cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

Easter mouna buns

Mouna Buns For Easter

Instead of hot cross buns this Easter bake mouna buns, an orange flavoured brioche bun from Oran, Algeria instead. An Easter bun in Algeria might sound a little strange but mouna buns are thought to have been introduced by the Spanish after the establishment of a fort in Oran in the 15th century or sometime…

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sesame chocolate chip biscuit

Chocolate Sesame Biscuits

These chocolate sesame biscuits have a really nice crunch with chocolate sweetness and a slightly savoury, nuttiness from the toasted sesame seeds. You can use white or black sesame seeds or a combination of both.  They take very little time to prepare as everything is mixed in a food processor. The stiff dough is formed…

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Elizabeth chocolate zucchini cake

Forgotten Zucchini Cake

There are many recipes on the internet for zucchini cake as these vegetables tend to get out of hand in the garden and sometimes a real bruiser emerges that is either destined for the compost heap or a relative who lives in an apartment. Presented last week with one the size of a small baseball…

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plum puddling cake

Chocolate Plum Spice Cake

I decided to get a bit inventive by using mixed spice and plum compote when doing a scale-up test of the chocolate sponge for my black forest cake. As a result I created a chocolate plum spice cake that was very nice indeed. If you have a  cake recipe that you love and consistently rely…

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no fry Indian samosas

No Fry Zone

Recently I made an Indian feast of basmati rice, rogan josh, vegetable curry, onion sambal and raita. While refreshing my spice stocks at the local Indian grocery store I also bought some papadums to complete the spread. On checking how best to deep fry them I discovered that  you don’t have to; you can cook…

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