Month: May 2017

Frangelico Luau

Aloha people of the internet.  It’s time to don your grass skirts, your leis and start shimmying those hips in a vague approximation of the hula because we’re off to Hawaii with this lovely Frangelico Luau.  Well, actually I’m off to Perth but a holiday is a holiday right?  Also, winter has arrived in Melbourne, its cold, gloomy, dark, rainy and miserable.  So a reminder of sun, sand and tropics is also in order! 

Frangelico LuauI found the recipe for the Frangelico Luau in the Feb / March edition of Vogue Entertaining and Travel.  It’s a three ingredient taste o’ the tropics that is pretty to look at and yummy to drink.  And guaranteed to bring some sunshine into the darkest winter day!

Frangelico Luau2The Frangelico Luau has only three ingredients – Frangelico, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine so it is relatively light in alcohol.  This is a great holiday drink because it is one you can sip all afternoon without getting too drunk to enjoy the evening!  I would have been a bit dubious about the combination of hazelnut, pineapple and pomegranate but it works! 

There are a few more lovely sounding Frangelico cocktails from the same advertisement so there may be a few more appearing here soon!

Frangelico Luau
A lovely taste of the tropics, guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest of days!
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Ingredients
  1. 30ml Frangelico
  2. 120ml pineapple juice
  3. Dash Grenadine
  4. Pineapple Circle and Mint Sprig to garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix the Frangelico, pineapple juice and grenadine in a blender. Pour into a chilled glass over ice.
  2. Garnish with a pineapple circle and a mint sprig.
  3. I used Vietnamese mint to add to the tropical vibe but regular mint would be fine!
  4. Enjoy!
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining and Travel Feb / March 1990
Adapted from Vogue Entertaining and Travel Feb / March 1990
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
 Gotta run, both metaphorically and literally – my plane leaves in a couple of hours and I have yet to pack and I also want to stretch my legs before the four-hour flight!

Have a wonderful week! 

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Honey Jumbles

I’m not much of a biscuit maker.  In fact this the first biscuit (cookie) for my American friends that I have made on here.  And what a biscuit it is!  Lets start with the name – how adorable is it?  How can anything called a Honey Jumble not be delicious?  So what are they?  A honey jumble is a soft, slightly chewy biscuit flavoured with honey (derrrrr), ginger, cloves and spice topped with a slightly citrussy icing.  They manage to be both slightly sophisticated in flavour as well as immensely comforting.  And they are perfect with a cup of tea!

Honey JumblesHa..I’m actually not much of a regular tea drinker either – I am a coffee girl through and through but I love a herbal tea and this one, which is a Twinings Defence – flavoured with Orange, Cinnamon and Ginger really compliments the spicy / citrus flavour of the Honey Jumbles.

Honey Jumbles2Honey  Jumbles are a classic Australian bikkie – and yes, our penchant for shortening words does extend to biscuits!  I’m not sure if Honey Jumbles are still being made commercially.  There were none in my  two local supermarkets but that could be totally by the by.  I suspect however, that their flavour profile, (not overly sweet, and a light gingerbready taste) belongs to the past.  They certainly remind me of childhood.  My nana used to love all things pink and she often served honey jumbles when we came to visit.  However, if you are looking for a taste of nostalgia or just a little something something to have with a cuppa, these are easy enough to make.  My recipe, which is below is a combination of two recipes I found on the interwebs.  The biscuit recipe is from Food to Love and the icing from Taste.com.au.  Links to both  can be found in the recipe.

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Honey Jumbles
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For The Biscuits
  1. 1/3 cup honey
  2. 45 g butter
  3. 1 cup plain flour, plus extra for kneading
  4. 1 tsp ground ginger
  5. 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  6. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  7. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  8. 1 tbsp milk
For The Icing
  1. 1 eggwhite
  2. 1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  3. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  4. Pink food colouring
For The Biscuits
  1. In a small saucepan, heat honey and butter together on low until melted and simmering. Cool 5 minutes.
  2. Sift flour, ginger, spice, soda and cloves together into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in butter mixture and milk, stirring until well-combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes, until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  4. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead, working in a little extra flour gradually if needed, until mixture is no longer sticky.
  5. Divide mixture into two. Roll each into a sausage shape about 1.5cm thick. Cut each into 5mm widths. Shape into ovals and place on trays.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until they begin to crack. Allow to cool on trays.
For The Icing
  1. Using: a whisk, beat eggwhite in a bowl until foaming.
  2. Gradually beat in icing sugar until combined.
  3. Stir in lemon juice.
  4. Tint pink with food colouring. Spread the biscuits with pink icing.
  5. Set aside for 30 minutes or until set.
Adapted from http://www.foodtolove.com.au/recipes/honey-jumbles-11345 and http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/honey-jumble-biscuits/36830354-02bb-4228-a656-7b25454f60bc
Adapted from http://www.foodtolove.com.au/recipes/honey-jumbles-11345 and http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/honey-jumble-biscuits/36830354-02bb-4228-a656-7b25454f60bc
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
 So, May is the blogiversary and, I have, for at least the last few years, had a month long celebration.  That won’t be happening this year as my May is jam packed with real world activities.  One of my girlfriends is getting married waaaaaay over on the other side of Australia. Not only am I delighted and honoured to have been invited to her special day but I have also never been to Perth before so I am looking forward to seeing pastures new.  Then, I am barely back from the West when I need to get on another plane for a girl’s (long) weekend in Adelaide.  City of churches, pie floaters, and weird murders here I come!

