Blog Spring Clean


Hang on, what’s going on here? Well, Ice-cream & Jelly has undergone a spring clean and transformation. 2013 has been a looong year, a year which I am ready to see the end of quite frankly. Just like a new summer dress or a fresh haircut, Ice-cream & Jelly was ready for a new look. […]

Dreamy Pistachio Cake

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Light as air, and best eaten immediately {surely the best type of cake}, a dreamy pistachio cake is the cure to many ills. Each layer is topped with raspberry jam and marshmallow-y pillows of icing, perfect for a Sunday Birthday cake. Sunday was one of my Mother-in-Law’s Birthday and some of the family were coming […]

Sponge Cake Challenge


A few posts back I set the challenge of perfecting the art of baking a soft and airy sponge. For years I have generally given the dear old sponge a wide berth, after many a failed attempts which looked more like an egg pancake than anything resembling a sponge.  But after my Granny reminded me […]

WAAAF Apple Tea Cake

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When I was home Aunty Jean gave me a couple of recipe books, including a book published by the Ex-Women’s Auxiliary Australian Airforce (WAAAF) – Newcastle, which was given to her by an old family friend. I am not sure what is going on in this illustration…is this guy cold, scared or jumping with anticipation?? […]

Pantry Peach Crumble

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Life is often about the simple things. Those little gems of joy which just make you happy. This week has been stressful, and yes I am fully aware it is only Tuesday! So a bit of joy is what we needed in this house. Yesterday I had a “suspicious” looking mole removed from the back […]

Chocolate Rose Cake


Well winter is officially here, well not here, here exactly (as lamented previously there is no winter in Brisbane) but it is a heck of a lot cooler. It makes for great tea + cake + book weather. {I would love to add a roaring fire into that picture} A rich chocolate cake is the […]

Hand-me-down Recipe: Sultana Nut Loaf

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In the endless search for old recipes I have been harassing all of the bakers in my family to find some of their old favourites. This Sultana Nut Loaf is a recipe from my Great Aunt Lily. I’ve always had a soft spot for Aunty Lily; one of those really crystal clear early childhood memories is set […]

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