for love or burger buns

gluten-free sesame seed burger buns

I’ve had such a craving for burgers. This isn’t the first time either.

In the past, I had tried to sate that hunger with a burger patty, a pickle & a blend of ketchup & spicy mustard. It never really did the trick though.

Whilst in Colorado last year, my mum took me to the most fantastic place that had gluten-free burgers on their menu. I was in heaven. I swear, I must have made her take me back there at least four times. Each time ordering the same thing. A truffle burger with swiss cheese & all the fixings. HEAVEN!

It’s been 2 months since those blissful, mouth watering, juicy burgers…. and the cravings are back.

Lucky for me, I’m getting better at making bread. Waaaay better.

Hello beauty…. come to mama!


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white chocolate & pear tart, round # 2 – verging on a cheese cake

Much to mel’s distress, I’m posting up yet another recipe that isn’t perfect. Does any one remember the white chocolate & pear tart recipe I posted a few months ago? If not then here is a quick recap.

white chocolate & pear tart

I had a craving for white chocolate & pears, followed a recipe that looked pretty good & in the end I wasn’t satisfied with the results.

(I made the little mini version to keep mel occupied whilst we waited for the big one to cook & cool)

So I’ve been working on it. About once a month I revisit this recipe, each time feeling like I’m closer to reaching what I set out to achieve, & each time coming up with some crucial failure.

Last month when I remade it I tried to make it more like a cheese cake in texture, but not really all that cheesy. For that one I used mascarpone & ricotta. That of course ended up having a somewhat cakey quality to it that I wasn’t particularly happy with at all.

Losing sight slightly of what I wanted, I went back to the drawing board this month and decided to make it more like a cheese cake. So, I took out the ricotta since it gave a grainy texture & put in philadelphia instead.

Now of course it’s more cheesy, but I still just want it smooth & creamy so I think I’m going to have to try it again. Also, the crust needs work. The recipe I have called for bread flour & baking powder, but that gave it a weird texture. The taste was delicious, but the feeling wasn’t right.

So, I’m going to share with you what I’ve got so far…. it’s good, but it’s not amazing. I’m sharing because as I learn & grow, I think sharing my mistakes & success will help others fine solutions that work. Catch my drift?

Don’t get me wrong, the recipe is still delicious….. it’s just doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor yet. When it’s done, I want people to try it & be hooked!

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more lemons, please

I have this weird affinity for lemons, I simply cannot get enough of them. I want them on fish, potatoes, chicken, steak, sausage, salad, grilled veggies, pasta, rice, in cakes, cookies, tea, I even want to smell like them. I like lemon hand soap, detergent, house cleaner, window cleaner, lemon pledge & anything else! Here’s the kicker though, I don’t like them in water, & I can’t stand anything else that’s sour. Go figure.

Struck by one of my cravings again, I pulled up a link for a lemon cake that I’d seen once on & stored away for that special moment. You know, this special moment. (maybe it’s the colour of them, who knows). Whilst looking at it again & making a list for the grocery store, I decided I wanted to pair it with almonds. Not in a huge, obvious way of course, but I did want them to be there. So, I altered the recipe after looking at a few others, compiled my list, headed for the grocery store, & here we are.
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