Banana bread with cream cheese swirl

So, I know I warned you that I make a lot of cheesecake - and this (technically) isn't cheesecake, but it might as well be.  It's the most delicious combination of cheesecake with banana bread (or cake - whatever you want to call it). Ingredients Banana bread/cake: 125g butter (melted) 1 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking... Continue Reading →


Stephanie Plum series – Janet Evanovich

Release date (book 1): 26 August 1994 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ - 8/10 Goodreads link One for the Money (Stephanie Plum book 1) blurb: Stephanie Plum is down on her luck.  She's lost her job, her car's on the brink of repossession, and her apartment is fast becoming furniture-free. Enter Cousin Vinnie, a low-life who runs a bail-bond... Continue Reading →

Rocky Road

I can't eat whole nuts, so I generally just don't eat nuts at all because there's a fine line between what I can eat and what will make me sick (I'm not anaphylactic, but it's not pleasant).  What I can get away with (luckily) is eating foods that may contain traces of nuts.  However, I know... Continue Reading →

The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

Release date: 11 January 2012 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ - 9/10 Goodreads link The Rook (Checquy Files #1) blurb: "Dear you, the body you are wearing used to be mine" A woman awakens in a London park, dripping wet and surrounded by corpses wearing latex gloves.  In her pocket is a letter from her previous self: Rook Thomas,... Continue Reading →

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Release date: 26 February 2013 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ - 10/10 Goodreads link Eleanor and Park blurb: Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Park is the boy at the back of the bus.  Black t-shirts, headphones,... Continue Reading →

White chocolate cheesecake

So this is what I use as my base (not baked) chocolate cheesecake recipe.  It has a simple flavour and it is easily adjustable to make several variants, which I am sure you will see a few of in later blog posts. Ingredients Base: 250g plain chocolate cookies (I use Arnott's chocolate ripple) 100g melted... Continue Reading →

Undead series – MaryJanice Davidson

Release date (book 1): 2 March 2004 Rating: ★★★★★★ - 6/10 Goodreads link Undead and Unwed (Undead book 1) blurb: Betsy Taylor has just woken up in the morgue to discover she's a vampire.  On the plus side, being undead sure beats the alternative.  She now has superhuman strength and an unnatural effect on the opposite sex.  What... Continue Reading →

Baked Chai Cheesecake

So I have this policy at work where I tell my team mates that they can pick any type of cake they want for their birthday and I will make it.  It's never actually backfired yet, but there have been a few times where I think they just like to test me.  Case in point... Continue Reading →

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