorite ever recipes. It’s perfect for those sweet cravings, especially cookie dough cravings. Sure, you could whip up a batch of raw (eggless) cookie dough, loaded with heavy ingredients like butter and sugar, and chow down… or…. you [...]The post Cookie Dough Greek Yog
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Pardon the silly post, but I have to publish a post with a link to Bloglovin’ in order to “claim my blog”. *eyeroll*The post Joined Up With Bloglovin’ appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
Before I begin, I must apologize for the lack of updates. As some of you know, my blog’s SEO was hacked and displayed ads for certain medications in Google’s search results. Once I had cleared it, things were good for a couple of months. Then, it happened again. I was then concerned that perhaps I [...]The post No-Bake Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Bites appeared first on sweetest k
If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that we have a new (temporary) addition to our family. We have chosen to raise a Guide Dog puppy for 14 months. The deal is pretty sweet – we get to have a puppy with no associated costs, apart from treats and toys; the [...]The post Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cupcakes appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
When it comes to coffee, I’m a snob. I spend up to 30 minutes every day making coffee in my coffee press and frothy milk in my manual milk frother (I usually have up to 3 coffees per day, and spend about 10 minutes each time preparing it). I don’t even use water that has [...]The post How To: Froth Milk Without Fancy Machines appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
A funny thing has happened to me recently. You may have even noticed this, if you’ve been following my blog for some time. In the past couple of months I haven’t posted a lot of recipes containing truckloads of butter or mountains of sugar, have I? With the exception of those Nutella-stuffed cookies in honor [...]The post Peanut Butter Spelt Cookies appeared first on sweetest kitche
I remember the first time I ever stepped foot inside of a coffee house. It was Starbucks at Circular Quay, here in Sydney. Many years ago, my husband and I had arrived early to meet some friends, so he took me into Starbucks while we waited. We didn’t order coffee, though; we got green tea [...]The post Homemade Mocha Frappuccino appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
I’ve discovered a new thing. Homemade chocolate sauce. Sure, I grew up dousing my ice cream in Hershey’s syrup, but recently when I was about ready to walk into one of the only shops in Sydney to stock Hershey’s syrup and buy a bottle of it, I stopped. No, I wasn’t going to buy it. [...]The post Homemade Chocolate Sauce appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
I’m not going to lie; I have a love/hate relationship with Donna Hay. I’ve followed her recipes countless times, and more often than not, they end up in disaster. I can currently think of only three of her recipes, that I’ve tried, that I have absolutely loved (this post will include one of them). This [...]The post Strawberry Lychee Sorbet appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
Throughout the history of cooking, there has been one essential tool in the hand of every chef – the knife. Without it, we couldn’t cut through meat or vegetables to get them down to the right size for cooking and eating. I suppose we could just gnaw on a whole, roasted chook or a huge [...]The post Watermelon Milkshakes appeared first on sweetest kitchen.
Valentine’s Day isn’t really very special in our family; it’s just any other ordinary day. My daughter made everyone a heart-shaped card this morning, though, and I stuffed heart-shaped watermelon pieces and heart-shaped sandwiches into my kids’ lunch boxes for school today. Otherwise, I hadn’t planned on making anything to celebrate the occasion. However, a [...]
Did you know that popcorn has been around since 4700 BCE? Popcorn sure has a long history, with the knowledge of it having spread north from Guatemala to the Native Americans, who then taught the practice of making popcorn to the English in the 16th century. Little did they know, back then, how popular popcorn [...]
It’s that special day of the year again, when people around the world unite to share their love for Nutella – that’s right, it’s World Nutella Day! Almost everyone loves a bit of Nutella now and then (or all the time). Personally, I haven’t enjoyed anything with Nutella in it for a while, except a [...]
My daughter, who’s seven, is the average girl – she loves Barbies, puppies and babies. She’s silly, giggly and sometimes just plain crazy. She’s also very clever and artistic. One of the funniest things about her, though, that makes her stand out from her peers, is her love for armadillos. Yes, it’s true, my daughter’s [...]
