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Monthly Archive for July, 2010

The Daring Bakers’ July challenge was a Swiss roll ice cream cake (see here). We made all the essential elements but did not quite manage to put them together. I was in charge of making two ice creams. Emily and I made the Swiss roll together. Here follows our recipes… I’ve tried making ice cream […]

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Like a lot of people, I love crema Catalana. I have tried to make it several times before, with limited success. The first time, I curdled the custard when caramelising the sugar under the grill. The second time, I curdled the custard by overcooking it on the stovetop (see here). The third time, I curdled […]

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Zumbo’s macarons – devastated but delicious

  So the devastation part should be pretty clear by now.  The back story is as follows. Mr M was headed to Sydney for a work meeting. I innocently texted him the address of Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie in Darling st and requested a sneaky macaron run if he had time. It’s fair to say, I […]

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The Gemis my local pub. It is situated about 2 blocks from my house, on the corner of Wellington and Hotham st in Collingwood. When we first moved into the area about 3 years ago, the Gem quickly became a favourite for its great atmosphere and cracking pub food. At that time, the food at […]

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Lately, I have been making a lot of custard-based dishes. In an upcoming post you will see that I’ve had a second attempt at my failed crema catalanas and a top secret Daring Bakers’ challenge also involved a custard. While this is all well and good, it means that – until yesterday – I had a large bowl […]

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I imagine that most food bloggers have their ‘Julie and Julia’ fantasy cookbook: the one cookbook from which you would love to cook every single recipe. Mine is David Thompson’s Thai Food. At 673 pages, this would certainly be quite the challenge. It’s such an incredible book; the detail about Thai food and how it […]

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My brother L lives overseas and recently came back to Melbourne for a mate’s wedding. I took a day off work to hang out with him (yep, ‘quality time’) and for some reason he decided he wanted to head out to ‘the country’ and see some scenery. This was a boon to me as a […]

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Pope Joan has been open for 8 days and is already pumping. But it was always going to be with Matt Wilkinson (who up until last Tuesday was Head Chef at Circa) and Ben Foster (general manager of Carlton’s The Kent) at the helm. Pope Joan is hidden in Nicholson St, Brunswick East, amongst a couple of […]

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At the moment, it seems like a huge number of my friends are getting engaged and married. In this vein, two weekends in a row I was asked by friends to make cupcakes for their wedding related festivities, firstly, for the kitchen tea of Z and secondly, for A’s engagement party. My friend B came […]

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I have been told more than once (by Corry and Felicia) that I need to try the macarons from Cacao in St Kilda. Unfortunately, the fact that I live Northside has meant that I haven’t managed to cross town on a macaron hunt. While Cacao has a shop at the GPO in the city (and actually, now that […]

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