Author Archives: Poppy

Churros and Overcoming Fears

When I was in Spain, oh, eleven years ago, I ate churros everyday for breakfast. I had never had them before and it was like a revelation. I was in heaven. And since the bread and cake baking bug hit … Continue reading

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Wonderful Salad of Beetroot, Carrot, Fennel & Broadbeans

My hat off to Gourmet Traveller (November issue) for the inspiration for this salad recipe. No pictures of this one – you’ll just have to imagine the fabulous colours and crunchy textures. Salad 2 beetroot cut into fine matchsticks (you … Continue reading

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Sausage Virgin

Here in the West Tamar Valley, we have a small, newly formed slow food group. It is comprised in the large part by local wine makers. I’m the add-on wine appreciator. We had our inaugural meeting a couple of months … Continue reading

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Breakfast Granola for Warmer Mornings

Warmer weather calls for a different sort of breakfast. The porridge we have been eating for months on end must give way – but I want to keep oats involved because they provide such a healthy start to the day … Continue reading

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One-Bowl-Wonder Semolina and Yoghurt Cake

In the north of Tasmania this past week, we have been battered by relentless heavy rain and gusting winds – definitely the wildest weather of the winter. No horsey fun for me unfortunately. But if only that was the worst … Continue reading

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Farewell Architecture & Design and Hello Research Services (with Tiramisu)

Last Friday I farewelled my role with the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania, which I had held for the last two-and-a-half years. It was a great position, with wonderful people and in a fantastic building. … Continue reading

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Countless Rewards

I have been dipping into Wendyl Nissen’s A Home Companion recently and in it, she writes: Anyone born after the 1960s was told that girls can do anything so we ended up doing everything. If you’re anything like me, eventually you reach a … Continue reading

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Orange-Vanilla Monkey Bread

I am always planning and plotting my next cake. On Sunday night, I made the lemon and poppyseed cake for school lunch box treats. But I knew that would be gobbled within about two days so on my lunch break … Continue reading

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Eggplant and Green Bean Curry (without the beans)

We had friends over for a late afternoon tea and it was so nice seeing them that we pressed them to stay for dinner. Joel had recently picked the last of the french eggplants – those lovely white ones without … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries and Cream

This chocolate mousse is rich. So rich, that you need the extra cream to cut through the richness of the chocolate. Berries – or a tart coulis go well and small servings are required. I made this mousse to take … Continue reading

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