Around 25 years ago (give or take a year or two), I ate the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had in my life. I was young and spent time with an elderly babysitter during the summer and after school. My elderly babysitter’s mom, who, of course, was even more elderly, lived just down [...]
It’s been very hot in Sydney lately. I don’t mean to complain, but we’ve had days where it’s been near (or right at) 110F; that’s seriously crazy! As you may understand, I haven’t been baking very much because of this heat. Instead, I’ve been trying out an assortment of chilled sweet foods, such as cheesecake [...]
I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions. I’m not sure whether that portrays me as lacking initiative or rather being happy with where I am. I’ve enjoyed reading and hearing about other people’s resolutions, however; check out Google Zeitgeist to read resolutions from all over the world. “No junk food”, “Propose to Dawn”, “Quit Facebook
Isn’t it funny how when moms of young children get together, all they do is talk about children? One of the most popular topics, I’ve found, is food. “My child won’t eat vegetables” or “My child eats anything” or “My child won’t eat anything but sausages” or even “My child won’t eat anything at all!”! [...]
If I were to reminisce about good times with my dad, I would think about him letting me drive his big red tractor, or sitting outside on the swing watching a distant thunderstorm, or sitting on the porch asking him how big airplanes or alligators are. I’d also think about how he was very picky [...]
Have you ever given someone a gift that made them so happy that they cried? My dad and I have. It’s a wonderful feeling to make someone so happy. My dad and I gave my mom a present at Christmas, years ago, that made her so happy that she cried. Now that I think about [...]
Believe it or not, it’s Christmas time again! That means it’s time to start planning your Christmas baking. There are so many Christmassy recipes out there that you may be having trouble trying to decide what to bake. Well, let me help with your decision by recommending that you add these spiced white chocolate chip [...]
Here we are, at the end of yoghurt week already. That really flew by, but I hope you’ve discovered a new recipe or two along the way. I’ve saved my favorite yoghurt recipe for last. It is originally from Chobani Kitchen (as a lot of my previous yoghurt recipes have been), but as Chobani vanilla [...]
Today’s recipe featuring yoghurt is mashed potatoes. I have a long-term relationship with mashed potatoes; I have always loved this simple and classic side dish. Believe it or not, I actually grew up with instant mashed potatoes. Yes, I can see some of you wrinkling your noses at that! It’s all I knew at the [...]
Today’s yoghurt recipe is another one you can feel good about eating on a hot summer day – mango popsicles! With the freshest and best-quality ingredients, these will go down a treat with everyone. The recipe comes from the big tub of Chobani 2% Greek Yoghurt, but can also be found at the Chobani Kitchen [...]
Yoghurt week is coming along nicely, don’t you think? This is day number four and I’ve got a good dish for summer to share. I was reluctant to cook the recipe, however, because of my experience with whole wheat spaghetti in the past; it seems to stay more firm than I prefer my pasta to [...]
Welcome back, yoghurt fans! I hope you’ve been enjoying Yoghurt Week so far. Today’s recipe is one I found while searching for ideas on how else to use Greek yoghurt. It comes from the cookbook of one of the best food blogs around, Sprouted Kitchen. This recipe uses fresh mint, chocolate chips, whole-milk Greek yoghurt [...]
When I placed all those tubs of Chobani yoghurt (see previous post) in my refrigerator, I didn’t expect anyone else to be eating them but myself. But I was surprised to find a tub missing the next day. I knew it wouldn’t have been my children; my daughter hates yoghurt, and my two boys only [...]
Hello, and welcome to yoghurt week at the Sweetest Kitchen! What does this mean? It means that I’m going to be posting a recipe featuring yoghurt each day this week. If you love yoghurt and incorporating it into your baking and cooking, then this is the place you want to be. I’ll first clue you [...]
