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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. At the end of which you feel spent, exhausted, overwhelmed and thankful that you don't have to do it again. At least not for another year.       This is the first year that I am doing a Christmas lunch an... 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 Novelty Board A rustic looking quirky board that would make for an interesting cheese platter. Hand crafted by J.K. Adams.   3. Chicken Egg Basket  A beautiful quilted egg basket that ... 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 holy grail of baking - The Kitchenaid Artisan mixer. To make it interesting and because I like to assign myself projects in self discipline, I started stowing away $4 every time I went to the gym, ran... 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 have slacked off on my cookie baking and the massive old English cookie jar that I vow to keep filled as part of my new year's resolution, is almost always empty. Christmas brings out the cookie monste... 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 silly season. Any cakes or cookies I bake are usually plain, unadorned and devoid of any kind of sugary icing. Icing is not a big deal in my house, especially with the kids who won't touch anything that i... Read More >>

Raspberry Friands

Friands are based on financiers, the famous French pastry made with almond meal, powdered sugar and egg whites. With a delicate frangipane like texture and a crisp sweet flavour, friands are punctuated by the addition of fruits, chocolates and nuts as a topping. When I make ice cream, I make friands. It is a happy arrangement that works well for me. Ice cream needs egg yolk and friand needs egg white. Two delicious birds with one baking stone! During the warmer months when I have a hankering for friands, I just make custard out of the yolk. This raspberry friand recipe which I adapted from Donna Hay's Modern Classics 2, a bakin... Read More >>