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Spiced Dried Fruit with Rum

Spiced Dried Fruit with Rum

Australian dried fruit is among the best in the world. Whether you like apples, peaches, apricots, pears, prunes, Australia has them all. And this Spiced Dried Fruit with Rum is a perfect recipe to showcase our beautiful fruit produced by our proud farmers. Preserving...
Pavlova – Daring Kitchen challenge for August 2016

Pavlova – Daring Kitchen challenge for August 2016

This month I hosted a Daring Kitchen challenge and challenged the members of the Daring Kitchen to make a pavlova. I know, not that daring really, is it? But that was the whole point. I wanted this to be more of a creative challenge…take the main ingredient of a...
Making Mozzarella Cheese

Making Mozzarella Cheese

Some time ago I spotted a cheese making kit at my local deli. Already having prepared ricotta using Mrs G’s method, I was ready to move on in my cheese making endeavours but not ready to do it on my own. This kit was perfect. The Begininners’ Italian...
Conserva di Pomodori – Homemade Tomato Paste

Conserva di Pomodori – Homemade Tomato Paste

While in most areas summer is tomato season, in tropical North Queensland tomato season is in our mild winter. Really there are only two seasons in the tropics – the cool and dry or the hot and wet. Traditional vegetables don’t cope...
Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

This post has been a long time in the making. Eighteen months ago the Daring Baker’s Challenge for November 2009 was Cannoli. At the same time I had a telephone call from my sister inviting me along to a ricotta making lesson. Well, the two went hand in hand,...
Scones, Jam and Cream

Scones, Jam and Cream

Watching Masterchef Australia’s team challenge the other night really had me thinking. Each team was given recipes from the Country Women’s Association (CWA)  for neapolitan cake, fruit cake, lamingtons, scones and jam. The idea was to...