Espresso panna cotta

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This dessert is for coffee lovers only.  I love coffee and I love panna cotta so this dessert is definitely for me.  It is my idea of heaven.

The recipe is dead easy except for the fact that it has gelatine in it and it is always tricky to know just how much to use.  The amount required by the recipe never seems to correlate with the amount the gelatine container states is required to set the amount of liquid in the recipe so… doubt sets in. Continue reading

Real food and honey pots de crème

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I got the best compliment the other day.  We invited two sets of neighbours over to dinner.  It was a hot day so the dinner was simple.  We had an assortment of nibbles and dips to start, including sun dried tomato tapenade and feta and walnut dip.  For mains, we had veal, chicken and apricot terrine with a simple cucumber salad and some roasted baby potatoes.  For dessert, we had these lovely little custards, accompanied by ginger, honey and almond lace biscuits.

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Rose and strawberry cheesecakes in a cup

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I wrote this in a post on 24 December last year:

You will have to excuse the lack of posts of late but I have been very busy, as I am sure most of you have been in the last week or two.  No matter what we plan to do, we end up trying to squash too much into the lead up to Christmas.

It is not that I haven’t been cooking; quite the contrary, it feels like I haven’t stopped cooking.  It’s just that I have also been eating and drinking and not taking any photos.

Ditto!!

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Once is enough …

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This month, The Cookbook Guru is featuring Saha by Greg and Lucy Malouf.  One great thing about trying out recipes for the Cookbook Guru is you get to do a post even when the recipe is a dud. Normally, if a recipe is a dud, I write next to it, “Once is enough” and move on.  But the Cookbook Guru wants us to critique recipes in the featured cookbook.

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Hazelnut Meringues with Rose Cream and Roasted Strawberries

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You will have to excuse the lack of posts of late but I have been very busy, as I am sure most of you have been in the last week or two.  No matter what we plan to do, we end up trying to squash too much into the lead up to Christmas.

It is not that I haven’t been cooking, quite the contrary, it feels like I haven’t stopped cooking. It’s just that I have also been eating and drinking and not taking any photos.

Notwithstanding the above, I was determined to squeeze a post in on this lovely  dessert before the end of the festive season.  Strawberries are plentiful at the moment  and everything can be prepared well in advance, making this a perfect festive season dessert.  Don’t be put off by the fact that there are three elements involved.  Each is very simple and takes no time at all. Continue reading