Recipes

Beef stew with herbed cauliflower dumplings

August 2, 2012
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July has been a busy month. With my birthday on the 6th, my family get together (for my birthday) on the 14th, a dinner with my friends (for my birthday) on the 20th and the finale birthday present dinner at Flying Fish (post to come) thanks to my amazeballs cousins. So yeah, I’ve managed to drag this baby out – for an entire month! And I’ve loved every minute of it Now however, it’s time for some home cooked meals. Some down time in our home, with our fur baby. Me in the kitchen and Stud playing Fifa, while Bonnie naps away on pretty much every surface in the house. Life is back to normal. Thankfully, I had been given some Corningware to try. Thanks ladies, my bakeware was looking a little sad. So as soon as I received the baking dish with lid (way back when), I knew...

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Chocolate Crackle Swiss Roll – for a special occasion!!

July 25, 2012
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July is a pretty big month here at Dining with a Stud. It’s not only the month in which I was born some mumble mumble mumble years ago, its also the month in which this very blog was born. Today, is my 2 year blogiversary Last year with wedding plans galore, my poor little blog got slightly neglected on its birthday, so this year I’m making cake! This cake originally came about because the amazeballs chickies at Impact had sent me some Bakers Secret goodies – a Swiss Roll Pan to be exact. With the challenge of making something 80’s inspired. Unfortunately, I was away at the time, but never one to back down from a challenge, I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with something. Easy I hear you say? Well no, not really. Although I’m a child of the 80’s, I was born in...

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Sticky Sweet Bacon Pull-Apart Bread

July 18, 2012
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My grandmother used Pyrex. My mum uses Pyrex. I use Pyrex. I was in desperate need of new Pyrex actually. Not that my old stuff had worn out, it was still going strong – but you know how it is with these damn food bloggers, they use a lot of stuff. At once. And wash up last. It gets annoying. By some random twist of fate, the fabulous ladies at Impact sent me a measuring jug, and an Easy Grab loaf pan. My mum picked it up from the post office for me. She was jealous. Just saying. Brainstorming recipes to use my spanking new toys, I thought back to a bread recipe I’d seen on Pinterest – A cheesy pull-apart bread. Of course, I wanted to put a spin on it. I was a little reluctant to use the glass as a bread tin but Pyrex is pretty...

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Peanut Brittle Semi-freddo – Nuts about Sweets

July 16, 2012
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Peanut Brittle Semi-freddo – Nuts about Sweets

It’s amazing what one can do in a pinch. This is one of those times. I’d originally wanted to do a hazelnut dessert for this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Nuts about Sweets. I’d bought some beautiful roasted hazelnuts from the farmers markets in Mudgee, and thought they’d be perfect for it. As usual, leaving things til the last minute, I emptied my hazelnuts to start taking the skins off, not realising that they were actually still in their shells. I know, I know! I don’t have a nutcracker. Insert minor heart attack here. So, frantically searching the pantry for any nut I could find, I came across some chopped peanuts that I usually use for my choc chip cookies. They’re not fancy, but they’ll do! I don’t know about you guys, but to me peanuts either mean Reese’s (duh) or peanut brittle. After much debate, I settled...

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Master the Mousse @ Homemade Finefoods – Tempe

July 8, 2012
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Master the Mousse @ Homemade Finefoods – Tempe

I love making dessert. Actually, I love cooking in general (duh), but in our house dessert isn’t something we eat often (contrary to my recent posts :/ let’s just say, my co-workers are happy campers). But there’s just a certain satisfaction that you get when people make their “dessert face”. You know the one. You can’t really get that face from a savoury dish. I find that most people have different food faces between both savoury and sweet. The sweet face is usually something along the lines of an oh-wow-this-is-SO-delicious-but-I-know-that-it’s-SO-naughty-but-I-DON’T-CARE-beacuase-its-SO-damn-good! That face makes me happy. After the fabulousness that was my hen’s tour was over, the very gracious Merna from Home Made Finefoods asked if I would like to join one of her “Master the Mousse” classes. Ummmm YES, yes I would!  Having made mousse once before, I knew the basic process but was really excited to see how...

