Browsing All posts tagged under »Sweet things«

Jackfruit and ‘pomegranate’ in coconut soup (chè mít hạt lựu) recipe

July 3, 2013

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I always knew that I would love pomegranate, even before I ever tried the fruit. It sounds strange, but it’s because I spent a large portion of my childhood eating and loving imitation pomegranate (hạt lựu)! (Top photo of just the pomegranate seeds is courtesy of http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2010/11/09/how-to-de-seed-a-pomegranate-and-not-make-a-mess/) Though I didn’t actually know those jellies were […]

Canelè recipe

June 4, 2013

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There is going to be a longer prelude than usual, so bear with me. It was a good friend of mine who introduced me to the canelè. She took me out for dinner at Bistro Vue (430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC) many many moons ago, well before it expanded into the former Vue de […]

Apple berry crumble recipe

May 23, 2013

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I always find it a little disappointing going fruit shopping in the colder months; many of my favourite fruits have disappeared off the shelves and there’s not all that much in season. Apples however are in abundance over the autumn months. I suppose they are a good fruit to cook with, which is useful seeing […]

Happy Easter

April 1, 2013

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Hope you’ve had a happy Easter and a nice little break from work (or school). It’s so nice having 2 shortened weeks at work :). Plus Easter provides a fabulous excuse for indulging in my favourite chocolate treat – Koko Black’s hot chocolate. Of course while in the Koko Black saloon, it’s pretty hard to […]

Green tea and chocolate tart recipe

March 28, 2013

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Green tea and chocolate is a beautiful marriage of bitter and sweet. My first encounter with this combination was almost a decade ago in Hong Kong when a friend and I found and fell in love with Meiji’s matcha green tea “MeltyKiss”. MeltyKiss is Meiji’s line of chocolate truffles. These truffles are delectable; a velvety […]

Dooley’s Ice Cream – The Ice Cream Tub

March 12, 2013

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I hope everyone has had as relaxing a long weekend as I did. A group of friends and I escaped the Melbourne heat wave in search for some respite down at the surf coast. The picturesque Apollo Bay provided this in spades. We spent our days lazily splashing about in the refreshingly cold surf, pointing […]

Watermelon, lychee and mint refresher recipe

March 4, 2013

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So summer has officially ended and sadly, that means the days are getting shorter. Best we make use of the evening sun before it disappears for the next few months. I’m kicking back with a chilled watermelon, lychee and mint drink and a book as the sun prepares to set for the day. I don’t […]

Looking for some inspiration

February 26, 2013

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My good run of regular posting has come to a rather abrupt end in February, and for once I’m not going to blame it on being busy. Although it has actually been a busy month with Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations, a going away and numerous birthdays, including my beloved father’s; that hasn’t been the […]

Lamingtons recipe

January 29, 2013

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Like many of my fellow Australians, I spent the weekend just past baking lamingtons in a bid to celebrate Australia Day. For any overseas visitors, the lamington is a quintessential Aussie dessert. And unlike the highly contested pavlova, there is no dispute on the lamington’s country of origin. It’s definitely Aussie, supposedly named after its […]

Young coconut sorbet recipe

January 21, 2013

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Young coconut juice is one of the most refreshing drinks you can have on a hot day. Just go to any tropical and sub tropical region for proof of this – it’s one of their staple drinks. So can you just imagine how awesome it would be in frozen dessert form? But surprisingly, it’s not […]

Creamy mango sorbet recipe

January 4, 2013

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One of the best things about summer is the fruits and vegetables that come into season. Some of my all time favourites become available: cherries, berries, grapes, watercress, avocado, cherries, lychees, watermelon, beans, eggplant, sweetcorn, mango, cherries, longan, rambutan…I could go on and on. Loving the onslaught of summer fruit and veg! The only downside […]

Smashed meringue and salted caramel swirl ice cream recipe

December 31, 2012

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We’re finally here! The last day of 2012, and I’m so excited the year is coming to an end. Don’t get me wrong, 2012 has been an amazing year, but I just can’t wait for 2013 to start. The past year has been full of big events and traveling – 9 weddings, 3 overseas trips […]

Young coconut jellies recipe

December 20, 2012

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Just a quick and easy one for those sudden little events that pop up over the festive season. I made these coconut jellies for a recent morning tea at work. It occurred to me just as I was getting ready for bed that I hadn’t prepared anything, so it was about working some magic in […]

Taste of Melbourne 2012

November 27, 2012

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For the past 2 years since I started this blog, I’ve been writing about the annual ‘Taste’ festivals. This year it was held outdoors, in the green fields of Albert Park. So you know the deal by now. Pay ~$30 entrance fee to get into the event and then exchange your dollars for ‘crowns’, which […]

Black sesame icecream recipe

November 15, 2012

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I don’t want to gloat too much, but I’m such a lucky girl. The ice cream maker attachment for my beloved Kitchenaid has finally arrived – just in time for summer too! I know what you’re thinking…is it really worth all the effort to make your own ice cream? And how much ice cream would […]

Almond bread recipe

November 8, 2012

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This is a rather timely entry given that Spring Carnival is amongst us, which means we are fast hurtling towards the silly season and the end of 2012!  It also means the mad hunt for Christmas presents and small gifts to bring along to all those parties you’re going to get invited to. All this […]

The Waiting Room

October 25, 2012

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So The Waiting Room (Crown Casino Hotel Lobby, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC) just made it past its 2nd birthday as Neil Perry announces his departure from the bar. Apparently Mr Perry wants to wind back his involvement in the lobby bar/high tea venue to focus on his restaurant ventures (Rockpool, Spice Temple and the […]

Swedish strawberry cake (jordgubbstårta) recipe

August 22, 2012

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It’s fairly typical of most workplaces to have a birthday cake policy to celebrate employees’ birthdays. At some offices, the employers provide the cakes, at others it’s up to the employees to provide their own. At my workplace, our policy is to bring each other cakes. That is, you provide the cake for the person […]

Ginger and pear cake recipe

August 10, 2012

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Despite the retailers ramping up their summer advertising campaigns and the gloriously sunny days we’ve had, winter still feels like it’s in full swing. And is it just me, or is it especially cold this year? That, or age is really beginning to get the better of me. In any case, there is an upside […]

Chez Dre

March 21, 2012

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In spite of mastering a favourite brunch dish of mine, a girl still likes to trek out for her morning meal every now and then. This weekend it was back to South Melbourne to finally tick Chez Dre (285-287 Conventry Street, South Melbourne VIC) off my list. Having been open for less than a year, […]