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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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Nuts about Sweets! July #SABH

July 2, 2012
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Nuts about Sweets! July #SABH

Let’s face it, I’m a little nuts. You can be honest with me. I can take it. I feel like in our own way, we’re all a little nuts. So its pretty fitting that on the month of my birthday (my sixth 25th birthday no less), I’m hosting the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, and its NUTS!! I understand that although some of you may be a little nuts, you may also be allergic to nuts. Don’t fret, in this instance you can totally use seeds The hop (also known on Twitter as #SABH) will be open for your posting, linking and viewing pleasure 9am (Sydney time) Monday 16 July 2012, and will remain open for a week and a day until 10:59pm (Sydney time) Monday 23 July 2012. Feel free to link up at any time during this week. Blogs will appear in the hop list in order of submission. **Please note the revised closing time,...

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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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Sweet as Pie! June SABH

June 13, 2012
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Sweet as Pie! June SABH

How cold is it?!?! If you’re in Sydney (or probably Melbourne), it’s pretty damn cold. Dont you hate those people that ask you how cold it is when its really cold I’ve dusted off the slow cooker and started stocking up on secondary cuts ready to fill my freezing belly with a warm hug in a bowl. What better way to top off such a meal than with a sweet, warm pie. Or tart. Or galette. Hey, we’re not fussy. Just as long as it has a pastry base. And maybe a top, but we’ll let that one slide. Head on over to The Kitchen Crusaders  who is our lovely host for the month. She’ll give you more details on entering, but you know you wanna join this one. Come on people, IT’S PIE!!!

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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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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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