What Does Spelt Bread Mean?

"What Does Spelt Bread Mean" I asked the bread vendor at our local gourmet market today. "It is bread made from untreated, pure flour obtained from the 'spelt' grain" he said "And it makes the bread super-healthy and richer in fibre, proteins and other nutrients than any other kind of bread". Well, that sold me and I bought the "Sourdough Spelt Bread". We toasted it for breakfast, no frills or spreads ... just pure and simple toast. It tasted great with scrambled eggs. Crusty and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside with a nutty and sour flavour. I think it makes a huge difference pyschologically too, if you are eating something you know is good for your health, you are bout to sa... Read More >>

Recent Gastronomic Adventures St. Ives Showground

We have been enjoying a rollercoaster ride of various tastes recently. The whole of last week turned out to be one big tasting session. We tried out pizzas from two new local pizzerias. One was mediocre, but the other one called "Hunta's Pizza" was very satisfying indeed. We tried out their 'Beer Nuts' and 'Pig Belly' pizzas. Yes, the names are quite interesting and amusing at times, but they taste great. 'Beer Nuts' was roast chicken on a bed of Satay sauce sprinkled liberally with sweet roasted red pepper and roasted cashewnuts. 'Pig Belly' was gorgeous with goeey cheese, crunchy caramelised onions, egg and bacon. The weekend began with lunch at our local "Blu Water Grill" Cafe. It is... Read More >>

Hornsby Shire Centennary Fair

We had been to the local country fair on Sunday. It was an event to be remembered as it was commemorating 100 years of the existence of our suburb after it was formed as a result of a land grant given to the local ranger for capturing a rogue who terrorised it. Now that the educational part is over let me get to the fun part of the fete, the food! There were quite a few goodie stalls as is a trademark of these country fairs. 'The Chilli Factory' was our first stop as we have tried the 'chilli' they offer and have become addicted. There are rows of sauce and jam jars which are rated on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the hottest. This time around we saw a 10+ too. We dare not try that one yet,... Read More >>

Novelty Cake No 1 – A Pot Of Mud Dirt Cake

In the past 2 weeks my whims and fancies have shifted to the wonderful world of cake decorating. As I have mentioned before, I have been dawdling over the idea of baking a 'fun' cake for my son's 2nd birthday which happens to be next month. To achieve that with a certain flair, I need to practice and perfect my methods. As luck would have it, it was our 5th Wedding Anniversary yesterday and the ocassion called for a special cake. So a week ago I started scouring hundreds of Novelty Cake recipes and design ideas. The idea of the 'Dirt Cake' in a plastic flower pot intrigued me. But I wanted a proper cake, not a dessert ladled into a store-bought pot, which is what the 'Dirt Cake' really i... Read More >>
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