Monday, April 23, 2018

Away from Home - Melbourne 2018

Last month we were back in Melbourne for a flying visit. I was attending a conference and added a couple of days so that Hubby and I could have a mini-break. And of course, that meant discovering new eats and visiting old favourites.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Winemaker's Platter

A simple meal for a hot day!

These last weeks in Sydney have been hot and humid. Scorching days and muggy nights leave me feeling so drained that cooking dinner at the end of the day is the last thing I want to do!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Buttercream Icing

Many of the recipes for buttercream icing (or buttercream frosting) use icing sugar, an ingredient I don't tend to keep in my pantry. So I was pleased when I came across this allrecipes Creamy Frosting Recipe that used white sugar.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chocolate Carrot and Ginger Slice

One way to use up leftover icing from store-bought cake mixes.

I've made the family's favourite apple slice a couple of times now but after purchasing two vanilla cake mixes I ended up with unused packets of icing. I asked my Aunt what she did with the icing, only to be told that I could buy vanilla cake mixes without the icing mix!

However, I can't buy a gluten-free cake mix without the icing so I started to investigate gluten-free recipes where I could use the icing. And this was the result: a chocolate carrot and ginger slice.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Away from home - Orange

It had been two years since we last had a long break so we decided to take some time out in Orange, 3½ hours drive from Sydney.

Orange has been described as the “food bowl of New South Wales” and, when I started looking for accommodation, I discovered that the Orange F.O.O.D (Food of Orange District) Festival ended a couple of days before we arrived.

With the festival, school holidays and Easter long weekend, finding accommodation with a full kitchen was difficult. The apartment that I booked had a kitchenette with, according to the website, only a microwave for cooking.

I mainly use my microwave for warming frozen meals, so cooking with a microwave was going to be a challenge!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fruit Pudding Cake

A Christmas pudding reconstructed as a layered cake!

Milestone celebrations call for something special! Hubby's Brother asked me to cook a Christmas pudding for their mother's 90th birthday celebration. With 20 guests I needed to double the quantity of the ingredients and, because we weren't having a cake, I decided to turn the pudding into a cake.