HESTON FOR COLES ~ A BRITISH THEMED DINNER PARTY FOR FRIENDS Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 In the past 4 or 5 years I’ve been involved in food and recipe development, one of my biggest influences and inspirations has been British chef; Heston Blumenthal. I was lucky enough this time last year to eat at Dinner by Heston in London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Next on my long-standing wish list, is The Fat Duck, which hopefully I’ll be able to experience in person next year when the restaurant opens in Melbourne for 6 months. His noted and famed/mind-blowing approach to Molecular gastronomy aside, I find his general attitude to food and his whole process of making food fun, surprising and a holistic experience for his diners, utterly mesmerising.
Julia's Afternoon Cake This cake came about around 8:30 a.m. this past Monday, a window of time in which many things seem to get done as it’s when Oliver goes down for his first nap. Sam had made a legendary fried rice with lots of mushrooms and fish sauce for dinner the night before, so I was snacking on leftovers with a cup of coffee and racing around the kitchen trying to finish measuring and whisking before Oliver woke. The goal was to bake something sweet (but not too sweet) to take with me to work the next day, and I knew of just the thing. In no time, the oven was preheating, I was on my second cup of coffee, licking the spoon, and patting myself on the back for pulling together homemade cake batter in under twenty minutes — all while silently deeming Sam the fried rice master of the universe. Or at least, our house.
Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting I love peanut butter. And I love Nutella. Two great loves of my life. Blue is in Fashion this Year After having already posted a not-that-fashion related post a few days ago [here] and since non-fashion posts are always such a big success on fashion blogs [irony] I decided to go extreme this time [irony]. With a... botanical post. And since floral prints are always an evergreen in fashion, so you know this could be some real life inspiration [ahem...]. Ho già pubblicato qualche giorno fa [questo] post non proprio a tema moda. E visto che sui fashion blog i post non-fashion vanno che è una meraviglia [ironia] mi sono detta ma perché non avventurarmi in qualcosa di davvero estremo? [ironia] Ed eccomi qui con un post... botanico.Visto che (sempre alle Isole Borromee) personalmente mi sono entusiasmata a osservare e fotografare il giardini botanici e quello all'Italiana.
Baked Egg Boat recipe Breakfast is my favorite meal. I like to drink iced coffee and watch the cream climb its way down the chunky ice cubes in a dazy before the caffeine hits. I like to order bacon with whatever I’m eating. I like eating potatoes with ketchup. I like eggs over easy, and fluffy scrambled eggs. Your Most Important Bread Making Tools — BREAD Magazine (Kitchen scale photo by Marcus Jeffrey CC BY-SA 2.0) One of the things I like most about bread is its flexibility: you can bake simple every day loaves using almost no equipment. I have baked flatbreads on a barbecue using nothing but a cast iron pan and a bowl for mixing the ingredients (see our Summer 2014 issue for the full story). I have also mixed doughs with nothing but a bowl and my hands — I don’t think I even had a spoon to mix the ingredients!
Gingerbread Red Velvet Cake When the perfume of gingerbread floats through the air, and you catch a first glimpse of gingerbread men and houses, you know that holiday season is here for real. Gingerbread, in some form, has been a European holiday staple since medieval days, when using prized spices meant that it was a very special time of year. When you talk flavor-packed treats, gingerbread still rules — and once you add the power of cocoa and the bravura of a red cake with cream cheese frosting, you have holiday gold.
Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken What is up with beer and me lately? I can’t get enough of the stuff. If I’m telling the truth, I really enjoy cooking with beer much more than I like drinking it. How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Using Science In the event of a zombie apocalypse it will probably help to have: a baseball bat, a gun, a chainsaw and a plethora of blunt objects. Also, it helps to possess a strong grasp of neuroscience. The quick, handy guide above (not to be confused with the one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) shows many of the neurological problems zombies have and how the non-undead can exploit those weaknesses. It includes every malady, from ghouls’ slow motor skills to terrible amnesia.