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Christmas Cake ice-cream

Christmas Cake ice-cream

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with leftover Christmas cake (or pudding), here is your answer.  This ice-cream is unbelievable.  It’s like everything you wish for at Christmas on a spoon – smooth and creamy with a fruit and nut texture, a hint of spice and that boost of dark rum. The recipe came about […]

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Pretty pink fairy cakes

The Fairy Princess Birthday

Miss three became Miss Four at the end of April.  To celebrate the occasion I contributed by making some pork and apple sausage rolls and pretty pink fairy cakes. But this week’s post must begin with accolades for my daughter’s prowess in the kitchen.  She pulled out all stops to produce, at the birthday girl’s […]

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A beautiful apricot tart

A beautiful apricot tart

It’s lovely being back in my own kitchen after almost six months away.  Now it’s summer and there’s a luscious amount of stone fruits to eat.  It is such a wonderful time of year to bake and stew and poach and enjoy the golden apricots and ripe deep red cherries and plums. Let’s not forget […]

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A Tasmanian truffle

A tale of two truffles

I started writing this post more than a month ago.  Today, with a few edits to bring it up-to-date, it is a finished product!  Oh blog, how I have missed you. The photo credit for the above truffle photo goes to Truffles of Tasmania Some time ago now I read a tweet about a little […]

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Recipe pages from my mother's old cookbook

Mum’s old cookbook

My mother was a great cook and became rather adventurous in her later years.  Quite a feat for 1970s small town Tasmania with its limited access to ingredients and food knowledge. Having grown up on a farm during the depression, she knew how to make food work and we were the first house in our […]

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Maggie Beer's chocolate cake with whisky soaked raisins

Maggie Beer’s chocolate cake with whisky soaked raisins

I confess I have never made this cake.  But I have had the great pleasure of eating it, just a couple of days ago for morning tea.  I was second day into my new job and one of the women who works in my team was having a birthday.  She likes to cook and insisted […]

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Olives at QVM

Melbourne’s markets #1: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria Market. How I love your hum and bustle and stallholders who chat happily with me about their wares – their fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, dairy produce, deli goods, which bread suits your mood and what chocolate is best for what purpose. Then there’s the buzz of the crowd around the brunch-time borek stall, […]

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Spanakopita

Spanakopita

One of my favourite comfort meals is spanakopita (spinach and cheese pie), served with tabbouleh and golden roast potatoes.  It’s simple, easy and extremely good for you, especially as it is so high in iron from all those wonderful deep green vegetables. I was first introduced to it  in my late teens and took it […]

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