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Momofuku’s Crack Pie

June 19, 2012
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We don’t eat much pie at home. With trying to be healthy and pastry not being overly healthy, we normally stick to some kind of pastryless pies like shepherds or cottage. I have to say though, I was pretty excited that we decided to do pies because I never make them. I’m more of a cake kinda gal. Its been quite some time since I wanted to make David Chang’s famous Crack Pie. I mean really. Crack Pie. A pie soo addictive and all-consuming that its likened to one of the most addictive drugs the world has seen. Yeah. I want in. In an effort to keep this Crack Pie a little less calorific (at a whopping 432 calories per serve), I used low fat marg and low fat cream. So actually, it may very well have changed the flavour of the overall cake. But may I say……It. Was....

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Coconut Bubble Tea Ice-Cream

May 21, 2012
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I have drunk more than my weight in tea lately. Now that’s a lot of tea (post wedding weight gain included)! I normally drink a bit of tea, I’d say around three cups a day on average, but as you may or may not know, I recently went through hip surgery. An arthroscopy and bumpectomy (yup, that’s its real name) to be exact, and spent the last two weeks couped up at home, shuffling around firstly on crutches, and then rocking a pimp cane (refusing to call it a walking stick. At least a cane makes me a bit gangsta), making myself umpteen cups of tea. So it’s pretty appropriate that it’s this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop theme. Ooh AND it’s also Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on May 24th (More on why that’s fab later). So head on over to our lovely host JJ’s blog, 84th & 3rd...

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Thai Veg and Noodle Stir-fry with Steamed Chicken

May 20, 2012
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On a weeknight, I’m all about ease. Who can be bothered cooking up a storm when you have slaved at the office for 9 hours, possibly longer if there are campaigns being launched!! Not me. No Sir-ee! I like to come home, chuck a few things together, and eat as soon as possible. If I can cut corners here and there, I’ll do it. For example, I’m quite partial to crushed garlic or ginger straight from the jar. The fab people at Gourmet Garden sent me a little esky of tube herbs and said to create a simple, every day recipe. OK, I will! Thai Veg and Noodle Stir-fry with Steamed Chicken Ingredients 1 Large chicken breast (250g) 2 tsp Gourmet Garden THAI Seasoning 1 tsp Gourmet Garden Chunky Garlic paste 250g fresh thick rice noodles 1 red capsicum, sliced 1 green capsicum, sliced 1 king brown mushroom, sliced...

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Soy and Quinoa, Banana and Custard Apple Bread

May 19, 2012
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When a box of Custard Apples turned up at my doorstep, I had no idea what to do with them. I have never even eaten a custard apple. How are you meant to eat these mammoth things?? They’re huge! I pondered over this for a good couple of days. By this time, the custard apples had ripened to a slightly softer consistency. Kind of like a ripe avocado when pressed. Ok, I’m going to have to cut one of these babies open and see what I’m working with here. Can I just say…..O.M.G! They’re delicious! Don’t let their ugly duckling exterior fool you. Their flesh is gorgeously fresh, yet with a beautiful custard flavour. It’s really hard to describe how they taste actually. In my head, that explanation cuts it, but you really need to try them out for yourself. As I was scooping out the flesh with a...

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Chestnut, Pumpkin and Prosciutto Risotto

May 16, 2012
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Chestnut, Pumpkin and Prosciutto Risotto

Yesterday I looked at my “Sleeps til Xmas” app and it told me I had to go to sleep 224 more times until it was Christmas. That made me sad. What do I do when I’m missing Christmas and the joy it brings? I bring Christmas to meeeeee! Thankfully, a gorgeous little box of Chestnuts arrived at my door thanks to Chestnuts Australia. Well I was thankful, but honestly I was a little scared. Last time I had tried to cook chestnuts I ended up with scarred thumbs and pretty awful tasting nuggets. This time, cooking instructions followed the box and after chatting with a chestnut expert over at Impact, I was a lot more confident and ready to go. I still ended up with pretty sore thumbs and some broken nails (sob :() but I had conquered the conkers (conkers is what Stud calls them – must be...

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