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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Regular readers who have been following my macaron pursuits will know that I often refer to Duncan from Syrup and Tang as the macaron expert. His site contains a wealth of information on how to try to make these fickle biscuits, including step by step instructions and even a discussion of common problems based on […]

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So after a rash of terrible macaron experiences, I have been lucky enough to finally unearth a few good macarons. Unfortunately, my luck has changed again… In my macaron pursuits I have been told several times to try Laurent’s version. However, after reading Duncan’s review of Laurent’s macarons (dry, crumbling, misshapen and all with a […]

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    The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet. Saskia and I were excited about the prospect of making a traditional British pudding and were quite familiar with the, shall we […]

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A few years ago, I attended a dinner at Parliament House in Brisbane. We were served such delicacies as crab cocktails and salmon roulade. It was a little retro-kitch, but not in an intentionally ironic way. At the time, I didn’t mind at all, however. I felt that it was in keeping with the vibe […]

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      So last week, Mr M and I babysat our niece and nephew, H & L. We live in a pretty small house so we find that we need activities to keep the kids interested and prevent them from climbing the walls. A small courtyard only holds fascination for so long! Once again, we turned to cooking […]

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It was my lovely cousin’s birthday last week and I decided to make her a cake. I’m not much of a baker, to be honest. I leave that to the fabulous Emily! I have savoury-leaning taste buds, which is why all my favourite cakes are vegetable or fruit based: banana bread, carrot cake… A few […]

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So its tomato season and this is the time of year to make passata. As a non-Italian, I have a romanticised view of the family tradition of coming together to make passata. This year, I was swayed by lovely articles in The Age and Tomato, as well as SBS’ Italian Food Safari and decided it […]

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My friend L is a lover of all things sweet and can be relied upon to bring something dark, chocolatey and delicious to any party. In recent years, these brownies have become her “signature dish”. Dubbed “crack” brownies by our friend B (this moniker was given well before Momofuku milk bar brought out its beloved […]

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I awoke on Good Friday excited at the prospect of a four day weekend then utterly terrified by the realisation that there was NO FOOD IN THE HOUSE. Well, nothing fresh and, after an uncharacteristic freezer clean out, nothing frozen either. All that was available was foods from my overstocked cupboard, heaving with canned tomatoes, chickpeas, […]

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So last weekend we had (another!) family birthday, this time, my nephew L’s 4th birthday. It seems I have spent a bit of time lately baking cakes for family (see Dad’s chocolate raspberry layer cake and H’s butterfly cake) but I was still very excited to make L’s cake. I think the absolutely key feature […]

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