Chocolate Chambord ricotta cake with raspberries.

23 Feb

 

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Call me late to the party but I have just discovered two ingredients that are rocking my cake baking world. Continue reading

Eggplant parmigiana

31 Jan

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So, here’s some exciting news – next week I am teaching a vegetarian cooking class at our local college! It will be the first time I have taught anyone anything in a formal setting so I am excited slash nervous. Not only that – the class has sold out! No pressure, then…

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Chocolate whiskey cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

3 Jan

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Happy 2017! If you have come to my site looking for a healthy way to start off the new year I am afraid you are out of luck. My first recipe for the new year is full of fat, sugar and alcohol, or as I like to think of it, the holy trinity of baking. Continue reading

No bake eggnog balls – an easy last minute Christmas dessert

21 Dec

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Last Christmas, I discovered eggnog. You so thought I was going to write… `I gave you my heart`, didn`t you? Or am I the only Wham! Fan in the house? #surelyNot

I digress… as summer in Sydney is usually 35C we are more likely to drink juice or champagne (or both…) rather than a heavy, custard-type beverage.

But I love baking with eggnog. The slight rummy taste and notes of nutmeg make it such a festive concoction that every year, come December 1, I am stalking my local supermarkets for the first appearance on the shelf. Continue reading

Rum and raisin Christmas spirit cake

18 Dec

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I am not a fan of fruit cake. There, I said it. I know it is a tradition, especially at Christmas time, but I find fruit cake heavy and cloying and overbearing. I once made a Christmas cake from scratch, spending the GDP of a small nation on pricey dried and glace fruit. It went pretty much untouched on Christmas Day, and after storing in the pantry for a month or so I ended up throwing it out.

Never again. Continue reading

The perfect Christmas Day salad: macadamia, salmon and Asian cabbage

14 Dec

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The weather is warming up here in Sydney, which means picnics and barbecues are the mainstays of eating. We Sydney-siders love a chance to eat in the great outdoors, whether its on a towel at the beach, on a friend`s verandah or in the park. Summer is when Sydney is at its showy-off best: hot days, blue skies, balmy nights when the sun takes forever to set, festivals, long days at the beach…

Reading this, you wouldn’t actually realize that summer is my least favourite season. The heat and I are enemies. I only have to look out the window on a summer day and I am burnt. My Anglo Celtic skin demands broad-brimmed hats, long sleeves, SPF 50-plus and shade. Give me a shady spot with a tall glass of something cool and spiked and a slightly breeze and I am happy.

The best part about summer is eating fresh, healthy food. As a pescetarian of some 25 years it is the perfect opportunity to indulge in salad with a protein hit.

This salad is the perfect meal or side dish for Christmas Day – it has crunch, luxury items like macadamia nuts, greenery, and some protein. It takes minutes to throw together but looks and tastes amazing.

It would also be a perfect Boxing Day meal, an ideal antidote to the previous day`s eatfest.

I recommend assembling this salad right before serving so it doesn’t wilt – you really want the crunch of the cabbage leaves. This salad serves 4 so feel free to multiply it to serve the number of guests on Christmas Day. I always serve salad dressing on the side rather than pouring it over.

GATHER:

One Chinese cabbage (wombok) shredded finely

Two packets hot smoked salmon, roughly broken up – I prefer the pepper fillets

One bunch flat leaf parsely, leaves removed and stems discarded

300 grams roasted macadamias

freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

dressing:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons minced garlic

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LET`S GET TO IT:

Place all ingredients, except the dressing, in large salad bowl and toss. Serve with dressing on the side.

Dressing: place all ingredients into a glass jar with screw top lid and shake until combined. Place in glass serving jug. If making dressing in advance remove from fridge about 20 minutes before serving.

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Christmas peanut butter cookies

10 Dec

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Christmas in Sydney is a hot and humid affair. There`s none of the snow and ice skating and roasting things by a roaring fire. Here it is a swim after a cold seafood lunch and trying to avoid the flies and sunburn. Continue reading