Tag Archives: food

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.

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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

Cookie dough chocolate chip cheesecake squares

16 Nov

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Got a hankering for cheesecake and chocolate chips and cookie dough and squares? Do I have a fabulous recipe for you! Chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake squares are the ultimate in desserts – gooey and crunchy and soft and moreish and more! Continue reading

Donna Hay raspberry chocolate brownies

5 Nov

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Just eight every day ingredients stand between you and these luscious, luxurious dark chocolate and raspberry brownies. And should you not have any of these items to hand I urge you to abandon your post, buy them, then bake these rich, easy, delicious brownies from scratch. Continue reading

Red velvet skillet brownie

2 Nov

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Not very many desserts or sweet treats can tempt me – but when I see the words ‘red velvet’ I am in! I always order anything red velvet at cafes or in bakeries and I love baking red velvet-based recipes.

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One bowl vegan chocolate cinnamon cake

27 Oct

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Cinnamon is one of my all time favourite flavourings for baking. It provides a classic yet distinctive taste to cakes, bickies, brownies and crumbles. Continue reading

Halloween baked donuts recipe

10 Oct

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Growing up in Australia, Halloween was a something we were only familiar with thanks to American movies and TV shows. Remember the scene in ET when they take the cute alien trick or treating? That was probably my first introduction to Halloween. In the last few tears though, it has slowly become ‘a thing’ here and shops are currently full of plastic orange pumpkins and ghouls. Continue reading

Donna Hay cheat’s lamingtons

15 Sep

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Lamingtons have always called to me with their siren song of sponge cake, chocolate and coconut. Despite being an obsessive baker, I find making lamingtons to be fiddly and messy – and my poor bench is always worse for wear.

Behold – the cheat’s lamington from scratch! My goddess idol Donna Hay created this recipe and I was just about dancing in the streets when I stumbled across this easy, mess-free way to make my fav cake. Continue reading

Vegan chocolate and coconut cupcakes

12 Sep

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I haven’t eaten meat for decades but have always loved my dairy products. I remember when I first become vegetarian, going out to eat in suburban Sydney meant pasta for dinner. And I’m not talking delicious hand-made gnocchi with wild mushrooms, or eggplant lasagne, but usually dry packet pasta with generic tomato sauce. Yawn. Continue reading