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It’s Fete Season and that can only mean one thing. Cooking for the Cake & Sweet Stall or, if you have a really posh school, cooking for the Cake Stall AND the Sweet Stall. I recall many aspects of my own school fetes, a particular stand out being the White Elephant Stall. Who would give… >> Read more

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Jenna’s Peachy Keen Tart Recipe

A couple of years ago, QAGOMA ran an exhibition called ‘Harvest‘, which brought together food themed art from its collection. Alongside the gallery installations they ran a food themed film festival. I tried to see at least two movies a week, sometimes with Anthony, sometimes with my Mum but often by myself. I got to… >> Read more

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I Heart Pecan Praline Shortbread

We’re not big on celebrating Valentine’s Day in our house. In fact, we’re not big on celebrating most festivals, high holy days or nation building activities, preferring instead to keep our money in our wallets and celebrating events that are meaningful to us rather than to retailers. Having said that, there’s no harm in cutting… >> Read more

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Peanut Butter & Ginger Builder’s Biscuits Recipe

Regular readers will know that the TIFFIN kitchen and surrounds are in renovation mode. After waiting a long time for building to commence, we were unexpectedly catapulted ahead of schedule. Every day for the past few weeks our builder, Robert and his trusty assistant Mario, have been visiting the house on a daily basis preparing… >> Read more

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ANZAC Syrup Slice

It’s coming up to ANZAC Day and the 100th anniversary of the landing on the beach at Gallipoli or Gellibolu in Turkey. Thoughts will turn to the soldiers who fought, died or survived during that campaign and as well as other military campaigns and peace keepers right up to the present. Thoughts will also turn to another… >> Read more

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Black Bean Brownies

Yes, you read that title correctly. Black Bean Brownies. A friend sent a link to me some time ago but it took me a while to check it out. Black Bean Brownies are a clever gluten-free bake that uses black beans for moisture and texture and, cocoa powder as a flour replacer and chocolate flavouring. Most… >> Read more

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Focaccia – Random Recipes #28

This month Belleau Kitchen’s Random Recipe Challenge is simply called ‘Bread’. Dom asked us to select a recipe from our baking books or the baking section of our books.  I did my random draw and came up with the very flamboyant ‘Bernard King’s Summer Kitchen’. OK then….. Thankfully Bernard didn’t have any bread, bakery or… >> Read more

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The Random Recipes challenge this month is ‘Random Birthday Number’ where we use our birthday to choose the matching book on the shelf and select a recipe to make.  Seems simple enough but the Random Gods have not always been kind to me. This time though, World’s Collided and I was able to combine a… >> Read more

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Blueberry Friands for Paper Giants – SABH

I was getting a little worried about this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop. I’ve got a lot on my plate for the rest of the month but still wanted to join in. Luckily, the public holiday fairy was watching over me, providing a little more breathing space by throwing in an Ekka holiday mid-week. The… >> Read more

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Spicy Cashew Love Cake – SABH

Yep – it’s that time of the month again. Another Sweet Adventures Blog Hop has rolled around and this time the theme is ‘Nut’s about Sweets’ hosted by Nic from the fabulously named ‘Dining with a Stud’. I love, love, love nuts. I eat a handful of raw nuts every afternoon as a tasty, low… >> Read more

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Solstice Pear & Prune Pies – SABH

I hate making pastry!  Baking is made up of two schools. Those who are born into a dynasty of bakers who have been turning out buttery flans, light as a feather sponges and scones worthy of CWA approval since Eve was a girl. As wee things, they stood on a stool at the kitchen bench… >> Read more

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If You Like Pina Colada…

…or even if you don’t, most of you will no doubt have been ‘caught in the rain’ that is blanketing the east coast of Australia. Thankfully, last week there was a brief reprieve that allowed a group of us to enjoy a picnic in New Farm Park. We were celebrating Oscar’s 7th birthday which gave… >> Read more

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Homemade Pide

I scored a couple of fantastic gifts when I recently left my long time employer.  One was a whizz bang blender (no doubt the subject of another post, soon) and, a copy of Greg & Lucy Malouf’s ‘Turquoise’. I’m a bit obsessive when I get a new cookbook – I like to sit down and… >> Read more

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Blueberry Polenta Muffins

I was having some people drop by on short notice for afternoon tea. What to make? What to make? What to make when you only want to use what you’ve already got in the cupboard but yet still want to impress? I turned to my hefty and woefully underused ‘Kitchen – Recipes From The Heart… >> Read more

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Gem Scones – perfect for a rainy Sunday

I’ve always been curious about Gem Scones. Ever since I saw a recipe for Gem Scones dipped in jelly and rolled in coconut in one of my Mum’s old cook books, I wanted to know more.  How does the cast iron pan known as a ‘Gem Iron’, work? Do the scones come out of the… >> Read more

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Friends and followers will know that I’m mad keen on Eurovision. This time last year we were celebrating in Switzerland. Tacky songs, trashy outfits, out of tune and out of step – what’s not to love? The only real tragedy in recent years has been the move by many countries to sing in English and… >> Read more

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