Tag Archive for: Dessert

Easter Egg Cake

14 Apr
April 14, 2014

I do like to keep things simple, and that includes entertaining at Easter.  Of course simple doesn’t mean dull or boring.  I wanted to create a dessert that would bring a smile to adults and children alike at the end of Easter Sunday lunch. 

A dessert, which resulted in a hazelnut sponge cake, filled with glorious chocolate cream, surrounded by chocolate tiles and adorned with more chocolate, Easter eggs.  For those entertaining the troops, there are a few do ahead elements, which will make your life easier on the day your guests arrive.

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Ginger & Lime Curd

07 Feb
February 7, 2014

I adore curd.  I grew up knowing this type of spread as ‘butter’, but these days I call it curd.  My most favourite curd would have to be lemon.

Curd of any kind is extremely versatile.  It can do so much more than be a spread for your fresh bread or toast.  You can use it to fill sponge cakes with some fresh cream, use in cup cakes, with pancakes or crepes, fillings for doughnuts, the list of its use really does go on and on.

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Flourless Blood Orange & Chocolate Cake Recipe

02 Sep
September 2, 2013

Oh blood oranges, how I love thee, let me cook the ways.  Actually my favourite way to enjoy blood oranges are in salads.  Sliced segments of ruby glory scattered amongst salad greens.  It appeals to all my senses.

I think by the end of the season my tribe is probably sick of seeing slices through salads that accompany dinner.  Therefore I do tend to use them in other ways as well.  Blood orange marmalade is a seasonal favourite.  Most other uses are experimental to see what I can create.

blood orangesOriginally the oranges in this cake were purchased and destined to be transformed into marmalade.  That was until I had a craving for cake.  I rummaged through the pantry to discover what forgotten ingredients were lurking.  Dived into my recipes and pulled out some tried and tested ones.  Taking ideas and elements from a few, my flourless blood orange and chocolate cake was born. Read more →

KiwiBerry Doughnuts

28 Apr
April 28, 2013

Well hello there!  I’ve been quiet, I know.  Belly Rumbles has resembled a ghost town over the past two weeks.  Apologies for that guys, but there has been quite a bit going on.

A family vacation to the Northern Territory,  Kakadu, Nitmiluk, Litchfield and Darwin, conquered and explored.  Stay tuned, there will be lots of sharing in regard to our adventures.

I have been a busy bee along with Amanda of Chew Town working on The Sweet Swap.  It will be officially launched this Wednesday, but please pop over to The Sweet Swap for a sneaky peek.  Be the first to see what it is all about before we officially announce the Aussie Food Blogger event to the World.

Then there is my sweet Sally.  Sal has been back at the veterinary clinic for more surgery to remove, not one, not two but four tumours.  As Josh put it, she looks like she is cos playing as Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.  Three large nasty incisions, one on either side of her torso and the other down behind her front leg.  Still waiting on results, and fingers are crossed they got them all.

If you have been reading Belly Rumbles for a while, you will know that over the past three years Sally has been under the knife a few times, in fact six, to remove cancerous tumours.  Hopefully this is the last time.

Yes, that dirty evil disease, CANCER.  Sally may have four legs and fur, but she is part of our family.  Loved immensely, and there really isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her.  My family is no stranger to Cancer.  A couple of years ago my beautiful mother-in-law lost her battle.  I have lost my grandmother to bowel cancer and an aunt also lost her own battle with the big C.  There have been friends, friends’ children, acquaintances, all having their lives cut short to this disease.

Due to being  up in the Northern Territory, I had to RSVP ‘no’ to the Cancer Council of NSW’s 20th anniversary of The Big Morning Tea celebrations.  It was a shame, as I have a great respect for the Cancer Council and what they are doing.  I also can’t believe that The Big Morning Tea has been going for so long, 20 years! Read more →

Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake Recipe

09 Apr
April 9, 2013

I have had a bit of a love affair with lemon myrtle for a few years now.  First discovered at a local growers’ market.  The stall holder had made up a cheesecake to showcase this Australian native herb.  Very clever marketing, It worked, I purchased a packet of dried ground lemon myrtle leaves from her without hesitation.  Lemon myrtle has been a staple amongst my dried herbs ever since.

