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Amaretti Biscuits for Christmas

It’s a very low key Christmas at Tiffin HQ. Some of this is because we have been travelling quite a lot and some of this is because we have chosen to simplify our approach to Christmas. We are aiming for quality, not quantity. We still enjoy delicious Christmas foods and sharing home made gifts, which is… >> Read more

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Never Fail Batter Cake

Last week I had a baking failure. In fact, I had two of them. I decided to add something to my repertoire so I tried a couple of new recipes. An apricot slice and some fruit biscuits. They were horrible. The slice was heavy and not sweet enough. The biscuits were doughy. Despite large amounts of… >> Read more

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Cherry & Coconut Gem Scones

I have two recipes on TIFFIN that are by far and away my most popular posts. They vie for top billing, depending on the time of year. They are Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs and Gem Scones. Ribs are most popular in winter and gem scones the rest of the year round. As they are so… >> Read more

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Mango Lassi Ice Blocks – Summer Ice Block Adventures

It’s mango season! The first mangoes have started making their way down from the Northern Territory and are surprisingly cheap, so early in the season. Mangoes from the NT are smaller than the bigger Kensington Pride (Bowen) mangoes that are just on the horizon. They are the perfect size for a snack for one. Mangoes… >> Read more

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Prune & Amaretto Coffee Cake

I have this ‘just in case, rainy day’ mentality for some of my pantry items that’s not really necessary in this ‘online, open 24 hours, available everywhere’ world, but I can’t seem to shrug it off. In recent weeks I have been making a concerted effort to use some of my many premium products. By premium… >> Read more

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Mulberry Ice Cream

Spring has most definitely sprung. One clear sign of this is the mulberry tree in the kindy down the road is fruiting. Who does that? Who plants a mulberry tree in the playground of 3 and 4 year old pre-schoolers? Someone who doesn’t have to wash the stains out of their kid’s clothing, that’s who. Between the… >> Read more

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A month or so ago, we visited the area of coastal Queensland known as Wide Bay-Burnett. The area contributes a vast amount of fruit and vegetables to our tables including the humble sweet potato. Driving back and forth from Bundaberg to the coastal town of Bargara, we passed a huge sweet potato farm selling large bags of… >> Read more

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International Scone Week 2016 coincides nicely with a recent dilemma I have been having. That of, excess pumpkin. Pumpkins are well and truly in season so it’s not uncommon to arrive at work to pumpkins sitting in the kitchen with a ‘please take me’ sign. If you do take a whole pumpkin, then there is… >> Read more

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Caramel Fig & Pear Loaf – Bookmarked Recipes

The original recipe that this Caramel Fig & Pear Loaf is based on had been bookmarked for years but I never seemed to have the time, ingredients or inclination to get it made. It’s physically bookmarked with a little tab of paper that pre-dates virtual bookmarking. My ‘to review’ board on Pinterest tells a similar story, as… >> Read more

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Chocolate Coconut Slice – It’s Fete Season

Yes, I know it’s fete season because hot on the heels of publishing a recipe for Old Fashioned Rock Cakes, I got an email from a friend asking for suggestions about what to make for a cake stall. Whilst Rock Cakes are an option, I have another old favourite up my sleeve for those who may… >> Read more

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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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Honey Puffs to Celebrate Paniyiri 2016 – Yassou!

This year is a biggie for Paniyiri, Brisbane’s Greek Festival. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary. It’s come a long way from a small celebration within the Greek community to a huge festival over an entire weekend where the whole of Brisbane comes together to celebrate all things Hellenic. Paniyiri is actually Australia’s Big Fat Greek Festival… >> 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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Vanilla & Blood Orange Flummery

Flummery as a dessert sounds like a bit of an old fashioned concept doesn’t it? That’s because it is. First mentioned in Gervaise Markham’s ‘Countrey Contentments’ or ‘English Huswife’ book of 1623 it was a peasant dish of oatmeal steeped in water and boiled to thicken it and served with butter. Over time, the dish evolved with… >> Read more

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5 Ingredient Apple Crumble In 30 Minutes

What do you do when you visit Stanthorpe and buy half a case of apples? You eat a lot of apples. A lot. They are in your lunch box. They are an afternoon snack. They are morning tea. They are in fruit salad. They make their way onto the cheese plate. They are sitting in… >> Read more

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Well that was a Eurovision to remember! Australia had a wildcard entry with Guy Sebastian taking out a respectable 5th place, Nigella Lawson read out the results for the UK, Conchita Wurst introduced the show by flying through the air and not one but two countries managed to achieve the highly elusive and never sought… >> 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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If there’s one thing Australians can’t get enough of, it’s Eurovision. We’ve laughed, we’ve danced, we’ve cried. The winners, the losers, the ridiculous outfits, the funny accents, we’ve embraced them all. What was once a way to unify Europe and bring a splash of colour and glamour to some dreary postwar years has become a… >> Read more

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