Pesto would have to be one of the most versatile condiments.. serve it as a dip, a spread, a pasta sauce, a topping. There are so many lovely ways. And, when made fresh with good quality ingredients pesto is also powerfully nutritious (while being the yummiest addition to almost anything).
Recently I was surprised with this beautifully decorated cake. It was a birthday gift from my partner who rarely bakes so I couldn’t help but take a few photos (before I eagerly asked to try it right away). After tasting it, totally adoring it and finding out that he had followed a Donna Hay recipe however had made a few sneaky (and while risky well worth it) adjustments, I couldn’t not share the recipe. If you’re a fan of light yet super lemony lemon cakes I highly recommend trying it!
Lemony, zesty and subtly sweet. These homemade lemon lollies (or jellies) are surprisingly easy, packed with vitamin C and as they contain pure gelatin are also wonderful for gut health. Gelatine helps to restore and maintain a healthy stomach lining and as it also absorbs water can help to keep fluid in the digestive tract (which enables smooth healthy movement). It also has lots of other benefits including helping to keep your skin healthy and beautiful (being involved in the formation of collagen) and keeping your joints strong and healthy. For a vegetarian or vegan alternative, you can use agar agar in place of gelatin, which also works to create a perfect jelly-like lollie. These lollies are just a fun immunity boosting treat for us adults and kids too.
We recently hosted an intimate family dinner party for my partner’s 40th birthday – a dinner of 18 guests which while not a fabulously large number of guests it was still a reasonable group to have, and the most we’d had for dinner so far. It was a dinner where champagne was probably going to be flowing so plenty of delicious food and a generous serving of dessert was a must. I felt that a big, decadent yet nourishing (and not overly sweet) chocolate cake of several layers would work well.