Monthly Archives: April 2013

Stefano de Pieri’s Family Lemon Cake

When my husband and I hooked up as uni students living in the same share house on Lygon Street in North Carlton in the early-mid noughties (you can just hear the phrase reverberating – ahh, those were the days…) we … Continue reading

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Stephanie Alexander’s Quick Apple Cake

This recipe comes from one of my favourite cook books – Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion. Of all my cook books, it is probably the one I turn to most frequently.  This cake is one I have made numerous times. … Continue reading

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Spinach & Ricotta Pie

A very simple pie – but a good one at this time of year, when spinach and silverbeet are so vigorous in the garden. And not a bad way of getting iron-rich greens into children’s resistant little tummies. Bunch of … Continue reading

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Childhood Quince Picking and Turkish Quince Marmalade

As a child, I always loved our visits to my grandparents’ farm in Benalla – it is probably in part because of those wonderful childhood memories that my husband and I have moved out to the country now with our … Continue reading

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Anzac Day and Honeyed Anzac Biscuits

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” (Laurence Binyon, “For the … Continue reading

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Quince Cake & Homesteader Kitchen Wishlist

Still working my way through the Urban Farming Tasmania quinces… Here is a quince cake that I made for afternoon tea at home today. I work in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania and one … Continue reading

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Ricotta Tart with a Chocolate Crust

This recipe comes from a cookbook I have owned and loved for years – Tessa Kiros’ beautifully presented Falling Cloudberries. I also love her book Apples for Jam. They are full of wonderful family recipes – warm and homely, and the sorts … Continue reading

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An Autumn Quince & Hazelnut Pavlova – Gluten Free

For some, Autumn means golden leaves and cooler nights. For me, it means quinces. I just love them and their heady fragrance. Thanks to Urban Farming Tasmania, I have loads of them and have been making lots of different quince … Continue reading

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Nigella-Style Nutella Cheesecake – Gluten Free

Nigella Lawson created this cheesecake, which she accurately describes as ‘embarrassingly easy’. My version is gluten free – using a french meringue base instead of a biscuit base – as it was made for a work birthday party that included … Continue reading

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Rosie: Beef Odyssey #5 – Roast Sirloin on the Bone for Mum’s 60th Birthday

To me, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a big sirloin on the bone. It looks impressive and tastes amazing when roasted and served rare and warm. Stories abound that King James I ate a roast loin of beef and liked it so much he drew his sword and knighted it ‘Sir Loin’. Not true, but a great story – and the cut is so wonderful you could easily imagine a king being prompted to knight it. Continue reading

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