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Snapshots of a Sydney Summer Garden

  This summer I was a busy bee in the garden, quite literally. An initial active working period was toned down to make allowance for my lumbering, pregnant self. We made a sandstone bed, smack dab in the center of our frontyard and planted a gorgeous "Magnolia Soulangeana" there. I populated the bed with some "Kew Lavender" bought from Bunnings and 3 packets of pink and purple paper daisies. The paper daisies grew amazingly fast and were almost a meter tall within a couple of weeks with papery thin and wispy little blooms that I just have to touch every time I pass by. The Magnolia seems to have established itself ... Read More >>
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Heirloom Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

  Summer is on a slow decline here in Sydney. Thunderstorms cool the spiking temperatures every few days and tease you with the anticipation of autumn. On days like today when the sun is on vacation and there is a delicious chill in the air, there is nothing more comforting than a slice of homemade chocolate cake and a cup of hot coffee. A good, solid, no-fuss chocolate cake recipe is akin to the classic white shirt in your closet which happens to be a perfect fit and never goes out of style .... meant to be used over and over and yet over again with great results every time. I made this gorgeous chocolate cake over Christmas and the... Read More >>
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Little Miss Chocolate Madeleine

I don't remember whether I have mentioned this before but I have Donna Hay's "Chocolate" cookbook personally signed by her and it is a well put together little cookbook with simple and brilliant recipes and absolutely gorgeous photos. A couple of days ago I bought a very nice madeleine pan from the local David Jones store and was itching to try the chocolate madeleine recipe from Donna's book. The recipe had minimal ingredients and looked quite simple. I followed it to the letter and had a batch of spongy, fluffy, chocolatey madeleines in less than 30 minutes. The madeleines looked so ethereal and wispy with tiny flecks of vanill... Read More >>
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Green Mango And Prawn Curry

  Rummaging through the vegetable compartment of my fridge today, I saw some shiny eggplants and fresh basil. My mind drawing a blank, I opened the freezer door, staring at the contents in there. Two things that instantly jumped out were frozen prawns and some beautiful frozen raw mango cubes. And idea started shaping up in my head and lunch in the form of Green Mango And Prawn Curry with steamed white rice was ready within the hour. This curry has a melting pot of influences crammed in it. With a hint of Indian and a dash of Thai, it was extremely simple to make and the flavours were to die for. I especially loved the tang of the gr... Read More >>
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Sweet Corn Ice Cream a la Singapore.

  It has been almost three years since I left Singapore and one of the things I have been craving a lot recently is their absolutely delicious sweet corn ice cream. I remember the first time I braved it. It was at a "Paaser Malam" which had sprung overnight under our HDB block. We were fascinated with all the local snacks being dished out amidst swirls of steam and a medley of teasing aromas, as we walked through the maze of tiny stalls bursting with colour and goodies.   There were massive steamers churning out sweet, steamed yellow corn, steamed fishballs on a stick and steamed beancurd skin. There was a funny lo... Read More >>
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5-minute Microwave Besan Laddoos

Besan Laddoos are one of the easiest Indian sweets to make. If they are easy to make on the cooktop, imagine the ease in a microwave. Nick loves them and I have never made them for him . So, when I came across a recipe for them on this blog, I just had to try my hand at making them. I tripled the recipe and made some adjustments to the sugar and ghee quantities. All up, it took me approximately 30 minutes to make 15 fairly big, round laddoos. I also used coarse besan instead of the regular finer variety. This gave an added texture to the mithai.     MICROWAVE BESAN LADDOO Makes : 15 Preparation and Cooking Time : 30 minutes... Read More >>