A Shane Delia night, part 3 … Pistachio and Apricot Frangipane tart

Hello, everyone.  Not only did I trick you, I tricked myself.  I thought I wouldn’t have time to prepare this post before we went on our holiday but, as it turns out, the day before we left was wet and I was stuck in a small flat.  Anyone who knows me would know that is cabin fever material, so I decided to prepare this post. Continue reading


Passionfruit tart


As those of you who read my last post know, I have a few passionfruit at the moment.  By the end of the day after the ‘dog day afternoon’, I had another two buckets of passionfruit.  Luckily, we were coming back to Perth so when Maus did her tomato and cucumber run, she also handed out passionfruit.

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Sweet coconut tartlets


Some foods go in and out of fashion.  A cooked avocado entrée is a good example.  As I mentioned in my last post, they were very exotic and glam in the early eighties but haven’t been seen on fashionable tables since.  And some food will always please …  I have been making this recipe for 25 years and it is as good today, and as well received, as it was 25 years ago. Continue reading

Almond and Cumquat Tart


I have been a fan of Maggie Beer for a long, long time.  She started out rather modestly in the Barossa Valley creating recipes to use produce she had at hand.  I have always loved that concept.  Why go to the supermarket and buy something that has come halfway around the world when there is perfectly good food growing close by? Continue reading

Portugese Custard Tarts – Pastéis de Nata

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When I was planning my trip to Portugal, I remember writing to my friend, Gerlinde, and telling her that there was only one thing I could not miss in Portugal: Portuguese custard tarts (pastéis de nata).  Well, I certainly was not disappointed.  I would have had at least one most days.  They are truly delightful. Continue reading

Glazed Strawberry Tart

It’s a good year for roses in Perth this year.  I don’t know why but everyone’s just seem magnificent.  It also appears to be a good year for strawberries.  Strawberries are everywhere (except in my garden) and they are exceptionally good. Some years, they are miserable and green… but not this year.  They are beauties.

So, if you have already had strawberries, meringue and cream and are looking for something a little different, how about an extremely simple strawberry tart?  This is a recipe for those who don’t do sweets. It is as simple as simple can be. Continue reading

Quince Frangipane Tart

I just love quince frangipane tart.  It is such a wonderful, classic French dessert.  This recipe is based on Damien Pignolet’s recipe in french.

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I always use this recipe as the base for my frangipane tart.  It is great because you can make the tart whenever you feel like it, not just in the quince season.  Of course, if it is quince season, you could use poached or baked quinces. Continue reading