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In My Kitchen… November 2016

November is here and I find myself cooking up a storm. All of those recipes that I couldn’t fit in on weekends because they were too time consuming, I now have plenty of time for. It’s brilliant. So, let’s take a look In My Kitchen and see what’s contributing to the storm. In my November Kitchen…… >> 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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Travelling through the US in Fall has its charms. The trees are at their best, displaying their Autumnal splendour; the crowds have diminished so you can enjoy the attractions in relative peace; and lots of accommodation offers low season specials. One of the disadvantages though are the many signs that you see saying ‘Closed For… >> Read more

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Bacon Ice Cream for Brunch? You Betcha!

Dessert restaurants were a thing in the 90’s. They were places you went after going to the theatre or movies or for a romantic date. The selection was general variations on chocolate mousse and cheesecake. They had a certain appeal but over time this appeal waned as it dawned on people that there is only so… >> Read more

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Endless Summer… Classic Mango Sorbet

That’s what it feels like as I sit here writing this post. It’s another hot day in Brisbane, just one of a long line of days above 30c. Whilst we haven’t sweltered as much as our friends down south with record 40c+ days, it’s still hot enough to live off a diet of salads and… >> 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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The Sweet Life in Syria

It’s terrible what’s happening in Syria. I have walked through the souks of Damascus and Aleppo, visited the ancient ruins of Palmyra and the Crusader Castle at Krak de Chevalier. It’s difficult for me to reconcile what is going on now with what I saw just over 12 months ago. But there’s another side to… >> Read more

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Land of the Giants II

Ages ago, I wrote about the Giant Food of Switzerland.  As part of the same European holiday, we saw a variety of giant food props but ice cream reigned supreme.  As I am travelling this week and have limited access to the internet to write about my adventures, for your delectation, I present the Giant… >> Read more

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A Taste of Slovenia

I have been working on the endless task of sorting 18months worth of holiday photos into some semblance of order.  It’s a cheap shot (literally) but on the coat tales of ‘A Taste of Croatia‘ and ‘Another Taste of Croatia‘, I bring you the ice cream that’s all the rage on the shores of Lake… >> Read more

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Bakdash Ice Cream – Damascus

One of the reasons I was keen to visit the Middle East and Syria in particular were the images conjured up by Barry Vera in his book and accompanying TV show ‘Feast Bazaar‘ which was shown on SBS.  The idea of travelling halfway across the world to try hither to unsampled cuisines left an indelible… >> Read more

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Another Taste of Croatia

There really is more to Croatia than funny names of food products but how could I resist after my last post on the subject?I know this post is neither ‘clever’ nor ‘original’ but, it is funny… >> Read more

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A Taste of Croatia

We have been in Croatia for a few days now and have definitely had a chance to sample the local cuisine but that will have to be for another post, when there is more time.In the meanwhile, here is a little tub of ice cream that I bought in the supermarket today.  Tastes just like… >> Read more

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Cleaning Out the Pantry – Margarita Ice Cream

Pantry stocks aren’t at the point of dwindling but I can actually glimpse some shelf space here and there. As part of a ‘pantry clear out’ dinner party we enjoyed Salmon cured with Ginger, Soy & Rice Vinegar (still plenty of soy and gallons and gallons of vinegars to go), Slow Cooked Lamb with Sumac… >> Read more

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