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Apple strudel dessert recipe

16 Jul

Apple strudel recipe

I have always loved apple strudel, making and eating it. I remember making this apple strudel for my late, great nana – who Miss 10 is named after – and I recall her saying to me her to just give me a slice to take home, rather than the whole thing, as she would just eat the lot. Despite her protestations I gave her the entire thing, she ate the entire strudel – presumably over a few nights – and told me later that she thought it was ‘bloody beautiful.’ That made me happy. Continue reading

Chocolate macadamia self-saucing pudding

27 Jun

chocolate self saucing macadamia pudding

Winter is here! I think I am the only person in Sydney celebrating the cold snap – most of my friends look at me aghast when I tell them how much I adore the cooler weather.

Boots. Scarves. Coats – fashion is so much more chic when the temperature falls. Another thing that it is better in winter than summer – desserts. In the heat you are really limited to ice-cream, fruit or anything else that requires minimal time in the hot kitchen. Come winter and the kitchen is exactly where I want to be, making cakes, baking brownies and stirring home-made custard. And self-saucing puddings.

Self-saucing puddings are just magic – a simple pudding is topped with a sprinkle of sugar and cocoa then doused with boiling water, which results in a deep, rich sauce.

Growing up we used to make self-saucing puddings in winter all the time and we would all be adamant that we wanted equal quantities pudding and sauce.

My friends from Australian Macadamias recently sent me a massive bag of their delicious macadamias to bake with and I have been going nuts in the kitchen #heHeHe

These delicious nuts are indigenous to Australia and are full of flavour and go perfectly with chocolate. I have loved creating recipes to show off their freshness and taste.

This chocolate macadamia self-saucing pudding is full of flavour. The crunch of the nuts are a perfect foil to the soft, squishy filling of the pudding.

 

Just a warning – you will want seconds…

Serve with double cream or vanilla ice-cream.

 

macadamia chocolate self-saucing pudding

GATHER:

1 cup self-raising flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup brown sugar

80g butter, melted, cooled

1/2 cup milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

50 grams unsalted macadamias

Sauce:

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted

1 1/4 cups boiling water

self-saucing chocolate macadamia pudding

LET’S GET TO IT:

Spray a two litre size glass or ceramic dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 180C and fill the kettle.

In a large bowl stir together the flour, cocoa and sugar.

In a small jug whisk together the egg, butter and milk then whisk into the dry mix. Use a silver spoon to stir together until combined then sprinkle in the macadamias.

Pour batter into dish. Boil the kettle.

Combine the susauce sugar and cocoa together then sprinkle evenly over the top of the pudding. Carefully pour the boiling water evenly over the top then place in oven.

Bake for 30-35 minutes – the top will spring back when it is cooked. Don’t use the inserted skewer trick to test this recipe as the pudding will be wet from the sauce.

Serve immediately.

Easy tabouli salad

30 May

easy tabouli salad - perfect for a picnic. The Hungry Mum

Growing up, my mum used to make tabouli all the time for picnics and barbecues. The suburb where I grew up was all white bread and vegemite so this salad was an exotic addition. Continue reading

Vegetarian pumpkin lasagne

23 May

 

IMG_0746Not tooting my own horn or anything but my vegetarian lasagne rocks. I know this because Misses 8 and 10 demolish bowls and bowls of it every time I cook it. Continue reading

Classic madeira cake recipe

20 May

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Regular readers will know I love unfussy, classic baking. No fancy fondant or cumbersome techniques for me – I like a cake that I can quickly put together, pop in the oven and remove and eat a short time later.  Continue reading

Warm slow cooker cheese baby spinach dip

15 May

cheesy spinach slow cooker dip - The Hungry Mum

I am that person who is more than happy with dip, cheese, crackers and wine for dinner on a Saturday night when I’m with friends. Last night was such a night – an impromptu invite to a friend’s house seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a dip from scratch. Continue reading

Sydney school holiday activities for kids

14 Apr

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There are so many things to do in Sydney these April school holidays that we are spoiled for choice.

Even though we are born and bred Sydneysiders we love playing tourist and head into town most weekends to get a dose of colour, culture, food and fun.

Here’s some of the activities the Hungry Family have been up to lately. Some are just on during the school holidays while others are on year-round.

Elizabeth Bay House

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Many moons ago I used to live in Elizabeth Bay, a posh harbourside village in Sydney and used to pass Elizabeth Bay House frequently. Just seeing this stunning mansion, with its multi-million dollar view of the harbour, is enough to take your breath away.

In 1835 the colonial secretary Alexander Macleay was determined to build an iconic splendid home. That he did but there is more to this mansion than just another Sydney-real-estate-is-crazy-expensive story.

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On our recent visit we were extremely lucky to be taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the place by a guide. She even took us up the ‘servants stairs’ into the attic where staff used to sleep – an area that is usually off limits.

As part of school holidays activities there was a free craft table with a butterfly focus for kids to get creative – score!

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http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/elizabeth-bay-house

MCA

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The Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay has free entry, with the exception of special exhibits. We visited a few days ago, stopping first on level four to eat at the wonderful MCA Cafe. With a view over to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House it is a great pace to sit and soak up the environs on Sydney Harbour. Find a table – you can sit indoors or outside – then line up to order. Service is relaxed and friendly and you can order a glass of wine or coffee, too.

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After we were satiated – I highly recommend the avocado and tomato cottage loaf – we headed downstairs to the children’s art trail. The gals were given a clipboard, worksheet and pencil and told which art woks to look at it. After they had finished their assignments they were grated access to an amazing room where they made collages. This room had a jaw-dropping view over the harbour, but the little people were so occupied with cutting, gluing and creating that I doubt they noticed.

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www.mca.com.au

The Australian Museum

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This place has long held a special place in our hearts and we have been so many times to ‘the dinosaur museum’ (as Miss8 has dubbed it) that it feels like a second home.

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The recently opened Trailblazers exhibit is a round up of some of Australia’s best and bravest pioneers. The feats these people have undertaken is nothing short of inspirational – in fact, you find yourself wondering what you’re doing with your time when you see what these amazing people have achieved.

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This is a hands-on exhibit that even includes a mini rock-climbing wall. My gals LOVE rock climbing so they were thrilled to have a go – and The Hungry Dad joined them 🙂

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Kids have free entry into Trailblazers on weekends. See http://australianmuseum.net.au/trailblazers-australias-50-greatest-explorers

Other activities:

The Sydney Opera House always has a free creative play event in The Western Foyer during school holidays. The activity changes each hols and some are more engaging than others. We always check it out, even if we aren’t headed there to see a show. www.sydneyoperahouse.com

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We visited the Sydney Harbour Icons Lego exhibition late last year and had a blast, though I have no idea what happened to the many photos I took! I suggest booking online and reserving an early morning spot. Get inspired by the Opera House and Luna Park models, then have a go making your own creation with the umpteen Lego bricks.

http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/sydney-harbour-with-lego-bricks

Speaking of… Luna Park has been thrilling youngsters for generations. It is free to walk through the gates but you will need to buy a pass to go on rides. To be honest, a couple of hours is enough here. I suggest either taking your own food – there are picnic tables on the harbour foreshore – or heading into Kirribilli to eat. Food here is expensive, carnival clichéd, and options are limited. Your best bet is to walk under the Harbour Bridge to the other side of Kirribilli for food.