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February Sweet Adventures Blog Hop?? Love at First Bite!

February 6, 2012
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February Sweet Adventures Blog Hop?? Love at First Bite!

When Jen Le Delicieux, JJ 84th & 3rd, Christina Hungry Australian, Heather Kitchen Crusader and I were chatting one evening about a blog hop, we had no idea it could turn in to Sweet Adventures. Its been a great 4 months worth of hops so far and it has been so great seeing what everyone comes up with. Thanks to you fabulous food bloggers. You are a mighty creative bunch aren’t you?? Ay?? Aren’t you?? So, in the spirit of all things dessert, myself and the very lovely ladies from Sweet Adventures are proud to bring you this months theme “Love at First Bite!” which will take place on Monday 20th February (9am Sydney time ). As you may have noticed (and if you didn’t, I’m slightly offended ;)), its been pretty quiet here on the DWAS site. That’s because January has been a big month. Early Jan was...

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Santas crunchy forest cake

December 19, 2011
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Santas crunchy forest cake

This months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop (#SABH) is “Festive Favourites” of course. What else? and hosted by the lovely JJ from 84th&3rd. Head on over to her SABH post for details on how you can join the hop with a bunch of other awesome food bloggers get involved! Its too much fun!! Christmas is definitely my favourite holiday. It’s such a great time of year! Everyone is really festive and mostly drunk from all the Christmas parties lol – it’s jut a happy time. If I had my way, it would be Christmas all year round in our household. Stud has to reign me in a bit – much to my dismay Normally each Christmas, I make a trifle, Christmas ice cream (vanilla ice-cream combined with mixed fruit and nut, and chocolate) and then maybe a fruit salad. This year, I wanted to make something different o with my...

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Mushroom baklava

December 15, 2011
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Mushroom baklava

As you guys know, I am a big fan of mushrooms. Much to the delight of my father who, when I was younger, use to cook mushrooms on a regular basis, only to have my mother and I turn our nose up. And when I say turn our nose up, I mean whinge and whine at the disgusting smell of those horrid little fungi. On the night that I had posted my Japanese Mushroom Risotto, I was on Twitter and saw a tweet from Christie @ Fig and Cherry asking if there was anyone who loved mushrooms. With a very excitable yes and a link to the post I had done that morning, we were quickly on our way to making sweet mushroom music together. Lately, I would say due to our health kick to get in shape for The Wedding, mushrooms have become part of the family (well...

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Platform 7 – Sydenham

December 8, 2011
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Platform 7 – Sydenham

Sydenham is a suburb that you don’t necessarily think of when it comes to cafes. Well I don’t anyway. Stud always refers to Sydenham as a train station and nothing else as the only time he has ever been, is to change trains on his way somewhere else. Don’t judge him, he’s not from here but it is actually really close to our home so when the lovely people at Food Morning offered us a breakfast deal at Platform 7, who are we to knock it back? We arrived just after 10:00am and as the inside of the café was full, sat outside. It’s not a large place, probably about four tables inside seating a total of around 10 people and then three small tables outside. The one thing I would say is that being Sydenham, the flight path is right above you so it does get quite loud....

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Ooey Gooey brownie goodness

December 7, 2011
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Ooey Gooey brownie goodness

I’m a massive brownie fan. I’m mean really, who doesn’t love a good brownie? I prefer mine a little on the underdone side so its just gooey innards with that crisp outer coating. Oh wow I’m drooling on my computer thinking about it. Anyway, these are just that, with a few different touches added to the original recipe like white chocolate buttons and a can of dulce de leche for good measure. I mean come one, if you are going to go to the trouble of making such a calorific dessert, then you need to jump in b@lls deep and do it right! In saying that, I served this with low fat vanilla ice-cream LOL. Apologies for not taking step by step pics with this one, it was an afterthought to blog about it after I took it out of the oven. It was too good not to share...

