I am a child of the 80′s. Yes, I spent a decade eating chicken nuggets, potato waffles, beef burgers, Viennetta and Angel Delight. It is a miracle that I didn’t contract Mad Cow Disease with the amount of questionable quality, processed beef I ate. My diet was very different back then but I look back fondly to the food of my childhood. It was common practice for people to shop in supermarkets that were entirely dedicated to frozen food. It seems like a completely alien concept now, but I’ve just Googled it and they still exist. Needless to say I can’t find an Australian equivalent. I think that says it all. Read more »
I have many draft blog posts in my WordPress account that will never be published because I am either not happy with the recipe, despite testing and retesting or I wasn’t happy with the photos. This is another of those recipes that needs a bit more work but time has failed me and as The Sweet Adventures Blog Hop hostess I just had to get this post out there.
Of course my theme had to be cheese. I often cook with cheese and rather than repeat something I have made before I wanted to do something a bit different this month. So I settled on cheese ice cream. I have made blue cheese ice cream before but it was one of those recipes that didn’t make it on the blog. It was OK in small quantities but needed a bit of refining before I was happy with the recipe. This could have been the month to tweak it but as I was doing my research I came across a few recipes that involved other types of cheese. Goat’s cheese or curd was an ingredient that kept popping up and being a more subtle flavour I thought this might work better as an ice cream. Read more »
It’s been way too long since I made cheese at home. The one thing you can’t do when you have no kitchen or your kitchen is in a mess is to make cheese because you really need a clean, sterile environment. You also need time to make cheese, which I have also been a bit short of as late. Hopefully I will rectify the cheese making drought soon, but in the meantime this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop has spurred me on. I can’t reveal what my cheesy dessert is until Monday but I can tell you my key ingredient as I had to get organised and make it in advance. My dessert will involve Goat’s curd. I don’t want to get into a debate as to whether curd is cheese. It is the substance that is required to make cheese so I would deem it cheese in it’s basic form. Read more »
It’s no secret that I love cheese. I eat cheese, I cook with cheese and I even make cheese from scratch. So when I was given the opportunity to host the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop there was no question what the theme would be – cheese of course! The Sweet Adventures Blog hop is a monthly dessert link up with a different theme each month. It’s a great way of challenging your own cooking skills and discovering a range of new and often creative dessert ideas. I joined the hop almost from the beginning as I wasn’t very good at baking. It has been a fantastic learning experience and now I’m pleased to say I’m no longer afraid to cook dessert and I even quite enjoy it.
Anyway, back to this months theme. I often have a cheese platter instead of dessert. While on a recent trip to France I had cheese in addition to dessert. The Aussie’s often serve cheese as an appetizer before dinner but where I come from it is most definitely dessert. Read more »
I’ve never been one to celebrate Halloween but I couldn’t resist participating in this months Halloween themed blog hop. This months host is JJ from 84th & 3rd and as the name would suggest she is from the land where Halloween is enthusiastically celebrated. As someone who didn’t really celebrate Halloween as a child I didn’t have any family favourites or inspiration to draw upon. Sometimes that’s a good thing though. For me, Halloween is a blank canvas so I was able to get creative.
I was on the cusp of mastering Macarons when my old oven died so I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while. Although a new oven does not guarantee great Macarons. When you get a new oven its a really good idea to get a thermometer to check the temperature and also test a few easy, tried and tested recipes to see how it performs. All ovens vary and there is nothing worse than spending hours making something only to ruin it in the oven. Read more »