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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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In My Kitchen… June (yes June!) 2015

The title of the post says it all really. Just as I was about to start writing this, I saw a cheeky tweet from New York Magazine about what Netflix will have on offer at Christmas. Christmas!? We’re not quite at that end of the year yet but some television producer is on to it… 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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Iced Chocolate Wine – My First Heston

I love Heston Blumenthal because he’s the antipathy of the power chef.  Self taught, a bit of a nerd, he’s had a few famous disasters (food poisoning at his Michelin starred Fat Duck restaurant to name one) and is a bit of an average looker. Yet, he’s hugely popular, much of it on the back… Read more

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Grand Slam – Golden Fields

*** THIS VENUE HAS NOW CLOSED *** I was originally going to call this post ‘Holy Trinity’ but if you follow the series, you’ll find out why there was a name change.  I’ve spoken before about how I’m a big fan of Andrew McConnell’s work, both in the kitchen and in service at the table. … Read more

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Flashback – Mint Pattie

I don’t mind a choc/mint combination but it’s not something I seek out. I’m more a gummy bear or jelly bean kind of girl. The other day I was in Canberra when a friend bought each of us a low fat sugar fix for a long afternoon meeting that lay ahead.  It was a Nestle Mint Pattie. … Read more

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Give yourself over to absolute pleasure….

…swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh. So begins the opening refrain of ‘Don’t Dream It, Be It’ from that camp classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Never have the lines of a song so aptly described the state of mind and even being when you commit to making Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Peanut… Read more

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A Treat for the Frequent Flyer

The other day I was poking around Koko Black in Canberra, wishing we had one in Brisbane when I saw these little treats.  The thing that caught my eye was the label – ‘For Frequent Flyers’.  I thought, ‘What’s this? They’ve recognised my fellow zombies, trapped in a twilight zone of overpriced airport shops, shuttling… Read more

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Haigh’s Chocolates – Adelaide

South Australia has a lot going for it food wise.  There are some great wine regions, lots of local providores, artisans and seasonal produce and national treasure Maggie Beer.  Most importantly, Haigh’s Chocolates has it’s historic and quaintly named ‘Beehive Corner’ store only one block from where I work, when I’m in Adelaide.Many of you… Read more

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¿How Do You Say Chocolate in Spanish?

Chocolate (chuck-o-LAY-tay).  It´s very nature transcends all language barriers…If there´s one thing that´s certain, it´s that the Spanish have a sweet tooth.  Everwhere you look there are Pasticceria selling cakes, cookies, doughnuts, chocolates and ice cream.  On every other corner is an El Rincion, shops selling vast arrays of lollies and candied nuts.  And, there… Read more

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Creation Hot

I like chocolate and will always say ‘yes’ to some if it’s offered but a chocolate cake or tart or icecream is never going to be my first choice from the dessert menu. I’m not in love with chocolate as much as some. It must be said though that I am a fan of dark… Read more

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