Category: Food & Drink

The Spirits of New York

One of the joys of fall in upstate New York is apple picking time. New York is a huge exporter of apples, with a multitude of orchards that offer “pick your own” apples. We’re fortunate we can enjoy an apple picked right off the tree, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, apple…well, you get the idea. What I wasn’t aware of and learned in my travels today, is two things: first, that those same apples can be used to make vodka, brandy, and Applejack, and second, that those spirits were being made right here in New York!...

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Apricot and Almond Wholemeal Loaf

On the first day of our Australian spring, it’s time to soak up the warm sun, so I’m looking for a bake that takes hours all by itself, while I am outside planting the first spring vegetable seeds into punnets. Do you have a bread oven at home, languishing in the cupboard, hardly ever used? This recipe will have you dusting it off and reaching for the bread mix! Filled with the goodness of dried apricots, organic sultanas – and slivered almonds, this wholemeal loaf is ideal for a mid morning low GI pick-me-up, or a hiker’s mid-afternoon backpack...

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Dark chocolate and orange Jaffa Tray Bake

In south eastern Australia, winter’s sweetest surprise is the citrus harvest: oranges, lemons and limes hang on the trees like bright jewels against the grey sky, waiting to be harvested for fresh juices, sweet treats and savoury delights. This easy tray bake contrasts the rich decadence of dark chocolate with the sweet fresh taste of Valencia oranges. These are a versatile seedless variety producing abundant fruit in a cold climate if well fertilised each season, mulched, and watered during dry hot weather. A simple apple and yoghurt cake is baked, then pricked all over and drenched with orange syrup....

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Saffron Risotto & Coconut Poached Chicken

With winter in full swing and the wood fired oven hotplate available all day, there is nothing more comforting than stirring a risotto while enjoying the warmth in the kitchen. The aromas fill the air as the broth simmers gently. Chicken thigh fillets have plenty of flavour, brought to life by poaching slowly in chicken stock, which has been enhanced by the tenderising action of coconut milk powder. Arborio rice is a plump white grain, entirely suitable for creating this classic risotto with a twist. Spanish red onions have a sweetness that compliments the chicken, and the use of...

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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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