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Feijoa and ginger cake

April 8, 2019 | Filed under Dessert, In-betweens, Recipes

This moist and tangy  cake is a firm favourite that friends are always asking me for. The ingredients are mixed in a saucepan so its super easy to make. Its time I shared the recipe here.


125 grams butter
200 grams sugar
1 egg
175 grams flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 cups feijoas, peeled and chopped
½  cup ginger in syrup


  1. Heat the oven to 160°
  2. Prepare 20cm round or square cake tin with greased baking paper
  3. Gently melt the butter in a large saucepan
  4. Stir in the sugar and beat till well mixed
  5. Cool slightly then beat in the egg
  6. Sift in the dry ingredients then mix in the feijoas and ginger pieces
  7. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until the top is browned and springs back when pressed lightly with your finger.

Serving suggestions

  1. While still warm sprinkle with icing sugar and serve immediately with whipped creme or yoghurt
  2. Cool and ice with cream cheese based icing
  3. Serve with coffee or as a dessert.


Usually you can test if the cake is done by inserting a skewer into the centre.  If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked.  With this recipe though it is likely that the skewer will hit some feijoa pieces so it will come out with juice on it and you may think it is still under-cooked.  This is why I suggest you use your finger to press the top of the cake and test it that way.

Easy winter dinner #2

November 7, 2018 | Filed under Dinner

Ann’s savoury chops followed by sticky (not stodgy) rice pudding makes for a very tasty dinner without too much hassle.

Find the recipes here:

Ann’s savoury chops  and Rice pudding – microwaved


Quick and easy dinner menu

October 31, 2018 | Filed under Dinner

Here is a quick and easy dinner suggestion for you when you come home after a long day at work; or at the weekend when you’ve been in the garden or at the beach all day.  It can fast become a firm favorite with all the family, or flatmates, or whoever else you have in your household – even visitors will love it.

Macaroni and mince bake is a one-dish dinner that can be dressed up with a salad on warmer days or with a range of your favorite cooked vegetables  when the weather is cooler.  The main dish can also be prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge will your ready to reheat and eat.

A good dessert to follow is Sarah’s Spicy Apple Cake. 

Because this takes around one hour to cook, it will be best to prepare this earlier in the day or when you first start preparing dinner so it is  ready to eat after the main course.

Both dishes need to use the oven so make sure your oven is large enough to fit both, especially if you need them to be in the oven at the same time. IF yo have a fan bake oven there shouldn’t be a problem as you can use two shelves.

Apple Crumble in the 21st century

October 24, 2018 | Filed under Dessert

Even my fussiest grandchildren love this version of one of their favourite desserts.  You can add more or different spices depending on your personal or family taste. …Read more

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