Monthly Archives: December 2013

Brown sugar pavlova with brandy spiked cherries and spiced mascarpone cream

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This is a recipe for pavlova, all grown up. Charged with dessert duty for Christmas, I wanted to reinvigorate the old family favourite topped with its familiar medley of tropical fruits. Cherries are plump and bursting with sweet, slightly tart juice at this time of year, and we’ve spent hours devouring cherries in the sunshine, chatting and spitting the pips into napkins and into the garden…

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Ashkelon Food Store – Nourishment for the Silly Season

IMG_1780 As summer peeks its head over the horizon and delivers long, sparkling days, Melbournians have emerged from hibernation, ready to shake off their moon-tans. Energised by the impending year-close, December is a month-long festa laden with cocktail food, booze and frivolity. Consequently, sleep has become a luxury, I’m getting by jamming anything sugared and/or caffeinated into my face, and my gym bag is a throbbing sack of guilt gathering dust in the corner of my office…

Edible Christmas Gifts – Fresh Christmas Pasta and Angel Wings

IMG_0995 I am a big fan of edible Christmas gifts. For two reasons. Firstly, it substitutes a Bourke-St-Mall-induced panic attack for a relaxed morning of baking in the comforts of my kitchen. It is also an affordable way to spread the Christmas cheer a little further without deferring to a token bottle of wine or Lindt balls (not that there’s anything wrong with either of those things!) …