Category: Food & Drink

Pear & Almond Frangipane Tart with Lime Syrup

Many types of pears are in season right now in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, as autumn reaches its final few weeks. With the wood-fired oven burning every night, it’s just too tempting not to bake, so I turn to low cholesterol alternatives to butter. The pastry in this tart is made with fat-free yoghurt and extra virgin olive oil. Topped with the goodness of Corella pears and almonds, the filling uses free range whole egg and is flavoured with vanilla bean paste and a splash of Amaretto liqueur. Corella pears are named after the colourful Australian Corella...

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Chocolate and Orange Loaf Cake

People are always asking me what makes a good chocolate cake and the answer is moistness and flavour and this recipe has plenty of both. Rich chocolate cake with fresh orange juice, orange curd and chocolate ganache filling. A delicious moist flavoursome chocolate cake ideal for impressing your friends and family at any occasion. This is one of the flavours that I use for my wedding cakes and it is always a popular one. It is one of my favourite born from my love of chocolate orange. Here is the recipe for you to try. A fabulous moist cake made with freshly...

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The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange of Kansas City: Delicious

To send us off on our journey along the Oregon Trail we had what I would describe as honestly one of the best meals I have had in a long time…. absolutely! The Rieger Hotel and Grill in Kansas City, Missouri was the plan for the evening’s meal and it turned into a perfect plan. The ‘Rieger Hotel’ was built in 1915 by local businessman Alexander Rieger and stands in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District. Upon entering the restaurant you can see much of the original charm, look down you can see the original tiled floors of a time...

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The Food of Love: Chocolate, Amaretto and Cherry Cake

The very look of this cake is enough to bring any man to his knees and to ask for your hand in marriage. It is the thing that love is made from. Delicious chocolate cherry cake mixed with Amaretto and filled full of cherry conserve and fresh whipped cream. Don’t forget to present on your best china. You will need: 2 round 7″ sandwich tins 6oz self raising flour 6oz margarine 6oz caster sugar 3 eggs 5oz glace cherries 2 tbsp chocolate powder Amaretto liquor For the filling and topping:  Half a pint of double cream Cherry Conserve Fresh Cherries Chocolate ganache...

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Torta ta L-Irkotta (Maltese Ricotta Pie)

There are a number of delicious pies in Maltese home cooking: meat pies, fish pies, vegetable pies, rice and pumpkin pies. But perhaps the one most frequently cooked and eaten is the much loved Ricotta Pie, or Torta ta L-Irkotta. Every family has its own version. Actually in my family there were several variations on the ricotta pie. I loved it all ways but my absolute favourite was the spring one with fresh broad beans in it. Broad beans (fava beans) are forever evocative of the end of winter for me, they herald the arrival of new life, new...

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Poached Chicken Laksa

The nights are getting colder here in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. It’s time to light the wood fired stove and prepare slow cooked meals. This hearty and spicy soup awakens the taste buds and fills you with the goodness of chicken breast poached in coconut water. Coconuts are a prized source of food in many cultures, and this laksa brings coconut milk to life with the addition of spicy paste. Chicken breast fillet, slowly poached in coconut water then pulled into bite sized pieces become the protein hero in this soup. Bean thread noodles are a good...

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