Monday, January 1

Triple Chocolate Brownies to Welcome in 2018

My first beautiful bake for 2018...Triple Chocolate Brownies. This is decadence in every delectable mouthful. Yes, they contain a significant amount of sugar and chocolate and loads of butter because these are dessert brownies. This is not health food. This is certainly not a salad. This is however, the MOST delicious made-from-scratch moist brownie that is likely to tantalise your tastebuds. 

I follow the 80/20 rule of eating; a balanced, healthy variety of foods eaten MOST of the time and then tucked in between on occasion, a special treat, like these brownies. 

Moderation is the key. I've written about this previously, but since it is a New Year, the message is certainly worth repeating. 

Fad diets come and go as quickly as those convoluted exercise machines sold on television infomercials. It is far easier and more enjoyable to develop and maintain a healthy eating and manageable exercise plan. When you do indulge, enjoy the indulgence. It is a treat, not the main meal. Murmur with satisfaction as you bite into your brownie, or favourite cake, cookie, sweet tart or slice. Food is so pleasurable as it involves all of our senses. Inhale the aroma, experience the texture and flavour and never feel guilty. 

So welcome in 2018 with edible WOW factor!

Cabinet of Cookery is a registered business that is designed to make your kitchen conundrums disappear. My food blog contains over 350 recipes that have been tried and tested in my licensed home kitchen. 

Of course if you simply don't have time to choose a recipe and cook, or struggle when wielding a spatula and whisk, then I CAN COOK FOR YOU!

Suggestions include ...

...Hand made shortcrust pastry pies abundantly filled with either chicken, leek and tarragon or tender beef or lamb with herbs and veggies or fragrant basil ratatouille.

Delicate quiches with either spinach, or caramelised leek and brie, or sweet tomatoes and basil or moreish mushrooms.

Savoury filled breads like focaccias, cheesy scrolls, rustic tarts.

Celebration cakes with voluminous meringues, or petite profiteroles or crunchy toffee crystals and chocolate curls for a special occasion.

Something scrumptious for a morning or afternoon tea or a fundraiser. 

Or even school lunch box muffins, slices, cookies and banana bread .... 

All custom baked, fresh to order and delivered to your door (Sydney metro).

It's time to fall in love with good food. 

To place an order, simply call: 

0419 244 972 or email

Friday, December 8

Baking with the Loveliest Lomondo Olive Oil

Made from scratch, made by hand... Focaccia Bread - zesty lemon zucchini oregano & onion;  balsamic tomato and basil; and classic sea salt and rosemary.

Luscious olive oil chocolate cake
It is not a secret that I love to cook (and eat great food, of course!) and baking is something that really makes me smile. I'm one of those sometimes infuriatingly enthusiastic individuals who deals with stress by either running or finding solace in slowly kneading a ball of cinnamon scented sweet dough, or methodically piping sugar stiff organic egg whites into pretty meringues. The challenge of developing a recipe from scratch, or tweaking an existing one which then results in the most delicious freshly baked sweet or savoury dish is SATISFYING. 

I am equally excited about discovering and incorporating new ingredients, especially when they are made right here in Australia. The reason I write and talk about favourite ingredients is because I want other home cooks and professional foodies to try and enjoy those products too.  

Lomondo Olive Oil is a perfect example of a home grown product that can certainly stand its edible ground alongside overseas competitors. With its crisp, herbaceous flavour, Lomondo is just as superb splashed onto a salad, as it is drizzled over fluffy aromatic focaccia breads or whisked through moist banana loaves, chocolate cakes and my selection of abundant textured muffins. 

More please muffins!  Raspberry, coconut & white chocolate; and banana choc chip crumble. 

Earlier this year I tried the company's caramelised balsamic vinegar, which surprisingly brings out the perfumed berry taste in macerated strawberries, is brilliant splashed into a roasted Napoletana sauce or tossed through cherry tomatoes before being piled on top of focaccia and pushed into the oven. I'm can't wait to see what else I can do with these ingredients! 
Best ever banana bread wrapped and ready to give and enjoy. 

To order beautiful tasting baked goods, made to order and delivered to your door (Sydney metro), simply call: 

0419 244 972 or email

* For delivery by Christmas Eve, orders must be placed by the 16th December 2017. 

Cabinet of Cookery will be baking and delivering throughout the Christmas and New Year celebratory season.

GF banana bread with fantastic flavour and texture.

Monday, November 13

Cheerfully Charming Joey's Chocolate Berry Cake

This edible creation is so cheerful and appealing that I have dubbed it my "Cheerfully Charming Joey's Chocolate Berry Cake". 

