Food and Recipes: October 2011 Archives

More foodie goodness

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Saturday morning we went to Black Pepper for breakfast then did our food shopping.

Dessert Saturday night was pretty simple and wheat-free - strawberries dipped in white chocolate, and mandarin pieces and raspberries dipped in dark chocolate.  The strawberries especially were nommmm!!!

Fruit Chocolate
Sunday was mostly a quiet day at home, although I did go down to Tony's to do a plant swap - some fish tank plants for a big bunch of rosemary for the night's lamb roast.  As well as delicious lamb, we did a whole heap of vegetables - garlic, pumpkin, sweet potato, swede, zucchini, carrot, red onion, mushroom and capsicum.  So yummy!  And so simple, and apart from a good sloshing of oil, amazingly healthy (well maybe not the lamb so much hehe).

Roast veggie goodness


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The sweetie and I went to Rice Asian Tapas Bar in Civic for dinner tonight.  We just got five "tapas" - really just entrees you'd get at any Asian restaurant.

Fish cakes
Rice - Fish cakes
Peking duck
Rice - Peking duck
Curry puffs
Rice - Curry puffs
Money bags
Rice - Money bags
Satay chicken sticks
Rice - Satay chicken sticks

It was all pretty tasty, and we had the place entirely to ourselves heh.

Melting Moments

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My dessert challenge this weekend was "Melting Moments".  They turned out pretty well, although the shortbread is pretty dry/floury, I've never been a huge fan of shortbread.  Still, they were liked so that's the main thing.

Melting Moments

Melting Moments




250g butter, cubed, at room temperature

1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 3/4 cups plain flour

1/3 cup cornflour



60g butter, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 orange, rind finely grated

2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted







Preheat oven to 160°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.


Beat butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence in a medium bowl with electric beaters until pale and creamy.

Sift together the flour and cornflour, add to the butter mixture and mix with the beaters on low speed until just combined and a soft dough forms.

Lightly flour hands then roll the mixture into small balls. Place on the prepared baking tray about 5cm apart. Use a fork that has been dipped in flour to flatten each ball to about 3cm in diameter and 1 cm thick.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Repeat with the remaining mixture.


Beat the butter, vanilla essence and orange rind in a small bowl with electric beaters until pale and creamy.

Add the icing sugar and beat until combined.


To assemble biscuits, spread the base of a biscuit with filling and then join with another biscuit. Repeat with remaining biscuits and filling.



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Makes twenty completed biscuits




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