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Chocolate And Toasted Pecan Brownie

  I first baked a batch of these delicious brownies following the "Chocolate Brownie with Warm Chocolate Sauce" recipe from Australian Women's Weekly's Best Food Collection. I had replaced the hazelnuts in the original recipe with walnuts and used caster sugar instead of brown sugar as I was trying to make do with ingredients readily available in my pantry at the time. The brownies turned out quite yummy. This time around, I decided to tweak the recipe a bit more. I slow-roasted some pecans and the smoky, nutty aroma that filled the house was out of this world. A little dash of aged rum brought out the heady flavour of the d... Read More >>
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Green Eggs And Ham

  Have you seen Horton? I mean, have you really taken a long, good look at him? Beside the fact that he is the cutest animated elephant I have ever seen, he also manages to resemble Jim Carrey a bit. I have been eagerly awaiting the release of "Horton Hears A Who" for a while now. I will have to curb my excitement and continue waiting patiently for the DVD release as it is Nick's turn to take our firstborn to the movies while I babysit our little one. I have also been reading Dr. Seuss to my older son in the hope that he warms up to it and sees the hilarity it presents. Not yet though, I think he might not be old enough to g... Read More >>
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Rose Petal Ice Cream

    Roses grow in abundance in India. The concept of using fresh roses in cooking is probably as ancient as Indian cooking itself. A favourite ingredient to spike delicate desserts for the Rajahs and Maharajahs, rose; its aroma and flavour were explored by the Ayurvedics and Naturalists to concoct everything from plain rosewater for skin remedies to the fragrant "gulkand" to be used for stomach ailments. The fragrance of rose is unlike anything you will ever smell, it lifts you up and fills you with visions of beauty and etherealism.   When my summer garden exploded in roses this year, I started toying with ... Read More >>
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A Buttercake Called Mango

  I have been baking for a few years now, but it wasn't until recently when I ate a gorgeous buttercake made by a neighbour that i realized the importance of using good quality, no skimping, golden wholesome butter. For health reasons and out of sheer laziness, I have been using margarine or spreads that call themselves butter, just so that I can start baking at the drop of a hat and not have to wait to soften the butter for the recipe. Yes, the cakes always turn out light and fluffy and yes, they are always cooked to perfection, but there is something missing. It is the rich homemade buttery taste that comes from using real butter. S... Read More >>
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My One Occasional Sin Oaty Chocolate Caramel Slice

How many times have you overlooked those little pull-out cards accompanying a product advertisement in a cooking magazine? Well I have plenty of times, until one fine day last year I paused over one that caught my eye. It was a totally random occurrence and now when I think back, I am glad I did. The product was Nestle's dark chocolate bits and they had a recipe for "Chocolate Caramel Slice" featured on the card with a gorgeous photo of the most perfect slice I had ever seen. The inclusion of oats in the recipe sold it to me really fast, as I thought to myself "Ah well, a little bit of healthy breakfasty with a whole lot of s... Read More >>
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The Texture And Flavors Of Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Nick loves Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, the singular thing on any thai menu that jumps out and calls out to his taste buds. It is a shame then that ever since moving to Sydney he has been searching in vain for a decent bowl of pineapple fried rice. Strange as it may seem, not all thai joints offer this simple delicacy. I remember back in Singapore we had dinner at a beautiful Thai restaurant called 'Parkway Thai' in Marine Parade. Not only did the gorgeous decor of gold figurines, bamboo lights and artistically cut fruit centerpieces delight us but we were thoroughly impressed with the friendly and sweet waitresses all clad in traditional gar... Read More >>