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Sweet Adventures Blog Hop: Festive Favourites

December 5, 2011
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Sweet Adventures Blog Hop: Festive Favourites

First of all, I would like to thank all of the participants in last months Sweet Adventure’s blog hop. All of your Pavlovas were fab! It was so much fun hopping through everyone’s favourite version of the humble pav. I was definitely feeling the sugar rush haha. Special mentioned to Jennifer from Deliceux for hosting our first ever event. Thanks girl! You did such a great job Due to the event being so successful, the Sweet Adventures crew and I will be making it a monthly event. Fun!! So with Christmas (way too) fast approaching, the December Sweet Adventures blog hop will be *drum roll* Festive Favourites!…………………………………………… Sorry, I was doing a little happy dance. I’m back now. Excited much? Umm yeah!! If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will know how much I love Christmas. Stud thinks its quite endearing, I’m sure that will wear off...

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Pear and frangipane tart

December 2, 2011
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Pear and frangipane tart

Who doesn’t love a good tart? Having done a couple of other tarts before and conquered my constant bickering with pastry, I was pretty comfortable with tarts now and wanted to try a few different ones. I’ve done lemon, chocolate, snickers, you know, all the important food groups, but had never tried a frangipane tart and after a purchase of some pears that were basically just for show in our fruit bowl, I knew just what to do with them. I wasn’t actually paying attention to the recipe when I made this and baked the tart first. You are meant to bake it all together. In hindsight, this wasn’t such a bad this as my biggest fear is undercooked pastry and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Pear and frangipane tart Adapted from Delicious UK Ingredients Shortcrust pastry 225g plain flour, plus extra for...

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Compromise pizzas

November 30, 2011
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Compromise pizzas

By now you all know how to make pizza. And if you don’t, then you should. These pizzas are the outcome of me wanting to do girly dainty pizzas with fresh figs and some brie, and Stud getting excited for some manly pizzas (namely Mexicana). We settled in the middle and used leftover scotch fillet from the night before with the brie and some calamari we had taken out to eat that night (before I came up with the genius pizza idea). Pretty easy to assemble – I even went to the hassle free length of buying Leggos pizza sauce. I may or may not have been hungover. Ingredients Pizza dough (enough for two pizzas) Pizza sauce Calamari Feta Pre-cooked steak One wheel of Brie Tomato chutney Method Preheat oven to 220° with pizza stone heating from cold (it can crack if you place a cold stone in a...

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Japanese mushroom risotto

November 28, 2011
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Japanese mushroom risotto

What’s your sure-fire hangover cure? Bacon and eggs? A run along the beach? More booze? Mine is avocado. “Avocado????” Avocado. A beautiful sourdough bread toasted in the oven and then coated in fork mashed avocado, topped with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. My new thing however is said cure, topped with some pan fried (in butter of course) mushrooms. I can’t seem to get enough of mushrooms these days and even if we don’t have avocado (*sadface*), I’ll top my sourdough in mushrooms and either some pecorino or fresh herbs, you know, depending on my mood, or how hungover I am….. I love trying as many new mushrooms as I can but tried to do a stir-fry with a few Asian mushrooms and in my naivety, chucked them all in at once :/ Stud definitely wasn’t a fan. Like a mother with a funny looking child, I...

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Pavlova blog hop – my homage to Reese’s

November 27, 2011
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Pavlova blog hop – my homage to Reese’s

As you may have seen on Twitter, today is D-day. The day when bloggers unite to bring you our version of the great (debatably) Aussie pavlova! After chatting with a few other food bloggers on Twitter some three weeks ago, about Reese’s (just hearing the word makes me happy),”Sweet Adventures” The Great Australian Pavlova Blog Hop was born and here we are, posting our very own versions of a pav. If you would like to be a part of future “Sweet Adventures” please comment below and we’ll be sure to send it around. Also, if you have any ideas of suggestions for our next Adventure, by all means. Share share It took me a while to come up with something. Do I go traditional? What about some kind of crazy fusion pav? Then it hit me!! Stud was out at the football; Bonnie and I were catching up on...

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