Recipes

Cumquat Almond Cake

Cumquat Almond Cake

This marvellous Moorish/moreish cake, a version of the better known Orange Almond Cake, is so moist it can also be served as a pudding with thickened cream. I sometimes slather the top with melted dark "Lindt Orange Intense" chocolate for a...

Warrigal Falafels

Warrigal Falafels

Did you know that Warrigal Greens are Australia’s answer to English spinach and have been used as a spinach substitute since early European colonisation? At BTB Cafe, Kirribilli, chef Dan Backer uses them in various ways including in these falafels....

Shortbread Hearts

Shortbread Hearts

These shortbread cookies are very versatile as they can be cut into various shapes (gingerbread men, Christmas trees, kangaroos etc). Rolling them out between sheets of baking paper makes the shortbread easy to work with. Kids have no end of fun...

Blossom Farm Fig Jam

Blossom Farm Fig Jam

This recipe is courtesy of Jo Ward, chef at the Royal Richmond Hotel, Richmond NSW. She uses figs from the nearby Blossom Farm in Bilpin and Gala apples, also from Bilpin. The apples provide pectin which helps the jam to set.InroductionAbout this...

Tamarillo Tarte Tatin

Tamarillo Tarte Tatin

It sure has been a tricky time for farmers and gardeners along the east coast of Australia recently, thanks to months of heavy rains. The tamarillo trees in our Community Vegetable Garden lost all their leaves but bore beautiful egg-shaped red...

Mother’s Day Simnel Cake

Mother’s Day Simnel Cake

The Simnel Cake, a rich luscious fruit cake, has symbolised Mother's Day since medieval times.  In those days, the cakes were decorated with wildflowers gathered by sons and daughters as they made their way home to spend the day with their...

Biji Salak

Biji Salak

This recipe was given to me by Nur Hasrat Thamrin as it's the one she likes to use. She explained that these sweet potato balls have a slightly chewy texture and are delicious served with palm sugar syrup and a drizzle of creamy coconut milk. They're popular...

Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

While it was Easter Sunday for many Christians last week, Orthodox Christians (who follow the Gregorian calendar) celebrate Easter Sunday today. How many Ukrainians, I wonder, are able to celebrate anything this year? Tsoureki  is a...