The Recipe Gatherer

A wife and mother with a passion for baking and gathering recipes

Mulberry Muffins

I’ve managed to get the timing of this recipe down to a fine art. I can have the muffins coming out of the oven just as Cora is waking up from a nap. If you need something that bakes super quickly, this is the recipe for you. It uses oil instead of butter so there […]

Elsie’s Oat Creams

My great-granny’s cook/housekeeper in Scotland was a very good baker. Elsie taught my mum how to bake when she started working on the farm so without her, my childhood would have been a lot less sweet! These biscuits are a firm favourite in our family. They’re quick and easy but very tasty. As the biscuits […]

Fresh plum and vanilla muffins

I don’t really like too many things about summer. I am definitely more of an autumn and winter kind of person. I love wearing layers, cooking big, warming meals (and puddings obvs) and drinking red wine in front of the fire. One of the things that I do like about summer is stone fruit! Our […]


I spend all year hanging out for Christmas to arrive. I love it so much that I spend all year thinking about it and whether it is too early to start baking or writing Christmas cards. Admittedly, I get sick of writing Christmas cards pretty quickly so maybe if I wrote them throughout the year, […]

Chocolate, pear and coconut muffins

I’m very sorry for the radio silence. I find that the days go by so quickly without me actually achieving very much. One of my sisters lives in Melbourne so we were down there for five days last week. We sampled quite a few cafes (someone had to) and had a wonderful time. We had […]

chickpea brownies

Chickpea Brownies

We had a massive weekend here on the farm over the long weekend, two weeks ago. I am helping my parents in their new business venture, Felton Harvest, which was established to value-add on the farm. Mum and Dad have started planting an orchard with the view to sell the fruit at local markets and […]

The Queen Mother’s ‘favourite cake’

My mum has a handwritten recipe tucked away in the back of one of her oldest cook books, given to her by my great-grandmother (my dad’s granny), who, coincidentally, I was named after. My Great Granny McCreath died after I was born so I am lucky to say that I was able to meet her. […]

Fresh Blueberry Muffins

We’re just back from a trip to New South Wales to visit my husband’s family. Trips away have suddenly become more of an effort since our daughter was born, almost six months ago. Cora travels very well generally but if we try to go anywhere in the car after 5pm, she becomes a totally different […]

Anzac Biscuits

One of the quickest and easiest biscuit recipes getting around would have to be for Anzac biscuits. It’s the biscuit that everyone knows and loves and it can be whipped up within a very short space of time. I always have the ingredients in my pantry as they are very basic, staple items which means […]

Simple Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemons would have to be one of my favourite ingredients to use, whether it be in savoury cooking or baking. They are so refreshing and can make a dish taste much better with the simple addition of some zest or a little squeeze of juice. I’ve been making this cake for almost ten years now […]