New Years Recipe Resolution

Passionfruit pastilles

April 25, 2012
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Whenever I think of pastilles (or Jubes as we called them), I remember my grandfather. He loved his lollies, and when I was growing up, would always have some floating around “for the grandkids”, and by that I mean, he could blame the kids when Grandma asked why they had so many lollies around the house. I would sit there and pick out all of the red ones, and when those were finished, slowly go through in order of colour palette, devouring the rest of them with Pa. Back then, there was no flavour, I just knew I liked certain colours, and that the black one was disgusting lol. Pastilles are something that I had never even thought to attempt but I have to say, after looking in Heston’s Heston at Home book, they seemed a breeze! So, as the lovely people at the Passionfruit Industry of Australia had...

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Lemon curd tarts

April 17, 2012
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Lemon curd tarts

When this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop rolled around and we decided on lemons, about a billion recipes ran through my mind. I wanted to do something fancy, Stud wanted cheesecake. That all went out the window the day that I received my Bourke Street Bakery book in the post. ZOMG! This book has very quickly (and when I say quickly, I mean instantly) become my Baking Bible. So it was reasonably inevitable that I was to search this book, and this book alone, for a lemon dessert. Lemon curd tarts? Simple yes, but delicious none the less. I love the way that these are the right amount of sourness from the lemons and not too sweet at all. The actual recipe made WAY more than necessary so you could really quarter the filling recipe for this. I like to have leftovers to have as toppings for, ummm, everything...

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Slow cooker butter chicken

July 18, 2011
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Slow cooker butter chicken

As you may or may not know, my mum doesn’t like chilli. Actually, I never use to like chilli either. Even now I’m a little scared of it, but I’ve built up my tolerance over the years and can deal with a little stronger than medium heat as long as I either have a glass or milk, or a glass of wine With my recent curry success (link) (if I do say so myself), I wanted to try another curry recipe for mothers day dinner at our place and seeing as mum isn’t a chilli fan, I thought butter chicken was the way to go. I got all my ingredients together the night before, prepped them in the morning and put them all in the slow cooker while we went to visit my grandparents to wish them a happy birthday and happy mother’s day also. Enough time for tea...

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Jamie Oliver – 30 Minute Meals

April 7, 2011
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Jamie Oliver – 30 Minute Meals

I’ve been having slight blog withdrawals this past month. With work getting more hectic by the day and trying to plan a wedding, things have been super busy! By the time I get home from work or have had a day of details on the weekend, who has the time to whip up a gourmet meal for the family (mum and dad were over for dinner)? Well thanks to the in-laws and Jamie Oliver, I do  lol! Flicking through my Christmas present from Stud’s parents once again, I was pretty impressed with all the recipes and decided to make Tray-baked Chicken with Squashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. Would it really take 30 minutes or does it only take 30 minutes for a chef Mr Oliver? We’re about to find out! The recipe itself was actually really easy to follow and although there are two side dishes, it explained in...

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2010 reflections + Marie Claire lasagne

January 2, 2011
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2010 reflections + Marie Claire lasagne

Wow – 2011! According to old 70’s Sci-Fi movies we should all being flying our own personal spaceship car and wearing space age suits like The Jetsons. And although technology has come a long way, we are a far cry from our own personal robot maid. I’m still hopeful though This year we all decided to have a low key NYE with close friends, cocktails and pyjamas. OK we may all be averaging 30 but we can still have a sleepover like the best of them! We were all to bring a spirit each for the cocktails and a side dish to go with the copious amount of meat for the barbeque. Being fashionably late to discuss with the hosts what to bring, all salads were already accounted for so he had asked Stud to see if maybe I could make a lasagne (one I had previously made when...

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Strawberry and Vanilla Panna Cotta – Donna Hay Modern Classics 2

October 21, 2010
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Strawberry and Vanilla Panna Cotta – Donna Hay Modern Classics 2

After an Italian evening of antipasto and pizzas, I have wanted to have an Italian dessert ready for when the sugar rush was needed. I had a look through a few of my cookbooks and was mostly looking for something quite easy but still tied in with the rest of the evening, and along came Donna Hay. I love Donna’s cookbooks! Her food styling is amazing and she makes something so simple look spectacular. Donna’s original recipe was for peaches but I had none handy so I ended up with strawberries instead and I think it actually worked a lot better for me as I could live without peaches. I also used the freezer instead of setting it in the fridge overnight as I was running out of time and decided to do it about an hour before everyone arrived. For a first attempt at panna cotta, I’m actually...

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The Complete Book of Modern Asian

September 19, 2010
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The Complete Book of Modern Asian

Excited about the huge slab of pork belly in my freezer, I went in search of a recipe that would showcase the meat without complicating it too much. We had friends over Sunday afternoon and rather than spend the day in the kitchen, I wanted to spend time with them. This recipe was perfect for that. I put it in just as they got there, then pretty much let it do its thing then when it was almost ready, do up the veg. Compliments all round for the dish and the skin was crisp crackly perfection Crisp Five-Spice Salt Pork Belly with Grilled Asian Vegetables Pork Belly ingredients 1kg piece boned belly pork, skin on 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt 1/2 tsp five-spice powder 1 tbs peanut oil 1/4 cup (60ml) light soy sauce 1 small fresh red chilli Method I didnt have fine sea salt so I...

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Sunday Lunch by Gordon Ramsay

September 7, 2010
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Sunday Lunch by Gordon Ramsay

Ahhh Sundays. A favourite of the cooks who love nothing more than to have a relaxing day baking until their hearts content. However, a loathed day it can also be, as those enjoying the fruits of their labour realise that Monday morning is but a few hours away. A recent trip to a wholesale butchers left Stud and I with a slab of scotch fillet that has burnt a whole in my pocket since the purchase. Sunday was the day! I decided to cook something hearty for my Scottish Stud and thought who better to assist me that Mr Ramsay himself? I had actually cooked this recipe before but used pork fillet instead for a bit of a change. This time I decided to switch it up by doing individual Wellingtons instead of the one big one. Ingredients 400g flat cap mushrooms, roughly chopped (I used 250g but probably...

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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

August 17, 2010
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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

One of my girlfriends came over recently for a girlie catch up as she had just got back from overseas. I was excited to see her and excited to cook for her but didn’t want to have to spend ages in the kitchen for dessert. So I made this tiramisu a few hours before and let it set in the fridge while we gossiped for hours. It was so simple and tasted fab, and was only 217 calories! Ingredients 2 and a 1/2 tablespoons orange liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau (I didn’t actually use the liqueur as I didn’t have any at home so I flavoured the coffee with a little vanilla bean paste) 120ml strong black coffee 20g Maya Gold chocolate (Green & Blacks) 2 large eggs, separated 40g caster sugar 200g light cream cheese 150g 2% fat Greek yoghurt 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, plus extra to dust 12...

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Every Day by Bill Granger

August 4, 2010
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Every Day by Bill Granger

Oven Baked Chicken & Asparagus Risotto A lazy Sunday night dinner called for Bill Granger. His meals are so simple yet packed with flavour. I would really suggest everyone – even those culinary challenged – try this recipe as you just chop, fry, and bake. All in the one heavy based pan. Done! Ingredients 2 tbs olive oil 500g chicken breast cut into thin strips 1 finely chopped onion 1 garlic clove crushed 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest 250g arborio rice 750ml chicken stock 175g asparagus sliced diagonally 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, extra to serve Salt and pepper to season Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat half the olive oil in a large flameproof casserole dish on a high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden. Remove and set aside. Add remaining olive oil to the casserole and cook onion until soft. Add the garlic and lemon zest and...

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