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I revisited a previously blogged about recipe recently. The photo on the original blog post was just horrible! I wanted to see how much my photography has improved, and what a difference. I’m still not 100% happy with the photo above, but it’s much better that the original. I took more time and care making

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Week 3 Theme: Hor d’oeuvres Cookbook Used: Instant Entertaining Author: Donna Hay   Ah… hor d’oeuvres week. The week I was least excited about, and fretting over what I could do. I looked at my bookshelf wondering which book had the magic answer, then I remembered about Donna Hay’s, Instant Entertaining. After a flick through,

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Having recently started a new job, I haven’t had much time in the kitchen. So I scheduled baking time in my diary for Saturday morning. Having wanting to bake something from the new Donna Hay magazine, but finding I was missing at least 1 ingredient for every recipe I wanted to try, I thought I’d

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The quest for the best dumplings in Melbourne began once I found out my favorite place in Springvale shut down. Whilst Camy Shanghai is good, it all depends on what day you go. Some days it can be great, some days not so great. And well Bob’s Kitchen is pretty good, I am still on

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I wanted to make dessert for Easter Sunday lunch with the family. Being Easter it had to involve chocolate didn’t it? I tried the chocolate orange marble cake from the latest Donna Hay magazine. I then spruced it up with some little Easter eggs and a very cute little chicken. I didn’t do the marble

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My first batch of hot cross buns ever…and they were a success! I was going to do Nigella Lawson’s recipe, but hers looked all flat and lifeless. And every other recipe I read, looked like way too much work! I was pretty sure Donna Hay had a recipe and I’m glad she did. Like most

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I LOVE my pasta. Hence why my waistline isn’t what I’d like it to be, but as my aunty once said “I’m here for a good time, not a long time”, so I’ll enjoy my pasta and then go work some of it off at the gym. So it’s no surprise I wanted to try

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I made these for a random casual dinner party last night. A lovely bunch of people gathered at Iron Chef Jason’s house for a lovely dinner of pasta and Bondi Vet. Whilst I’m sorry that the gluten free and vegan guests couldn’t try these, they were a bit hit with everyone else. It was a

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We had a few too many figs lying around the house this weekend and mum said if I wanted to use them I had better do it quick or they wouldn’t be good anymore. Talk about baking under pressure! They are as delicious as they look! I would say it’s the little bit of cinnamon

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I thought I’d bake a little thank you gift for my panel beater to thank him for all the help he has provided with my car lately. I did have a pistachio and lemon biscuit in mind but when I went to the cupboard I found that my bag of pistachios had been eaten. So

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I am currently walking around like a pregnant duck! And I am neither pregnant nor a duck. I suppose you want to know why? I did too much exercise this weekend! 1 hour of personal training, then a nice long bike ride the day after. Too many walking lunges and squats has left me unable

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Mid week cooking postings have been a bit rare as of late haven’t they? This week I attempted a very easy pho recipe from the new Donna Hay magazine. I am a big fan of pho as you may remember from my previous pho adventures. Most recipes I’ve seen have about 600 different ingredients to

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*sigh* my pictures never look as good as Donna Hay’s! But I think my food tastes just as good! Had my aunty come over for dinner tonight and mum suggested I cook dinner. I thought it was a good opportunity since I missed mid-week cooking as I went to the Chris Brown and Rihanna concert!

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You’ll have to excuse the photography yet again! Not my best work, however this tart was just delicious! I thought this was going be to ridiculously sweet when I licked the spoon of the marshmallow topping. However it turned out to be just perfect! The base with the almond meal, compliments the marshmallow and jam

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For quite some time now I’ve wanted to try and make these ice-cream cupcakes. I had the idea to make them for my breast cancer fund raiser afternoon tea next week, but I wanted to give them a test run to make sure they actually worked. I thought the cones would burn if you baked

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I decided to bake my co-workers a cake as they always enjoy my cakes and I always enjoy the compliments that follow. I had some sad looking apples in the fruit bowl and realised I hadn’t posted one of my favorite apple cake recipes, so here it is for you all. Not only does it

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After our first attempt at cupcakes, Iron Chef Katie and I decided we must try the red velvet cupcake recipe…. that was waaaay back in May. A few months later, we finally made a date to get back in the kitchen and give it a whirl! Luckily Donna Hay’s latest magazine had a recipe for

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This week for mid week cooking, Donna Hay came off the book shelf again. I tried her recipe for chicken and bacon pies. What caught my eye was the homemade potato crisps that replace the traditional pastry top. The only problem I encountered was that I could have used a bit more chicken. Unlike last

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It’s mid-week cooking time again! I’ve given up telling my mum what I’m going to be cooking as she seems to dismiss some recipes I really want to try, this being one of them. I knew she would have taken one look at it and said “Nah, pick something else”…sorry mum, I know you read

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It’s mid-week cooking time again. Let me firstly apologize for the photography, I know it’s not good and I know it doesn’t look very appetizing, but I assure you, it tasted good! This recipe was taken from an old Donna Hay magazine. I will soon have the full collection as I’ve found some people who

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Mid-week cooking was back this week! My parents arrived safely back into the country on the weekend with mountains of Swiss chocolate for me to eat! I also got a new camera but I’m still working out all the kinks, so hopefully my photos on here will be a bit better soon. So, yet again

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As mentioned in my previous post, my new Iron Chef’s and I made a dessert. I had an excess of pears so a pear crumble was on the menu! It was a night of Donna Hay recipes! Rather simple to prepare and a huge hit with the crowd. We had an extra guest for dessert

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Saturday night I had 2 new Iron Chef friends enter the kitchen. As they are vegetarian I had to consult the vegetarian section of library! I tried to find something fairly easy for us to do and then pop in the over so we could prepare dessert as it cooked. I did want to try

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So going through my new stack of magazines I decided the first recipe to try out were these orange almond cupcakes from an old Donna Hay issue. Baked these for a friendly gathering for an old friend that is down from Sweden. Had a few extras for some friends I was seeing later that day.

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Well I was plan on pad-thai-ing it up this week but my boy was too sick to come over for my mid-week cooking so I thought I’d change my plans. I made a sweet potato and pancetta risotto, which looked and tasted like the infamous clag! So needless to say I’m NOT posting picture or

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