Honey Jumbles4Have a wonderful week everyone, I’ll try to squeeze a post in before I head out west but if not, look forward to happy snaps from the other side of Australia!

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Walnut and Avocado Salad, Seeing Double & Mysteries Solved

When is a salad not a salad?  When it comes from The A-Z of Cooking.  There is no way in the world that I would call this a salad.  It’s much more of a dip.  But The A-Z calls it a salad so, Walnut and Avocado Salad it is.  Even if we all secretly know it’s a dip.  

Walnut and Avocado SaladThis was kind of….meh.  And you know what?  I strongly recommend that you make guac instead.  Because a good guac is awesome!  But first, there is an elephant in the room and it needs to be addressed.  You may be thinking that because we have labelled something a salad when it is quite clearly a dip that we have reached S.  Not so fast there Speedy.  We’re actually still at R.  How so?  Refreshing Salads.  Yeah,  I know I should  have ceased to be surprised at the randomness of The A-Z by now.  But it’s ONE letter..it’s at the back of the Chapter, right next to the start of the S’s. Couldn’t they have?  Shouldn’t they have? Why didn’t they?

Walnut and Avocado Salad2But wait, there’s  more.   When I turned the page over to “Refreshing Salads” my eye was caught by the words Greek Salata.  Now, I LOVE a Greek Salad.  Feta, olives, tomatoes….bring it on!  My mouth was already watering as I contemplated making eating one. In my mind, a Greek Salad should look exactly like this one from the Food Network:

So imagine my horror when my eyes were what can only be described as assaulted by this disgrace:

Oh. My. Lord.  Have you ever seen anything quite so hideous in your life?  Sadly, I have.  Because even as I was recoiling in horror, I realised I had seen something quite so hideous before.  In fact I had seen something exactly as fugly before because I had not only seen but posted on that very picture.  Right here.

WTF?  To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, to use this picture in one book may be regarded as misfortune; to use it in two looks like a blatant disregard for the eyes of one’s readers.  But then I was intrigued.  So, I went back to The Hot Weather Cookbook and flicked through it and there were six other photos IDENTICAL to those in The A-Z of Cooking!  They share a publisher, Octopus Books but neither book acknowledges that content previously appeared in the other. 

Now, it also just so happens that one of the photos that was replicated in both books was the mysterious Mango Mousse which I spoke about here.

Mango MousseNow I know that the mystery of what that is a picture of, seeing as it is quite clearly NOT a mango mousse has been keeping all of us awake since I first posted it back in March of 2015 (and yikes, has it really taken me over two years to cook through this book?).  And who knew that I had the key to the mystery within my grasp the entire time?  Because, if you look at page 113 of the Hot Weather Cookbook where the same recipe for Mango Mousse appears, there is a reference at the bottom of the page to the pictures contained overleaf  – Orange Soufflé (page 114).  Which is our mango mousse picture.

And, if we flick back to the recipe of Orange Soufflé?  Oranges, passionfruit, cream eggs….I’m totally ignoring the random bananas but  I think we have a contender!

Orange SouffleMystery solved.  I feel like a culinary Mulder and Scully.  I have been tossing up as to whether I should take up one of those Hunt A Killer subscriptions I keep hearing about on all my podcasts.  After this bit of sleuthing I am a step closer to putting my detective skills to the test.  It’s damn expensive to get it shipped to Australia though!  Is anyone else doing it? If you are, please let me know!

BTW, just to take us back to the Avocado and Walnut Salad?  The bread shown with it is the Cheddar and Apple Foccacia from The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez.  And it was delicious!  This is a wonderful book too!

Have a wonderful week!  Next up, I’m taking a bit of a break from The A-Z and making some lovely old-fashioned biscuits, perfect for afternoon tea!  Why not pour yourself an Earl Grey and join me?

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