Walnut & Date Slice – A Cake-a-Week

21/02/2014 | By

Now I know I fell off the wagon last week with my cake-a-week promise, but I just had to let you all know about the wonderful Tasting Australia Words To Go opportunity and, if it’s any consolation, I did bake (and eat) this slice last week. So I’m still on track, even if my weight isn’t.

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Another Organic Alternative For Adelaide with Keane’s Organic Food

17/02/2014 | By

There’s a growing move amongst consumers towards organic food as more people recognise the value of eating chemical and additive-free food. The organic food industry has been recognised as one of Australia’s top five growth sectors and Keane’s Organic Food, which was originally a small part-time business for Melissa and Simon Keane, is now a full-time proposition for this Adelaide couple.

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The Cake-a-Week – Upsidedown Fig and Ginger Cake

07/02/2014 | By

I’m not sure if having made two cakes in two weeks constitutes being on a roll, but I’m feeling very confident about this whole cake-a-week thing. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that cake is actually one of my favourite food groups, but I also think I deserve brownie points for having baked in the hottest month of the year here in Adelaide.

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Lavender and Lemon Syrup Cake

31/01/2014 | By

I often feel lethargic and disinterested when it comes to the daily drudge of what to put on the table each evening for dinner. It’s not always the cooking that I lose interest in, although I do have days when I struggle to find the will, but rather the constant decision making of what meals to plan day in, day out. And when I’m asked, as the plates are being cleared from one meal, what we are having for the next I’m ready to give the whole thing away – or drop the dirty plates on the head of the inquirer (and he knows who he is). However, when we are away on vacations and indulging in meals that someone else has planned, prepared and put in front of me I frequently find myself dreaming about all the wonderful things I intend to cook when I get back to my kitchen – contrary of me, I know.

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Orange Tres Leches Cake

22/11/2013 | By

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Like many good recipes, the origins of Tres Leches Cake are shrouded in mystery. The name literally translates to “three milks cake” and that is basically what it is – either a light sponge or a butter cake soaked in a blend of condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk. It is very popular in South America with some claims that it originated in Nicaragua, others that it was a Mexican invention and yet others that say it was developed by a canned milk company who printed the recipe on their labels. While the latter claim is true, doubt surrounds the timing of the labels and their appearance in relation to the appearance of the cake.

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Farmers Markets, Shopping Lists & Maple Caramel Pecan Shortbread

24/10/2013 | By

 Caramel Pecan Shortbread

When it comes to efficient supermarket shopping and saving money, they say there are a few good rules to remember  – take a shopping list, know where everything is in the store so you don’t get distracted and never go shopping while hungry as you’ll buy more than you need. However, you need to throw those rules away when shopping in a farmers market, because the ideal way to make the most of the experience and get the best of the seasonal produce available is to do the exact opposite!

When visiting your local farmers market – and I would urge you to do so, for a whole heap of reasons – the best plan of action is to firstly do a quick reconnoitering lap of all the stalls to work out what looks best on that particular day, whose prices you like and also to give you time to think about what you might make with the produce available. Once you’ve done your “reccy” it’s time to get out the purse and shopping bag and get serious. It’s also important to be realistic about how much to buy – there’s no point in buying a whole heap of magnificent fresh produce if you are not going to have the time or resources to cook it all up and store it before it spoils.

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