Hello everyone. Yes, I am still alive. We have been pretty busy over the festive season so I have ignored my blog (and the blogging world, in general).
“Doing what?” you may ask. Well, there has been a lot of cooking. Some of the things I have cooked could easily have made it into a post but I have lost my photography mojo so nearly all didn’t even get a photo, let alone a post-worthy photo.
One dessert that was snapped is the head photo. The recipe is from the December copy of the Donna Hay Magazine and I was instructed to make it for our family get-together. I was pretty proud of the final product so I snapped a photo before it was devoured. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
I think that is what the week before Christmas is always like. Continue reading
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.
Here is a cheeky little dessert for the grown ups. In essence, it is a vanilla pannacotta with a coffee and Frangelico syrup. I am a big fan of pannacotta. It takes minutes to make, can be made the day before, is fail proof, tastes absolutely fab and looks real posh.
I do love a baked custard and I do love coffee. Clearly, this recipe was made for me. It is such a simple idea which works so well, especially after a dinner party when most tummies are full but room can still be found for some little sweet thing.