Lamb & Spinach Pastries

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Oh!  My God!  It is hot here – it’s 42°C.  There is no way I am going outside.  Dinner tonight (like last night) will be something I can find in the fridge or freezer.

I have been saying that a lot lately.  Not much cooking has been happening in this household.  Luckily for this blog, I made these little pastries before Christmas.  Leading up to Christmas, we had guests several days in a row so I made these earlier in the week and froze them.  On the day of the dinner party, I whipped them out of the freezer and baked them.  They were perfect.  The leftovers were last night’s dinner, along with an ubiquitous cucumber salad. Continue reading

Bourke Street Bakery’s Lamb, Harissa and Almond Sausage Rolls

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These sausage rolls are to die for.

When you search Bourke Street Bakery on the net, most of the articles mention these wonderful sausage rolls.  I have made them before but this is the first time I have made the puff pastry.  I was very chuffed with the result – you can actually see the layers.  And it was fun.  Not hard at all, although, I did have a bit of trouble keeping mine to the suggested size and I did have butter oozing out in all directions.  But it does not seem to have mattered – the pastry looks and tastes perfect.  It is obviously forgiving.  Now I know how easy it is, I am not going to buy puff pastry again.  The only issue is that you need to start early or, better still, the day before you want to use it.

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Spanakopitta

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This month, The Cook Book Guru is featuring Claudia Roden’s A New Book of Middle Eastern Food.  I have already posted two recipes from this cookbook, Moroccan Tagine with Prunes and Muhallabia (one of my all-time favourite desserts).   As I have previously mentioned, Claudia’s book is the classic English language cookbook on Middle Eastern cooking.  It was first published as A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968. Continue reading

Tomato and Sage Tart

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We were in the local newsagency the other day, buying birthday cards (it appears that most people I know have birthdays at the end of January) and the cover of Feast Magazine (Issue 18) jumped out at me. It was a decidedly better photo of this tart. Continue reading

Rainbow Chard, Cheese & Almond Tart

Silverbeet, silverbeet, silverbeet …  Rainbow chard, rainbow chard, rainbow chard …

It is raining silverbeet and rainbow chard in this household.  I have so much of it and I only planted one little itsy, bitsy container of it. Continue reading