Birthday Special: Yum Yum Fer My Hubby's Tum Tum

Clockwise from left: ‘Rack of roast pork with salsa verde’, ‘Torn mozzarella, prosciutto, pear, basil, mint & sourdough crouton salad’ and ‘Porchini Gnocchi with celeriac, peas, asparagus & baby spinach’

J turns 29 today! Apart from a no-surprise gift which was the second installment of Star Craft 2 (tsk tsk tsk!), […]

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Daring Bakers Challenge: Swiss Swirl Ice Cream Cake

The Daring Bakers July 2010 Challenge: Swiss Swirl Ice Cream Cake  was hosted by Sunita from Sunita’s World – Life and Food. Sunita challenged us to make this dessert from scratch consisting of  swiss rolls encasing 2 types of ice cream and a hot fudge sauce centre.  

Hooray! I’ve finally […]

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Paneer: Indian Fresh Cheese

I’ve always enjoyed a good paneer dish whether it be in the form of mattar paneer (with peas) or palak paneer (paneer in a spinach based curry). Whenever I decide to cook up some indian fare, usually for a dinner party, paneer would definitely feature on the table and I would scramble to the […]

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Assessment: Hot & Cold Desserts - Vanilla Bavarois with Raspberry Coulis

Vanilla bavarois with raspberry coulis, crispy tuille, chopped pistachios & some caramel sugar designs

The second assessment item was the vanilla bavarois (bavarian cream) and raspberry coulis decorated however we wished hence the crispy towering tuille for height. The texture of bavarois to me is sort of in between panna cotta […]

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Assessment: Hot & Cold Desserts - Chocolate Soufflé

I had my Hot & Cold Desserts assessment this morning which included hot chocolate soufflé and a vanilla bavarois which I will post in the next entry.  There is no doubt that this classic french dessert makes an impressive centrepiece that is sure to garner ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ by a majority of diners […]

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Lotus Root Soup for the Soul

I woke up this morning with an uncomfortable sorethroat and I could not let it progress to a cold or flu as I’m heading to the Gold Coast this weekend so getting sick is definitely a no-no. I then decided that lotus root soup was to be on the dinner menu […]

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Indonesian Layer Cake

When I was growing up, we would have this cake on rare occasions; rare because I can safely say I’ve eaten this cake maybe five times in my life so far but everytime I do, this beauty of a cake leaves an impression on me. I would pause to marvel at the multi-layered construction […]

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