Lemon myrtle would be Australia’s most popular native herb.  It has a creamy lemon/lime fragrance and taste.  I adore it.  Extremely versatile, can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.

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Recipe: Pavlova Ice Cream

22 Jan
January 22, 2013

Pavlova, something I regard as quintessentially Australian.  Most New Zealanders would argue with me until blue in the face, and they may have a point from what I have read.  But, being quintessentially Aussie, is not about ownership of the original recipe.  It is about a dessert that is as part of growing up an Australian, as sand in your cossie bottoms down at the beach (I am sure we didn’t event that either).  I could not tell you how many BBQ’s, dinner parties, lunches, picnics and family gatherings where the humble Pav appeared.

I was approached by the PR company representing Australian owned Queen Fine Foods, and asked if I would like to try some of their new make-at-home Sorbet and Gelato mixes.  It’s summer, my readers love road tests, of course I was going to take them up on the offer.

I had many ideas dancing through my little brain of how to take the base mix and individualise it Belly Rumbles style.  With Australia Day fast approaching, pavlova ice cream seemed an obvious choice. Read more →

N2 Extreme Gelato, Sydney

09 Jan
January 9, 2013

What is so extreme about N2?  Well, they just happen to make their gelato using liquid Nitrogen.  Not a new concept and has been around for a while.  The first time I came across this method was on a trip to New York a few years ago.

Why make gelato with liquid Nitrogen?  Liquid Nitrogen freezes the liquid gelato 10 times quicker than a conventional gelato batch maker.  This results in finer ice particles and leaves you with a very smooth creamy gelato.

What also makes N2 stand out from the crowd is your gelato order is made fresh for you.  Fresh herbs, aromatics and other ingredients can be added at the last moment, giving the customer the freshest gelato in town.

N2 is decked out like a chemistry lab crossed with a kitchen.  There are beakers containing the gelato ingredients, funky coloured Kitchen Aids lining the steel bench and a giant caged vat of liquid Nitrogen safely out of the way of the action. Read more →

Halloween Dessert Degustation, Studio Neon

30 Oct
October 30, 2012

I am not a dessert person.  Hand me a glass or red, soft gushing ripe triple brie, mild creamy blue and a sharp cheddar after dinner and you will win me over every time.  Therefore, I admit when I first heard of the Halloween Dessert Degustation taking place at Studio Neon, I wasn’t quick to jump at attending.

Attend I did!  Of course I was going to when the three ‘chefs’ on the evening are friends of mine.  It was much excitement that Josh and I rocked up to Studio Neon to enjoy the spoils of two days hard work by fellow food bloggers, Billy (A Table for Two), Phuoc (Phuoc ‘n Delicious) and Karen (Citrus & Candy). Read more →

Banana Bread & Butter Pudding, Hospital and Guest Post on One Bite More

23 Apr
April 23, 2012

Happy Monday everyone.  Sorry I have been a little on the quiet side, but those of you that follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, all know I haven’t been too well.  Those that don’t follow me, I really suggest you do, because WOW, you are missing out on some golden gossip!!  Was a nice little trip to emergency, followed by a short stay in hospital, because they really really liked me and didn’t want to see me go.  Home now and slowly recovering.

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Passionfruit Curd Tart Brûlée

07 Oct
October 7, 2011

Seems like forever since I have shared a recipe with you guys.  I seem to have been eating out more than in of late, and with Crave upon us this will be another month of eating out around old Sydney town.

I do love a simple recipe, I think most of us do with our busy lives, and I specially love an easy recipe that is a little indulgent.  Passionfruit seems to be cheap and in abundance at the moment, and I have been buying trays of the stuff.

I made this tart for the boys a few weeks ago, and they devoured it.  There were even fights over the last piece.  Actually the fighting was from me, as when I went to the fridge I discovered it all basically gone.  I shouldn’t complain, I like to see my food eaten and enjoyed, but sometimes I too like to enjoy the fruits of my labour.  Will tell you guys one day about my home made cookie ninja tactics in order that I actually get to enjoy them before they are all scoffed. Read more →