Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: February 2014

Duck confit and pommes sarladaise

I’ve been missing the food from home a bit lately. This week I wanted to make a seafood soup, with a variety of shell fish and prawns and was so disappointed that I had to use a pre-cooked selection. I managed to find green prawns in the shell, which is essential for a good stock, but the crab and mussels came from a pre-cooked frozen package and I can confirm that yes – they tasted horrible. In Sydney I would have gone to my local fish shop and bought my pick of prawns, crab, mussels and fish and it would …

Financiers and friands

After pursuing a recipe that used 6 egg yolks, I had a moral duty to rescue at least some of the egg whites I had set aside. My inner-thrift simply wouldn’t let me throw away perfectly good egg whites, but I couldn’t face making macarons. After a little searching, I stumbled upon a recipe for financiers, which requires egg whites. I’ve always like the sound of ‘financiers’…the word conjures images of fancy fellows eating dainty sweets. It seems there’s no definitive reason for the name, but it could have originated from the fact that these almond-meal based cakes were favoured …

Orange, coconut and semolina cake

Orange, coconut and semolina cake

It’s no secret that I love the food of Yotam Ottolenghi. His approach to vegetables is exciting, his flair with cake is inspiring and I have absolute faith in his palate which means that when I see a recipe for a semolina, coconut and marmalade recipe – I make it with the confidence that it will be spectacular. Well, I did, and it was. This recipe is easy to make and yields a super moist and richly textured cake, perfect for afternoon tea. This recipe appears in his newest book, Jerusalem which is a joint effort with his friend Sami …