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Lamingtons. A classic Australian icon…they remind me of my childhood where the daycare centre my parents used to enrol me in, had bake sales, and enormous trays of lamingtons would be carted home in the back of the car, with me desperately trying to get my little fingers into them!

Recently, our office hosted a Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council. Our morning tea was “Aussie” themed and included competitions for best Aussie bush tucker, best food/baked item (I think) and best Aussie hat…I discovered that one of my colleagues, being English, had never tried a lamington! I couldn’t believe it! “Not even a bought packet one?” I wasn’t going to bake at all, but then on discovering this I had to do it, and be the one who introduced her to this classic Australian.
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Adriano Zumbo Patissier, Balmain

Most of you may have seen by now Adriano Zumbo’s new range on Citrus and Candy, The Heart of Food, Raspberri Cupcakes, Not Quite Nigella, A Table for Two, Chocolate Suze, The Way it Crumbles, Leave Room For Dessert, Grab Your Fork, Foraging Otaku, Pikelet & Pie, Ooh, Look…, and finally, Something to Nibble on

So here are some photos of some of the tasty treats on offer. I am experimenting a little with my photography having started a class. If the pics look crap, I apologise in advance!

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Cooking and Eating

It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t done any cooking/recipe posts lately. Not because I don’t cook, or because I want this blog to be exclusively reviews, I just find it painful to photograph while cooking! So I thought I’d fill you in on what I’ve been cooking lately.

Banana Bread

This is a faboosh recipe I adapted from the ever lovely Bill Granger. I love it, as it’s super simple but also because it’s low fat and low sugar. I always make sure I have a couple of bananas ripening away or in the freezer ready to churn out this classic recipe. It’s also super adaptable. The original is dried apple and cherry, but I’ve also done a fig version and a frozen berry version. Virtually any fruit flavouring works well in this loaf. It also freezes wonderfully.
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Fig Loaf Recipe

At the Eveleigh Markets the other week I bought the most gorgeous tray of figs. Beautiful ripe and fresh..I was going to make the Spiced Ricotta Tart with caramelised figs instead of the stonefruit but thought better of it when I realised I wouldn’t be able to take it to work, therefore increasing the chances of me sitting on the couch and eating the whole thing myself!

So I did the next best thing and made a healthier alternative. Using my favourite loaf recipe from Bill Granger, I ditched the usual bananas and substituted the figs…

So next time you feel the urge to bake come on, give this recipe a try (the other cool thing about it is that it’s fat free!)
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Christmas Day 2008


Simmone Logue Fruit Mince Tarts


Herbed Beef with Balsamic Glaze
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Clafoutis for Kathryn!

cookedThis is a great little recipe when you need something sweet but still want to be reasonably good. I’ve adapted it from a recipe from the Taste site. The hardest part of this recipe is cutting up the fruit! You can halve this recipe too!
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Chocolate Cake

Wonderful Lorraine at Not Quite Nigella is currently running a competition for the best chocolate cake recipe. How could I resist!

This recipe was given to me after I harassed my friend Penny for it over a couple of years. She finally gave it up, and though reluctant to share, share I will. It’s a very simple melt and mix cake, and it’s success is in the quality of the ingredients and careful baking. It’s rich and dense and chocolatey. Enjoy!

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