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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

At boarding school, we were given ‘tiramisu’ for dessert about once a month. I remember it as a foul concoction of supermarket jam scrolls, packet custard, and raspberry jelly. (Or whatever leftovers the cook decided to ‘inventively’ combine.) It was not one of my favoured desserts in those days. The tiramisu that was set as […]

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      Recently I have been having a huge craving for a cupcake. Now, you would think it would be pretty easy to get a cupcake in this town, what with them being ‘the’ sweet treat (well, maybe the macaron has taken over now). In any event, there are plenty of gorgeous little cupcake places […]

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I recently, with some vague amusement, noted that terroir has been declared the new fad in food. That is, your culinary creations should be seasonal and local. So, when I was recently offered a big bag of plums from a back-garden tree belonging to Em’s brother and sister-in-law, I said yes and thank-you. What a perfect […]

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Mr M and I were lucky enough to be taken to Coda by S & C as a belated wedding present (thanks!). Coda is the new(ish) pursuit of Adam D’Sylva (ex Pearl and The Age Young Chef of the Year 2008) together with Mykal Bartholomew (ex MoVida) and Kate Calder (ex Taxi). Coda serves Asian and French […]

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And finally, dessert. I picked this one out of Saha, yet another one of the great cookbooks from the Malouf team. This dessert was, in my opinion, the star of the mezze feast (don’t tell the labne balls). Watermelon sorbet 800g watermelon flesh (about a quarter of a watermelon) 200g caster sugar 70g glucose (I […]

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And the mezze feast continues… Though the food we served and ate at our mezze party was tasty, the menu was crying out for a fresh salad to cut through all the cooked food. I scanned the many Middle Eastern-esque cookbooks lying around the house for inspiration… And I found, amongst the Maloufian books, a […]

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The mezze feast continues today with labne balls.  These little balls were a complete hit and they are very simple to make. We ate them with pita and Turkish bread. They would be great to serve at a party alongside, or instead of, dips. This recipe was inspired by Christine Manfield in Fire and Greg Malouf in […]

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I made a roast cauliflower salad to accompany the tomato salad and vegetable tagine that we served as part of our mezze. The recipe is based on a roast cauliflower salad from the beloved (and sadly departed) television show ‘The Cook and the Chef’, although I tweaked the ingredients to have more of a Middle […]

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This lovely tagine formed the substantial part of our vegetarian Mezze. The method for making this tagine is a little unusual – first you make the sauce, then roast/fry the vegetables and combine. Nonetheless, this is seriously tasty and great for a crowd. It also can be made ahead of time – it gets tastier. […]

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As part of our vegetarian Mezze, we decided to make our own falafel. I have actually never made falafel before, but these were so quick, easy and delicious I will definitely be making them again. We had a couple of recipes as a reference point in making these, but didn’t follow any of them too […]

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