golden years – lemon posset

Lemon posset with blueberry coulis and almond + pistachio biscotti. A recipe on Tracey O’Brien’s Blog caught my eye some time ago. It was a traditional English dessert – lemon posset. I was interested in the setting reaction between the lemon and cream – no need for gelatine. My recipe is similar, but I have added…

sweet thing – treats to make your loved one smile

I know I said I don’t jump on the Valentine’s Day bandwagon but I remembered when I was in school my mum would buy one of those love heart chocolates to put in my lunch box on Valentine’s Day – and it is nice to get a little treat from your loved one from time to…

pannacotta del luna – lavender & yoghurt panna cotta

This recipe was a bit of fun to make, plate and photograph. The tartness of the yoghurt in the pannacotta brings out the lavender flavour. Quantities for the pannacotta are from a yoghurt pannacotta in Bill Granger’s Best of Bill. I have added lavender to the recipe, as well as the granita and berries. Cass…

I got burned – lavender crème brûlée

This is a little spin on a traditional tasting crème brûlée. The lavender complements the vanilla well and adds another dimension to the custard. This recipe is a set in the fridge one. I have made crème brûlée baked in the oven in a bain marie and set in the fridge. I’ve had success with…

crimson & clover – pavlova 2 ways #2

pavlova topped with cream and macerated balsamic strawberries (leave out the balsamic for plain macerated strawberries) The balsamic vinegar does an excellent job of cutting through the cream and sugar in the pav – perfect if you are not a massive sweet tooth. One version of this pavlova didn’t survive the car journey to lunch….

crimson & clover – pavlova 2 ways #1

pavlova topped with cream + fresh strawberries, blueberries and passionfruit pulp The result of this recipe is the divine combination of a crusty pavlova outside with a pillow soft centre – harmony in your mouth! The quantities and general method for this pavlova base are from Stephanie Alexander’s Cook’s Companion. A great thing about pavs…

chocolate & cigarettes – chocolate and almond cake

This seductive (like Julia Stone’s voice) chocolate cake recipe is from Stephanie Alexander’s – The Cook’s Companion. It’s an easy cake to make and is not too sweet. It’s a winner for impressive and easy entertaining, particularly if you have guests who are gluten intolerant. To take it to the next level, dust icing sugar over…

state of the tart – little lemon curd tarts

I made little lemon curd tarts with the leftover lemon curd after making Oh! You Pretty Things: https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/oh-you-pretty-things/. The lemon curd recipe makes about 600 g of lemon curd. The short crust pastry (from Stephanie Alexander’s Cook’s Companion) made enough for 14 tarts (using 12 muffin tin tray). I put 75g of lemon curd within each…

learnalilgivinalemon

This recipe is perfect with lemon curd and meringue cupcakes (see cupcakes or entertaining). However, the lemon curd and meringue cupcakes do not use all 600g of the curd. I am going to use the leftover to make lemon curd tartlets. The recipe quantities and general steps are from Neil Perry’s Rockpool. lemon curd Makes 600g…

banarama

banana cake This is a simple banana cake recipe. I always end up making it when we have bananas in the fruit bowl that are too ripe to enjoy eating or when our stock of these kinds of bananas have piled up in the freezer. I add more banana than the original recipe (The Cook’s…

mandarin man – mandarin and almond cake

This one took awhile to name and the end choice is a little obscure so I wanted to write what the song was. I was driving down to Adelaide to catch up with some good friends, listening to Georgie Fame and In the Meantime comes on. And the lyric I’m gonna be your meantime man made…