Pear bread

close up of a slice of pear bread

This pear bread begs to be underestimated. But I kid you not, I prefer this to any banana bread I have had recently. The butter, almond meal and cinnamon make this one of the tastiest breads I’ve had in ages. (more…)

Almond and pomegranate black quinoa salad

Almond and pomegranate black quinoa salad

Here is something a bit different for Clever Muffin – it’s savoury and has two things never before featured: quinoa and pomegranate. Pomegranate is fun, quinoa is…

I have ‘issues’ with quinoa. When I first started this blog I had this conversation about 18 times with various people:

Well-meaning individual (WMI): Oh, you have a food blog, have you tried keeeenwaah yet?
Me: You mean quinoa?
WMI: Oh, it’s actually pronouced keeeenwwaaaah.
Me: You mean quinoa?
WMI: No, keeeenwaaaah…. It’s very healthy and *insert text here about how healthy and fab it is*. (more…)

Plum tray bake

Plum slice cut up

Australia is just reaching the end of summer and the stone fruit season, so now is the time to make the most of baking with the last of the plums. And plum slice is just the ticket. Actually, I lie. Not about the slice… it’s not the end of summer – it’s well and truly autumn (or fall, whatever you wish to call it). But there is still some nice stone fruit, and still some nice weather.

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Afghan biscuits

Afghan biscuit on a plate
An Afghan biscuit is a traditional New Zealand biscuit made from cocoa powder, butter, flour and cornflakes, topped with chocolate icing and a nut. Like any decent thing that comes from New Zealand, we Australian’s like to claim it (you can have Russel Crowe back now). (more…)