I’ve had a real thing for banana breads and cakes lately. In fact, I just now took a loaf of banana bread out of the oven before I sat down to write this post about banana cake. Bananas have been abundant in our kitchen, leading to some quite ripe bananas here and there. I’m not [...]
A lot of you may not know who Adriano Zumbo is; he’s a very famous patissier here in Sydney. He’s been featured on MasterChef Australia where contestants had to bake and prepare his wild desserts, including an outrageous croquembouche, a macaron tower of olive, beetroot and raspberry macarons, and an unbelievable gingerbread house. You can [...]
Before I begin this post, I just want to apologize for the lack of updates in recent weeks. We have been having a stressful time at home and even went through the process of changing schools for my daughter, which consumed heaps of time and energy. I had complete baker’s block, but I’m getting back [...]
I hope everyone had a scary (and safe) Halloween this year! Halloween isn’t very popular in Australia (although more and more Aussies seem to be celebrating in recent years), but that doesn’t mean you won’t see Halloween stuff in the shops, or trick-or-treaters on your doorstep. We haven’t celebrated Halloween in a few years – [...]
Do you love Biscoff? And chocolate? And ice cream? If you answered yes to all three questions, then you’re going to love this post. I’ll show you what I’m talking about… Okay, this looks like a bowl full of mess, you’re right. Let me explain what happened to this bowl of ice cream, though. I [...]
What is it about ice cream that makes it one of the world’s most loved comfort foods? Many nights, after having a hard day, I’ve cuddled up on the sofa with a small tub of ice cream after everyone else is asleep (I’ve eaten more tubs of Ben & Jerry’s than I care to admit!); [...]
I’ve sat here for a while trying to think of a way to describe the recipe I’m going to post about today. I was trying to compare this peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough frozen yogurt to something revolutionary, but all I could come up with was this electric car from Tesla Motors. Then I [...]
Pikelets are just one of the many things I’ve been introduced to since moving to Australia. Pikelets don’t exist in the US, as far as I know, but are popular in Australia, New Zealand and some parts of Europe. While similar to American pancakes, pikelets do have subtle differences. For instance, pikelets are generally smaller [...]
In case you hadn’t noticed, I kind of have a thing for matcha. If you don’t know what matcha is, I can sum it up by saying that it is simply finely ground green tea. It’s super healthy too, containing 137 times the antioxidants found in regular tea, plus 10 times the nutrients. It’s an [...]
This post is full of exciting stuff; I don’t even know where to begin! It’s got Biscoff, it’s got pumpkin pie, it’s got my first successful attempt at making my own pie crust! But first of all, what is it that I actually baked that’s gotten me so excited? It’s a Biscoff pumpkin pie! This [...]
I have a new favorite cake. It comes from an unlikely source, for me – Donna Hay. If you’ve been following my blog or Twitter stream for long, you may remember that I have hit and miss issues with recipes from Donna Hay. The majority of her recipes I have made have ended up either [...]
A little over 7 years ago, I was staring into my baby’s wide open eyes, wondering what on Earth she’d look like and what she’d be like once she grew up. Wondering what sort of things she’d be interested in and what sort of conversations we might have one day. It seems like only a [...]
Hey Aussies, if you’ve been wondering what Biscoff tastes like, you can finally taste it for yourself! One of my local shops, The Confectionery Hub, now stocks Biscoff biscuits. If you’re not in Sydney, I’m happy to post a package or two to you. It’s $8 per package, which includes 50 biscuits, plus postage. Just [...]
Pie is one of those special foods that always makes me remember my family, my grandma particularly. She is the queen of pies and always serves up a banquet of them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Baking cakes and cookies aren’t her specialty, she tells me; she can never get them right! But when it comes [...]
What are some of your favorite foods to pair with chocolate? Peanut butter? Strawberries? Bananas? Cherries? Coffee? Those flavors all go very well with chocolate, but have you ever tried chocolate and ginger? If not, this post will make you curious to try it! I had to try this recipe written by Matt Moran in [...]