I made this beautiful bake for a customer whose son attends St Joseph's College in Hunters Hill. Now the cake was destined to be displayed at a cake stall raffle and so the brief was to come up with something scrumptious but still eye catching. I decided to draw inspiration from the school's unique combination of colours -  a handsome distinct blue and striking cerise, or as referred to in French, cherry pink. 

My vivid pink real raspberry buttercream (made using dried raspberry powder) provided a deliciously fragrant wrapping to the moist chocolate cake within. This was split in half and filled with creamy chocolate icing, fresh new season Australian cherries, and my made-from-scratch strawberry jam. 

A crown like topping of voluminous organic egg white meringues were carefully positioned in place and delicately brushed with blue and pink layered edible colour. A sprinkling of fine blue toned sugar sand and silver edible glitter painted around the sides added additional interest and sparkle. 

I hope that the lucky winner of this special "Joey's" cake enjoyed sharing slices with their family and friends for afternoon tea. 

After all, my beautiful bakes are made to be eaten with enthusiasm. I always use great quality ingredients and make as many of the elements from scratch as is possible, in order to deliver a bake where flavour comes first! After all, the whole point of eating cake is to really savour every forkful and then find yourself wishing that you could lick the plate...not that you would of course! 

Sunday, November 5

Celebration Cakes and More Delivered to your Door!

Marathon Matt Cake - Classic moist chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse, fresh raspberries, home made strawberry jam, luscious chocolate fudge icing, gold detailing, Callebaut Crispearls and organic eggwhite meringues. 

Apple Tree Cake - Oh so moist sweetly spiced apple cake with rosemary caramel icing, petite meringues and gold dust. 

More beautiful bakes made for eating with enthusiasm! My celebration cakes may be gorgeous to look at as you scroll through Instagram, Facebook and this food blog (especially the category "Baking Bliss"), but most importantly, they all live up to my motto of Flavour First.  After all, there is no point in purchasing and eating a custom baked cake unless it tastes great. That's what my boutique baking business is all about - baking from scratch to create something that tastes so sublime, it just has to be described as a beautiful bake!

Organic eggs, quality ingredients, research, tasting, testing and retesting means that every baked item that leaves my kitchen is made with dedication and delight. 

Lara's Gem Cake - Real raspberry-chocolate Decadent Red Velvet cake filled with vanilla mascarpone cream, fresh raspberries, wrapped in silky cream cheese icing with silver detailing and voluminous meringues and berries. 

I would love for my customers to smile as they sample that first forkful of cake or pie, or crunch into a robust cookie, take a mouthful of fragrant muffin, or lavishly spread my fresh focaccia or scones with butter to enjoy at their first bite. 

Vintage Va Voom Cake - Featherlight chocolate Swiss Roll generously filled with dried raspberry powder and fresh crushed raspberry creme fraiche, topped with blueberry puree chocolate icing, field flowers and petite meringues. 

Cabinet of Cookery is here to turn your baking dilemma into a delight, by baking for you. Too busy to make a batch of scones, biscuits or scrolls? Not sure how to bake and decorate a celebration cake? That's fine because I can do that for you! Are there certain work and school days that just make family dinners too hard to manage? Then order one of my pies or quiches with homemade pastry and dinner is done! 

I am happy to zip around the Sydney metro area and deliver your order straight to your door. 

Christmas is around the corner and I've already started a baking schedule, so order as soon as you can!  Place your order via the CONTACT button on this blog, or via

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Just A Mouthful - Individual profiteroles filled with vanilla mascarpone cream, glazed with bittersweet dark chocolate, gold dust and edible rose petals. 

Friday, October 13

Organic Egg, Herb and Spinach Quiche

Rich with organic eggs, herbs, spinach and Australian brie, my quiche is a winner when it comes to a lunch for many, or a dinner in a jiffy. 

The base is hand made buttery shortcrust pastry  - made from scratch - which deftly holds the filling, making slicing and serving a breeze. Perfect served with an abundant salad and shared during the week with family, or at a gathering with friends. 

Order your quiche and have it delivered to your door (Sydney metro). Also available caramelised leek, spinach and tarragon with sharp cheddar cheese.

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Sublime Swiss Roll

Another classic, this time of the sweet kind. It's almost hard to believe that four simple ingredients, when combined correctly, can produce something so sublime as the cake base of this Swiss Roll. 

I remember with great delight, the Swiss Rolls my mother would make. They were always especially welcomed during the hot Perth summers as a refreshing afternoon treat, especially when thickly spread with cold whipped cream.

Featherlight and soft and filled with my vanilla bean scented home made strawberry jam, whipped creme fraiche and cream, this is an afternoon tea delight that must be shared with family or friends. 

Order a fresh Swiss Roll, made with wholesome organic eggs, and I shall deliver to your door (Sydney metro). 

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Lots of beautiful baked goods available to order under the category - "Baling Bliss" or on Instagram @cabinet_of_cookery