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The High Tea Party @ The Westin Sydney

October 30, 2010
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The High Tea Party @ The Westin Sydney

One of my bestest girlfriends gave birth (to my Godson no less) back in March so last time the High Tea Party rolled around, she was pregnant and not only couldn’t drink, but majority of the high tea food (smoked salmon, cream cheese, processed meats, etc) she couldn’t eat either. This year she was pumped and ready to drink and even got her hubby to drop her off and pick her up so she didn’t have to drive. Always a good start We arrived bright and early (9:30am) as we knew how packed it was last year and were already greeted with numerous ladies heading in the same direction as us. Damn it! Our High Tea sitting wasn’t until 12:30 so we got out hair, nails, tan and a little shopping done all before lunch time. Now that’s female efficiency! When we were seated at the High Tea, we...

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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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Afternoon Tea @ Sofitel Wentworth

October 14, 2010
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Afternoon Tea @ Sofitel Wentworth

Catching up with the girls can be hard these days, especially when one has a four month old and the other has copious amounts of uni work to finish. Never the less, we had organised to do a get together High Tea (well Afternoon Tea as its called at the Wentworth) on the public holiday so that baby sitters and a free assignment pass could be obtained. We had made a booking for three and weren’t meant to meet out the front of the hotel at 2pm. I was running a little late as usual and when I sent a text to let them know, the girls relayed the hotel message that as it was a public holiday and not too many bookings were made, we were being seated in the lobby so they would sit and I would meet them there. Hmmmm the lobby? I arrived at around...

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Lime tart

September 19, 2010
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Lime tart

Trying to stick with an Asian theme for Sunday, I wanted to have something lime-ey to follow the pork but something that wasn’t too fussy so I could enjoy a couple of Sangria’s and not have to concentrate. I decided on a lime tart and got to work early on so it would have time to cook and then cool completely before dinner. Ingredients Shortcrust pastry 3/4 cup lime juice 3/4 cup caster sugar 3/4 cup cream 3 eggs Method Make shortcrust pastry and blind bake in the oven, patching up any holes that may appear before puring in the filling. Preheat oven to 140° Meanwhile place the lime juice and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until sugar dissolves. Add the cream and lightly beaten eggs making sure you stir continuously so the eggs don’t scramble. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes and...

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Strawberry tart with Dolcetto and honeycomb

September 8, 2010
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Strawberry tart with Dolcetto and honeycomb

Some left over shortcrust pastry prompted me to be resourceful with other sweet left over ingredients in my fridge (and a little booze for good measure). Enter my strawberry tart….A pyramid of freshly whipped cream, plump, boozy, sweet strawberries and crumbled honeycomb. This is a great dessert for Spring but probably not so good for the Spring time gym efforts. Well at least there’s fruit on it right? Ingredients Shortcrust pastry (see here for the recipe) 1-2 punnets of strawberry’s (depending on the size you are making) 250ml Dolcetto and Syrah wine 250-500ml thickened cream 80ml honey 20ml water 220g white sugar 2 tsp bicarb soda Method Wash and hull strawberries and place in a small bowl with the wine. Leave in the fridge overnight (or as long as you patiently can) to let them get to know each other. Roll out the pastry and fit it to a...

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Adults-Only Snickers Tart

July 29, 2010
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This is up there with one of my all-time favourite desserts. It’s so more-ish that my thighs are still screaming at me! As are that of my friends and family. I ended up having to give the rest of it away so that I wouldn’t eat it. It’s like it spoke to me. Screamed at me actually. I’m scared to make it again. But here for you is the Adults-Only Snickers Tart adapted from Epicurious.com Ingredients Crust: Non-stick vegetable oil spray 1 1/4 cups plain flour 5 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, diced 1 large egg, separated 2 (or more) teaspoons ice water Filling: 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar Pinch of salt 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/3 cup honey 1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 1 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup creamy (smooth) natural peanut butter (made with only...

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