Category: Food & Drink

Easter Brownies – a chocolate eggs and bunnies delight

Easter is our favourite time of year, mostly because there’s so much more chocolate around than at any other time. The appearance of daffodils, crocus and the promise of warmer weather and sunny days being just around the corner, gives us all a boost from the grey winter and we have more of a spring in our step. Dog walks start to become more of a pleasure than a quick dash out in the rain and these Easter Brownies, especially the small ones made with mini eggs, are a firm family favourite, wrapped in foil and brought our half...

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Luscious Lemon Meringue Cake

With the weather beginning to warm up and spring around the corner a lovely moist lemon sponge covered in meringue is just the ticket. Equipment You will need 2 x 8″ sandwich tins- lined Ingredients 10 oz Self Raising Flour Sieved 10 oz Margarine 10 oz Caster Sugar 5 eggs beaten 2 unwaxed lemons For the buttercream: 125g Butter 250g Icing sugar lemon essence Finest lemon curd For the Meringue Topping: 4 large egg whites 7oz sugar 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar Method Mix the sugar and margarine together until light and fluffy Beat the eggs and mix into...

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Mild Yellow Chicken Curry

As a wetter than average summer reaches its final weeks here in Australia, our garden has responded with a long display of flowers and generous yield of produce. Our vegetable plot is providing buckets of purple skinned potatoes and Oxheart tomatoes: it’s curry time! Potatoes are a great way to thicken stocks, so this mild aromatic yellow curry has pureed potato and tomato as its base. Adding fresh aromatics gives a great depth of flavour to this easy to prepare recipe. Use a large cooking pot, as this recipe will feed the whole family. Alternatively, it can be reheated...

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Cherry and chocolate chip Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread & butter pudding is one of our all time family favourites. It always tastes great and can be varied depending on whatever is in the cupboard. This is the recipe for a plain bread and butter pudding, the one I made in the photo had a few handfuls of milk chocolate chips and a pot of glace cherries layered in with the bread and butter, which the kids loved. The cherries go glazed and are really chewy after being in the oven. Also really nice are any combination of the following, use whatever you’ve got in the cupboard...

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Luxury Chocolate Banoffee Cake

What better way to have one of your five a day than to mix it with cake. This recipe is easy to make and a  moist, delicious delight. Perfect for a romantic dinner and a great winter pudding Equipment: 3 x 8″ Sandwich Cake tins Ingredients: 1lb Self Raising Flour 1lb Margarine 1lb Caster Sugar 8 Eggs beaten 3 Tablespoons chocolate powder 4 Ripe bananas Toffee sauce 1pt Double Cream Chocolate shavings or sprinkles Method: Beat the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy- gradually mix in your beaten eggs. Sieve the flour bit by bit into the mixture and...

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Baked Stuffed Capsicums

So easy to prepare, these baked capsicums are filled with savoury rice and tomato passata. Add one or two to your plate, as either a side dish or a light meal. Our vegetable garden is groaning with fresh produce as summer reaches its height; so it’s time to look for a variety of ways to prepare different crops, as they are brought into the kitchen by the basketful. These just-picked green capsicums are so pretty when contrasted with the bright red of a tomato passata. Long grain rice is brought to life with some added fresh herbs and dried...

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