Taste Tests

The best perk of being a food blogger is getting to eat lots of scrumptious things (usually for free) and then writing about them.

My personal favourite though, is receiving fresh produce or condiments to experiment with in my cooking adventures.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink

Posted on September 21, 2011

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you will be well aware that I’ve been working with Ocean Spray for the past few months.

I’ve made cranberry crumbed chicken (yum!) and cranberry dried fruit compote (delish!) and am currently playing around with their blueberry flavoured cranberries with great results – recipe coming soon!

Today I want to tell you about my current guilty little pleasure while cooking dinner – a tall glass of Cranberry Classic mixed with sparkling mineral water, ice cubes and a squeeze of lime. With a large handful of salted cashews and macadamias on the side (the nuts are the ‘guilty’ bit!). (more…)

Sumac lemon duck breast + Game Farm competition!

Posted on August 2, 2011

UPDATE 15/8/11: This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Karina, Amanda and Seana.

The lemon sauce that accompanies this duck breast is not for the faint hearted; it is jam-packed with sour lemony goodness. If you’re not that keen on lemons, I’d give the sauce a miss, although you could add more sugar – but where’s the fun in that?

The rich, fatty lusciousness of duck needs a nice tart sauce to cut through it and these Game Farm duck breasts I was sent recently are no exception.

But duck and sauce are not a complete meal! So when I spotted a super fresh bunch of mizuna at Marrickville Farmers Market on the weekend, I just knew it was destined to be stir fried with garlic and served alongside some crispy duck. Voila! Dinner is served.

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Peanut butter biscuits + Queen Royal Icing

Posted on July 26, 2011

When I saw this recipe for peanut butter biscuits on Eating Out Loud I got very excited.

Why? Biscuits. 3 ingredients. Gluten free. See?

Allen‘s recipes always work a treat, but only three ingredients in a biscuit recipe sounded outrageously undoable (a word?), and then also gluten free – that was just too much for my curious mind. I had to bake them. (more…)

Taste test: Wicked Sister rice pudding

Posted on July 11, 2011

I am not usually a fan of rice pudding, but I have to admit, these have changed my mind. Hubby, however, is a massive fan and according to him, these are right up there in the taste-stakes. That’s coming from a guy who has tasted most commercial versions both here in Sydney, as well as in London when we were living there a few years back.

I was introduced to Wicked Sister rice puddings via my friend Lena. Her brother-in-law owns the company and is passionate about creating sweet treats that are virtually fat free but still taste like you are eating something indulgent.

After tasting his range of rice puddings, I think he has hit the nail on the head with those intentions. (more…)

I’m growing fresh wasabi on my balcony!

Posted on July 2, 2011

If you are a long-term reader of my blog then you’ll know I am mad about wasabi.

If you are new here, then… I am mad about wasabi!

You might remember that way back in April 2009 I was sent some fresh wasabi to experiment with and I had a great time using it in a delicious spinach and avocado salad and salmon wasabi leaf canapes.

This time, I am growing wasabi fresh on my balcony, and it’s all thanks to the lovely people at Four Seasons Herbs who sent me these little plants via Australia Post! (more…)

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