Category: Food & Drink

Spiced Banana Bread with Pecans

It’s midwinter and although sunny outside today, very cold here in the NSW Southern Highlands of Australia. The wood-fired oven is preheated almost every afternoon, and the temptation to bake inspires me to create this comforting banana bread. The addition of spices fills the kitchen with a wonderful aroma as I open the oven. Quick! Eat it whole warm, served with a hot chocolate, or your favourite tea or coffee. Makes 10 slices Ingredients  3 ripe bananas, mashed  1 cup soft brown sugar, firmly packed 2 large free range eggs  1 tbsp honey  1/2 tsp vanilla extract  1/2 cup fat free Greek-style yoghurt...

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Wine O’Clock: Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016

After a pleasant day strolling along a warm beach it was back to the caravan for supper! And we opened a bottle of Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016. A Snippet of History: New Zealand’s Brancott Estate were the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Marlborough region, back in the 1970s. The climate in Marlborough, situated in New Zealand’s South island, creates a fresh flavour due to sun filled days and chilly nights. In the 1980s the wine was shipped to the UK where it has gone from strength to strength winning numerous awards from around the world. Review:...

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How to make a Chocolate Drip Cake

Drip cakes are all the rage these days- they are really easy and great fun to make Perfect for a friend or relatives birthday and you can put any topping that you like on them Here’s how : You will need : Equipment: 1 x 6″ round tin – greased and lined I x hollow dowel or wooden skewers Ingredients : Ingredients for one 6″ round Madeira cake- you will need 2 of these 6 oz Self Raising Flour 2 oz Plain Flour 6 oz Caster Sugar 6 oz Margarine 3 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Essence Strawberry or Raspberry...

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Almond Bites “Pastini di Mandorle”

These sweet, crisp, crumbly biscuits are enhanced by a topping of homemade jam and slivered almonds, and are an irresistible treat with your favourite beverage. I like them with an aromatic tea served in fine bone china. Ingredients makes about 40 115g softened butter 200g caster sugar 115g almond meal 1 egg, beaten almond essence 115g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 3 tsp plum or berry jam 40g slivered almonds Method Preheat the oven to 200C. Line two or three baking sheets with baking paper. Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Beat until pale and well combined....

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Deep Filled Steak and Onion or Cheese and Onion Slices

A mouthwatering but easily made pastry slice, deep and meaty or cheesy as you wish. Makes for a great treat at tea time, a mid-week pick me up or a weekend meal, goes perfectly well with stacked chunky homemade chips and side salad or peas. These slices can be prepared in advanced which makes a very useful recipe to have to hand and can be filled as a savoury dish, meaty, vegetarian or indeed sweet. *Makes roughly 6 slices per packet of puff pastry Ingredients *One packet of frozen puff pastry, defrost and use at room temperature. A little...

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Mum’s Special Farmhouse Stew, a Big Hug in a Bowl

Mum’s signature Farmhouse Stew has been a family favourite for generations. It’s that wonderful hug that warms your soul, the kind your mum gives you when you’ve had a hard day, or the kind your grandma gives you when she knows you’re feeling under-the-weather. My mum, Joyce, or “grandma-Joyce.” Made this deep pan of farmhouse chicken stew on just those occasions, it’s the definition of a hug in a bowl. Joyce was trained as a cook in her younger years whilst living in Hampshire and worked all the hours of the day with her friend and boss Mrs Symonds,...

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