Monthly Archives: January 2014

JD’s lemon and coconut cake

Lemon and coconut cake

Lemon and coconut cake

After a fervent search for a lemon and coconut cake recipe, I finally settled for Katie Quinn Davies’ http://www.whatkatieate.com/recipes/gluten-free-lemon-and-coconut-cake. Her cake looked SO WILD I just had to shoot something like it. So I handed over the recipe to my master baker and he took out the food processor which started whirling soon enough. He was like a boy with a new toy.

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JD’s bread pudding II

Bread pudding with raisins

Bread pudding with raisins

Making bread pudding is a great way to recycle unwanted or leftover bread that would otherwise be thrown away. I always keep stale bread in the freezer. JD used them all up when he made bread pudding the first time. I had one shot of what was left of the pudding. It went fast and furious, from the oven to our stomachs. Then he did it again! This time I had the chance to play with my camera and props before we consumed it.

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JD’s bread pudding – a teaser

Bread pudding with raisins

Bread pudding with raisins

This bread pudding is so good it deserves a rerun. The master baker is going to get busy in the kitchen tonight and his masterpiece will be good for tomorrow’s breakfast and there will be more photos to come!


Easy herbed booze bread

Easy orange ginger cider bread with kawakawa and basil

Easy orange ginger cider bread with kawakawa and basil

Kawakawa bread! It’s a long time coming. This super plant kawakawa has made several appearances on this blog. The peppermint after-taste makes this booze bread truly remarkable. JD scored high with this one!

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Easy Brazilian cheese bread (Pao de Queijo)

Easy Brazilian cheese bread (Pao de Queijo)

JD’s version of another wonderful easy recipe from a rock star of a food photographer, my idol Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate.  The main and most important ingredient is tapioca starch which you can easily find in Asian stores. If you want to make gluten-free cheese bread, you’d love Katie’s Pao de queijo recipe!

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Simple joy #19 Black bean brownies with peppermint

Black bean brownies with peppermint

Black bean brownies with peppermint

Once I tasted this black bean brownie in Lara Ferroni’s Portland studio, I promised myself that I would make it once I returned to Wellington. I’ve tried other recipes for black bean brownies and this is the first time I’ve followed a brownie recipe to the letter, except I used Whittaker’s 72% Cocoa Ghana Peppermint chocolate instead of any other regular chocolate chips (I can’t help it. It’s my favourite chocolate.)

AWESOME is all I can say of this healthy, vegan-friendly, gluten-free brownies!

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Easy orange ginger cider bread

Easy orange ginger cider bread

Easy orange ginger cider bread

I’m seeing a trend here. My Master Baker is making bread from alcoholic drinks. Not that I’m complaining. And it was my idea anyway! I give him the recipe and he bakes. Booze bread, perhaps we should call it that, and why not?

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