Monthly Archives: February 2011

Peach Melba

Today is the last day of summer so it seems appropriate to have my absolute favourite summer dessert, Peach Melba.  Last week I poached pears for the Poires Belle-Hélène and I reserved the poaching sugar syrup and stored in a … Continue reading

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Poires Belle-Hélène

We have pears, pears and more pears in our fridge at the moment.  When Joel finds something ripe and cheap at the fruit and veg shop he buys big.  Reminds me of the children’s book ‘Too Many Pears’ where Pamela … Continue reading

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Maltagliata Of Beef With Rocket And Ricotta

I haven’t made this for a few years and I’m so happy to have re-discovered it.  Several years ago this recipe was published in a Sydney weekend paper and I made it so many times. Mostly because it was tasty but also … Continue reading

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Wholemeal Shortbread Biscuits

These are a lovely simple biscuit that I found in a Rachel Allen cookbook.  A light, crisp biscuit but still quite buttery like shortbread.  Not too sweet and the wholemeal flour makes this treat a bit more substantial.  Which makes … Continue reading

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Caramelised Onion And Blue Cheese Tart

One of my favourite things to cook are tarts and pies.  Anything with pastry.  I think it is one of the most rewarding things to make.  It takes a bit of time and a bit of organising but the end … Continue reading

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Fragrant Chicken And Spinach Curry

This is a very happy family dinner.  Amazingly, everyone seems to love it.  It is such a mild curry I’m not really sure ‘curry’ is the correct name.  But it is fragrant and to take it up a notch you … Continue reading

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Chocolate And Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti is perfect to dunk into a good strong coffee.  My kids like to dunk it into a glass of milk and in fact they insist on having a glass of milk everytime they get biscotti.  Biscotti is for dunking … Continue reading

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Vegetable Rice Paper Rolls

Next time you are asked to ‘bring a plate’ then give these a go.  Fresh, flavoursome and healthy finger food.  You can make the rolls up to a day ahead and cover with a damp tea towel and some cling … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pots de Creme

Well my Joel is just full of surprises.  Not only did he make a trip to an op shop over the weekend to buy a romantic record for our listening pleasure but he came home from work today, in the … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes

Earlier this week I went for a coffee and a cupcake at Vanilla Pod Cafe in Ascot.  I don’t really know why I chose the White Chocolate Mud Cupcake because I’ve never really gone for white chocolate mud cakes.  But … Continue reading

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