Sunrise Banana Cake

We are very familiar with the rustic and hearty Banana Loafs and Banana Breads.  But for those with slightly sweeter cravings how about a good ol’ Banana Cake?  The natural sweetness of Bananas has finally got its due in the cake world and it couldn’t be any simpler.  This is a middle of the road…

Lotus Biscuit Cake

Lotus Biscuits are a big deal outside North America, I would say on par with Nutella with a range of lotus biscuit products like pancakes, sweets, smoothies, ice cream etc.  You can however still find the addictive biscuit and the related Lotus Biscoff Paste in ethnic and speciality supermarkets in your area, and after you…

Hazelnut Date Cake

Most hazelnut cakes are primarily made up of thick hazelnut chocolate spread.  But for some who like the hazelnut flavour but with less overpowering sweet chocolate taste, dates might offer a good alternative.  This dry, semi-sweet cake holds up well and makes a delectable tea cake or a less imposing dessert than a Nutella pie…

Artichoke and Spinach Dip Duo

One of those instant classics in restaurants this Artichoke and Spinach dip is an easy way to create an impressive appetiser or for a casual late night movie snack.  It’s great as an alternative dip to those plastic cheese and ranch processed ones you pay for and you get a good serving of some greens…

Coucous Salad

If you are bored with the regular old green or ceaser salad, and want to try something a bit more ethnically diverse, have a crack at this.  Easy to put together and your only effort is to find where to get some couscous, which nowadays shouldn’t be an issue at all – you can also…

My easy school lunch plan

Plenty of cooking books, TV shows and newspaper articles about kids school lunches and recipes. This is more of a laymen lazy dad guide for a repetitive 5 day schedule of school lunches that I use, because if I have to do more than 5 different lunch recipes a week I will burn out faster…

Quick-impressive fruit salad

Always a tasty healthy alternative to desserts that even kids love. So simple to make, albeit the prep work can be slightly annoying, but wouldn’t take any more effort than a dessert half as good and half as nutritious. Great for the summer, especially with fresh seasonal fruits. Time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 8 Good for:…

Healthy natural popsicles

The easiest and cheapest summer treat you can do is a fresh juice Popsicle. Assuming you already have a juicer there isn’t a huge cost here, your fruits and veggies and the popsicle mold (alternatively you can use an ice cube rack with popsicle sticks (from the dollar store) sticking out of each one. Just…

Home-made granola bars

You all know this by now, anything homemade is great, anything ready made is evil (not quite) but in most cases that is true. Plus it’s way cheaper to do it at home. Granola bars are one such case, it’s so easy to make it should be a crime for you to buy the store…

Easy does-it trifle

There are probably as many trifle recipes as there are people. Trifles can be a combination of many things and somehow still come out tasting naturally sweet, fresh, and delicious. Here is an easy one for you with easy to find ingredients; you can just about substitute any of the ingredients to something equally good….