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Middle Eastern Orange Cake
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Middle Eastern orange cake with spiced syrup (gluten and dairy free)

We’ve all had a moment when we need to create something sweet for our gluten and/or dairy free guests…. and sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start? Well here is your answer.

I always receive great feedback on my Flourless Chocolate Orange cake at parties (it is also dairy free!)… so I thought it about time I post a variation I created last November…

I was a bit bored with always turning to the same dessert option for my gluten and dairy free buddies, so here is a twist on the same recipe. As you can see in the photo, it can also be served up as individual desserts for a more ‘gourmet’ dining experience.

Middle Eastern Orange cake with Spiced Syrup (gluten & dairy free)

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Persian Love Cake thermomix almonds gluten free GF pistachio nutmeg
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Babies, Persian love cakes, rosewater and macaroons…

Although I was up to my neck in dirty nappies and baby vomit (I had a week alone with the two kids whilst my husband traveled interstate for work), I couldn’t let the day come and go without making a bit of a fuss of Heidi.

So we had a small family afternoon tea, and Heidi and I did some baking… (I must add that Heidi wears her Liberty print apron every time she cooks… most of the time naked underneath!)

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Upcycling – Gran’s candle stick and plate become Heidi’s cupcake stand

If you play around on Pinterest (especially in the the DIY and crafty areas) you would most certainly have stumbled across the use of old plates or pie tins and candle sticks to make a cupcake stand.

Let’s face it, we all have old plates and candle sticks ‘floating’ around the house, that we NEVER use! And if you are lucky enough not to, take yourself down to your local thrift shop and you can probably pick some up for under $5 (or knock on your neighbours door and ask them to donate some of their ‘floaters’ to you!)

Ingenious was my first impression. You’ve probably noticed I get over-the-top-excited about a old upcycling project… So much so that I wanted to give it a go myself.

The two things I love about upcycling…

red velvet cupcakes party kids birthday food recipe
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Heidi’s first birthday party…(any excuse to sip on sparkling and eat honey joys!)

We made it…. our (not so little) Heidi is now one! The photo below was taken before all her buddies arrived for her party last weekend. Whilst I love this photo, I prefer the ‘behind the scenes’ shots that show you her true personality…  … Read More

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Upcycling: egg carton muffin box

I guess you could call this Part II of Upcycling: Transforming garbage. I have ‘a thing’ about throwing things away that can be used for something else – it drives my husband crazy.

All around our house you’ll find items I have saved from the trash that are being stored until I get around to doing something with them.

A few months ago I posted about a collection of household garbage I had transformed into useful home storage items (see post: Upcycling – transforming garbage).

Below are examples of the baby formula tin becoming a cooking utensil holder, and the bulk washing detergent bucket turned into toy box….