Sweet Adventures Blog Hop

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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Berry & Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Lemon Drizzle

May 13, 2012
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Berry & Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Lemon Drizzle

It’s funny how our relationships with our parents go. You begin this life with such a need and dependency on your parents – yearning to be with them all of the time and share everything you encounter. Then you hit puberty, and begin to already know everything about this big world. You start to feel like your parents are holding you back. Not letting you go here or there, and definitely not understanding that they are doing it for you own good. Then you get older. I’m not quite sure at what point in my life it happened. I have always been really close with my parents (even through the odd tantrum for not letting me do something I probably shouldn’t be doing in the first place), but now, they are my best friends. I speak to my mum every day, yet we never run out of things to...

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What’s your cup of tea?

May 11, 2012
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What’s your cup of tea?

I’m a little bit of a tea fanatic. More so at work than at home. At home, Stud and I stick to the basic black tea but at work, I have a ridiculous amount of tea at my desk. You just never know what type of tea you are going to feel like. Fruity? Milky? Herbal? Yeah, I’ve got them all covered. Why am I ranting about tea? Well, the May Sweet Adventures blog hop theme has been announced. Yup, it’s tea! Duh! Our lovely host for May is JJ from 84th &3rd so head on over to her blog for more details. What fun and civilised theme. I’m so excited! I feel like Alice with my very own Cheshire Cat 😀

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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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April’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Lemons

April 12, 2012
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April’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Lemons

As you guys know, I don’t eat as much fruit as I should. Although I have used lemons in desserts before, making Stud’s favourite Lemon Meringue Pie and also a couple of tarts here and there, I mostly use lemons in my everyday savoury cooking. Preserved lemons are also great in savoury dishes so I’m quite excited about this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Lemons. This month, the lovely Jen at Delicieux is hosting and I cant wait to see what all you fab foodies out there some up with. Head on over to Delicieux to check out all of the details, but as usual, the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop  is brought to you by Delicieux, 84th & 3rd, The Hungry Australian, Dining With a Stud (that’s me :D), and The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader Better get your lemons ready peeps!

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Bailey’s white chocolate entremet

March 21, 2012
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Bailey’s white chocolate entremet

I’m a sucker for reality TV. I’m also one of THE biggest fans of Lifestyle Food and any cooking show in general. SO, when Top Chef – the show that combines my love for reality and obsession for food – aired their spin-off show “Top Chef – Just Desserts”, I was more than a little excited. It is from Season 2 of said show that I have drawn my inspiration for March’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Layer upon Layer. One episode in particular, there was a challenge where the chef’s had to create an Entremet, a multi-layered mousse-based cake with various complementary flavours and varying textural contrasts. As I watched it, ray of light shone in my lounge-room, right on my temple and the foodie Gods harmonised in unison “ahhhhhhhhhhh”. Ok that may not have happened, but I did turn to Stud like an excited 5 year old...

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March Sweet Adventures blog hop!

March 8, 2012
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March Sweet Adventures blog hop!

Shrek: For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think. Donkey: Example? Shrek: Example… uh… ogres are like onions! Donkey: They stink? Shrek: Yes… No! Donkey: Oh, they make you cry? Shrek: No! Donkey: Oh, you leave ’em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs… NO! Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers. Donkey: Oh, you both have LAYERS. Oh. You know, not everybody like onions. What about cake? Everybody loves cake! Shrek: I don’t care what everyone else likes! Ogres are not like cakes. Donkey: You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “Hell no, I don’t like no parfait”? Parfaits are delicious! Shrek: NO! You dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden! Ogres are like onions!...

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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...

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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...

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