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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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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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Parmesan Bites for Summer Drinks

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…Jack Frost nipping at your nose… These are delightful sentiments if you’re living or celebrating Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. For those of us down under, the thought of being dressed up like Eskimos on a blistering Christmas afternoon is enough to send you literally into meltdown. When I was invited by the gang… Read more

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An Ottolenghi Weekend – Tahini Cookies

I have a confession to make. I love cooking. I’m great with savoury. I’m OK with desserts. I’m so so with baking. I’m terrible with biscuits (cookies). If you look back through my recipe posts, you’ll find only one for biscuits and even that’s for very basic Quinoa Crackers. I’ve talked before about the best bakers… Read more

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Vintage Week – Never Underestimate an Op Shop!

This week it’s about all things Vintage.  Once upon a time we talked about antiques, about things being old fashioned or retro.  Shabby Chic is out and Vintage is in.  Here’s a week in the life of TIFFIN’s Vintage Brisbane. Today we visit some of my latest Op Shop purchases. It’s been a while since… Read more

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International Year of Quinoa – Quinoa Crackers

When I was researching dishes to cook for my South American themed Gastronauts Supper Club dinner, I came across a recipe on About.com for Galletas Saladas de Quinoa or, Quinoa Crackers. The idea of a nutty biscuit made from quinoa appealed so whilst it didn’t make it onto the menu that night, I held on… Read more

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Regular readers will know that the Eurovision Song Contest lives large on my social calendar.  Every year, a dedicated group of us gather in a lounge room somewhere in South East Qld to celebrate all that is so bad and yet, so good about Eurovision. Over the years we have honed party planning of this… Read more

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A Kitchen Angel

Coffee shops continue to spring up all over Newstead and Teneriffe as more apartments open and businesses move into the area.   If I feel like a bit of a leg stretch after a hard morning in the Service of the Public, I go a little further than my usual haunts and drop into Locale… Read more

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Havanna Good Time

Alfajores – ‘two round sweet biscuits joined together with mousse, Dulce de leche or jam, coated in black or white chocolate or simply covered with powdered sugar.’  Al-fa-horrr-ays. Heard of them? Nah, neither had I.  I like to think that I’m well travelled and across a wide variety of exotic and traditional foodstuffs but somehow… Read more

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Never Underestimate An Op Shop!

After seven arduous weeks holidaying in South America, it was time to take a 24 hour mini break to get away from it all and celebrate Anthony’s birthday.  After an action packed evening at Greenmount Resort where the fire alarm went off at 3am and we all had to shuffle down the fire stairs in… Read more

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A Few of My Favourite Things – Update!

And the good time just keep rolling.  Hot on the heels of the great news that Soreen is now available in Australia comes the fab news that Ryvita has started selling a number of flavours here, that I came to know and love in the UK.  Like most family businesses, Ryvita has been swallowed up… Read more

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It’s not all bad on the cross Channel ferry

After an exotic Middle Eastern holiday and an unexepected detour via Spain and France, Tiffin has been re-united with her computer.  Just a quick post this time as there are still many, many food photos to catalogue.As the title indicates – it’s not all bad on the ferries that cross the English Channel (well, on… Read more

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Macarons MkII – St Emilion

In August I wrote a post about those delightfully crunchy and light as air confections known as Macarons.  They are very in vogue at the moment (always in vogue in Paris), ticking all the boxes in the current craze for Afternoon and High Tea.  Sweet, light and in an amazing array of delicate pastel shades… Read more

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