Tag: Desserts


Visiting the Tramsheds @ Harold Park Dine out

I was wandering along King St, Newtown while Stu had his haircut and I bought a scrap of  Japanese cotton in a super cute floral pattern. I was planning to turn into a shirt but it’s a smidge not wide enough… so yet another paper bag elastic waist skirt it is. (I really need to teach myself how to sew a zip so I can expand my repetoire). Anyway, this is a post about food not sewing! Even though we had a snack before departure I was pretty hungry by the time we drove all the narrow back streets (thanks no thanks...

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Basque burnt cheesecake Dine in

If you are someone for whom the smoke alarm tolls when you are active in the kitchen, this is the recipe for you! This cake is actually meant to be burnt – admittedly there are layers of burnt and charcoal is not where you want this to end up. However, shades of hazel, cocoa, cinnamon to a tad of inky coal black is delicious and actually what this cheesecake is all about. This recipe hails from Basque in the northern part of Spain. It’s deceptively simple and decidedly good. It was one of two desserts I made for a dinner party, so...

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Golden syrup self saucing pudding Dine in

The wind is roaring outside my window. Branches are whipping violently in the wind and the rain alternates between torrential and steady. At times the wind is so strong I can hear more than just the leaves moving and the house creaking. It’s a whistle followed by a long, slow grumble – the sound of a crotchety old man combined with the speed of a gazelle. It’s lovely to watch from inside my house… and I plan to remain safely ensconced for the rest of today. Winter has finally arrived and it’s my favourite time of year to cook. Casseroles cooking...

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Tropical getaway in Cairns Travel

The Anzac day long weekend was approaching and Stu and I decided on a whim to head to Cairns for 4 days. We didn’t need much convincing really – it has been months since our last scuba dive and the warm tropical waters of Cairns seemed an ideal way to escape the suburban speed of Sydney. We certainly didn’t need much – a couple of changes of clothes, one “good” pair of shoes (sandals) and a pair of thongs each, along with our massive dive bag and we were heading to the airport. It was my first visit to Cairns and it had...

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Moving and globe artichokes with crushed peas Dine in

It’s been a little while between posts because we have been moving house.  Project “Clean Out The Fridge, Freezer and Pantry” was initiated so we had less stuff to move which resulted in not very exciting cooking for a few weeks while we cleaned things out. The freezer was particularly full and one night when Stu was on his haunches foraging for dinner I heard exclamations and bags landing on the floor as he discovered my stash of parmesan rinds, herbs, spices, random pieces of bread, bread crumbs as well as quinces, mangoes and bananas. Rather than waste food I generally stick it in...

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