Lavender shortbread

I’ve been making these melt-in-the-mouth delights since I first opened The Little Herb Cottage (my first herb business which featured a specialist herb shop and herb nursery). They have always been met with oohs and ahs, and once with a “yuck”, but Lavender is not everyone’s cup of tea! 😀 Ingredients 1 tsp fresh lavender leaves, chopped 1 […]

Gillyflower tuile ice cream cups

Tuile cups are formed when tuile cookies are draped over cups instead of rolled as cigars or cones after baking. They make beautiful edible cups for ice creams. Simply adding a few edible flowers into the basic tuile recipe ( adapted from Martha Stewart), will give your dessert even more “oohs!” and “ahs!” This recipe […]

Pansy pancakes


Tomorrow is Spring Day! Today though it does not look close to Spring in Auckland at all – it is grey, wet, windy and quite cold… …But being in the middle of doing a series on Edible Flowers, I thought I’d bring some Spring into our home today by making Pansy Pancakes, or as my daughter, Miya, […]

Fabulous Feijoa!

This latest blog post is dedicated to one of my new friends here in New Zealand – thank you Rayana for the Feijoas!   It was only last week that I was introduced to this delicious fruit which is part of the Myrtle family. Of course, I have heard about Feijoas before, but don’t think […]

Sundried Tomato, Feta and Basil Muffins

With my basil (okay… Rick’s basil ;-)) growing so beautifully, I was inspired to make some savory muffins featuring fresh basil – thought up this recipe from my basic muffin mix recipe and it worked very nicely. Ingredients: Dry ingredients 2 cups Flour 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) […]

Chocolate & Chilli Cupcakes

Decadently delicous, these dark chocolate cupcakes with a hint of tingling chilli is the perfect combination for baking (and indulging in) on a winter’s weekend! Enjoy! for the cupcakes 225g unsalted butter, softened 225g castor sugar 225g self-raising flour 4 tbs Dutch-process cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 4 eggs 2 tsp chilli powder (or […]