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Authentic Dutch Pancake Poffertje Recipe

  A while back I had mentioned how we oohed-aahed and literally drooled over this generous plate of dutch pancakes/poffertjes at a local fair. It didn't help that they looked gorgeous and were dolloped with fresh cream, strawberries and caramel sauce :). Well, I did manage to buy an authentic cast-iron poffertjes pan on ebay and with a lot of hope and aspirations tried it out over the weekend. It wasn't too bad, but it was not what we enjoyed at the fair. These eggy little marvels came out too chewey and not sweet enough. They looked pretty darned delicious though ... a pity, they did'nt exactly taste that way. So I am appealing to anyone who has a great, traditional dutch pancake r... Read More >>
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Gajar Ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar Ka Halwa brings to mind little ornate steel bowls full of delicious, moist, beautifully textured carrot pudding garnished with slivered nuts and silver foil . Hot ... Of course, fresh off the stove!! The typical Halwa like the one Mum makes, takes anywhere between 2-6 hours simmering away on the stove. It takes constant stirring , constant adjusting of consistency and a lot of love. My mum always says that the longer you cook the halwa, the more sweet it becomes. Maybe it is just love after all ... the love of the person doing all the toiling away at the stove. Thanks to modern technology and a lot of laziness , I have conjured up my own version of the Microwave Gajar Ka Halwa. ... Read More >>
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Dum Da Dee Da I am so rumbly in my tumbly

Thanks to my firstborn who is now in the throes of his terrible twos, I have developed a very strong affection for everything Pooh. You would think that after watching the same old cartoons day in and day out, reading the same stories at bedtime and listening to the really funny songs an upteenth time a day, I would've had enough? Well, what can I say; Pooh and his gang have a rather warm and fuzzy appeal. And he is so right that Winnie The Pooh when he sings "Dum Da Dee Da .. I'm so rumbly in my tumbly!", coz that is exactly how I have been feeling smack in the middle of winter. As I had mentioned a long time ago somewhere on this blog that I would review "The Pooh Cookboo... Read More >>

Lazy Saturday Lunch Authentic Homestyle Chicken Curry

You know it is a lazy weekend afternoon and that things are extremely relaxed when you are having lunch at 3:00pm. As long as that lunch is a full bodied, spicy chicken curry with fluffy, steamed white rice, I don't care what time it is that we are eating. If your chicken is thawed and ready to cook, this delicious family recipe is faster to put together than a standard sandwich. For glorious results always use a pressure cooker, if you don't have one, a simple saucepot will do the trick but will take an hour longer to cook.  ... Read More >>

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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