Standing on a chair to reach the kitchen bench and clutching the mixing bowl. Delicately mixing in the egg to produce a deliciously gooey texture and licking my fingers when the cake had gone into the oven. Learning from the best, my love of cooking starting alongside Mom in the kitchen.
Favorite time in the kitchen
The wonderful smell of cakes baking in the oven, temptingly close to being taken out ready to cool. Spreading the icing and decorating the ‘little cakes’. Would it be jelly beans or ‘hundreds and thousands’ to decorate my cupcakes today?
I treasure those memories and the many things I learned in that colorful kitchen growing up.
My Nan was the ‘jam maker’ and my aunty followed very closely in those large footsteps, the quintessential home cook. Always in the kitchen, side by side, Aunty Joan and Nan always ‘cooked up a storm’ for the family and visitors.
Just walking up the stairs of their house was enough to trigger baking the next batch of pumpkin scones or pikelets teamed with homemade jam. Depending on the season, cumquat, marmalade, strawberry, apricot or my favorite rosella jam. Oh, the thought of those magnificent freshly baked scones, home-made jam and cream! When it came to any food savory, nourishing casseroles, hearty stews, and delicious roasts were the order of the day when I stayed over.
Mom was the ‘dessert queen’ with utterly delicious ‘mouth-watering’ creations. Our family was treated almost every night of the week. The ‘golden staircase’ tart, cheesecakes, ‘strawberry souffle’ and ‘chiffon blush’ are standouts in my memory.
How lucky I was to grow up in a home filled with magnificent food prepared by a loving cook. There was always a home-cooked deliciously rich fruitcake in the pantry. Family get-togethers and celebrations meant a feast of home baking and delicious food was being prepped.
And so, I grew up loving cooking, growing in my knowledge and skills with an ever-increasing thirst to learn more.
I continue to love learning about produce, ingredients and the wonderful variety of foods we have available to experiment with.
Bakeware and cookware ranges continue to grow, so I like to put these to the test.
Cooking continues to be a passion and we’ll share knowledge, reviews, and recipes here.
Thanks for joining us. Best baking!