Archive for December, 2011

Beach, Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Sorrento Ocean Beach

Sorrento Ocean Beach

You thought Sorrento in Italy was beautiful? This is where I am now (map), south of Melbourne, Australia – about a 24 hour flight from its namesake. It’s low tide, the air is 38 degrees, the water is 20. Short of words today – too much partying. Happy New Year […]

December 31, 2011 ×

Recipes

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

Now – the final of my one-post-per-day-till-Christmas session. I’ve been working on this on and off for the last few days. It’s the first time I’ve done it, and the kids helped. We did a pretty good job as far as I’m concerned, and I dare you to defy the […]

December 24, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

An Australian Christmas – Barbecued Lobster with garlic butter

An Australian Christmas – Barbecued Lobster with garlic butter

In Australia, it’s Summer around Christmastime. It kind of throws a spanner in the works of a lush winter meal like roast followed by pudding with steaming custard, mulled wine and egg-nog. There are still some that hang to tradition, but if you ask them, most people under 50 would […]

December 22, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

White Christmas Fudge

White Christmas Fudge

This is the most basic of fudge, and has the added benefit of being egg-free. Like all my recipes it is very versatile – feel free to replace the flavours with your own. Ingredients 225g chocolate 100g sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/3 cup pistachios and dried cranberries […]

December 21, 2011 ×

Eating up Dubai

La Petite Maison – Little house lost

La Petite Maison – Little house lost

It’s just won the What’s On 2011 “Best Restaurant”, “One restaurant has ruled this city, providing one of the most pleasant atmospheres you could ever wish to dine in and some of the most consistent and delicious dishes in town” they say. It also took out Time Out Dubai’s 2011 […]

December 21, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Turkey Pie

Turkey Pie

I’m planning my leftovers already. But I really don’t like the sound of Bridget Jones’ “curry turkey buffet”. Anyway, this recipe uses everything, including gravy, cold peas and stuffing. Ingredients: cooked turkey, chopped or flaked (about 3 cups) 1 leek, diced finely 2 stalks celery, diced finely dash of olive […]

December 20, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Roast Pork with Italian Inspiration

Roast Pork with Italian Inspiration

  I first tasted “porchetta” at a deli I worked in when I was 15. It was sold cold, and although I loved my mum’s pork, it just surpassed everything she did (except of course for the crackling, because that’s only a hot food thing). That was just the processed […]

December 19, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Soft Chocolate Truffles

Soft Chocolate Truffles

Yesterday I put up the recipe for my white chocolate truffles, and you may have realized that it is fairly flexible. This is a deviation, with whole hazelnuts, and without half a cup of dry ingredients stirred through, which makes the chocolate more like a fudge in texture. Ingredients: 250g […]

December 19, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

White Chocolate Truffles

White Chocolate Truffles

Truffles are the easiest sweets to make – the only cooking is melting chocolate, and they keep for a few weeks in the fridge. They’re perfect for gifts, and you get to lick the bowl after rolling them out! This recipe is easily adaptable – I make different variants every […]

December 18, 2011 ×