December 2011

Month: December 2011

2011 In Pictures And The Impact Food Photography Award

Revellers are gathering in this part of the world as Australia prepares to ring in 2012 ahead of countries trailing behind the International Date Line. After a very Merry Christmas indeed, our New Year's Eve promises to be blissfully low key with a bowl of popcorn, a showing of Tooth Fairy with the kids on television, a simple dinner of home made pizza, a glass of bubbly later on with a more grown up movie as we toast to the New Year. 2011 has ... Read More >>

Christmas Honeycomb Cannelloni

  Christmas lunch should be a certified course at a stress management school. It tests nerves and is probably up there with planning a wedding or having a baby. Well, maybe I am being a tad overly dramatic. But if you think about it, the Christmas lunch has all the hallmarks of a life changing event like planning weeks in advance, organising, shopping, preparing, cleaning, presenting and maintaining social obligations while doing all that... Read More >>

Cook Republic Files – Favourites December 2011

I am loving so many things this month. I definitely have eggs on my mind and red, black and white. Maybe it is a Christmas thing ... you know? with all the baking and the colours. Hope this eclectic mix of foodie items inspire your creativity the way they inspire mine.   1. Everything Stops For Tea Framed Print A gorgeous vintage poster encased in a black metal frame. I love how chic and modern this is.   2. Rooster Nov... Read More >>

Milk Bundt Cake

  Earlier this year I embarked on The Great Kitchenaid Challenge. I have owned a dear little frail looking Phillips hand mixer for ten years now. It has been my steady companion in all of my baking triumphs and tribulations. It is faded, has food stains (no, I can't be bothered to wipe it every time! I think it adds character) and has been periodically know to make strange noises. After all these years, I thought it was time to grasp the ... Read More >>

Lemon And Almond Cookie Wreaths

  Every year the cookie monster rears its head a few weeks before Christmas. Blame it on commercialism, excessive cooking magazine features or pure peer pressure. The need to bake my own cookie and either eat it, hang it from the Christmas tree or package it for a friend is so great that I just can't bring myself to buy a box of cookies from the cookie shop.       It doesn't matter that for the past several months I h... Read More >>

Festive Walnut Babushka Cake

  Christmas baking is all about sugar and spice that appeals to both naughty and nice. Okay, I agree. That was cheesy. Even for me. But I love sugar and spice with the fervour of usage increasing dramatically during the festive season. A dash of nutmeg, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dusting of sugar as fine as snow. That is what smells like Christmas.   I find it wise and light to not indulge much in the weeks leading up to the sill... Read More >>