Monthly Archives: September 2011

Popovers With Maple Syrup and Cream

Sunday night was spent relaxing on the couch watching The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.  All the talk of drinking nice cups of Bush Tea got me thirsty so I jumped up to put the kettle on and fell flat … Continue reading

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Whole Poached Chicken With Tarragon Mayonnaise

Spring has finally sprung and the days are getting quite warm.  This poached chicken is the ideal dinner or weekend lunch for the season.  With some boiled new potatoes, a green salad and a little dollop of tarragon mayonnaise it … Continue reading

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Cardamom And Coffee Ice Cream

For a while now I have been dreaming about ice cream flavoured with cardamom and coffee.  It sounds like a divine combination and when I was flicking through the latest issue of Donna Hay I found a recipe for Cardamom … Continue reading

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Beef Empanadas

Last night we went to a friend’s house for paella and it was the highlight of my week.  I knew my kids might get a little impatient waiting for this huge paella to cook so I made a batch of … Continue reading

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Frozen Yoghurt Ice Blocks

Another quick school holiday activity is making ice blocks.  Our ice block moulds are buried deep in storage with the majority of my kitchen supplies so we raided our craft supplies and found some paddlepop sticks and plastic cups. Greek … Continue reading

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School holidays are in full swing around here which means no rushing out the door first thing in the morning and more time with all my kiddies.  There are Nerf gun bullets stuck on the kitchen ceiling, pirate ships constructed … Continue reading

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Ricotta, Fruit And Almond Cake

This cake is quite different to the cakes I normally make and unlike any cake I have tried before.  It has dried apricots and currants mixed through the cake itself and then more scattered over the top along with some … Continue reading

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Pumpkin And Meatball Risotto

Risotto will always have a special place in my culinary heart.  It was one of the very first proper dinner recipes I ventured out and tried to master.  Anyone who dined at my house between 1994 – 2003 would have … Continue reading

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Black Bean Quesadillas With Fresh Tomato Salsa

My first introduction to quesadillas was in my late teens when my friend Megan and I would head down to a cafe in Paddington and order chicken quesadillas.  I do remember being most anxious when ordering because I was never … Continue reading

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Mini Flourless Orange And Cardamom Cakes

I made these delightful little cakes several weeks ago, took lots of photos and then lost the recipe booklet.  The recipe booklet is just an additional mini magazine entitled ‘Cafe Food’ from an old 2008 Delicious magazine.  Fortunately, it decided … Continue reading

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